PhD Qualifying Exams



The upcoming PhD qualifying exam timelines are provided below.

Last day to sign up for the Qualifying Exam Subjects:

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Nov. 15, 2017

Spring 2018 exam descriptions

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Exam dates

During the week of UNM Spring Break (March 11-18, 2018)


Note: The above sign-up deadline applies to students who were enrolled in the PhD program beginning in Fall 2017; students entering the program in Spring 2017 must first discuss with the ME Graduate Director if they are interested in taking the Exam in 2018.


Latest Descriptions and Previous Exams

Follow this link to access the most up-to-date exam descriptions (Spring 2018, unchanged from Spring 2017).

Note that the exam descriptions rarely change from one semester to another, because of the nature of these exams. In the full exam texts shown below, the dates indicate the last semester that a student took the exam in that particular area. Accordingly, if you are interested in the description of an exam that is not offered in the current semester, you can find it in the exam test below.

Mathematics is a required subject. The remaining three exams need to be across at least two different categories highlighted in red (e.g., Thermodynamics, Dynamics, and Mechanics of Materials).


Thermal Sciences and Engineering


Fluid Mechanics

Heat Transfer

Mechanical Sciences and Engineering


Mechanics of Materials


Other Physical Sciences

Materials Science


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