Mechanical Engineering

Doctoral Degree Program

Earn your Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at WSU Tri‑Cities

Students must apply for admission to the Pullman campus. However, by selecting a WSU-Tri-Cities resident faculty member as adviser, a student may complete all the requirements of the program by staying at the Tri-Cities campus. Please contact Helen Berry, by calling 509.372.7394 or sending e-mails to to learn more about this Ph.D. program.
Course Work
  1. A minimum of 72 credit hours distributed as follows (Additional details are given in the Graduate School Policies and Procedures at
    Ph.D. ProgramNumber of Credit Hours
    Graded graduate coursework:24
    Math 540 or equivalent3
    500-level ME or MSE courses12
    courses approved by advisor9
    ME 800 (dissertation)20
    Total Credits72
  2. Successful completion of a preliminary examination, including a research proposal and an oral exam, prepared and administered by the student’s Advisory Committee one or two semesters before semester of final defense.
  3. A dissertation, approved by the student’s Advisory Committee, based on the research conducted as part of the graduate program.
  4. A final examination and defense of the Dissertation.
For more information, refer to the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Graduate Student Handbook,, and the Washington State University Graduate School Policies & Procedures Manual,