Students in the PhD in mechanical engineering program hone in on aspects of the design, construction and use of technology in a specific field or application selected in conjunction with an advisor. Graduate-level coursework provides students with expertise in biomechanics, biofluids and composites, among a variety of other topics. By pursuing the PhD, mechanical engineering students have the opportunity to become among the top experts in their chosen topic.

The PhD in mechanical engineering program's focus is independent, academic research. Students work to complete a dissertation based on original research. This emphasis on the research process allows PhD students to develop the skills necessary to thrive in a wide variety of career types. After leaving DU, graduates may go on to pursue job opportunities in academia, research or in the private sector.

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Salaries in Mechanical Engineering

Job Title

Median Salary (2017)*

Job Growth (2016-2026)*

Industrial Production Managers



Research & Development Managers

$96,261 (2018)**


Mechanical Engineers



Petroleum Engineers



Postsecondary Engineering Teachers





Current Research

Biomedical Devices and Technologies

Our biomechanics research approaches the world's most pressing health concerns through engineering solutions in areas like joint replacement, social-assistive robotics and cancer detection.  

Engineering Education

We’re involved in efforts to innovate in the field of engineering education through the implementation and analysis of techniques in our undergraduate classrooms and in partnership with other educators. 

“For those wishing to secure jobs in management or research, having a doctorate will put them ahead of others.”

Application Information

Summer 2024 Final Deadline