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Doctorate in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

A PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at OSU allows students to specialize in a wide variety of relevant technical topics.  Our engineers are key professionals in the invention, design and manufacture of devices, vehicles, machines, and systems that meet the changing needs of our society.


MAE PhD students can be admitted either with a MS degree (60 credit hours) or as a direct to PhD student (90 credit hours beyond the BS degree). Additionally, the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UMAS) Concentration is available for students entering with a MS degree who want to focus on Unmanned Aerial Systems research.


Degree Requirements

PhD (60 credit hours beyond MS)

PhD (90 credit hours beyond BS)

PhD with UMAS concentration (60 credit hours beyond MS)

Research and Faculty


Dr. Imraan Faruque, assistant professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the autonomous physical laboratory was recognized by the Office of Naval Research as one of 25 awardees of the Young Investigator Award, receiving a grant up to $750k.

Meet our Departmental Faculty



The recommended application deadlines for priority consideration for admission, assistantships, and fellowships are February 1st for Fall admission and July 1st for Spring admission. A completed application includes completion of the online application and receipt of all required test scores, Letters of Recommendation, and other requested materials.



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Cost and Assistantships

Many graduate students are hired by professors to work on funded research projects. These students conduct research for faculty and are paid from the faculty’s research grants and contracts.  To receive a research assistantship the applicant must directly contact the MAE faculty in their area(s) of interest. Every applicant is automatically considered for financial support and no additional information is required


Students with an excellent academic background and a high GRE score usually receive support in the form of a research and/or teaching assistantship(s). The number and type of assistantships, as well as the level of support, depend on the funding available at the time MAE receives the application.



University Scholarships

CEAT Scholarships

Assistantships & Funding Opportunities

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