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Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Mossi, Dr. Karla
Director, Graduate Programs in Mechanical Engineering
kmmossi@vcu.edu
(804) 827-5275

Admission requirements summary

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Degree:

Ph.D.
Semester(s)
of entry:

Fall



Spring
Deadline
dates:

Jun 1
(Feb 1 for
financial
assistance)
Nov 15
Test
requirements:

GRE

The Ph.D. curriculum will provide graduate-level training in both mechanical and nuclear engineering. Graduates of the program will be prepared for research and teaching careers in areas such as energy production, nuclear waste transport, storage and disposal, and the development of new mechanical devices for use in nuclear medicine. A set of required new interdisciplinary core courses will train students on the interaction of radiation with engineering materials, radiation in heat and mass transfer, as well as the mathematical modeling and control of mechanical systems incorporating radioactive elements. Technical electives in both mechanical and nuclear engineering will allow students to pursue in-depth study relevant to their selected research topic. Dissertation topics pursued as directed research credits will be devoted to open-ended research projects at the intersection of mechanical and nuclear engineering.

The Ph.D. degree will require a minimum of 68 credit hours beyond the B.S. degree, or a minimum of 36 credits beyond the M.S. degree. Students can enter the Ph.D. program with either a B.S. or M.S. degree with the following minimum credit requirements:

Student learning outcomes

  1. Apply advanced knowledge of mathematics, science or engineering: Graduates will demonstrate an ability to apply advanced knowledge of mathematics, science or engineering.
  2. Communicate effectively: Graduates will demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively.
  3. Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems: Graduates will demonstrate an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.

Requirements for students entering with a B.S. degree (68 credits minimum)

Core component (15 credit hours): This component consists of five required graduate courses that provide the foundation of the Ph.D. in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering.

Core area
Core courses (3 credits each)
Continuum mechanics¹ EGMN 503 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Continuum Mechanics
Mathematical analysis¹ EGMN 504 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Analysis
Dynamic systems and controls EGMN 603 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Dynamic Systems
Materials EGMN 604 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Materials
Topics in nuclear² EGRN 610 Topics in Nuclear Engineering

¹ Students entering the Ph.D. program with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from VCU who have taken EGMN 503 or EGMN 504 as undergraduate technical electives must take replacement courses approved by the MNE graduate program director.

² Not required for students entering with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering. A replacement course approved by the MNE graduate program director must be taken and will count toward the required 15 credits of core courses.

Technical elective component (18 credit hours minimum): Mechanical and nuclear engineering students, with the aid of their dissertation adviser and dissertation committee, will select technical elective courses with the following requirements:

Directed research component (27 credit hours minimum): This component consists of dissertation research directed toward completion of Ph.D. degree requirements under the direction of a dissertation adviser and dissertation committee. Students can register for between 1 and 15 credits of EGMN 697 Directed Research in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering.

Seminar component (8 credit hours minimum): Students must complete a total of 8 credits of EGMN 690 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar

Note: (a) A total of 21 credit hours from the core courses, or technical electives or seminar but not including directed research credits must be at the 600 level or higher.

(b) In certain cases, independent study courses (ENGR 691) are offered by individual faculty members. Up to 3 credits of ENGR 691 may be taken as a technical elective course.

(c) Students currently enrolled in the Engineering Ph.D. mechanical track, who wish to switch to the Ph.D. in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, must submit a request in writing to the graduate program director. Requests will be reviewed and approved by the Graduate Committee and will depend on the student’s ability to satisfy the new Ph.D. degree requirements.

Sample curriculum

B.S. to Ph.D.

