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The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University offers the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Science (MS) degrees in mechanical engineering. Enrollment in the Ph.D. and MS programs is open to students with degrees in physics, applied mathematics, or any branch of engineering. Additional coursework may be required for those without an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Admission to the MS program in mechanical engineering at Clemson University typically requires applicants to have a minimum B+ average in their last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework, two letters of recommendation and the average Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores for the Fall 2016 incoming students were 150 (verbal), 162 (quantitative) and 3.5 (analytical). The requirements for admission to the Ph.D. program are higher than those for an MS degree.

Students entering the program without an advisor are classified initially as non-thesis and are expected to take four courses in their first semester. Students able to convince faculty to serve as their research advisors may transition from non-thesis to thesis option at the request of the advisor. For additional assistance with reaching out to your potential faculty advisor, please complete the following Interest Form.

Students who are in a research program (MS thesis or Ph.D. dissertation) are required to register for research hours each semester. Students in the MS thesis program take a minimum of eight courses (24 credit hours) and six research hours. Students in the non-thesis program must complete eleven courses (33 credit hours) work. The department has offered graduate courses during the summer semester so that students can complete a non-thesis degree within one year. In the Ph.D. program, students must complete a minimum of four courses (12 credit hours) and eighteen research hours.

For full details on the Department of Mechanical Engineering graduate programs, see the Graduate Manual.

Contact Us

For inquiries or requests from current or prospective Mechanical Engineering GRADUATE students please email or visit 102B Fluor Daniel Building.

Irina Kharitonova - Graduate Student Services Coordinator 
102A Fluor Daniel Building 
Phone: 864-656-0999

Dr. Huijuan Zhao - Graduate Program Coordinator
201 Fluor Daniel Building 
Phone: 864-656-7190

Fast Facts
  • Around 190 total graduate students
  • 60% MS
  • 40% PhD
  • Application Deadline
    • Fall 2022 - February 15th
    • Spring 2023- September 15th 

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