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Energy Science & Engineering Ph.D. Program

Program Director: Charles Ambler, Ph.D.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a Ph.D. track in Energy Science and Engineering (ENSE) within the interdisciplinary Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE) doctoral program. The ENSE program has a broader emphasis on low carbon energy engineering and allows students to specialize in fossil energy conversion, aerospace propulsion, carbon sequestrations, renewable and alternative energy, and climate change research.

Specific course requirements for each student will be determined by the student's Doctoral Advisory Committee; however, each student must complete at least 60 hours beyond the Master's degree. At least 30 hours are organized coursework. The ENSE doctoral track requires the student to complete a minimum 12 hours (4 courses) of energy core courses. The balance of the required 30 semester hours of organized coursework will be fulfilled by a selection of general ESE core courses and elective courses. The candidate's enrollment in research and dissertation courses will complete the remainder of the 60 semester hours.

Application Requirements

In addition to Graduate School and ESE admission requirements, students entering the ENSE doctoral track must have:

  • A Master of Science degree, or equivalent, in an energy related engineering field. Students from chemistry, physics, and other science fields with strong energy related academic background and professional experiences are also encouraged to apply.
  • A Superior Academic Record (Graduate GPA ≥ 3.5)
  • A GRE percentile score 155 or higher in the quantitative section
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (IBT 79; CBT 213) for international applicants
  • At least two letters of reference from individuals qualified to judge their capability to do doctoral-level work. Students who do not meet the above requirements may also apply with additional justifications

How to Apply

The UTEP Graduate School accepts applications year round, and the deadlines depend on the semester in which applicants wish to begin their coursework. The online application ( link ) asks for detailed information the candidate's academic background. Before scrolling down to start the application process candidates should have the necessary documents to complete the application process. For more information, visit the Graduate School at

Priority Application Deadlines

Applications received before September 15 for admissions to the Spring Term and before February 15 for admissions to the Fall Term will receive consideration to receive Graduate Assistantships from Department Funds.

Financial Aid

A major source of Financial Aid is through Research Assistantships. These are competitive positions that are funded by research based grants and contracts. A limited number of Teaching Assistantships is also available. Send your resume to the Mechanical Engineering Department to be contacted about open opportunities. Additional financial support opportunities include:

  • Scholarships, training stipends, and fellowships
  • Need-based assistance of Texas residents or U.S. citizens and permanent residents
  • Employment opportunities through the Cooperative Education Program
  • On-campus and off-campus positions for some students
  • Resident tuition to citizens of Mexico demonstrating financial need

Contact Information

Olga Rodriguez
Graduate Program Coordinator
The Graduate School
Mike Loya Academic Services Bldg. Room 223
500 W. University Avenue
El Paso, Texas 79968

tel: 915.747.7897
fax: 915.747.5788


The University of Texas at El Paso
College of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Building Room A126
500 W University Ave
El Paso, TX 79968

Phone: (915) 747-5450
Fax: (915) 747-5019

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