University of California, Riverside

Department of Mechanical Engineering



Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Timetable and Deadlines


Timetable for a Ph.D. Degree

Ph.D. Required Steps Description Required Form(s) When Deadline
Preliminary Exam Take and pass 3 written exams and 1 oral exam Preliminary Exam Intent Form and Oral Exam Form End of year 1 (3rd quarter of matriculation) Offered in Spring and Fall Will be announced by department
Qualifying Exam Committee Nomination Must nominate 5 members. One member must be from outside area. Form 2 and Report of Departmental Requirements Form Usually after completion of year 2 (6th quarter of matriculation) At least 2 weeks prior to the exam date
Qualifying Exam Oral exam to have the Ph.D. dissertation proposal approved Form 3 See above Must be submitted to Graduate Assistant no more than 24 hours after taken
Final Defense** Ph.D. dissertation final defense (open to the public) Form 5 Varies between 4-5 years Submit to Graduate Assistant as soon as possible after defending
Dissertation Draft Rough Draft of final dissertation n/a n/a One week before the final draft is due. (check Graduate Division Calendar for specific date)
Dissertation Final Draft Final draft of Ph.D. dissertation Acceptance & Deposit form, ProQuest Publication Agreement, 2 optional surveys n/a On or before the last day of the quarter. (check Graduate Division Calendar for specific date)

Required units for Ph.D. are 36 (including at least 3 units of ME 250)

Units can be obtained by taking any combination of courses. Taking core courses is highly recommended.

** Please note that you must submit an abstract and title to the Graduate Assistant no later than 9 days before your defense or you will not be allowed to hold your defense.

All forms should be obtained from the Graduate Program Assistant: Bourns Hall A332

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

College Information

Bourns College of Engineering
446 Winston Chung Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5190
Fax: (951) 827-3188
E-mail: collegeinfo@engr.ucr.edu

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