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 following is a list of the topics covered for each subject exam and the format for each exam distributed for the January 2015 Qualifying exam: Qualifying Exam: Guidelines and Formats.

A Guide to Quals

Grad student Kate Thompson has prepared her own unofficial guide to the qualifying exams.

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)

Study Material

Previous quals exams are available here to help students prepare for quals (MIT certificates are required to access the exams)