Available Degrees

Doctoral Degree

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in the Mechanical Engineering emphasis is granted to students who demonstrate a thorough knowledge of a broad field of learning and have given evidence of distinguished accomplishment in that field. The degree also signifies that the recipient has critical ability and powers of imaginative synthesis as demonstrated by a doctoral dissertation containing an original contribution to knowledge in his or her chosen field of study.

Requirements

To earn the Ph.D. degree in the Mechanical Engineering emphasis, the ME graduate group has established the following requirements:

Post M.S.

Students entering with an M.S. degree must:

  • Complete at least four semesters of full-time academic residence at UC Merced;
  • Complete at least 12 units of letter graded graduate course work;
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Register for and obtain a Satisfactory (S) grade in two semesters of the ME Seminar Course;
  • Serve as a Teaching Assistant (TA) for at least one semester;
  • Pass a written preliminary exam to show mastery of fundamental mechanical engineering topics;
  • Present a written dissertation proposal and pass an oral qualifying examination in which the proposed research is presented to the dissertation committee;
  • Present one open technical seminar or a presentation at a professional conference;
  • Present and successfully defend a doctoral dissertation containing an original contribution to knowledge in the field.

M.S. and Ph.D.

Students whose degree objective is a Ph.D. but who wish to also receive an M.S. from UC Merced must complete all requirements for an M.S. degree either Plan I or II in addition to the requirements for the Post M.S. degree described above.

Direct Ph.D.

Students who directly enter with a bachelor’s degree and do not intend to pursue an M.S. degree en route to the Ph.D. must:

  • Complete at least six semesters of full-time academic residence at UC Merced;
  • Complete at least 32 units of letter graded graduate course work;
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Register for and obtain a Satisfactory (S) grade in two semesters of the ME Seminar Course;
  • Serve as a Teaching Assistant for at least one semester;
  • Pass a written preliminary exam to show mastery of fundamental mechanical engineering topics;
  • Present a written dissertation proposal and pass a an oral qualifying examination in which the proposed research is presented to the dissertation committee;
  • Present one open technical seminar or a presentation at a professional conference;
  • Present and successfully defend a doctoral dissertation containing an original contribution to knowledge in the field.

Master's Degree

Students may be admitted to the graduate emphasis in ME to work toward a Master's Degree (M.S.). The recipient of an M.S. degree is understood to possess knowledge of a broad field of learning that extends well beyond that attained at the undergraduate level, but is not necessarily expected to have made a significant original contribution to knowledge in that field. Students may switch from one degree objective to another with the consent of their faculty advisor.

Note: Graduate courses include those offered by ME and those offered by other SOE graduate programs if approved by the faculty advisor.

Requirements

The ME group has established the following requirements for the M.S. degree. Each M.S. student must have a faculty advisor responsible for designing and approving a plan of study detailing all classes to be taken. Two different tracks are recognized:

PLAN I (thesis option)

  • Complete at least two semesters of full-time academic residence at UC Merced;
  • Complete at least 20 units of letter graded graduate course work;
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Complete at least 8 units of research in addition to the letter graded course requirement;
  • Register for and obtain a Satisfactory (S) grade in one semester of the ME Seminar Course;
  • Prepare a written thesis describing relevant research in the field that is read and accepted by a committee;
  • Defend the M.S. thesis via oral presentation attended and approved by the committee.

PLAN II (non-thesis option)

  • Complete at least two semesters of full-time academic residence at UC Merced;
  • Complete at least 28 units of letter graded graduate course work (no research effort is required in this plan);
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Register for and obtain a Satisfactory (S) grade in one semester of the ME Seminar Course;
  • Pass an oral comprehensive examination administered by the faculty committee.

For more information, refer to the Mechanical Engineering Policies and Procedures.

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Merced, CA 95343

 

 
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