Villanova’s College of Engineering offers a distinctive PhD program leading to a Doctorate of Philosophy. It is designed to prepare scholars, teachers and leaders for academia and industry in contemporary and emerging engineering fields.

Congruent with the mission of Villanova University, the doctoral program emphasizes excellence, innovation and integrity in research, scholarship and education. Its primary component is independent, original, directed research leading towards a dissertation.

The program is designed to encourage intellectual depth within an area or discipline of study, while also providing enough flexibility to allow for breadth across disciplinary lines when useful for multidisciplinary research topics.

Our PhD program is one of the few in the country that will allow the degree to be pursued on a part-time basis by working professionals, with many of the relevant courses available through our state-of-the-art on-line distance education program.

The College is unique in its professional development program for doctoral students, which reflects Villanova’s commitment to high quality teaching and close attention to the student, as well as development of the whole person.



For questions about graduate admission or enrollment:

Andrew Pellens
Enrollment Coordinator

For current or incoming PhD students with questions:

Leslie McNamee
Program Coordinator



College of Engineering logo accompanied by the words "Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Achievements."

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students Publish, Present and Win Conference Awards

This fall, doctoral and master’s degree students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering garnered conference awards for best papers and posters, as well as advances in their fields of study. They also co-authored 17 journal publications.


NovaCell director Dr. Bill Kelly and two students stand together.

NovaCell Partners with Redbud Labs on Improved Bioreactor for T-Cell Therapy

PhD student Justin Fisher is working with NovaCell Director Dr. Bill Kelly on a National Institutes of Health project awarded to Redbud Labs to improve the bioreactors used to provide controlled delivery of nutrients and biomimetic stimuli in order to influence T-cell growth.


Villanova mechanical engineering team developed smart brain.

Model Could Offer Noninvasive Way to Study Brain Injury 

A team of engineers led by Mechanical Engineering’s Dr. Qianhong Wu have constructed a model brain that provides a noninvasive new way to study brain injury. The model—which was informed by real patient data—is laden with pressure sensors that determine the impact of trauma. Doctoral candidate Ji Lang has played a critical role in the process of developing the machinery to build the model.