Mechanical Engineering Roadmap

All Semesters

  • Enroll in courses and/or research (6-9 graded credits per semester plus research credits)
  • Register for 1 credit Graduate Seminar


Semester 1: Advisor & Research
  • Enroll in at least 2 ME core courses
  • Discuss research interests with faculty
  • Begin work in research group
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Prepare for qualifying exam
Semester 2: Start Research
  • Pass Qualifying Examination (also known as the general examination).
  • Enroll in research and/or additional courses.
Retake Qualifying Exam if Necessary

(mid May if starting in August)

YEAR 2 & 3

Form an Advisory Committee
Continue to Take Graded Courses Toward Your Degree

Submit Plan of Study to the Graduate School (after 18 credits completed)
Submit Plan of Study to the Graduate School

(after 18 credits completed)

Start Proposal

Upon Plan of Study approval by Graduate School


Complete a Minimum of 21 Credit Hours After the M.S.
  • (excluding requirements for dissertation, language and minor area) and 15 Graded Research Credits
Complete at Least One Accepted and One Submitted Peer-reviewed Journal Paper

Your advisor may require more than the University's minimum requirement

Prospectus Presentation
  • (at least one year before graduation)
Prepare Dissertation

Dissertation Proposal/General Exam
  • Provide a copy of proposal to advisory committee 1 week in advance
  • Defend proposal
  • Submit Proposal Hard Copy, Dissertation
  • Proposal Approval, and General Exam Forms to Graduate School (at least 6 months before final Ph.D. defense)


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Announce Final Defense 2 Weeks in Advance on UConn and MSE Event Calendars

  • Contact ME department staff for calendar scheduling and announcement. 

Provide Dissertation to Advisory Committee 2 Weeks in Advance of Defense --

Defend dissertation and obtain signatures of advisory committee --

Review dissertation submission checklist


  • Submit 1 electronic copy of dissertation to Digital Commons
  • Submit completed dissertation checklist, 1 approval page, final exam form, and receipt of earned doctorate survey to Graduate School

Complete IMS clearance form

  • Includes: submitting pdf of thesis, returning keys.