The Ph.D. Program in Engineering prepares selected students for careers in the fields of engineering.  Doctoral work in engineering is offered at the School of Engineering of The City College. The following areas of doctoral study are offered: biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering.

Program Inception: 1963

Note: The Ph.D. Program in Engineering at the Graduate Center is no longer accepting any new applications. The Graduate Center is providing the opportunity for continuing students to complete their degrees. Prospective students may apply to the Grove School of Engineering at The City College of the City University of New York. See For information, please contact Professor Mumtaz Kassir:

Biomedical Engineering

The purpose of biomedical engineering, as an interdisciplinary research discipline, is to apply engineering principles and physical and mathematical concepts to problems in medicine and biology and to contribute to the advancement of technology in cost-effective health and medical care. The goal of our biomedical engineering program is to provide students with an engineering or science background the knowledge and skills with which they can creatively contribute to the technological revolution in medicine and health care that dramatically transformed the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease in the last few decades of the twentieth century.

Chemical Engineering

The program in chemical engineering is actively involved in research pointed toward new understanding and development in the areas of fluid mechanics, controlled drug release, chemical process economics, particle technology, fluid particle systems, soft materials, surface phenomena, self-assembled monolayers, nanotechnology, and biomedical engineering.  Graduate study includes courses in chemical engineering fundamentals as well as courses in applications of chemical engineering principles in specific areas such as economics of new processes, fluidization, particle science and technology, and interfacial phenomena.

Civil Engineering

The program in civil engineering is actively involved in research in the areas of structural mechanics, water resources, environmental and geotechnical engineering, and transportation.  Graduate study includes courses in civil engineering fundamentals as well as courses in analysis and design in a variety of areas covering the various specialties in civil engineering. The department also houses two research institutes and two research centers.

Electrical Engineering

Graduate study in electrical engineering covers a wide range of interests. These include basic studies of electrical, electronic, and photonics processes and phenomena, and their applications, systems research, computer engineering, communications systems and networks, and image and signal processing. The faculty in electrical engineering are engaged in a broad spectrum of research areas. Of particular strength are the areas of photonics engineering, signal and image processing, communications engineering, control theory, and computer engineering.

Mechanical Engineering

Graduate study in mechanical engineering is organized into fluid mechanics, heat transfer, aerodynamics, theory of machines, biotransport, biomechanics, and solid mechanics and vibrations.  Specific opportunities for research and thesis work are offered in dynamics and optimization of machines, turbulence, vortex flow, experimental and computational fluid mechanics, gas dynamics, biofluid mechanics, bioheat and mass transport, heat and mass transfer, turbomachinery, thermal stresses, vibrations, micromechanics, microheat transfer, MEMS, fluid mechanics and heat transfer in porous media, mechanics of skiing, fracture mechanics, composite materials, experimental mechanics, bone mechanics, and boundary and finite element techniques. Facilities for experimental research include wind tunnels, a shock tube, laboratories for heat transfer, turbomachinery, fatigue and fracture of materials, machine dynamics and vibrations, tissue mechanics, microcirculatory flow, manufacturing, and aerodynamics.

Special Requirements for Admission

In addition to meeting the general University requirements stated earlier in this bulletin, the applicant must have received a bachelor’s degree in a branch of engineering or in a closely related area appropriate to the applicant’s intended field of study from a college or university of accredited standing and must be adequately prepared in specific courses, as may be required by the individual departments. The applicant’s academic record must demonstrate the promise of superior performance in advanced study and research.

Special Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy

The general University requirements are stated earlier in this bulletin. The special requirements in engineering are as follows.
Course of Study After being notified of admission and preferably before registration, the student should arrange for an appointment with a departmental adviser who will help the student plan an approved sequence of courses, including courses from programs other than engineering.  Courses will not be credited toward a degree unless they are part of an approved program.  A minimum of 60 credits of approved course work is required for a Ph.D. in engineering.
Research Techniques The student shall demonstrate proficiency in those research techniques considered appropriate by the faculty in the student’s field of specialization.
Residence Requirements The student is required to be in residence for the equivalent of six full-time semesters. With the approval of the Executive Officer, a student who possesses a master’s degree in engineering, or in a relevant area, from an accredited institution or has completed equivalent graduate work will be required to be in residence for the equivalent of
only four full-time semesters. At least two consecutive semesters must be in full-time residence.  With the permission of the Executive Officer, students holding research or teaching appointments may study part-time.
Dissertation Before undertaking research work, the student’s program of research must be approved by a guidance committee and the appropriate department chair.

Executive Officer

Professor Mumtaz Kassir
The Grove School of Engineering
The City College
Convent Avenue and 138 Street
New York, NY 10031