Total Minimum Hours: 72 credit hours (post-bacc)
48 credit hours (post-masters)
Core 9 credit hours
Math req 6 credit hours
Coursework 21 credit hours
Dissertation 20 credit hours
Additional coursework or dissertation 16 redit hours
A minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, of which there must be a minimum of 36 hours of coursework at the 6000 level without counting Independent Study or Special Topics courses and a minimum of 20 hours of dissertation. A minimum of 21 hours of graduate level coursework is required in the student's area of specialization and there must be at least 6 hours of mathematics or statistics and 6 hours of graduate level coursework outside the major area of specialization. All students are required to fulfill the 9 credit hours of core course requirements as outlined below. Courses completed for a Masters degree from another institution may count towards a maximum of 24 credit hours of coursework for the Ph.D. degree only if the transcript shows that the degree requirements were similar to USF and the student did not already get credit for the identical courses at USF.A qualifying examination must be passed before admission to doctoral candidacy.
Core Requirements - 9 credit hours
All Ph.D. Major students must complete a total of9 core credit hours from each of the following specialization areas.
Fluid and Thermal Science - 3 credit hours
EML 6105: Advanced Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
EML 6154: Advanced Conduction Analysis
EML 6713: Advanced Fluid Mechanics
EML 6930: Special Problems I: Convection Heat Transfer
Mechanics, Manufacturing, and Materials - 3 credit hours
EML 6653: Applied Elasticity
EML 6930 Advanced Manufacturing
EML 6930: Special Problems I: Advanced Materials
EML 6570: Principles of Fracture Mechanics
EML 6290: Micro and Nano Manufacturing
Dynamical Systems and Controls - 3 credit hours
EML 6273: Advanced Dynamics of Machinery
EML 6930: Special Problems I: Advanced Controls
EML 6930: Special Problems I: Advanced Vibrations
EML 6801: Robotic Systems
Mathematics Requirement - 6 credit hours
EML 6931: Special Problems II: Advanced Mathematics
EML 6930: Special Problems I: Advanced Mathematics II
Additional Graduate Level Coursework - 21 credit hours minimum
The purpose of the Qualifying Examination is to determine if the student has acquired sufficient mastery of the subject matter in all relevant fields on his/her program of study to warrant admission to candidacy for the Ph. D. degree. It should be taken as soon as a student has completed a major portion of the coursework requirements. Students must apply to take the qualifying examination no later than the fourth semester after admission into the doctoral major.
In order to take the qualifying examination a doctoral student must satisfy the following requirements:
- Satisfactorily complete (C or better) in departmental coursework on Mathematics and two other areas of specialization (1 major and 1 minor) as described below.
- EML 6069: Advanced Mathematics,
- EML 6930: Advanced Mathematics II
- Heat Transfer:
- EML 6154: Advanced Conduction Analysis
- EML 6930: Convection Heat Transfer
- Fluid Mechanics:
- EML6713: Advanced Fluid Mechanics
- EML6105: Advanced Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
- EML6273: Advanced Dynamics of Machinery
- EML6223: Synthesis of Vibrating Systems
- Solid Mechanics:
- EML6653: Applied Elasticity
- EML 6930: Advanced Materials
- EML6930: Advanced Controls
- Apply in writing to the Graduate Coordinator for permission to take the examination. The application must include a detailed statement of the courses taken, major and minor areas of specialization and must be submitted before October 15th.
- Students may request an exemption from any required coursework if they have satisfactorily completed (B or better) equivalent coursework at an accredited institution other than USF.
No student will be allowed to take the examination if the cumulative GPA of all courses taken at USF is below 3.0, have not chosen a major professor and formed a supervisory committee, or is holding conditional or provisional admission status in the major.
The examination will be administered by a Departmental Qualifying Examination Committee once a year (in the first two weeks of February), as needed.
- Written Examination
- Examinations will be given on Mathematics, and students chosen major and minor areas of specialization. Examinations will be prepared by the qualifying examination committee and will be administered by the graduate coordinator. Composition of the committee will be rotated among all faculty members and determined by the exam areas to be offered. If at all possible, a Ph.D. advisor will not be involved in the evaluation of her/his students. The length of each examination will be approximately three hours of duration.
- The type of written examination, i.e., open book etc., is at the discretion of the assessor.
- Passing and Advancement to Candidacy
- A student is required to pass the written examination in all 3 areas (Mathematics, major area of specialization, minor area of specialization) for advancement to candidacy.
- In case a student passes in 2 areas and fails in 1 area, a make-up written or oral examination may be requested by the student. The make-up examination will be given during the last two weeks of March.
- In case a student fails the written examination in more than one area or fails the written or oral make-up examination, he or she will need to re-take the entire qualifying examination in the following year.
- Students will be given a maximum of two attempts to pass the qualifying examination. Failure in the second year will result in being dropped from the doctoral major.
Dissertation - 20 credit hours minimum
Additional Coursework or Dissertation - 16 credit hours
Students will select additional coursework or Dissertation hours to complete the remaining 16 credit hours.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering has available, on request, the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Handbook, which delineates the Departments entrance requirements, programs of study, supervisory committee formation, and major completion requirements.