Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering – Pullman

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Priority Deadlines:

  • Fall January 10
  • Spring July 1


  • Pullman

International Student English Proficiency Exams

International students may need to surpass the Graduate School’s minimum English language proficiency exam scores for this program. If the graduate program has unique score requirements, they will be detailed below. Otherwise, please refer to the Graduate School’s minimum score guidelines.

  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score
  • 7.0 IELTS Minimum score
  • GRE

Degree Description:

Our School offers programs of study for full time and part-time students leading to the degrees of Master of Science (MS) in Mechanical Engineering, MS in Materials Science & Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mechanical Engineering (all on the Pullman campus). Our School participates in the interdisciplinary degree programs of MS in Engineering, Ph.D. in Engineering Science, and Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering. Thesis and non-thesis options are available for the MS degree. Programs of study are individualized with an interdisciplinary focus. Students are expected to pursue their degree programs with success and to earn the MS degree in two years and the Ph.D. in four years. The program will culminate with a final oral examination and a written thesis (MS thesis option), project report (MS non-thesis option), or dissertation (Ph.D.). Financial aid in the form of an assistantship is available for dedicated, quality full time MS and Ph.D. students.

Admission Requirements:

Required application material includes an application, resume, statement of purpose, Student Interest Profile form, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, official GRE scores, and official TOEFL scores (international applicants).

Student Opportunities:

Our School offers state-of-the-art research facilities enabling students to work on cutting-edge research over a wide range of topics, presenting and publishing results along with our world-class faculty. Leadership, communication, and instructional experience can be gained by PhD students through the option of serving as a teaching assistant for one or more courses during their program. Serving on University committees promotes professional development. Presenting papers at or attending regional conferences and international conferences and proceedings enriches scholarly development. Low-cost or free workshops on grant writing and leadership/professional development are routinely offered by the University. Opportunities exist for internships in industry and national labs.

Career Opportunities:

University research and teaching positions, research positions in national laboratories, postdoctoral positions in national laboratories, and technical positions in leading companies.

Career Placements:

Recent graduates are working at Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, Intel, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Micron Technology, PACCAR, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Parametric Technology Corp, Tektronix, U.S. Army, ARDEC, Boise State University, Princeton University, University of California Berkeley, University of Kentucky, University of New Mexico, Sandia National Laboratory, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and ANSYS.

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