Mechanical Engineering Doctorate Degree

Online Program Overview

Degree Level
Doctorate Degree
Total Credits
Partially Online
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Minimum GPA
Qualifying Exam
GRE Required

The Doctor of Engineering Science in Mechanical Engineering is designed to provide specialization beyond the master's degree in an area chosen by the student. The program is geared to provide in-depth instruction in mechanical engineering and prepares the graduate to contribute scholarly work in the field. The prospective doctoral candidate follows a program of study closely formulated in consultation with a faculty advisor to meet the professional objectives of the candidate. The program requires coursework beyond the master's degree, research and a final dissertation as outlined below. Coursework can be completed remotely via CVN after which the candidate pursues research requirements as specified by their faculty advisor. Courses are selected with a focus in a given area in the department such as controls and robotics, energy and micropower generation, fluid mechanics, heat/mass transfer, mechanics of materials, manufacturing, material processing, MEMS, nanotechnology, and orthopedic biomechanics.

The research areas of the mechanical engineering faculty can be viewed here .

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Admissions Requirements

Degree required for admission: Students admitted to the program must possess a master's degree in engineering, science, mathematics, computer science or other related field from an accredited academic institution. Applicants should have a strong academic record to be competitive for admission. 

Applicants to the doctoral program must find a research advisor who would be willing to direct them for the research component of the degree. A listing of current faculty members and their research interests is available in the Faculty Research Guide. In order to facilitate finding an advisor, students can either take courses as a non-degree student with a professor that specializes in their research interests or gain admission to the professional degree program.

Other application requirements: 3 recommendation letters, transcripts, resume, and a personal-professional statement are required. TOEFL test scores are required of all students who received their bachelor's degree in a country where English is not the official and spoken language. All application requirements in the Graduate Application must be completed as specified in the application. 

The requirements for the Doctor of Engineering Science degree must be completed in no more than seven years. The seven-year time period begins at the time the student becomes a candidate for the doctoral degree or a candidate for the professional degree, whichever occurs first, and extends to the date on which the dissertation defense is held.


A student must obtain the master's degree (M.S.) before enrolling as a candidate for the Doctor of Engineering Science degree. Application for admission as a doctoral candidate may be made while a student is enrolled as a master's or professional degree candidate. The minimum requirement in coursework for the doctoral degree is 60 points of credit beyond the bachelor's degree. A master's degree from an accredited institution may be accepted in the form of advanced standing for 30 points of credit. Candidates can complete required coursework via CVN.

When a student becomes a prospective candidate for the Doctor of Engineering Science degree, a faculty advisor is assigned whose task is to help choose a program of courses, provide general advice on academic matters, and monitor academic performance.

The doctoral candidate is expected to attain a level of mastery in some area of mechanical engineering, and must therefore choose a field and take the most advanced courses offered in that field. This choice of specialty is normally made by the time the student has completed 30 points of credit beyond the bachelor's degree, at which time a complete course program is prepared and submitted to the departmental doctoral committee for approval. The student must maintain a grade point average of 3.2 or better in graduate courses.

The department requires the prospective candidate to pass a qualifying examination. Given once a year in May, it is usually taken after the student has spent two semesters in the graduate program as a MS/PhD, Eng. Sc. D., or PhD student.  The exam consists of a written exam covering a number of areas of Mechanical Engineering. A candidate who fails the examination may be permitted to repeat it once in the following year. Full details regarding the Mechanical Engineering Qualifying Exam can be found HERE.

After passing the qualifying examination, the student chooses a faculty member in the pertinent area of specialization who then serves as the research advisor. This advisor helps select a research problem and supervises the research, writing, and defense of the dissertation. Once a specific problem has been identified and a tentative plan for the research prepared, the student submits a research proposal and presents it to a faculty committee. The committee considers whether the proposed problem is suitable for doctoral research, whether the plan of attack is well formulated and appropriate to the problem, and whether the student is adequately prepared. It may approve the plan without reservation, or it may recommend modifications or additions. This is the last formal requirement until the dissertation is submitted for approval.

The defense of the dissertation constitutes the final test of the candidate's qualifications. It must be demonstrated that the candidate has made a contribution to knowledge in a chosen area. In content the dissertation should, therefore, be a distinctly original contribution in the selected field of study.

Course List


Doctoral Research Instruction

All doctoral students are required to successfully complete four semesters of the mechanical engineering seminar MECE E9500 and register continuously through the autumn and spring terms. Registration is also available during the summer session.

Completion of Requirements

The requirements for the Doctor of Engineering Science degree must be completed in no more than seven years. The seven-year time period begins at the time the student becomes a candidate for the doctoral degree or a candidate for the professional degree, whichever occurs first, and extends to the date on which the dissertation defense is held.

Tuition & Fees

2018 - 2019 Tuition & Fees

Please note that all tuition and fees are in U.S. dollars and are estimated. Tuition and most fees are prescribed by statute, and are subject to change at the discretion of the Trustees.

CVN Credit Tuition: $2,018 per point (Credit Hour)
CVN Fee: $395 non-refundable fee per course
Transcript Fee: $105 non-refundable one-time fee

Estimated cost of each nondegree course: $6,554
Estimated total cost of certification (four online courses) : $25,901

Estimated total cost of MS (ten online courses): $64,595
Estimated total cost of DES (ten online courses plus a minimum of 12 research credits) : $90,391

Graduate Admission Application Fee: $150 non-refundable one-time fee
Certification Program Application Fee: $150 non-refundable one-time fee

Late Registration Fee: $100 non-refundable fee

CVN Withdrawal Fee: $75, plus prorated tuition and all non-refundable fees
For example: A three credit course would be $6,054 + transcript fee $105 (one-time) + CVN fee $395 = $6,554

For Drop/Withdrawal fees and dates, refer to the Academic Calendar for the current term.

Please note: CVN no longer offers courses for audit.


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