Graduate Advising

Please read the Graduate Handbook to get information about the current practices and policies of the department concerning graduate studies.

Graduate advisors

  • Dr. Bostanci
    Dr. Huseyin Bostanci
    Associate Professor
    Master Program Advisor
    Phone: 940-369-5101 | Office: F115L
  • Dr. Hamid Sadat
    Dr. Hamid Sadat
    Assistant Professor
    Doctoral Program Advisor
    Phone: 940-565-2078 | Office: F115S

Current students should consult with their Major Professor or the individual faculty representative in the Graduate Program Committee for advice on any academic or career-related question.

Curriculum and academic resources

  • Degree Plans

    All undergraduate students should contact their ME engineering advisor for assistance in building their own unique degree plan. Advisors can ensure that each student receives detailed information regarding requirements and expectations for their respective degree and education path. Students can discuss their degree plan with a ME engineering advisor.

    Degree/major change

    If you are an graduate student and need to change your degree/major/major professor, you will need to contact the graduate advisor. You can submit a change of major at the TGS: Change of Major

  • Resources

    As a graduate student, there are a multitude of tools to aid in your academic graduate journey. As you move through your career, you will repeatedly utilize the resources found here.

  • Grades & Academic Policy

    Please read over the sections on UNT policies. If you have any questions on these you can give us a call at 1+ (940) 565-2400 or send an email to us at


    Grade Appeal

    Understanding the academic organizational structure and appropriate Chain of Command is important when resolving class-related issues. When you need problems resolved, you must start with your individual faculty member who will then help you navigate the Chain of Command shown below.

    (see UNT Policy 06.040 Grade Appeals)

    STEP 1 - Instructor

    Student must discuss in writing the course grade with the instructor in an attempt to resolve the issue. No later than 10 calendar days after the start of the following academic term.

    STEP 2 - Department or Associate Chair

    Student must initiate a formal grade appeal in writing to the department chair within five weeks (35 calendar days) of the date the grade was officially posted. The chair refers the appeal to a faculty committee within 7 calendar days of receiving the formal appeal.

    STEP 3 - Faculty Committee

    The faculty Committee will review the appeal and give the final resolution to the chair. A grade appeal case should be resolved within five weeks (35 calendar days) of the chair's receipt of the the written appeal.

    STEP 4 - Department Chair

    The department chair notifies both student and instructor of the final resolution to change or not change the grade. A grade appeal case should be resolved within five weeks (35 calendar days) of the chair's receipt of the written appeal.

    STEP 5 - Associate Dean

    If either student or instructor believes there was a procedural error in the process, that party may request reconsideration on procedural grounds by filing a written request for review to the dean within 7 calendar days of having received notice of the resolution. This request must specifically state the procedural grounds for requesting the reconsideration. If the dean determines that the procedures were followed, the dean responds in writing that the faculty committee's determination has been upheld. The decision of the dean is final.

    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Nandika D'Souza (

    Appropriate Grounds for Appeal

    Grades are subject to appeal only when the student believes that the grade was awarded in an inequitable, arbitrary, or erroneous manner. Appropriate grounds for appeal include circumstances where the grade was assigned based on: (see UNT Policy 06.040 Grade Appeals)

    a. inequitable treatment that is the result of departure from the instructor’s stated standards, and course policies; or

    b. a decision based on an error in fact.

    If the student believes that the grade was assigned inappropriately due to discrimination or harassment, the case must first be resolved through procedures for such complaints (see UNT Policy 16.004, Prohibition of Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation) Changes in a grade due to violations of academic integrity cannot be appealed through this process.

    Disability Accommodation


    The College of Engineering cooperates with the Office of Disability Accommodation to make reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. If you have a disability for which you will require accommodation, please present your written accommodation request by the end of the first week and make an appointment with the instructor to discuss your needs.

    Academic Dishonesty

    Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the University's status as an institution of higher education. In the class setting, students shall follow their instructors’ directions and observe all academic standards and requirements published in course syllabi and other course materials. A student is responsible for responding to an academic dishonesty report issued by an instructor or other University authority. If a student fails to respond after a proper attempt at notification, The University may take appropriate academic actions in the absence of the student. (See UNT Policy Student Standards of Academic Integrity)

    The use of unauthorized assistance in an academic exercise, including but not limited to the use of any unauthorized assistance to take exams, tests, quizzes or other assessments. Dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems or carrying out other assignments. Acquisition, without permission, of tests, notes or other academic materials belonging to a faculty or staff member of the University. Dual submission of a paper or project, or re-submission of a paper or project to a different class without express permission from the instructor. Any other act designed to give a student an unfair advantage on an academic assignment.

    Use of another’s thoughts or words without proper attribution in any academic exercise, regardless of the student’s intent, including but not limited to: the knowing or negligent use by paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment or citation. The knowing or negligent unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or by an agency engaged in selling term papers or other academic materials.

    Altering a score, grade or official academic university record or forging the signature of an instructor or other student.

    Falsifying or inventing any information, data or research as part of an academic exercise.

    Facilitating Academic Dishonesty
    Helping or assisting another in the commission of academic dishonesty.

    Acting to prevent others from completing their work or willfully disrupting the academic work of others.

    Available Academic Penalties
    The following academic penalties may be assessed at the instructor’s discretion upon determination that academic dishonesty has occurred. Admonitions and educational assignments are not appealable.

    1. Admonition
      The student may be issued a verbal or written warning.
    2. Assignment of Educational Coursework
      The student may be required to perform additional coursework not required of other students in the specific course.
    3. Partial or no credit for an assignment or assessment
      The instructor may award partial or no credit for the assignment or assessment on which the student engaged in academic dishonesty, to be calculated into the final course grade.
    4. Course Failure
      The instructor may assign a failing grade for the course. Should the procedure for appeal of a case of academic dishonesty extend beyond the date when the instructor submits course grades for the semester, the student will be assigned a grade that reflects the penalty, which shall be adjusted, as appropriate, at the conclusion of any appeal process.

    Available Misconduct Sanctions

    1. Probation extending for up to two long semesters
    2. Suspension for up to one year
    3. Expulsion from the University
    4. Revocation of degree
  • Graduation

    As your final year approaches be sure to check these resources to help you prepare for Graduation.

M.S. advising

M.S. students that choose the thesis option are expected to join a research group no later than the end of their first semester in the program.. (TA/RA recipients are required to choose the thesis option.) Non-thesis students are also encouraged to find their research advisors no later than the end of their first semester in the program.

All M.S. students need to prepare a degree plan based on the department’s degree requirements and seek approval from the department and the college no later than the end of their second semester in the program.

Ph.D. advising 

A student in the Ph.D. program will have an advisor from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. A student's graduate program will be constructed with the advice and consent of the advisor.

Ph.D. students must join a research group no later than the end of their first semester in the program, regardless of the source of funding.

Ph.D. students must also prepare a degree plan and seek approval from the department and the college no later than the end of their second semester in the program. 

Ph.D. thesis committee

For information about the structure of the Ph.D. Thesis Committee, please contact the Graduate Advisor. For the ME Department, Dr. Choi is the Graduate Advisor and can be emailed at

Other graduate resources

The Toulouse Graduate School also offers services for graduate students of all disciplines. To contact the Toulouse Graduate School, call +1 (940) 565-2383. Please visit

The UNT Catalog offers information regarding required and suggested classes. To access the UNT Graduate Catalog, visit the UNT Catalog homepage (, then select the Graduate Catalog in the drop-down menu at top-right. In the catalog, you can find lists of courses, course descriptions, academic requirements and other helpful resources.