Doctoral Degree Program

Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering degree requires 72 credit hours of course work and research credits. A minimum of 36 credit hours of course work and 30 credit hours of research credits must be completed. A minimum of 12 of the 36 credit hours of required coursework must be taken at Colorado School of Mines.

All graduate degrees require students to complete 9 credit hours in one Research Division area. The remaining requirements come from technical electives (that can be taken inside or outside the department)  and other ME graduate-level courses. The following requirements are effective Fall 2015. If you began the program prior to Fall 2015, please refer to your bulletin year for degree/course requirements.

All PhD students must take the PhD Qualifying Exam by the third semester of their PhD program. The ME Qualifying Exam documentPDF versionText only version outlines the process you can expect related to the adminstration of the exam.

Course Title Credit Hours
MEGN502 ADVANCED ENGINEERING ANALYSIS 3
MEGN503 GRADUATE SEMINAR (must enroll every semester until ABD) 0
RESEARCH CORE Research Division Core Courses (all students must select one Research Division and complete a total of 9 credits from that division. See list below) 9
TECH Technical Electives (graduate courses inside and outside the ME department. Outside courses must be approved by thesis committee) 24
MEGN707 GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT 30


RESEARCH CORE

Course Title Credit Hours Semester
BIOMECHANICS CORE COURSES  
MEGN514 CONTINUUM MECHANICS 3.0 Every Fall
MEGN531 PROSTHETIC AND IMPLANT ENGINEERING 3.0

Odd Spring

MEGN532 EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN BIOMECHANICS 3.0 Every Fall
MEGN535 MODELING AND SIMULATION OF HUMAN MOVEMENT 3.0 Every Spring
MEGN536 COMPUTATIONAL BIOMECHANICS 3.0 Every Fall
MEGN540 MECHATRONICS 3.0 Every Spring
ROBOTICS CORE COURSES  
MEGN540 MECHATRONICS 3.0 Every Spring
MEGN544 ROBOT MECHANICS: KINEMATICS, DYNAMICS, AND CONTROL 3.0 Every Fall
MEGN545 ADVANCED ROBOT CONTROL 3.0 Every Spring
MEGN591 ADVANCED ENGINEERING DESIGN METHODS 3.0 TBD
MEGN593 ENGINEERING DESIGN OPTIMIZATION 3.0 TBD
MEGN598 RISK AND RELIABILITY IN ENGINEERING DESIGN 3.0 TBS
Recommended Technical Electives for Robotics
CSCI404 Artificial Intelligence 3.0 Every Spring
CSCI507 Introduction to Computer Vision 3.0 Every Fall
CSCI573 Human-Centered Robotics 3.0 Every Spring
SOLID MECHANICS AND MATERIALS CORE COURSES  
MEGN511 FATIGUE AND FRACTURE 3.0 Odd Fall
MEGN512 ADVANCED ENGINEERING VIBRATION 3.0 Every Fall
MEGN514 CONTINUUM MECHANICS 3.0 Every Fall
MEGN515 COMPUTATIONAL MECHANICS 3.0 Every Fall
MEGN598 MICROMECHANCIS/HOMOGENIZATION 3.0 TBD
MEGN598 NONLINEAR MECHANICS 3.0 TBD
THERMAL-FLUIDS SYSTEMS CORE COURSES  
MEGN501 ADVANCED ENGINEERING MEASUREMENTS 3.0 Every Fall
MEGN552 VISCOUS FLOW AND BOUNDARY LAYERS 3.0 Every Spring
MEGN553 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTATIONAL TECHNIQUES FOR FLUID DYNAMICS AND TRANSPORT PHENOMENA 3.0 Every Spring
MEGN566 COMBUSTION 3.0 Every Fall
MEGN571 ADVANCED HEAT TRANSFER 3.0 Every Fall 

Course descriptions found in the graduate catalog.
MS & PhD Program Plan of Study formPDF versionText only version for advising purposes

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