Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Program Overview

The Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering prepares rising scholars and researchers to contribute positively to the mechanical and aerospace engineering fields.

Students work closely with a faculty advisor to explore ideas in areas such as mobile robots, defense and environmental monitoring, smart materials, plasma-based methods for reinforcing industrial plastics in transportation vehicles and beyond.

Top research areas of the department:

  • Aerospace engineering
  • Design of mechanical engineering systems
  • Fluid mechanics, thermal sciences and energy
  • Industrial engineering
  • Solid mechanics and materials science
  • Structures and dynamics
  • Robotics, mechatronics and controls

Program Requirements

Faculty Advisor & Research Area

We strongly recommend that prospective doctoral students determine a faculty member in the department with whom they would like to work, as well as the research area of interest.

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Program Requirements

Please visit the GW Bulletin to see a description of the program requirements.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in an appropriate area from an accredited institution.
    • If applicant has obtained a master’s degree, a minimum grade point average of 3.4 (on a scale of 4.0) is required.
    • If applicant has only obtained a bachelor’s degree, the minimum grade point average must be a 3.3 (on a scale of 4.0).
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a programming language.
  • Successful submission of online application form, exam scores and other documents as outlined in the admissions requirements.