The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Mechanical Engineering is designed to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving scientific and technological environment in the 21st century. The Doctoral program is designed to provide students with fundamental, traditional core courses coupled with specializations in a particular advanced field of interest.

Major Areas of Specialization – Mechanical Engineering

  • Thermal / fluid /HVAC / renewable energy / energy systems
  • Mechanics/ Failure Analysis/ Vibration
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Robotics/ mechatronics/ design/ manufacturing
  • Computational/ optimization/ multidisciplinary design methods

Admission Requirements

Prospective students seeking a graduate degree in the College must satisfy all university admission requirements as well as the specific program requirements. Each department evaluates candidates for admission to its programs. A student seeking admission into a graduate program offered by the University must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution or, in the case of foreign students, from a well established institution of higher learning that is authorized to grant degrees by appropriate authorities in that country. The minimum requirements for admission into the Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering are:

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  • Official transcripts from an accredited institution showing completion of a baccalaureate degree , with a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (upper division)
    3.0 UGRAD | 3.3 GRAD
  • Official GRE of at least the following minimum on the individual components: verbal ≥ 150, quantitative ≥151. School code: 5206
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  • Three (3) letters of recommendation.
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  • International Students must Submit a total score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL or a 6.5 overall on the IELTS
  • Preference will be given to students who already have a masters’ degree

The application for admission and all related documents should be sent to:

  • Florida International University
  • College of Engineering and Computing
  • 10555 West Flagler Street, EC 2430
  • Attn: Graduate Admissions, Office of the Dean
  • Miami, Florida 33174-1630, USA

Applicants with degrees from disciplines other than engineering may be required to take remedial courses. You will be informed of the final admission decision upon review of the completed application package and supporting documents by the Graduate School and the Faculty Committee of the academic department.

Immunization Policy
As a prerequisite to registration, Florida International University requires all students born after December 31, 1956 to present documented proof of immunity to measles (Rubeola) and German measles (Rubella).

International Students
In addition to meeting all the admission requirements as established by the University as well as by the Academic program, international students must obtain a student visa in order to be able to attend classes in the United States.

International students who take the program online and will not be residing in the United States are not required to obtain a student visa.

Application Deadlines
Due to time needed to process applications for admission, please submit your application and supporting documents (i.e. transcripts, evaluations of university coursework, tests, etc.) by the Priority Consideration deadline dates.

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Florida Residents
To claim in-state tuition, you must provide copies of two of the following documents showing Florida residency for at least the last 12 months prior to the beginning of the semester:

  • Florida voter registration information
  • Florida driver’s license or state ID
  • Florida vehicle registration information

You may also submit one of the documents above, accompanied by copies of at least two of the following documents:

  • Lease, rental or mortgage contract
  • Letter from utility company (Electric, telephone, cable, etc.)
  • Employment letter with current W-2 or W-4
  • Bank letter (indicating activity in account for 12 consecutive months)
  • Professional License
  • Current Florida Public School contract
  • In-state tuition receipt from another Florida State School (last 12 months)
  • Active Duty military orders
  • Warranty Deed
  • Declaration of Domicile

Need help? Get in touch:

Mais Kayyali
Associate Director for Graduate Studies
Phone: 305-348-2535
Location: 10555 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33174, EC 2429

Sara-Michelle Lemus
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Phone: 305-348-1890
10555 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33174, EC 2430

Non-Degree seeking students
A student is allowed to take classes as a non-degree seeking student while in the process of gaining acceptance into the graduate program they wish to pursue. The maximum amount of credits that may be later applied to the program is 12 (4 classes).

Financial Aid and Scholarships

FIU and the College of Engineering and Computing offer a variety of financial aid opportunities and scholarships to qualified students. The amounts and eligibility requirements of these awards vary depending on the type of award. Merit-based financial assistance is highly competitive, hence, students are encouraged to apply early.

Degree Requirements

The Doctorate program will consist of at least 78 semester credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree (or 48 credits beyond a master’s degree), of which at least 54 credit hours correspond to course work and 24 credits to dissertation. PhD students must take a qualifying exam, a graduate seminar, a comprehensive candidacy examination, and successfully submit and defend a dissertation. A minimum 18 credit hours of residency must be completed within a 12 month period.

To be eligible for a Doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering a student must:

1. Satisfy all University requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree
2. Meet all undergraduate deficiencies, and requirements as specified by the student’s advisory committee
3. Identification of research area within 12 months of acceptance into the PhD program (4 months if admitted with a Master’s degree)
4. Complete 78 credit hours beyond a baccalaureate degree, or 48 beyond a Master’s degree
5. Earn a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all approved courses in the student’s program of study
6. Successfully pass a written Qualifying Examination
7. Admission to candidacy by completing all required coursework
8. Successfully prepare and defend a formal dissertation proposal
9. Complete 18 credit hours of full-time residency within one academic year
10. Successfully prepare and complete a minimum of 24 hours of research dissertation
11. Successfully submit and defend the final research dissertation

Course requirements

1. A total of 78 credit hours beyond a baccalaureate degree, or 48 beyond a Master’s degree
2. At least 30 credits at the 5000 level or higher, not to include dissertation
3. At least 15 credits at the 6000 level or higher, not to include dissertation
4. Breadth criteria could be satisfied by taking 3 courses in a field/area outside student’s own field
5. Registration for Research for Doctoral Dissertation is allowed only after the student is admitted to candidacy. At least twenty-four dissertation hours are required.
6. Two core courses

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Qualifying Exam (QE)

The QE is a general written exam designed to test masters-level knowledge. If you’re admitted with a bachelor’s degree, you must take the QE no later than the beginning of the fourth major semester after admission. If you enter the PhD program with a master’s degree, you must take and pass the QE no later than the beginning of the second major semester after admission. A student who fails the QE may retake the exam only once.

Proposal Defense (Graduate Seminar)

You will present the dissertation proposal as a Graduate Seminar. You must declare your proposal subject after taking the Qualifying Exam but before taking the Comprehensive Exam.

Candidacy Examination

You must pass the Candidacy Examination, which is a comprehensive exam designed to ensure that you have the competency in a chosen broad research area, along with the critical thinking skills necessary to undertake PhD-level research.

Final Defense of PhD Dissertation

After passing the Candidacy Examination, the program requires the successful completion and public defense of a Dissertation Thesis.

Grades and Credits

No grade below a ‘C’ may be counted toward a Doctoral degree.

Transfer Credit

You may transfer up to a maximum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit earned from another institution (if part of a completed Master’s degree). Credits are transferable if:

1. the course(s) were taken at the graduate level at an accredited college or university
2. grade(s) of ‘B’ or higher were earned for the courses
3. the course(s) are judged relevant by the student’s advisory committee
4. the course(s) are listed on the official transcripts of the awarding institution
5. the credit(s) were completed within six years immediately preceding the awarding of the degree

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