Sep 18, 2018  
2018-2019 General Catalog 
  
2018-2019 General Catalog

Mechanical Engineering - PhD


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College of Engineering

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Two program plans are available for the Mechanical Engineering PhD degree.

The PhD beyond a Bachelor's requires 72 credits (minimum): 18 credits of 6000-level (or above) MAE courses (excluding MAE 6950 , MAE 6970 /MAE 7970 , MAE 6990 /MAE 7990 , and MAE 6930 /MAE 7930  self-study); 6 credits of approved math courses (5000-level or above); 12 other approved credits; and 36 credits of MAE 7970: Dissertation Research . A PhD qualifying exam must be passed before completing three semesters. A proposal defense and a formal final defense are required for the dissertation. The dissertation must meet School of Graduate Studies and MAE Department requirements. A paper related to the dissertation, with the student as the first author, must be submitted for publication in a refereed journal prior to scheduling the final defense. Students may choose to earn a Plan C Aerospace Engineering or Mechanical Engineering MS degree while completing their PhD. This option increases the PhD minimum requirement to 81 credits.

The PhD Degree beyond a Master's requires 42 credits (minimum): 9 credits of 6000-level (or above) MAE coursework (excluding MAE 6950 , MAE 6970 /MAE 7970 , MAE 6990 /MAE 7990 , and MAE 6930 /MAE 7930  self-study); 3 credit math course (5000-level or above); and 30 credits of MAE 7970: Dissertation Research . A PhD Qualifying Exam must be passed before completing three semesters. A proposal defense and a formal final defense are required for the dissertation. The dissertation must meet School of Graduate Studies and MAE Department requirements. A paper related to the dissertation, with the student as the first author, must be submitted for publication in a refereed journal prior to scheduling the final defense.

GPA Requirement


All students who complete a graduate degree at USU must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Consult your department for additional requirements.

Course Requirements


Because specific course requirements may occasionally change, prospective students should refer to the MAE website (http://www.mae.usu.edu) for current details concerning degree requirements and program coursework. Questions about MAE's graduate programs should be emailed to MAEGradAdvisor@usu.edu.

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