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PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University in New York City

✅ Eligibility
- Citizens of any country
- Must hold a Bachelor's Degree
💰 Funding
Fully-funded: all expenses covered + salary
🗓 Deadlines
Application Deadline: December 15, 2022
Columbia University
Columbia University
📍 New York City,
🗣 English
💰 100% Financial Need Met
🤓 31,000 Students
🌏 35% International


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.

Every doctoral candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering is expected to attain a level of mastery in an area of mechanical engineering, and must therefore choose a field and take the most advanced courses offered in that field. Candidates are assigned a faculty adviser whose task is to help choose a program of courses, provide general advice on academic matters, and monitor academic performance. Candidates also choose a faculty member in the pertinent area of specialization to serve as their research adviser. This adviser helps select a research problem and supervises the research, writing, and defense of the dissertation.

Financial Support

Financial support and other benefits for a funded doctoral student consist of:

  • Salary (the standard nine-month support for the 2021–2022 academic year is $31,140)

  • Full payment of tuition (approximately $50,496 per year)

  • Full payment of basic (gold-level) medical insurance (approximately $3,676 per year)

  • Full payment of Facilities and Health Service fees (approximately $2,246 per year)

  • One-time conference travel grant of $1000

  • Minimum two weeks of vacation, in addition to designated University holidays

Funded doctoral students are responsible for paying a one-time $105 Document fee in their first semester, a $25 Student Activity fee each semester they are enrolled, and a one-time $85 processing fee when depositing their dissertation.


The following materials must accompany the online application for on-campus graduate programs:

  • Official transcript copies from every post-secondary institution attended

  • Three recommendation letters

  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test Scores (Optional)

  • Personal statement

  • Resumé or Curriculum Vitae

  • Publications (optional)

  • An interview may be requested

  • $85 non-refundable application fee

  • International applicants or applicants whose undergraduate degree was received in a country in which English is not the official and widely spoken language must submit the following additional requirements with the application for admission:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language iBT (TOEFL) - including TOEFL iBT Home Edition, International English Language Testing System Academic (IELTS), Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic), or Duolingo English Test (DET). The ETS School Code for the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science is 2111.

    • Translation of the official transcript(s) and degree/diploma certificate(s) if the institution(s) attended does not issue transcripts in English. The translation must be conducted by a reputable service provider.  

  • Applied Physics Doctoral applicants may also submit Official GRE Physics Subject Test Scores