Mechanical Engineering Doctoral Qualifying Exams
Please consider the information presented here and in the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Guide before considering information presented on other websites.
Guidelines and Formats
The department distributes an updated list of Quals guidelines and formats before each exam. The most recent update is for the January 2021 exam:
A Guide to Quals
Former grad student Kate Thompson prepared her own unofficial guide to the qualifying exams. Many details are for the old format of quals, but lots of the tips are useful nonetheless
Our Quals Seminar Chair also puts together a biannual guide to quals (MIT certificates required).
Feeling frustrated about the format of quals? Former GAME president Lee Weinstein wrote a blog post about why our quals' format should be appreciated, and hopefully it can change your attitude
Life After Quals: The PhD Program
While it may not seem so important right now, take note for later---once you pass your Quals, what's next? Good places to start: Presentation by Professor Dave Hardt (slides)
Previous quals exams are available here to help students prepare for quals (MIT certificates are required to access the exams)