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Mechanical Engineering (D.E. & Ph.D.)

Mechanical Engineering Doctoral Programs

Expand your knowledge and skills at the University of Dayton Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering where you'll work with industry giants and scholastic leaders.

You will have access to 88 dedicated laboratories. This includes our campus labs as well as facilities at the University of Dayton Research Institute, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Air Force Research Laboratories and several major private industries.

The Ph.D. and D.E. programs attract some of the brightest minds in the field providing you the opportunity to work on concentrations in engineering mechanics, energy, materials, thermo-fluids or robotics with the best teachers, professionals and fellow students.

Plan of Study

University Catalog for overview and courses for the mechanical engineering doctoral programs.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mechanical Engineering

A minimum of 60 semester hours:

  • 30 hours of course work beyond the M.S. and 30 hours of research leading to a dissertation.

Doctor of Engineering (D.E.) in Mechanical Engineering

A minimum of 60 semester hours:

  •  39 semester hours beyond the M.S. and 21 hours of research leading to a dissertation.

Program Details

Mechanical engineers synthesize principles of the physical sciences, mathematics, economics and human relations. Engineers in these areas conceive, design and analyze aerospace, thermal, mechanical, material, manufacturing and energy systems.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the online application, you should submit the following:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement or resume.
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or other appropriate program of study. Applicants with a different undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisites. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require higher GPAs for admission. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Application Deadlines

Applications accepted on a rolling basis with the following approximate general deadlines:

  • Fall Term: June 15th
  • Spring Term: November 15th
  • Summer Term: March 15th

Please contact your department chair to follow up on exact deadlines.


Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Jamie Ervin, Department Chair

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0238