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To be accepted into the Mechanical Engineering Graduate program, you must satisfy the admission requirements for both the Graduate College and the Mechanical Engineering department. Specific requirements for the Mechanical Engineering department include:

  1. A baccalaureate degree in Mechanical Engineering or in a closely related field
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 computed for all undergraduates or a 3.0 GPA computed for the last 60 undergraduate credits

The minimum requirements for the Graduate College may be found in the Graduate Admissions Requirements in the graduate catalog. Admission is competitive and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

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Submit application and admission materials well in advance to ensure that your application is complete by the following deadlines:

  • January 15 (fall priority), May 15 (fall final)
  • August 15 (spring priority), October 15 (spring final)

Once the applicant’s file is complete, it will be evaluated by the MBE Graduate Committee and an admission recommendation (regular, provisional, or denial) will be forwarded to the Dean of the Graduate College. In order to ensure proper mentoring of all graduate students, a recommendation for regular or provisional admission will not be forwarded unless a faculty member of the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering is available to serve as the major advisor. The graduate dean will make the final admission decision and notify the applicant and the MBE Graduate Committee. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing and evaluation.


Admissions Checklist

Application for admission to the MBE Graduate Program for U.S. citizens is through the Graduate College. Applicants must complete the following checklist.

Application for Admission General application to the Graduate College. US Citizens Graduate Application ($65 fee)
International Students Graduate Application ($95 fee)
Official Transcripts Official transcripts from each educational institution you have attended beyond high school Cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0
Last 60 degree credits ≥ 3.0
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Test Scores (Optional) Official Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test scores. Although the GRE is optional, it is highly recommended for students who may have weaknesses in other areas (e.g. GPA, prior research experience) or have transcripts from international schools
International Students Only Official TOEFL or IELTS scores sent directly from ETS (institutional code R5018)Submission of additional materials required by the International Students Admissions Office The College of Engineering requires a minimum TOEFL score of 550/80. The minimum IELTS test score is 6.0
Three letters of recommendation Request letters from faculty and supervisors that can provide an evaluation of your ability to perform and succeed at the graduate level. Letters submitted by the references directly in the application system.
Statement of Purpose • This gives the educational and professional background of the students and his or her motivation for graduate study, including career goals. One to two page, single-spaced in standard business letter format
Resume (Optional) • Include educational institutions attended, history of employment with details on responsibilities and roles; technical skills, awards, honors, and activities; and a list of publications and presentations, if any. Including a resume is recommended, but not required.