Online Doctorate of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics (PhD)

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The median annual salary for mechanical engineers is $99,510 (US BLS, 2023). Boost your career with an online ME degree from an accredited university.

Research Intensive. Nationally Recognized.

Join one of the nation's largest mechanical engineering departments and work with scholars to achieve technological, environmental, industrial, and societal sustainability. In our top-ranked graduate program, eighty percent of our PhD graduates go to work in industry. Michigan Tech's distance-learning, research-based PhD maintains the high standards of Michigan Tech graduate education.

#30 Online mechanical engineering MS
Master's Programs Guide, 2029

#20 Mechanical engineering colleges
College Factual, 2020

Customize Your Online Education

Choose a mechanical engineering–engineering mechanics focused area of study to get the most out of your accredited PhD degree. Areas include:

  • Design and Dynamic Systems
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Molecular Dynamics Modeling
  • Alternative Fuels and Renewable Energy
  • Combustion
  • Mechanics of Multiscale Materials
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Systems

See all mechanical engineering interest areas.

"I can assure online students that they will be able to go toe-to-toe with any on-campus student in terms of the topics I teach. I'm extremely committed to ensuring that any student who succeeds in my class will be able to use their new skills confidently and properly regardless of on-campus or online."

Gordon Parker
Gordon Parker
John and Cathi Drake Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Advance Your ME-EM Career

Enhance your mechanical engineering career by opening new job opportunities with an advanced degree. Commit to growing your knowledge areas and to becoming an expert. Employers recognize advanced training—a PhD may qualify you for leadership opportunities, project management responsibilities, or the chance to work on more complicated or sophisticated projects. 

  • $15.3M
    our annual expenditures for ME research
  • 8
    focused research thrusts
  • $0
    applying online is always free
  • 100%
    online mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics PhD degree