MIE: Mechanical and Industrial Engineering PhD

​Doctor of Philosophy​​

The PhD degree program is for students anticipating a career in which they will be performing or directing research at the most advanced level.

Students may be admitted to the PhD program via one of three routes: 1) following completion of an appropriate master's degree; 2) transfer from the University of Toronto MASc program; or 3) direct entry following completion of a bachelor’s degree.

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering offers both full-time and flexible-time PhD program options. Applicants must declare the option for which they wish to apply; transfers between these programs are not permitted.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. ​Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Admission to the PhD program is reserved for those who are able to present evidence of superior academic and research ability. Students may be admitted to the PhD program with an appropriate University of Toronto master's degree or its equivalent from a recognized university with a minimum B+ average.

Program Requirements

  • At the beginning of each student's program, a professor in the department will be identified as the supervisor and will guide the student in the research program and selection of courses.

  • Minimum departmental standards in coursework: completion of 2.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) plus a thesis.

  • Participation in the non-credit seminar course JDE 1000H during the first or second session of registration.

  • In Years 1 and 2, students must attend at least 70% of seminars that are part of the MIE Seminar Series. Students who complete this requirement will receive credit for SRD 4444Y MIE Seminar Series.

  • Students must pass a qualifying examination, annual progress meetings, and the SGS Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • Students must present a research seminar during the final year of their studies.

  • Students must be on campus full-time unless special permission is obtained for off-campus study.

  • ​​Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Robotics and Mechatronics or Sustainable Energy as part of their degree program. Please see deta​ils​​ in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

 

PhD Program (Transfer)

Transfer Requirements

  • Admission to the PhD program is reserved for those who are able to present evidence of superior academic and research ability. Very strong MASc students may apply to transfer to the PhD program after completing only one year of the MASc program.

Program Requirements

  • At the beginning of each student's program, a professor in the department will be identified as the supervisor and will guide the student in the research program and selection of courses.

  • Minimum departmental standards in coursework: completion of 3.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) plus a thesis.

  • Participation in the non-credit seminar course JDE 1000H during the first or second session of registration.

  • In Years 1 and 2, students must attend at least 70% of seminars that are part of the MIE Seminar Series. Students who complete this requirement will receive credit for SRD 4444Y MIE Seminar Series.

  • Students must pass a qualifying examination, annual progress meetings, and the SGS Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • Students must present a research seminar during the final year of their studies.

  • Students must be on campus full-time unless special permission is obtained for off-campus study.

  • ​​Students in the PhD program have the option of completing an emphasis in Robotics and Mechatronics or Sustainable Energy as part of their degree program. Please see deta​ils​​ in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. ​Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Admission to the PhD program is reserved for those who are able to present evidence of superior academic and research ability. Exceptionally strong applicants with a bachelor's degree and an appropriate background may apply directly to the PhD program and may be admitted via direct entry. Applicants are advised to consult with the Graduate Coordinator before applying to ensure that they have the appropriate admission requirements for direct entry. 

Program Requirements

  • At the beginning of each student's program, a professor in the department will be identified as the supervisor and will guide the student in the research program and selection of courses.

  • Minimum departmental standards in coursework: completion of 3.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) plus a thesis.

  • Participation in the non-credit seminar course JDE 1000H during the first or second session of registration.

  • In Years 1 and 2, students must attend at least 70% of seminars that are part of the MIE Seminar Series. Students who complete this requirement will receive credit for SRD 4444Y MIE Seminar Series.

  • Students must pass a qualifying examination, annual progress meetings, and the SGS Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • Students must present a research seminar during the final year of their studies.

  • Students must be on campus full-time unless special permission is obtained for off-campus study.

  • ​​Students in the PhD program have the option of completing an emphasis in Robotics and Mechatronics or Sustainable Energy as part of their degree program. Please see deta​ils​​ in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

 

PhD Program (Flexible-Time)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. ​Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Admission to a PhD program is reserved for those who are able to present evidence of superior academic and research ability. Students may be admitted to the PhD program with an appropriate University of Toronto master's degree or its equivalent from a recognized university with a minimum B+ average

  • Applicants to the flexible-time PhD option are accepted under the same admission requirements as applicants to the full-time PhD option. However, in addition, applicants to the flexible-time PhD option must demonstrate that they are actively engaged in professional activities related to their proposed program of study.

Program Requirements

  • At the beginning of each student's program, a professor in the department will be identified as the supervisor and will guide the student in the research program and selection of courses.

  • Minimum departmental standards in coursework: completion of 2.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) and a thesis.

  • Participation in the non-credit seminar course JDE 1000H during their first or second session of registration.

  • In Years 1 and 2, students must attend at least 70% of seminars that are part of the MIE Seminar Series. Students who complete this requirement will receive credit for SRD 4444Y MIE Seminar Series. Students whose professional background is such that they would be deemed to have fulfilled this breadth requirement may be exempted upon consultation with the admissions committee.

  • Students must pass a qualifying examination, annual progress meetings, and the SGS Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • Students must present a research seminar during the final year of their studies.

  • ​​Students in the PhD program have the option of completing an emphasis in Robotics and Mechatronics or Sustainable Energy as part of their degree program. Please see deta​ils​​ in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

6 years

Time Limit

8 years