The department offers areas of study in mechanics of solids, mechanics of fluids, dynamics and vibrations, and applied mathematics. Normally, each graduate student selects a major area of interest and designs a program of study in consultation with a graduate committee. Minors may be taken in other engineering fields, mathematics, physics, and other physical sciences.
Students must earn a minimum of 90 credit hours beyond the bachelorâs degree. A Masterâs degree is not required for admission the program.
Program-specific credits from above: 39 hours
The department is pleased to offer assistantships to selected PhD graduate students. Fully enrolled graduate students may be appointed to a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) or a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA). The responsibilities of an assistantship are to serve the teaching, research, and public service functions of the department and university. All students appointed on an assistantship are provided a monthly stipend, as well as a tuition scholarship.
For information about the funding opportunities available outside the department, check out Graduate School Funding Opportunities.
Applicants and current students are encouraged and expected to apply for all non-Virginia Tech scholarships for which they are eligible, especially those offered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program and National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG).
This document is a guide for students who are planning their graduate studies in Engineering Mechanics. Admission and degree requirements as well as information on required courses, examinations, and grades are included. This guide is intended to supplement, not to replace, the Graduate School Catalog and the Graduate Manual published by the Virginia Tech Graduate School.