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Mechanical and Energy Engineering

Doctoral Degree Program


Graduate opportunities

The doctoral Mechanical and Energy Engineering program at the University of North Texas offers a ground-breaking opportunity to learn fundamental and applied knowledge compatible with mechanical engineering, renewable energy, energy modeling, manufacturing and fossil fuels.

Our Doctor of Philosophy degree is the first of its kind in Texas, and the innovative curriculum allows you to study and conduct research with world-class faculty members. This collaboration can lead to being published in professional journals, a validation of your hard work and strong research.

In addition, you'll work with faculty members to develop a broad and in-depth knowledge for solving energy problems. You'll explore topics such as:

  • Fundamentals of energy
  • Thermal energy and fluids
  • Solid mechanics and controls
  • Renewable and alternative clean energy
  • Energy efficient products and structures
  • Bio-based green and sustainable products
  • Energy efficient intelligent vehicles

Our faculty members have been honored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air- Conditioning Engineers, among others. Their research areas include environmental sustainability, materials and manufacturing, and oil and gas.

The university provides several services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.

A Dissertation Boot Camp and other specialized workshops are available through the Toulouse Graduate School®. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.

Research facilities

You can conduct research with faculty members in laboratories containing the most modern equipment in the nation. Among our facilities is the Zero Energy Research Laboratory where various energy technologies aimed at achieving net-zero consumption of energy are tested. The facility is the first of its kind in Texas. Other facilities include the:

  • Advanced Tire Technology and Vehicle Dynamics Lab
  • Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling
  • Composite Mechanics and Manufacturing Lab
  • Computer Aided Design and Analysis Lab
  • Functional Cellular Solids Lab
  • Impact Mechanics Lab
  • Laboratory of Small Scale Instrumentation
  • Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Lab
  • PACCAR Technology Institute
  • Thermal Fluid Science Lab

More information about these labs is at our website.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You must apply for admission through the graduate school or the International Admissions Office. For details, visit the graduate school website or UNT-International.

You also must submit directly to the department a detailed résumé with educational experience, relevant work history and research experience.

Degree requirements

You'll plan your degree program with assistance from your major professor and advisory committee. The degree requires 72 credit hours beyond a bachelor's degree or 42 credit hours beyond a master's degree. You'll need to maintain at least a B average in all courses.

Students entering with a master's degree

  • 12 credit hours of core courses
  • 12 credit hours of electives
  • 6 credit hours of research
  • 3 credit hours of a seminar course
  • 9 credit hours of dissertation

Students entering with a bachelor's degree

  • 12 credit hours of core courses
  • 24 credit hours of electives
  • 21 credit hours of research
  • 3 credit hours of a seminar course
  • 12 credit hours of dissertation

Financial assistance

Teaching and research assistantships are competitively awarded to students who show high potential for research productivity. This is demonstrated through publications, conference proceedings, recommendations citing evidence of above average creativity and reasoning, excellent academic performance or standardized test results.

Out-of-state and international students who are funded at least half time are eligible for in-state tuition rates. Only master's students who select the thesis option are eligible for teaching or research assistantships. A number of in-state tuition scholarships are also available.

Information about other financial assistance programs is at the financial aid website.