Department of Mechanical Engineering

Course Credit Mandatory course Publication Note
Master's Program At least 28 (course credit: 18, research credit: 10) The Seminar: At least 2 credit, Master's Research: At least 8 credits At least one conference presentation or a paper accepted for publication in an SCI or SCI-E journal as the first author is required Up to 3 credits (6 credits for combined Master's-Doctoral program) of undergraduate   (400-level) courses may be taken with the consent of thesis advisor and instructor, and be counted toward credit requirement.
Doctoral Program At least 60 (course credit: 18, research credit: 42) The Seminar: At least 2 credit, Doctoral Research: At least 12 credits At least one paper accepted for publication in an SCI or SCI-E journal as the first author
Combined  Master's- Doctoral Program At least 60 (course credit: 30, research credit: 30) The Seminar: At least 3 credit, Doctoral Research: At least 21 credits
 

Department of Mechanical Engineering

  Department of Mechanical Engineering  
     
When  May, November (In the week of the third quarter of each semester)
Times per Year  Twice per year
Criteria Written
Subjects Choose 3 out of 9 subject areas:
✔Engineering Math (MTH) ✔Fluid Mechanics (FLM)
✔Thermodynamics (THD) ✔Heat Transfer (HT)
✔Mechanics of Materials (MM) ✔Manufacturing (MFG)
✔Dynamics (DYN) ✔Control (CTR)
✔Bio&MEMs (BM)
Committees for each subject area are formed to write exam problems and grade the answers of applicants. Each committee consists of at least three faculty members.
Required Time 2 hours for each subject area
Passing Standard Knowledge and understanding of each subject is graded on pass/fail basis. Students must pass 3 subjects from the exam areas.
Measures on Unsuccessful Students  The student may take one more examination if he/she fails in the first examination. Students not passing the Ph.D. Q.E. at the first sitting may be allowed to take the examination one more time for the one or more area exams that were failed (as long as the students are within the allowed duration). In retaking the qualifying exam, students may choose to be tested in a different area, in which case only one chance is allowed. If the student fails again after retaking the exam, the final pass or fail decision will be made by evaluating student’s overall research performance in the Q.E. committee meeting.
Appealing Period One week from the result notification. *During the period above, you can make an objection to your result by submitting the related document. If you're justified, correction can be made by Q.E. committees.
Standard for Application Students must be registered for the semester in which they take the Ph.D. Q.E. and have full graduate standing. Students must pass the Ph.D. Q.E. within the 6th semester after enrolling in the Ph.D. or M.S-Ph.D. program.
Note The guideline is effective from Fall 2020 and applies to all Ph.D. and M.S.-Ph.D. students.