Ph.D. in Engineering

Ph.D. in Engineering

Ph.D. in Engineering

The Ph.D. in Engineering Program at Rowan University effectively prepares individuals to respond to the changing needs of engineers today. Students will complete higher level coursework in technical topics and will develop and demonstrate applied skills in research, teaching, and communication leading to a terminal degree. Novel independent research conducted under the supervision of a faculty mentor will culminate in publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, presentations at scientific conferences, a dissertation, and potentially the generation of intellectual property. This program provides students with the necessary knowledge, skill set, and training to be leaders in the engineering workforce.

Unique to this program is that students will have the opportunity to learn how to effectively communicate with a wide spectrum of audiences in both oral and written forms. Enhanced learning of these skills can be accomplished via active participation in the Career Preparation and Readiness Experience (CPRE), which includes taking the Effective Teaching in Academic, Corporate, and Government Settings course, the Strategic Technical Writing and Winning Grant Proposals course, and the ToughTalk: Graduate Seminar in Engineering course.


  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


The Rowan University Ph.D. in Engineering program requires the completion of coursework, teaching assistantships, research requirements, dissertation, and dissertation defense.

If you possess a bachelor's degree, a minimum of 72 semester hours of graduate-level work will be required.

If you possess a master's degree in a related field, a minimum of 42 semester hours (credits) of graduate-level work beyond your master's degree will be required. Up to 30 of the credits earned in pursuit of your master's degree may be transferable.

For specific curriculum requirements for each Concentration, refer to their specific webpage and/or specific Graduate Program Coordinator.


Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related field from an accredited institution of higher learning. Depending on undergraduate area of study, completion of additional foundation courses may be required. Contact the graduate program chair for more information regarding foundation courses.

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume. Applicants should include a statement on the professional resume that verifies evidence of applied skills including research proficiency.

  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives and research interests

  • Three letters of recommendation

    • While the official Recommendation Form is required, an actual letter from the recommender is additionally preferred.
    • Applicants with Master's degrees completed within the past 5 years should include as one of their recommenders an instructor from their Master's program.
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)


Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the Ph.D. in Engineering program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Fall September 1 May 1
Spring January 19 October 1