Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering


Students in the PhD in Mechanical Engineering program will be instructed in advanced core principles and have the opportunity to conduct research that will ultimately help solve problems in energy, healthcare, security and transportation.

Program Information

School: Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

Program: Mechanical Engineering

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Mechanical Engineering Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Master's or bachelor's degree in engineering or one of the natural sciences from an accredited U.S. institution, or from a comparable institution abroad

GPA: Minimum of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale

Test score required: Yes

Minimum GRE revised scores of 150, 160, and 4 for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable. 

Letters of recommendation: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Admissions essay required: Yes

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


Beth Doody
Office - ECSN 2.512

Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, EC 39
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Office - ECSN 2.710

Possible Careers

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: Professor, Research Scientists at corporate or national laboratories, Research and Development Engineer for the design, manufacturing, control, and operation of components and systems in energy, health care, security and transportation and Consulting Engineer in the public and private sectors.

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.