Mechanical Engineering (PhD)

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department

Program Description

Mechanical engineers create the physical systems and devices that define modern society — everything from automobiles to air conditioning, robotic parts to power plants, people movers to artificial limbs, and rocket engines to satellites. At the Tandon School of Engineering, we groom our students to become the inventors and innovators of tomorrow. Our PhD in Mechanical Engineering program offers a balanced curriculum that emphasizes the principles behind these designs and approaches. To apply these principles in the field, we make computational and research experience an integral component of our students' studies.

We offer students the freedom to choose from 5 distinct areas of specialization:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Controls and Dynamic Systems
  • Fluid Dynamics and Thermal Systems
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanics and Structural Systems

The high faculty-to-student ratio of our program ensures students develop close ties to their instructors and fellow students. This fosters lifelong relationships and a rigorous intellectual community of scholars.

Many of our graduates enter such fields as computer engineering, nanotechnology, software development, and financial engineering. They also occupy positions in bioengineering, manufacturing, astronautics, systems engineering, corporate management, and law.


To apply for admission to any Tandon graduate program, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Required Background Knowledge

Admission to this program requires an MS in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering or other closely related engineering field or applied sciences. Applicants are expected to have earned a GPA of 3.5 or better in their MS degree. If a student is admitted, but their background appears to be lacking in some areas, the student will be advised to supplement their background knowledge based on the requirements for Tandon's MS degree in Mechanical Engineering. Those with a BS in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering and a GPA of 3.5 or higher, may apply directly to the PhD program without an MS degree.