Other Ph.D. programs

The Department of Mechanical Engineering also offers Ph.D. programs in the form of dual degrees, partnerships, and collaborations with international partners around the world. 

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Dual degree programs with international partners

The Mechanical Engineering Department currently has two active dual Ph.D. programs with foreign institutions. 

One program is with the College of Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, and the second program is with the School of Mechanical Engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST), South Korea. 

Students Interested in these programs will need to:

  1. Apply to both Carnegie Mellon's Mechanical Engineering program and the partner institution program independently.  If the application deadlines do not coincide, students will need to apply in time for the earliest deadline.
  2. Be admitted to both institutions independently.
  3. Be supervised by two research co-advisors, one from Carnegie Mellon and one from the partner institution.
  4. Spend two academic years minimum in residence at Carnegie Mellon and two academic years minimum in residence at the partner institution.
  5. Satisfy all the requirements for Carnegie Mellon's Department of Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. degree program, including passing all examinations and meeting all course and research requirements. Students in a dual Ph.D program are responsible for contacting the partner institution to find out the degree requirements at the partner institution.
  6. Upon the successful completion of all the requirements of each program, Ph.D. degrees from both Carnegie Mellon and the partner institution will be awarded.


Ph.D. partnership with A*STAR

The department currently collaborates with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), on the A*STAR-CMU Partnership Ph.D. Programme (ACMP). 

This collaboration focuses on the areas of high performance computing and manufacturing, two important areas of research for both Carnegie Mellon and A*STAR. 

Memorandums of understanding were signed between the department and the two relevant A*STAR institutes, Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) and Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech).

ACMP is a four-year scholarship comprising approximately two years of Ph.D. studies at Carnegie Mellon and two years at a relevant A*STAR Research Institute (RI) in Singapore.

Ph.D. research training will be carried out under the joint supervision of a Carnegie Mellon professor and a senior member of an A*STAR RI.

Successful students will be awarded a Ph.D. degree by Carnegie Mellon University.


Collaborative Ph.D. program with Max Planck Institute

Details about the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems Collaborative Program is available on the graduate handbooks page.