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PhD student in Mechatronics

Mechatronics Engineering - Ph.D.

Join the forefront of robotics and automation research with a Ph.D. degree in Mechatronics Engineering. Collaborate with world-renowned experts, access state-of-the-art facilities and unlock a world of advanced career opportunities. Enroll now and be part of the next generation of innovators.

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Program Information

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Conduct literature searches, comprehend advanced research materials and uncover connections between related work.
  2. Perform research, discovery and integration by applying advanced knowledge of mechatronics engineering.
  3. Communicate problems and solutions in mechatronics engineering clearly, both verbally and in writing.
Admissions

For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admissions, visit the international admission website.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's or master's degree in mechatronics engineering or closely related area (e.g., electrical engineering or mechanical engineering) from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 2.750 GPA on a 4.000-point scale (starting with fall 2025 admission term, a minimum 3.000 GPA will be required)
  • Official transcript(s) from each institution in which 8+ semester credit hours were attempted
  • Goal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions to waive) by earning one of the following:1
    • Minimum 79 TOEFL iBT score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 58 PTE score
    • Minimum 110 DET score
1

International applicants who do not meet the above test scores may be considered for conditional admission.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester
    • Application deadline: March 1

Applications submitted after this deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Coursework

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements
ENGR 81091GRADUATE SEMINAR (repeated for 3 credit hours total)3
Major Electives, choose from the following:18
Engineering
ENGR 72410
ENGINEERING OPTIMIZATION
ENGR 73030
MECHATRONICS
ENGR 78005
LINEAR SYSTEM ANALYSIS AND CONTROL
Control Systems
ENGR 78004
OPTIMAL CONTROL THEORY
ENGR 78006
NONLINEAR SYSTEMS AND CONTROL
ENGR 78007
DIGITAL CONTROL SYSTEMS
ENGR 78008
INTRODUCTION TO ROBUST CONTROL
Robotics and Automation
CS 73334
HUMAN-ROBOT INTERACTION
ENGR 72620
INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AND CONTROL
ENGR 77300
MEDICAL ROBOTICS
ENGR 77400
ROBOTICS: KINEMATICS AND DESIGN
ENGR 78101
AUTONOMOUS UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS
Machine Intelligence
CS 74201
ADVANCED ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
ENGR 78010
MACHINE VISION
ENGR 78102
INTELLIGENT SENSING AND PLANNING OF UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS
Other courses with approval from advisor and/or college
Advisor-approved courses in or outside the College of Aeronautics and Engineering 10-30
Culminating Requirements
ENGR 85098RESEARCH (repeated for 9 credit hours total)9
ENGR 85199DISSERTATION I 230
Minimum Total Credit Hours for Post-Baccalaureate Students:90
Minimum Total Credit Hours for Post-Master's Students:60
1

Post-baccalaureate students may apply toward the 30 credit hours a maximum 15 credit hours of coursework outside the College of Aeronautics and Engineering and 9 credit hours of research (maximum 18 credit hours total of research toward the degree).

2

Each doctoral candidate, upon admission to candidacy, must register for ENGR 85199 for a total of 30 credit hours. It is expected that a doctoral candidate will continuously register for ENGR 85199, and thereafter ENGR 85299, each semester, until all requirements for the degree have been met. The dissertation is specialized research, leading to a definitive contribution to the candidate’s research focus-area. This contribution should be of sufficient importance to warrant publication in a recognized journal. The candidate must successfully propose and defend their research dissertation in a public setting.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
- 3.000
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries

Engineering teachers, postsecondary

8.6%

much faster than the average

44,600

number of jobs

$103,600

potential earnings

Engineers, all other

1.3%

slower than the average

170,100

number of jobs

$103,380

potential earnings

Electronics engineers, except computer

1.4%

slower than the average

134,900

number of jobs

$107,540

potential earnings

Aerospace engineers

2.8%

slower than the average

66,400

number of jobs

$118,610

potential earnings

Operations research analysts

24.8%

much faster than the average

105,100

number of jobs

$86,200

potential earnings

Notice: Career Information Source
* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.

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