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Department of Mechanical Engineering

Doctoral

Student researching

The Tufts Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. The Department also participates in two interdisciplinary Joint-Ph.D. programs: One in Materials Science and Engineering and one in Human-Robot Interaction.

In general, the Ph.D. program is for full-time students only, and any deviation from this policy must be approved by vote of the department faculty. Tuition scholarships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships are only available, on a competitive basis, to full-time Ph.D. candidates.

Upon matriculation, graduate students are assigned a faculty advisor who provides advice about registration for courses and program requirements. For Ph.D. students, as progress is made on the degree, suitable thesis topics are discussed between the student and department faculty members. The selection of a thesis advisor should be completed by the end of the second term of full-time study. This advisor then assumes all advising duties for the student.

The interaction between the graduate student and a faculty member is one of the most significant aspects of a graduate student's time at Tufts. Ph.D. students also have a thesis committee that works with the thesis advisor to ensure success. Ph.D. students must successfully complete the Ph.D. qualifying exams before the end of the first year in the program, prior to initiating their research. All candidates for the Ph.D. degree must defend their thesis in an oral examination in an open forum.

For further information, please contact:
Robert White
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Program Director