The UMass Lowell Department of Mechanical Engineering offers two doctoral degree tracks with one option each.
Ph.D. Option in Mechanical Engineering
The intent of the Doctor of Philosophy program is to prepare engineers for leadership positions in industry, academia and government. The program includes advanced graduate course work in engineering and allied subjects and research, culminating in a doctoral dissertation. The Ph.D. degree is oriented toward academic research.
Applicants must have a minimum of a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related field with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and a min GPA of 3.25 in science and engineering courses. Applicants with a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related field, must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.25.
Note: Students may be required to make up prerequisites which they lack in comparison to the equivalent Engineering curriculum at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
A total of 63 credit hours of graduate level courses are required for the Ph.D. degree. The Ph.D. degree must involve a traditional research-based dissertation, plus:
In addition to these 63 semester hours of approved graduate courses and thesis:
Concerning graduate-level STEM courses, the Ph.D candidate must take the following:
Combined Qualifying Examination and Dissertation Proposal
The Doctoral Qualifying Exam will consist of a written dissertation proposal (a document of typically 20 to 50 pages without appendices) and associated oral presentation by the examinee to an audience of peers and a committee of faculty members (minimum of three) where one of whom must be the examinee's dissertation advisor. The committee may have in addition one or more members from outside UML.
At least one week prior to the date of the presentation of the dissertation proposal, an announcement document must be submitted to the department graduate coordinator and to the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering by the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.
The dissertation proposal is open to the public. The proposal will outline the motivation for the research, give a summary of the related past work in the area and present the scope of the proposed dissertation research. The presentation should be approximately 30 minutes. The proposal should clearly articulate the proposed contribution of the student to the knowledge base and how it differs from the past work. The examinee will be expected to answer questions from the audience to demonstrate his/her understanding of the proposed research, as well as his/her proficiency in the general research field related to the dissertation proposal.
D.Eng. Option in Mechanical Engineering
The intent of the Doctor of Engineering program is to prepare engineers for leadership positions in industry, academia and government. The programs includes advanced graduate course work in engineering and allied subjects and research, culminating in a doctoral dissertation. Compared to the Ph.D. degree, the D.Eng is oriented toward industry.
Applicants must have a minimum of a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related field with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and an min GPA of 3.25 in science and engineering courses. Applicants with a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related field, must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.25.
In the cases where a student has an M.B.A., or has completed the Business Administration Minor for Engineering student, in addition to a B.S. in engineering or its equivalent, portions of the management component of the Doctor of Engineering program may be waived upon review by the administering department.
One of the letters of recommendation submitted as part of the graduate school application should be from a mechanical engineering department faculty member willing to act as thesis advisor.
A total of 63 credit hours of graduate level courses are required for the D.Eng. degree. These credits are composed of the following three components:
Doctoral Core Requirement
Students must satisfy the following doctoral core requirement:
1. Mechanics & Materials Concentration:
2. Thermofluids Concentration:
3. Energy Concentration:
4. Vibrations/Dynamics/Controls Concentration:
5. Manufacturing Concentration:
Management Courses for the Doctor of Engineering Degree
D.Eng. students are required to take 9 credits of graduate management courses from the following list:
Students must take the doctoral qualifying examination at the end of their first year of study. This examination tests basic competency at the undergraduate level. The student is permitted two attempts at passing the qualifying examination. Students who fail the qualifying examination the first time must retake the exam at its next scheduled offering. Students failing the doctoral exam twice will automatically be dismissed from the doctoral program. Those who do not take the examination at the prescribed time may lose all their financial support, if any, and may be dismissed from the doctoral program.
Candidacy Examination and Dissertation Proposal
The research work for the dissertation shall be conducted under the supervision of a departmental faculty advisor and a committee of two others. Students are required to submit and defend a dissertation proposal before a Department Doctoral Committee. Students may register for no more than six credit hours of research in preparing a formal dissertation proposal. This proposal, and the student’s ability to perform the research, must be orally defended before the student’s doctoral committee and other interested parties. This constitutes the candidacy examination.
Upon passing this examination, and completing all course requirements, the student becomes a candidate for the D.Eng. degree and may register for additional research credit with the advisor’s approval.