As a mechanical engineering PhD student at the University of Colorado Boulder, you will take part in cutting edge, tier one research, learning from nationally and internationally recognized faculty.

Our research harnesses state-of-the-art experimental, theoretical, and computational approaches to expand the frontiers of technology​​​​​​​​​​, while advancing fundamentals in the underlying disciplines of fluid and solid mechanics, thermal engineering, materials science and engineering.

PhD students choose from the following focus areas: 

In addition to coursework, PhD students are required to complete 30 dissertation hours.

The PhD program in Mechanical Engineering is available if you’re entering graduate studies for the first time or if you already have a master’s degree. While a master's is not required to enroll, our PhD students will typically earn one on the way to a PhD. The best way to do that is by following one of our Master of Science - Thesis Option curriculums. Note: you will NOT need to complete a separate thesis for your MS if you pursue this option.

You do not need a Master's degree to be admitted to the PhD program, but if you have one, up to 21 hours of coursework may be transferred to meet the PhD course requirements. More information is available in the Request for Transfer of Credit form from the CU Boulder graduate school.