Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations

The Department, through the Graduate Studies Committee, administers Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations. Passing the qualifying exams in a minimum of three areas is required to qualify. The Examinations will be on Mathematics (through MATH 4038) and any two of the areas listed below:

  • Mechanical Systems (two exams):
             i) statics/strength/failure, and ii) dynamics/control/vibrations
  • Design (oral)
  • Fluid Mechanics/Thermal Science
  • Material Science/Materials Engineering

The areas for examination will be selected in conjunction with your major professor. If you change your major professor after you have successfully completed the qualifying examinations, you may be required to retake some or all of the examinations at the discretion of the new major professor.