The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree requires 54 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, exclusive of the dissertation credit. Details of all special requirements are subject to departmental policy.
In addition to the general University doctoral degree requirements listed in the Graduate Programs section of the UNM Catalog, students pursuing a Ph.D. in Engineering with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering must meet the following criteria:
Ph.D. students must pass the Mechanical Engineering Qualifying Examination before they form a Committee-on-Studies and file the Advancement to Candidacy form. Students must take the Qualifying Examination no later than the second semester in the Mechanical Engineering Graduate program as a Ph.D. student.
Before a student may complete this requirement, he/she must have passed the Qualifying examination. The Comprehensive examination must be administered and passed in the same semester the Candidacy form is approved by the Graduate Director and the Dean of Graduate Studies.
Defense of Dissertation
All candidates must pass a Final examination (Defense of Dissertation). The Dissertation Committee conducts the defense of the dissertation.
Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of such equipment as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems. A bachelor's degree is the minimum formal education required. However, many employers also require graduate school and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).