  Credits
First year, fall semester  
EGMN 503 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Continuum Mechanics 3
EGMN 504 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Analysis 3
EGRN 610 Topics in Nuclear Engineering 3
Subtotal 9
First year, spring semester  
EGMN 603 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Dynamic Systems 3
EGMN 604 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Materials 3
EGMN 690 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar 1
EGMN 697 Directed Research in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering 2
Subtotal 9
First-year total credits 18
   
Second year, fall semester  
EGMN 690 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar 1
EGMN 697 Directed Research 2
EGXX 500-level technical elective 3
EGXX 600-level technical elective 3
Subtotal 9
Second year, spring semester  
EGMN 690 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar 1
EGMN 697 Directed Research in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering 2
EGXX 600-level technical electives 6
Subtotal 9
Second-year total credits 18
   
Third year, fall semester  
EGMN 690 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar 1
EGMN 697 Directed Research in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering 5
EGXX 600-level technical elective 3
Subtotal 9
Third year, spring semester  
EGMN 690 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar 1
EGMN 697 Directed Research in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering 5
EGXX 600-level technical electives 3
Subtotal 9
Third-year total credits 18
   
Fourth year, fall semester  
EGMN 690 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar 1
EGMN 697 Directed Research in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering 8
Subtotal 9
Fourth year, spring semester  
EGMN 690 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar 1
EGMN 697 Directed Research in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering 8
Subtotal 9
Fourth-year total credits 18
   
Fifth year, fall semester  
EGMN 690 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar 1
EGMN 697 Directed Research in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering 8
Subtotal 9
Fifth year, spring semester  
EGMN 690 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar 1
EGMN 697 Directed Research in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering 8
Subtotal 9
Fifth-year total credits 18
   
Total core credits 15
Total elective credits (including seminar) 27
Total directed research hours 48
Total number of credits 90

Requirements for students entering with an M.S. degree in engineering (45 credits minimum)

Core component (9 credit hours): This component consists of three required graduate courses that provide the foundation of the hybrid Ph.D. in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering.

Core area
Courses (3 credits each)
Dynamic systems and controls EGMN 603 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Dynamic Systems
Materials EGMN 604 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Materials
Topics in nuclear¹ EGRN 610 Topics in Nuclear Engineering

¹ Not required for students entering with a B.S. or M.S. degree in nuclear engineering or mechanical and nuclear engineering. A replacement course approved by the MNE graduate program director must be taken and will count toward the required 15 credits of core courses.

Directed research component (30 credit hours): This component consists or dissertation research directed toward completion of Ph.D. degree requirements under the direction of a dissertation adviser and dissertation committee.

Seminar component (6 credit hours): Students must complete a total of 6 credits of EGMN 690 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar.

Note: (a) A total of 9 credit hours of core courses and seminar, but not including directed research, credits must be at the 600 level or higher.

(b) Students entering with an M.S. will follow the same curriculum as the students entering with a B.S. with the above noted reduction in required credit hours.

Sample curriculum

M.S. to Ph.D.

  Credits
First year, fall semester  
EGMN 603 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Dynamic Systems 3
EGMN 604 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Materials 3
EGRN 610 Topics in Nuclear Engineering 3
Subtotal 9
First year, spring semester  
EGMN 690 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar 1
EGMN 697 Directed Research in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering 8
Subtotal 9
First-year total credits 18
   
Second year, fall semester  
EGMN 690 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar 1
EGMN 697 Directed Research 8
Subtotal 9
Second year, spring semester  
EGMN 690 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar 1
EGMN 697 Directed Research in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering 8
Subtotal 9
Second-year total credits 18
   
Third year, fall semester  
EGMN 690 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar 1
EGMN 697 Directed Research in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering 8
Subtotal 9
Third year, spring semester  
EGMN 690 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar 1
EGMN 697 Directed Research in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering 8
Subtotal 9
Third-year total credits 18
   
Fourth year, fall semester  
EGMN 690 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar 1
EGMN 697 Directed Research in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering 8
Subtotal 9
Fourth year, spring semester  
EGMN 690 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar 1
EGMN 697 Directed Research in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering 8
Subtotal 9
Fourth-year total credits 18
   
Total core credits 9
Total elective credits (including seminar) 7
Total directed research hours 56
Total number of credits 72

 

 

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