The Mechanical Engineering (ME) Graduate Programs are dedicated to educating a new generation of engineers and researchers who aim to master the fundamentals of mechanical sciences and engineering. Students use innovative and cutting-edge research techniques, methodologies, instrumentation, and equipment to solve problems that are relevant to modern society.
UC Merced is home to a number of innovative research and training centers that offer extraordinary opportunities for our students. In UC Merced’s top-ranked Mechanical Engineering Program, you will:
January 15, 2023
Multiple degree options
(Ph.D. or M.S.)
Students may be admitted to the Mechanical Engineering graduate program to work toward a Master of Science (M.S.) degree. The recipient of a M.S. degree will 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.
Each Mechanical Engineering 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 M.S. tracks (with or without a thesis) are recognized and students may switch from one M.S. plan to another with their faculty advisor's consent.
The Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) is granted to students who demonstrate a thorough knowledge of a broad field of learning and have demonstrated 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.
There are 3 options for students to obtain their Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering: Post-M.S., M.S. and Ph.D, and Direct Ph.D. Each option has different unit requirements. Please note that courses taken toward a graduate degree at another institution cannot be transferred for credit toward a Ph.D. at UC Merced. However, a course requirement may be waived if a similar course was taken at another institution.
In accordance with University of California policy, a minimum of four semesters in academic residence is required prior to awarding the Ph.D. Typically, a longer period of study, four to six years, is required for completion of all degree requirements.
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