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PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Lawrence Technological University's PhD in Mechanical Engineering can prepare you to work at the highest levels of the engineering profession and develop strong skills as a life-long learner. 

This PhD program is designed to provide you with the professional skills to:

    • Expand your knowledge of specific technical disciplines in your field of study
    • Apply advanced scientific principles in solving engineering challenges
  • Enhance your leadership and management abilities
  • Prepare you to perform independent research

Why LTU?

Lawrence Tech is at the center of the nation’s #1 region for engineering and technology and one of the world’s most technologically advanced manufacturing hotspots. At LTU, you will learn from highly qualified faculty with extensive professional experience, many of whom currently work in industry. These experts possess an abundance of real-world experience to enhance your learning.

The PhD in Mechanical Engineering also draws practicing engineers from around the world who represent many leading manufacturers and suppliers, exposing you to exceptional networking opportunities.

The PhD program accommodates your interests by giving you the choice to specialize in one of the following areas:
• Automotive
• Manufacturing
• Mechatronics
• Solid Mechanics, Dynamics, Vibrations
• Thermal Fluids

Most candidates have two advisors: an academic advisor who provides state-of-the-art knowledge about engineering principles and an industrial advisor who provides significant industrial experience and support. This signature “theory and practice” education makes LTU graduates some of the most sought-after engineers in the area.

The PhD in Mechanical Engineering is designed to accommodate your busy schedule. All core courses have sections offered in the evening, giving you the greatest flexibility.



Your 57-credit-hour program consists of:

Core Courses 3
Engineering Analysis II  
Electives (select eight from the following areas) 24
Solid Mechanics, Dynamics, and Vibrations  
Thermal Fluids  
Doctoral Dissertation 30
Total 57

In order to satisfy degree requirements, the student must also pass:

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Final Qualifying Examination
  • Dissertation Defense.

Lawrence Tech will allow a maximum of 6 credits of qualified graduate level coursework to be transferred from other institutions. An applicant transferring in from another institution with special circumstances will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Admissions Requirements

Students applying for admission to the PhD in Mechanical Engineering are required to meet the following criteria:

  1. Hold a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering or an equivalent degree in a related field from an accredited college or university. Exceptional students with an earned Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering may be considered for direct admission into the doctoral program. Please contact the program director.
  2. Have earned an overall GPA of at least 3.3 (B+) on a 4.0 scale in the Master of Science degree. Students with lower GPAs may be accepted on a provisional basis as described below.
  3. Provide official transcripts of all completed college work.
  4. Submit an Application for Doctoral Admission (a minimum of two months before the beginning of the term in which the applicant expects to enroll).
  5. Submit three letters of recommendation: two from professors who have directly evaluated the student’s academic performance during previous degrees and one from a corporate supervisor.
  6. Submit a research statement describing subject(s) of interest.
  7. Non-native speakers of English must document English proficiency upon entry to the program (TOEFL minimum 550 or IELTS minimum 6.0).

Students with a graduate GPA lower than 3.3 may be admitted on a provisional basis. They will be evaluated for continuation upon completion of nine (9) credits of graduate course work. This evaluation is conducted by the director of the PhD in Mechanical Engineering program, the chair of the Department of Mechanical, Robotics, and Industrial Engineering, and the associate dean of graduate studies and research. The department chair will notify the student in writing of the outcome. If a student is not permitted to continue work toward the program, then he or she is expected to terminate his or her studies within the department. The student may petition the decision to the Doctoral Governance Committee of the College of Engineering within one week of receiving written notification. The decision of the Doctoral Governance Committee is final.

Students with an engineering master’s degree in a field other than Mechanical Engineering and who have a GPA of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted on a provisional basis. The program director and program advisor(s) will define the prerequisite requirements.



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