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Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D.

Molinaroli College of Engineering and Computing

Become an expert engineer and help make the world a better place by designing technology that is more accessible, equitable and sustainable.

As a doctoral student, you will get the opportunity to design and build things that drive a circular economy and optimize both energy use and resource utilization. This is a highly versatile degree that provides opportunities to develop highly advanced skills.

Program Highlights

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    SACS Accredited

    Be confident about receiving a quality education with better chances for corporate tuition reimbursement.

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    Premium Laboratories

    Conduct research in our many engineering laboratories across campus, all tailored to a wide range of engineering topics.

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    Professional Development

    Establish strong connections with leading industries across South Carolina to foster employment opportunities.

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    Renowned Faculty

    Be mentored by our dedicated and certified staff who are well-versed in their specialties.

What You’ll Study

Graduate students work side-by-side with our faculty in state-of-the art labs and research centers. Specialize in advanced materials and multi-scale manufacturing, aerospace engineering, mechanics and multi-physics, thermo-fluids engineering, energy and fuel cells, biomedical engineering, nuclear engineering, mechatronics or nanotechnology.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Project Management

    Organizing and overseeing tasks to achieve specific goals


    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective

    Public Speaking

    Delivering a message or presentation to an audience effectively and persuasively

  • Technical Writing

    Creating clear and concise documents, such as manuals or instructions, for technical or scientific topics


    Writing code, developing software and creating applications for automation and problem-solving

    System Design

    Creating or improving complex systems to meet specific requirements

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Systems Engineer
  • Product Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Professor
  • Technical Salesperson/Manager

Workplace Settings

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Energy
  • Academia

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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