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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering University of California Irvine



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The doctoral program in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is tailored to the individual needs and background of the student. The detailed program of study for each Ph.D. student is formulated in consultation with a faculty advisor who takes into consideration the objectives and preparation of the candidate.

Within this flexible framework the Department maintains specific guidelines that outline the milestones of a typical doctoral program. All doctoral students should consult the Departmental Ph.D. guidelines for program details, but there are several milestones to be passed: admission to the Ph.D. program by the faculty; completion of three non-research graduate, technical courses beyond M.S. degree requirements; passage of a preliminary examination or similar assessment of the student’s background and potential for success in the doctoral program; course work; meeting departmental teaching requirements, which can be satisfied through service as a teaching assistant or equivalent; research preparation; formal advancement to candidacy in the third year (second year for students who entered with a master’s degree) through a qualifying examination conducted on behalf of the Irvine division of the Academic Senate; development of a research proposal; completion of a significant research investigation, and completion and defense of an acceptable dissertation. There is no foreign language requirement. The degree is granted upon the recommendation of the Doctoral Committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Students enrolled in the Ph.D. program must take a full-time load (minimum of 12 units). The normative time for completion of the Ph.D. is five years (four years for students who entered with a master’s degree). The maximum time permitted is seven years.

Before seeking admission, Ph.D. applicants are encouraged to communicate directly and in some detail with prospective faculty sponsors. The student’s objectives and financial resources must coincide with a faculty sponsor’s research interests and research support. Financial aid in the form of a teaching assistantship or fellowship may not cover the period of several years required to complete the program. During the balance of the period the student will be in close collaboration with the faculty research advisor.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Full Time (The maximum time permitted is seven years)

Tuition fees

$17,727.00 (13,36,181) per year


23 Sep, 02 Jan, 25 Mar


Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Samueli School of Engineering,

5200 Engineering Hall,



92697, United States

Entry requirement for international students

All applicants must meet the following minimum academic requirements:

Hold a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a recognized academic institution with degree standards equivalent to those of the University of California
Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0

TOEFL Score Requirements for Admission Consideration:

On the TOEFL iBT minimum score of 80
For the paper-based test, a minimum score of 550

IELTS Score Requirements for Admission Consideration:

An overall minimum score of 7 for admission, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual module.
Applicants who qualify for admission by the above criteria, and also achieve a score of 8 or higher on the Speaking module may be eligible to serve as a Teaching Assistant.

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