Direct Ph.D. Degree Information

  • Qualifications:   

    Incoming Students: The student must have a strong interest in Graduate Studies leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The student must have:
    • GPA ≥ 3.50 in the first required degree (B.S.) from a highly ranked university.
    • The student must have also taken GRE with minimums of 550 verbal, 770 quantitative, and 5.5/720 analytical. 

    The Graduate Committee will vote and approve each direct admission application.

    Students presently in M.S. Program: An excellent graduate student, who enters the M.S. program, but later decides to pursue the “Direct Ph.D.”, can do so by submitting a request to the Graduate Chair and getting the School’s approval. The student must have: 
    • An undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.25,
    • Must have completed at least 12 credit hours of graduate coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.80,
    • Have a minimum score of 730 quantitative and 5.5/720 analytical.The Graduate Committee will vote and approve each direct admission application.
    • The Major Professor must endorse this request.
    Again, the Graduate Committee will consider and vote on the request.

    Note: The admission of the student will be into the Ph.D. program leading to a Doctor of Philosophy. 

  •   A Direct Ph.D. program will include a minimum of 36 credit hours of appropriate course work in addition to thesis research hours. 
  •   All Ph.D. Plans of Study must contain a minimum of nine (9) hours of applied mathematics; at least six (6) of which must be taken from the Mathematics Department. 
  •   Your Major Professor or you may feel that additional courses not included on the Plan of Study should be taken to strengthen your background in a particular area. 
  •   Optional Master’s Degree. Students enrolled in the Direct Ph.D. program will have the option of seeking a Master’s degree on the way to the Ph.D. This option will be available anytime the student meets the School of Mechanical Engineering and Purdue Graduate School’s requirements for a Master’s. The student will be expected to submit a written request, endorsed by the Major Professor, to the Graduate Chair of the School. Upon approval, the student will file a Master’s plan of study and will register for Master’s Candidacy that semester.

    The Master’s plan can be for a non-thesis option Master’s, and include at least ten courses, two of them being from Applied Mathematics. The plan can also be structured such that there are eight regular courses and the remaining six credit hours are for ME 597 projects related to the research the student has been conducting. The student will also be able to choose the regular thesis-option Master’s through the same procedure.