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The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University offers the Doctor of Philosophy (PHD) and Master of Science (MS) degrees in mechanical engineering. Enrollment in the PHD 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 where 150 (verbal), 162 (quantitative) and 3.5 (analytical). The requirements for admission to the PHD program are higher than those for a 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 who are able to convince faculty to serve as their research advisors may transition from the non-thesis to thesis option at the request of the advisor. Students who are in a research program (MS thesis or PHD 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) of course work. The department has arranged to offer graduate courses during the summer semester so that students can complete a non-thesis degree within one year. In the PHD program, students must complete a minimum of four courses (12 credit hours) and eighteen research hours. Full details on the requirements can be found in the Graduate Manual.

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

Fast Facts
  • Around 190 total graduate students
  • 70% MS
  • 30% PhD
  • Application Deadline
    • Fall - February 15th
    • Spring - September 15th

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