Howard University Dual-Degree Ph.D. Program

Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering and the College of Engineering and Architecture of Howard University offer a dual Ph.D. program that awards a Ph.D. degree from both universities. Students must be admitted to engineering Ph.D. programs at both institutions, although they are not required to be from the same department at each university. Students will spend at least three academic semesters in each location and have an advisor from each program. They may transfer courses between the programs and will submit and defend a single dissertation. Students will have access to a greater number of courses, a larger set of research facilities, and a wider research community located in two major metropolitan areas (Pittsburgh, PA and Washington DC).


Collaborative Ph.D. Program with Max Planck Institute

The Mechanical Engineering Department currently has an active collaborative Ph.D. program with the Max Planck Institute (MPI) in Stuttgart, Germany. Students complete all CMU MechE requirements and move to Germany to conduct research at MPI typically in the 3rd or 4th year of PhD.  While faculty advising comes from both CMU MechE and MPI, the degree earned is a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from CMU only.