Total Minimum Program Hours: 72 credit hours (post-bacc)
Core – 12 credit hours
Math req – 6 credit hours
Coursework – 18 credit hours
Dissertation – 20 credit hours
Additional coursework or dissertation – 16 credit 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 18 hours of 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 coursework outside the major area of specialization. All students are required to fulfill the 12 credit hours of core course requirements as outlined below. Courses completed for a Master’s 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: 12 credit hours
Fluid and Thermal Science: 6 credit hours
All Ph.D. Program students must complete a total of 12 core credit hours from two categories.
EML 6105: Advanced Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
Mechanics and Systems: 6 credit hours
EML 6154: Advanced Conduction Analysis
EML 6713: Advanced Fluid Mechanics
EML 6930: Convection Heat Transfer
EML 6223: Synthesis of Vibrating Systems
EML 6273: Advanced Dynamics of Machinery
EML 6653: Applied Elasticity
EML 6930: Failure Mechanisms in Materials
EML 6930: Advanced Materials
EML 6570: Fracture Mechanics
EML 6930: Engineering Design Principles and Practices
Mathematics Requirement: 6 credit hours
EML 6931: Advanced Mathematics
EML 6930: Advanced Mathematics II
Additional Coursework: 18 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 program.
In order to take the qualifying examination a doctoral student must satisfy the following requirements:
1. Satisfactorily complete (C or better) in departmental coursework on Mathematics and two other areas of specialization (1 major and 1 minor) as described below.
- Graduate courses - Advanced Mathematics, Advanced Mathematics II
- Heat Transfer:
- Undergraduate courses - Heat Transfer
- Graduate courses - Conduction Heat Transfer, Convection Heat Transfer
- Fluid Mechanics:
- Undergraduate courses – Fluid Systems
- Graduate courses - Advanced Fluids
- Undergraduate courses – Thermo I, Thermal Systems
- Graduate courses - Advanced Thermodynamics
- Undergraduate courses – Dynamics, Vibrations, Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery
- Graduate courses - Advanced Dynamics of Machinery, Synthesis of Vibrating Systems
- Solid Mechanics:
- Undergraduate courses – Mechanics of Solids, Machine Design
- Graduate Courses - Applied Elasticity
- Undergraduate courses – Materials I
- Graduate courses - Advanced Materials
2. 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.
3. 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 program.
The examination will be administered by a Departmental Qualifying Examination Committee once a year (in the first two weeks of February), as needed.
1. Written Examination
- Examinations will be given on Mathematics, and student’s 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.
2. 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 program.
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 Program Handbook, which delineates the Department’s entrance requirements, programs of study, supervisory committee formation, and program completion requirements.