Applying for a Doctoral Degree

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers two doctoral degrees: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Engineering Science (Eng.Sc.D.). Ph.D. degrees are conferred by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and Eng.Sc.D. degrees are conferred by Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

More information, including application requirements, are listed on the Graduate Admissions page.

Questions about admissions should be directed to Mel Francis (mef2@columbia.edu).

All applications are administered by the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Complete the Graduate Engineering Application to apply. Students who matriculate into the doctoral program without a masters degree earn a Master of Science degree while pursuing their doctoral degree.

Application Instructions

Applicants have three options when applying for a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering:

  1. M.S. Leading to Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - Choose this option if you want to pursue a Ph.D., but will not have a U.S. Master’s degree, or equivalent, by your starting term.
  2. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - Choose this option if you want to pursue a Ph.D. and will have a U.S. Master’s degree, or equivalent, by your starting term.
  3. Doctor of Engineering Science (Eng.Sc.D.) - Choose this option if you want to pursue an Eng.Sc.D., regardless of whether or not you will have a U.S. Master’s degree, or equivalent, by your starting term.