Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering

The Ph.D. program in Mechanical Engineering provides both post-bachelors and post-masters applicants the opportunity for study and research in areas at the forefront of the discipline. Ph.D. students full funding. The College of Engineering is committed to providing five full years of financial support for every graduate student in the who maintains Satisfactory Academic Progress.

As a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering, you will pursue research in an area determined by your interests and those of your faculty research advisor. As a student in Boston, you will be in the midst of a vibrant high-tech research community where external collaborations with industry, government, and other universities are common. However, your experience will likely not be limited to Boston as Ph.D. students often present their work at conferences around the country and world.

Provided here is a typical timeline for completing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, together with all of the links to important documents containing more detailed information.

1st Year
  • engage in your research project full-time
2nd Year
3rd Year
  • Continue working on your research project
  • Complete Prospectus *
  • Complete coursework (if not already finished)
4th Year and beyond

* = Suggested readers from outside the department need to approved by the department.

  • All Ph.D. students are required to satisfy a teaching practicum. This practicum involves teaching for a minimum of two semesters and taking a course covering basic teaching methods and philosophies.
  • Note, there are no structured course requirements for post-master’s Ph.D. students, but such students are required to complete 32 credits applicable to the degree, all of which must be at the 500 level or higher. Thes credits can be research credits.
  • Doctoral students must satisfy a residency requirement of at least two consecutive academic-year semesters of full-time graduate study at Boston University.
  • Doctoral students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 to remain in good academic standing and to graduate. All graduate courses are counted in the GPA. Only grades of “B-” or better fulfill Ph.D. curricular requirements.
  • Post-bachelors doctoral students will be awarded MS degrees upon completion of the 32 credit hours of structured coursework and the Ph.D. Prospectus Exam.

More information on the program requirements, administrative and operational details, please see the Ph.D. Handbook.