Ph.D Program and Curriculum

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The Russ College offers a Ph.D. program in mechanical and systems engineering, with specialization tracks in mechanical engineering and industrial and systems engineering. Our doctoral candidates on the mechanical engineering track are researching ways to improve society through environmental remediation, innovative energy systems, and application of machine technology to health care.

You'll have the opportunity to specialize your research in biomedical engineering, machine and automotive design, energy, manufacturing, materials and deformable solid body mechanics, robotics and rigid body mechanics, and thermo-fluid systems.

How to Apply

How do you want to create for good? To join our college as a graduate student and get the preparation you need to be a part of the future of mechanical engineering, you’ll need to apply through the Ohio University Graduate College. Applicants with a GRE quantitative score in the 80th percentile or better may be entitled to a waiver of the application fee. Contact graduate chair Dr. Muhammad Ali ( to receive a fee waiver code that can be entered online.

Application Deadlines

Fall Admission

Feb. 1 for international applicants, July 15 for U.S. students (but it's a competitive process, so it's a good idea to make the Feb. 1 deadline)

Spring Admission

Sept. 1 for international applicants, Dec. 1 for U.S. students (the competitive process makes Sept. 1 a wise goal)

Summer Admission

Dec. 1 for international applicants, April 1 for U.S. students (the earlier the better).

GRE Scores

The required test scores for the GRE are: 161 for Quantitative and 153 for Verbal. Submitting high GRE scores (e.g., GRE quantitative reasoning in the 80th percentile and above) can help offset less desirable GPA. *NOTE: The GRE requirement can be waived by recommendation of your potential advisor.

English Proficiency

For non-native English speakers without a prior degree from a U.S. school, English proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS) scores are typically required (more information).Students with English proficiency scores lower than the university requirements for funding eligibility may gain funding eligibility by successfully completing the recommended university English language improvement courses.

For those applicants who must submit English proficiency scores, official score reports must be submitted upon acceptance into the program.

Program Guidelines (PDF)