Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.)

Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.) | Graduate

Our Mechanical Engineering doctoral students represent the next generation of first-rate engineers involved in the research, development, and design of technological innovations in areas ranging from biomedicine and aerospace to rehabilitation science.

The Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Howard's Graduate School is designed for students interested in a broad range of areas in mechanical engineering. Our students engage in high-impact research to solve real-life engineering problems. Our program welcomes applicants with a background in mathematics, applied physics, chemistry, engineering, or physical science-related fields. Our Ph.D. program will prepare you, like many of our graduate alums, for a career in research and development, university teaching, or industry. As a doctoral student in the Mechanical Engineering program, you may choose from four distinct areas of specialization in dynamics and controls in aerospace engineering, fluids and thermal sciences, applied mechanics, and design and manufacturing. The Department also has interdisciplinary offerings in atmosphere and materials sciences. In Washington, D.C., you'll have access to a robust high-tech research community and opportunities to collaborate with industry and government agencies on research. In addition, you'll enjoy a highly collegial atmosphere and work closely with a faculty research advisor committed to your professional development. Our graduate faculty are also notable for their wide-ranging expertise in mechanical engineering, including solid and fluid mechanics, control and aerospace, system design, and biomechanical engineering. Five world-class research laboratories support research activities funded by several governmental agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Energy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and agencies such as Boeing, General Motors, and Northrop Grumman.

Program Snapshot

      ❱  72 credit hours 

      ❱  Full-time

      ❱  On-campus format

      ❱  Degree: Ph.D.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2024 entry: 

      ❱  Nov. 1, 2023 (final deadline)

Fall 2024 entry: 

      ❱  Dec. 1, 2023 (early deadline)

      ❱  Feb. 15, 2024 (priority deadline)

      ❱  Apr. 15, 2024 (final deadline)

Applicants should submit their applications as early as possible for earlier consideration of departmental funding opportunities. Applicants have until the final deadline to apply. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the admissions cycle. 

Transfer credits accepted (reviewed by program director)


Dr. Gbadebo Owolabi

Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. Nadir Yilmaz

Department Chair

Priscilla Pinkney

Program Coordinator

Program Details

  • Degree Classification: Graduate
  • Related Degrees: Ph.D.
  • Related Professions: Engineer

Admission Requirements

Application for Admission

  • Online EngineeringCAS application
  • Statement of purpose/ Statement of academic interest (500-1,000 words)
  • GRE scores not required
  • Official transcripts sent to EngineeringCAS
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or the international equivalent
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Autobiographical statement (500-750 words)

GRE Required?

  • No

GRE Preferred Minimums

  • GRE Verbal Reasoning: N/A
  • GRE Quantitative Reasoning: N/A
  • GRE Analytical Writing: N/A

GPA Required Minimums

  • Overall GPA minimum: 3.0
  • Undergrad GPA minimum: 3.0

Reference Requirements

Evaluator type accepted:

  • Professor (Required)
  • Supervisor/Manager

Evaluator type not accepted:

  • Coworker
  • Friend
  • Family Member
  • Clergy
  • Other