PhD Program

Qualified students holding an M.S. or a B.S. degree can be admitted to the Ph.D. program in mechanical engineering. All students admitted to the Ph.D. program are required to designate their Ph.D. thesis supervisor before the end of the registration period in their second semesters.

Ph.D. students admitted with a Master's degree, are required to take 7 courses having a total of minimum 21 credits. The course program of each student is designed by the student and his/her thesis supervisor according to following rules:

  • All courses must be at graduate level.
  • In order to satisfy the mathematics requirement, ME 540 or ES 502 should be taken. For ES 502, a petition should be submitted to the Department Student Affairs Office.
  • At least one course must be selected from the following pool of courses: ME 502, ME 503, ME 504, ME 505, ME 511, ME 517, ME 526 (ME 532 before Fall 2014 semester), ME 537, ME 541, ME 543 or ME 547.
  • At least 3 courses must be graduate courses offered by the Mechanical Engineering Department, excluding ME 521, ME 510 and ME 540.
  • The program may contain at most 3 courses (subject to the approval of departmental Graduate Programme Committee) offered by other departments.
  • All Ph.D. students must take at least two mathematics courses and three courses from the pool during the graduate programs (M.S. + Ph.D.)

Click here for the table showing the semesters in which graduate courses were offered.

Upon completion of their course work successfully, Ph.D. students are required to take a doctoral qualifying examination before the end of their fifth semester, the latest.

A Ph.D. candidate who passes the doctoral qualifying examination (click here for information, currently only available in Turkish) is required to submit a written thesis proposal to his/her thesis supervising committee, which consists of the student's thesis supervisor and two other faculty members, one being from outside the department.

Ph.D. students are required to complete, write, and defend their Ph.D. thesis successfully before the end of their 12th semester.

Students admitted to the Ph.D. program with a B.S. degree are subject to different rules and regulations and they are advised to consult with the Ph.D. program advisor: Prof. Dr. M. Haluk Aksel (Office: G-208, Phone: 210-5298, e-mail: aksel@metu.edu.tr).

Please download and use the letter of recommendation while applying to the Ph.D. program in mechanical engineering.