Why get a
Earning a doctorate will mean that you have expert-level knowledge in your chosen field. Our Ph. D. students are passionate about a particular subject and are ready to exponentially expand their understanding of that topic through research.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, doctoral degree holders earned a salary over 20% higher than those with a bachelor’s degree. Along with earning a higher salary, there are a number of employment opportunities afforded to Ph.D.’s that bachelor’s and master’s degree holders would not qualify for.
Engineers must lead the way to a better world.
Dr. Alec D. Gallimore,
Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering
The Michigan Difference
Michigan Engineering is a top-ranked engineering school
As a top engineering student, you’ll have many choices with regards to the institution for your doctoral program. So, why get a Ph.D. from Michigan Engineering?
In addition to world-class research, faculty, and facilities, Michigan Engineering offers a unique interdisciplinary experience for our doctoral students. Coupled with our vast alumni base and commitment to DEI, we offer our graduate students a unique, well-rounded educational experience.
We leverage expertise and wisdom from a wide range of academic disciplines.
With 19 nationally recognized schools and colleges, U-M has the best possible environment for integrating expertise across disciplines. In fact, most faculty in engineering have adjunct appointments with multiple departments and schools.Learn More
Where are our industries converging? What’s next in technology and theory?
This chord diagram highlights the current trends and challenges in engineering along with the degrees that focus on each of these areas.
Best options for non-engineering prospective students
Don’t have an engineering degree but would like a Ph.D. in engineering? We have great options! The chord diagram below represents 5 years of data on “non-engineering” students from various disciplines who have been accepted into doctoral programs in the College of Engineering.
- Arabic to Nuclear Eng. & Radiological Sciences
- Music to Robotics
- Russian to Climate and Space Sciences Engineering
- Zoology to Aerospace
Check with the graduate coordinator in the engineering department of interest to determine if you qualify for their doctoral program.
My advisors have not only encouraged me, but have expected me to work with an interdisciplinary dissertation committee so that I can pursue my research at the intersection of society, engineering, and design.Grace Burleson Design Science Ph.D. Candidate
Join the Michigan Engineering Alumni Network
College of Engineering alumni can be found in all over of the world! Join an alumni base of more than 85k passionate alumni who all do remarkable work.
Some of the colleges’ alumni include former astronaut James McDvitt, Google’s co-founder Larry Page, and Katie Bouman, developer of the algorithm used to filter the first images taken of a black hole.
Join the College of Engineering LinkedIn page to stay connected to all things Michigan Engineering. We know how much our alumni strive to make a real difference in everyday life and here you can leverage an amazing global community and make an impact on the world.Learn more
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
A People-First Perspective
Our dedication to engineering for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The best mix of talent achieves the greatest outcomes. People with different skills, backgrounds, identities, and perspectives are necessary for us to realize our vision.
Opportunities are created for all, and where barriers exist, we close the gaps. Every member of our community gets to be heard, should be involved, and must be empowered to achieve their full potential.
Learn more about the College of Engineering (COE) and the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Ann Arbor has almost anything you could want, has a fair amount of people, but also has a small-town feel. The mashup of everyday people and academia makes for a very interesting atmosphere.Wami O. Robotics Ph.D. Candidate
Research & Funding
Highest NSF research volume
U-M has been the top U.S. Public University
Annual research expenditures
Total tenured and tenure-track faculty
Part of $1.62 billion in 2020 by U-M, the highest of any U.S. public university.
National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
Engineering NSF Awards
Engineering startups launched
Great resources enable
We are able to intentionally integrate the breadth of disciplines from across the University by leveraging facilities that make Michigan Engineering a unique hub of academic and corporate innovations. Examples of some of our world-class facilities include:
This NSF-supported ZEUS user facility will reestablish the United States as a world leader in high-intensity laser science, as recently recommended by the National Academies.
The Ford Robotics Building brings all parts of the robotics enterprise together for real-world results. The new building is designed to promote collaborative work across disciplines, involving students and faculty at all levels, from a variety of fields.
The LNF provides equipment and processes for research on silicon integrated circuits, MEMS, III-V compound devices, organic devices and nanoimprint technology. Also available metal and dielectric coatings, vacuum processes, fabrication of micro and nano components and metrology tools.
Bring together industry, government, and academia to advance transportation safety, sustainability, equity, and accessibility for the benefit of society.
Equipped with everything needed to prototype and test battery designs from coin cells to vehicle-scale units.
The Functional MRI Laboratory is dedicated to supporting research on the structures and functions of the brain that underlie cognitive and affective processes, and research on functional MRI and associated research tools.
A suite of labs and facilities that engage in classic naval architecture experiments including investigations such as calm water resistance, seakeeping and propulsion experimentation. In addition, fundamental fluid dynamics research is conducted using the most advanced techniques such as PIV, LDV, PTV and x-ray diagnostics.
Engineering research opportunities at U-M
can take you far
Visit the following pages to get a glimpse into the amazing research at both the University of Michigan and the College of Engineering.
The success of this research goes a long way in making a positive impact on our community.
My focus is aerospace material research. Our lab provides us with all the resources for materials characterization, testing, and integration to do advanced aerospace structural and multifunctional materials research. Special electron microscope imaging facilities provide us with world-class capabilities for analyzing the nano-scale structure of materials.Ruowen T. Aerospace Ph.D. Candidate
What is Rackham?
What is Rackham?
Rackham is referred to and linked to repeatedly throughout Engineering’s graduate information and this website. The Rackham Graduate School and the engineering college and departments work as a team to manage the application review process.
As an applicant, you will be interacting with both offices. Your graduate studies and research will be done within the College of Engineering, and the Rackham Graduate School help admit, manage, and confer most graduate degrees throughout the university.*
*the exception is the Doctor of Engineering in Manufacturing (DEng) which is admitted, managed, and conferred by the College of Engineering.
Rackham Graduate School is committed to fostering a vibrant and diverse student community while preparing students for a wide variety of career options. This includes innovative professional development offerings, consultation services, support for well-being, funding for research and conference travel, and more. No matter what degree or field you might be pursuing, Rackham offers resources and assistance to support you at every stage of your graduate education.Mike SolomonDean, Rackham Graduate SchoolVice Provost for Academic Affairs–Graduate Studies
Location & Culture
Ann Arbor is known for many things including; a fast-paced university town, a place for foodies, a tech center, and a fun walkable downtown with many world-class art and culture locations. Over the years, Ann Arbor has become a destination hot spot for all ages!
What our students love about Ann Arbor
Best Cities to Live in America, Niche, 2022
Most Charming Towns In Michigan, World Atlas, 2022
Best College Town & City in America, WalletHub 2021
Most Educated City in America, WalletHub, 2021
Engineering startups launched
Whether it’s sports, culture, outdoor activities, excellent dining, or shopping, we have it! To learn more about our amazing city, check out “Destination Ann Arbor”.
Whether you're in the mood for a low-key atmosphere and a beer or a wild night at a loud club you'll find it in A2.
From hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, and tubing on the Huron River, to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating in the cooler months, there’s plenty to do in A2.
Ann Arbor has all of the cultural aspects of a large city while maintaining a small-town vibe. I am part of the U-M cycling team, nordic team, triathlon team, and the Ann Arbor Velo Club. I love biking the dirt roads, through the farms that are less than 10 miles from campus.
Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering Ph.D. Candidate
Welcome to the Michigan Coast!
Michigan is flanked by four of the five Great Lakes and has the most freshwater coastline of any U.S. state. More than 20% of all the world’s freshwater is in the Great Lakes!