The Qualifying Examination must be taken in four areas related to manufacturing, from a variety of examination areas offered by various departments. The proposed four examination areas must be approved by the Manufacturing Council. One area, designated as the major area, will require both a written and an oral examination. The other three areas, designated as minor areas, will require only written examinations. There will be five designated faculty members (two for the major area, and one for each minor area) on the examination committee.
The committee members are chosen from the graduate faculty (i.e. holding a regular appointment at the University of Michigan as Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor with an earned doctorate from an accredited institution). One of the two committee members for the major area may be chosen from U-M Dearborn faculty. The proposed four examination areas and names of committee members must be submitted to the Manufacturing Council for approval at least two weeks prior to a regularly scheduled Council meeting.
Below are some example areas which may be declared as major or minor areas for the exam:
- Aerospace Engineering Gasdynamics: Aerodynamics, Propulsion: Structural Mechanics, Dynamics and Control; Design.
- Chemical Engineering Fluid Mechanics, Heat and Mass Transfer, and Reaction Engineering
- Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Semiconductor Processing, Metrology, Control Systems, Design and Test, Databases.
- Industrial and Operations Eng Operations Research, Production/Manufacturing Systems, Statistical Decision-Making, Ergonomics, Information Systems, Engineering Management.
- Materials Science and Engineering Ceramics, Metals, Polymers, Thermodynamics and Kinetics, Physics/Electronic, Optical, Magnetic Properties of Metals.
- Mechanical Engineering Solid Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Dynamics and Vibration, Design, Systems and Control, Heat Transfer, Materials, Manufacturing.
- Naval Architecture and Marine Eng Mathematics, Linear Algebra, Optimization and Numerical Methods, Hydrodynamics, Thermodynamics, Probablistic Methods, Structure, Rigid body Dynamics, Coastal Hydrodynamics
Similar areas from Civil Engineering and the Business School also can be selected.
Students who fail the Qualifying Examination will have one opportunity to petition the Manufacturing Council for permission to repeat the examination. If the student’s petition is approved by the Council, the student must take the exam within four months of the approval.
Students should take the Qualifying Examination only after they have accumulated at least 18 credit hours. All new students with admission after January 1, 2005 (full -or part-time) must be in good academic standing, i.e., they must possess a cumulative GPA of 3.5/4 or better to take the Qualifying Examination.
A full-time student is one who registers for 8 or more credit hours during a full term (i.e., the Fall or Winter terms). Full-time students are strongly encouraged to take the Qualifying Examination at the end of their second term of enrollment in the program. At the latest, a full-time student must take the Qualifying Examination before the end of his/her third term of enrollment in the program.
A part-time student must take the Qualifying Examination within 2.5 years of first enrolling in the program.
A student who does not meet the above GPA and timeline criteria will not be allowed to take the Qualifying Examination and will be asked to leave the program.