Mechanical and Energy Engineering, PhD

The doctoral Mechanical and Energy Engineering program at the University of North Texas offers you a groundbreaking 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. 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 both 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.

  • Degree Requirements

    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

    PhD Mechanical & Energy Engineering Degree Plan
    1. Mechanical & Energy Engineering PhD Degree Plan
  • Learn More

    To find out more about the Ph.D. Program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, contact our Graduate Academic Specialist at 1+ (940) 369-8482 and or Dr. Hamid Sadat, ME Doctoral Program Coordinator, at 1+ (940) 565-2078 or

    Still have questions?

    Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions:

    1+ (888) UNT-GRAD, 1+ (940) 565-2636

  • Things to Note

    Things to Note:

    • The application to the Toulouse Graduate School does not come instantly to the department once completed. There is a process the Graduate School takes before they mail the application to the department physically. Please allow up to, possibly, two weeks for it to get to the department. Please contact the Toulouse Graduate School in regards to a timeline and their official deadlines.
    • International Students: Please have the application completed four months in advanced before the desired semester starts. Ensure you are also in contact with the International School and the department about the required documents necessary for enrollment.
    • Once the application is completed the committee will meet and respond with a decision as soon as possible after funding is considered. Expediting is not guaranteed, but will be considered under request and provided reason (outside of late application) with funding decisions considered following soon after. Holidays and weather may affect response.
    • Staff and faculty cannot provide detailed updates in regards to the application process but please feel free to reach out with inquiries or concerns to either Dr. Tae-Youl Choi, the faculty member you are interested in researching with.
    • The department no longer takes email submissions for documents.