PhD Program Overview

Students entering the PhD program with a BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering*

Requirement Credits Courses
Seminar 1 INME 8017: Doctoral Seminar
Advanced Math 6 Full list of Advanced Math Courses
Specialty Area Courses
12
The focus of the coursework in the Graduate Curriculum is in four (4) Specialty Areas listed as follows:

• Thermal/Fluid Science
• Machine Science
• Materials and Manufacturing
• Bio/Micro-Scale Engineering

Each Specialty Area has a list of courses to choose from (see link below).
The student has to approve 3 courses in the selected Specialty Area and 1 course listed as an option under any of the Specialty Areas.

Full list of Specialty Areas Courses

ME Electives 15 Electives are chosen in consultation with the student’s Research Advisor.
The following restrictions apply:
1. A maximum of 9 credits of 5000 level courses.
2. INME 5015/5995/5996/6995 courses must be approved by the Graduate Committee.
Free Electives 9
Dissertation 18 Doctoral Research
Total 61

* The credit distribution shown is based on a student with a background in Mechanical Engineering. Remedial courses (deficiencies) will be required for students with background in related fields (e.g. Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics). The assignment of the deficiencies will be based on the chosen Specialty Area and the courses approved by the applicant as shown in the student’s permanent academic record (transcript).


Students entering the PhD program with an MS/MEng Degree**

Requirement Credits Courses
Seminar 1 INME 8017: Doctoral Seminar
Advanced Math 3 Full list of Advanced Math Courses
Specialty Area Courses
0
The focus of the coursework in the Graduate Curriculum is in four (4) Specialty Areas listed as follows:

• Thermal/Fluid Science
• Machine Science
• Materials and Manufacturing
• Bio/Micro-Scale Engineering

Each Specialty Area has a list of courses to choose from (see link below).
The student has to approve 3 courses in the selected Specialty Area and 1 course listed as an option under any of the Specialty Areas.
Full list of Specialty Areas Courses

ME Electives 6 Electives are chosen in consultation with the student’s Research Advisor.
The following restrictions apply:
1. A maximum of 9 credits of 5000 level courses.
2. INME 5015/5995/5996/6995 courses must be approved by the Graduate Committee.
Free Electives 9
Dissertation 18 Doctoral Research
Total 37

**The credit distribution shown is based on an MS/MEng degree obtained from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the UPRM. The transfer of credits for students with an MS/MEng degree from other disciplines or accredited academic institutions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

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