After completing two semesters in the Ph.D. program, students take qualifying exams in math and two topical areas, selected by the student and their advisor. The mathematics examination is based on content from the course: MEGR 7174/8174 Engineering Analysis I. Students must obtain 70% or above on the mathematics exam to pass.
The student and the committee select the two areas for the topical exams. 70% or above is the passing grade in each of the two topic areas.
For each of the three exams, two outcomes are possible: Pass (70% or more) or Fail (69% or less). If the student fails any or all of the exams in the first attempt, they are either allowed to retake the failed exam(s) or terminated from the program. If the student fails any exam for the second time, this is sufficient grounds for termination from the program.
Ph.D. students who have not already earned a Master's degree, or applied to earn a Master's degree en route to the Ph.D., are required to apply for the MSME through the Graduate School before they sit for the Qualifying Exam.
spring 2023 Qualifying Exam Information
The Spring 2023 Ph.D. Qualifying Exam will be held March 2224, 2023. The exams will be from 9am to noon each day. An exam schedule will be sent in advance to those registered. Exams are typically given in the Mechanical Engineering Conference Room, Duke 324, unless noted otherwise.
The deadline to apply is Friday, January 20, 2023.
Ph.D. Qualifying Exam Application
Fall Qualifying Examinations occur approximately two weeks after Fall Break. Spring Qualifying Examinations occur approximately two weeks after Spring Break.
Exam Concentration Areas
The available qualifying exams are grouped into five concentration areas. Each concentration has a chairperson and a committee. The role of the chairperson is to coordinate the required exam(s) for the semester in question. This includes:
 soliciting questions from the committee members
 submitting the exam to the committee for approval
 submitting the exam to the graduate coordinator
 grading the student submissions (grading is preferably completed by the professor who submitted the question)
 submitting the results to the graduate coordinator.
The concentration areas, chairpersons (in bold), and committee members are:
 Controls, Dynamics, Instrumentation  A. Ghasemi, St. Smith, G. Hodgins, S. Kelly, A. Wolek
 Manufacturing, Machine Design, Metrology  K. Falaggis, B. Mullany, E. Morse, E. Joyee, S. Schmid
 Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer  P. Ramaprabhu, C. Lee, N. Sarunac, R. Keanini, M. Uddin, G. Elliott, I. Yang
 Materials Science, Solid Mechanics  T. Xu, H. Zhang, H. Cherukuri, A. Tabarraei, Q. Wei, A. ElGhannam, R. Smelser, J. Xu, Y. Chen, L. Ma
 Mathematics, Numerical Methods  A. Tabarraei, N. Zheng, R. Keanini, S. Kelly, St. Smith, H. Cherukuri, P. Ramaprabhu, E. Morse, J. Xu, M. Uddin, K. Falaggis, A. Bombik
In the event that a professor has a student taking one of the qualifying exams, it is preferred that the professor not write the exam question(s) or grade the submission. While we trust the integrity of our professors, this avoids the potential conflict of interest. Exceptions are left to the discretion of the chairperson.
EXAM Content, Topic Syllabi, and Sample Exams
Contents covered in most exams are based on the courses offered at UNC Charlotte (see the summary table below). Students are encouraged to take or audit those courses to get prepared for the exams.
Topic 
Contents based on course number_course name 
Semester the course is offered 
Mathematics 
MEGR 7090/8090_Enginineering Analysis 
Fall 
Solid Mechanics 
MEGR 2144_Solid Mechanics 
Fall/Spring 
MEGR 6141/8141_Theory of Elasticity 
Fall 

Metrology 
MEGR 6181/8181_Engineering Metrology 
Fall 
MEGR 7182/8181_Machine Tool Metrology 
Spring 

Fluid Mechanics 
MEGR 7114/8114_Advanced Fluid Mechanics 
Fall 
Control System 
MEGR 7130/8130_Introduction to Control Systems 
Fall/Spring 
Numerical Methods 
MEGR 2240_Computational Methods 
Fall/Spring 
Materials Science 
MEGR 3161_Introduction to Engineering Materials 
Fall/Spring 
Manufacturing 
MEGR 2180_Manufacturing Systems 
Fall/Spring 
Dynamics 
MEGR 3121_Dynamics I 
Fall/Spring 
MEGR 3122_Dynamics II 
Fall/Spring 

Heat Transfer 
MEGR 3116_Heat Transfer 
Fall/Spring 
Machine Design 
MEGR 3221_Machine Analysis and Design 
Fall/Spring 
Instrumentation 
Discuss with Dr. Stuart Smith 

Topic 
Syllabus 
Sample Exam 

Controls 

Dynamics 

Fluid Mechanics 

Heat Transfer 

Instrumentation 

Manufacturing 

Machine Design  Syllabus  Sample Exam 
Material Science  Syllabus  
Metrology 

Numerical Methods 

Solid Mechanics 

Mathematics The posted content represents the homework and exams from the Fall 2017 course Engineering Analysis. They represent the scope of material, together with the course syllabus, that should be mastered for the mathematics qualifying exam. For homework problems that require computer programming, the student should review the solution procedure. However, computer programming will not be required for the qualifying exam. 
Syllabus (updated 1/20/2021) 
Sample Exam Sample Homework 1 