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Mechanical Engineering (Engineering, Ph. D.)

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in mechanical engineering is designed to prepare graduates for professional practice in teaching, research and development, design, and consulting. Graduates are prepared for challenging and rewarding employment in high-technology industries, research organizations, consulting firms and government agencies.

Mechanical Engineering (Engineering, Ph. D.)


What is Mechanical Engineering at ODU like?

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in mechanical engineering is designed to prepare graduates for professional practice in teaching, research and development, design, and consulting. Graduates are prepared for challenging and rewarding employment in high-technology industries, research organizations, consulting firms and government agencies.

Program Highlights

What makes Mechanical Engineering at ODU unique?

  • These programs are also designed to serve both full-time and part-time graduate students. The department is closely associated with area industries, consulting firms, government agencies and research laboratories, which add relevance to the graduate engineering curricula, creating a stimulating environment for the pursuit of graduate studies.

  • Students benefit from the University’s affiliation with NASA Langley Research Center, the Jefferson National Laboratory, the National Institute of Aerospace, and the Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center.


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Mechanical Engineers



Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.

Mechanical Engineering Technologists



Assist mechanical engineers in such activities as generation, transmission, or use of mechanical or fluid energy. Prepare layouts of machinery or equipment or plan the flow of work. May conduct statistical studies or analyze production costs.

Mechatronics Engineers



Research, design, develop, or test automation, intelligent systems, smart devices, or industrial systems control.

Manufacturing Engineers



Design, integrate, or improve manufacturing systems or related processes. May work with commercial or industrial designers to refine product designs to increase producibility and decrease costs.


What are some courses offered in Mechanical Engineering at ODU?

MAE 601:
Engineering Mathematics

Applications of linear algebra, ordinary and partial differential equations, and complex variables to engineering problems.

MAE 604:
Analytical Dynamics

Advanced kinematics with moving reference frames. Euler equations of motion. Gyroscopic theory. Principle of virtual work, D'Alembert's principle, Hamilton's principle, Lagrange's equations of motion and rigid body dynamics.

MAE 672:
Design of Experiments

This course will focus on formal experiment design. Topics to be discussed will include review of statistics, ANOVA, multiple comparisons, residuals, modal adequacy checking, randomized complete block designs, factorial designs, 2^k factorial and fractional factorial designs, random and mixed effects in factorials, and optimization. The course will also provide an introduction to response surface methods. Laboratory exercises will use designed experiments as applied to aerospace testing, including wind tunnel testing and instrument calibration.


What are the requirements to apply for Mechanical Engineering at ODU?

Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Mechanical Engineering should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

To qualify for admission to a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mechanical Engineering, a student must have earned a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning in engineering, physics, or mathematics, including graduate-level course work equivalent to the corresponding master’s programs in Mechanical Engineering. Applicants with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at the master’s level are eligible for regular admission. Applicants with a GPA below 3.5 who present evidence and potential for improvement may be eligible for provisional admission. Students are typically required to submit their Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, although the Graduate Program Director (GPD) may waive the GRE requirement for applicants with excellent academic credentials.


Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident

Per Credit:

$ 571


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States

Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

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With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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