Course Selection Approval:

No courses shall be taken without the prior approval of the student's advisor. Each student must prepare a tentative course plan and obtain the approval of his/her advisor and the Graduate Group Chair before the end of the second semester after his/her matriculation. A copy of the course plan will be maintained in the student's file. Any deviations from the course plan must be documented and approved by the Graduate Group Chair.


The Ph.D. program, culminating in a successful defense of the doctorial dissertation, must be completed within a period of 10 years from the year of matriculation as a graduate student in the School of Engineering and Applied Science of the University of Pennsylvania.

PhD Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. requirements include the completion of a minimum of 10 course units of graduate level work beyond the undergraduate program with a grade-point average of at least 3.0, satisfactory performance in the PhD-related exams, presentation of a departmental seminar, completion of the teaching practicum, and the submission and successful defense of an original and significant dissertation. The milestones in the PhD program are noted in the PhD Handbook.

PhD Degree Requirements

Course requirements for MEAM PhD students:

  • Two core mathematics courses listed below:
    • ENM 520 Principles and Techniques of Applied Math I*
    • ENM 521 Principles and Techniques of Applied Math II
  • Three core MEAM courses chosen from the list of six courses below:
    • MEAM 519 Elasticity and Micromechanics of Materials
    • MEAM 530 Continuum Mechanics
    • MEAM 535 Advanced Dynamics
    • MEAM 561 Thermodynamics: Foundations, Energy, Materials
    • MEAM 570 Transport Processes I
    • MEAM 620 Advanced Robotics
  • One graduate course in MEAM beyond the core MEAM courses (depth requirement)
  • One graduate course outside MEAM (not ENM 520/521) related to student’s research (breadth requirement)
  • Three additional graduate courses related to student’s research
  • Three semesters of Teaching Practicum (MEAM 895; normally taken in 3rd, 4th and 5th semesters)
  • Six semesters of the MEAM seminar (MEAM 699)
  • Responsible Conduct of Research in Engineering (EAS 900; mandatory in the first year)

Neither MEAM 899 (Independent study) nor MEAM 999 (Research) can be used to satisfy the above course requirements.

* Students should check their preparedness for ENM 520 by reviewing the syllabus before registering for the course.  If this material is unfamiliar, the student should take ENM 510 prior to taking ENM 520.