Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Graduate Program Admissions

Criteria and Requirements


The admissions decision is based on a comprehensive assessment of the applicant’s academic potential and the following criteria:

  • The applicant’s undergraduate education and record (and graduate education and record, if applicable)
  • Prior engineering experience including senior project or thesis, or experience in academic, laboratory or industrial settings
  • Research interests and the degree to which these research interests match the research activities of the mechanical engineering faculty
  • Standardized test scores
  • Depending on academic background, students without a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering may be required to take additional courses
  • Students intending to pursue combined BS/Master’s in Mechanical Engineering should visit the IDP+ page for more information


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, or engineering-related field
  • GPA
    • M.S. and M.E.: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or First Class Standing
    • Ph.D.: 3.25 on a 4.0 scale or First Class standing
  • Calculus 1, 2, 3
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Physics 1, 2 (calculus based)
  • GRE scores for all applicants should be as follows:
    • Old Scoring System: 1200 combined Verbal and Quantitative | 4.0 Analytical 
    • New Scoring System: 150 Verbal 155 Quantitative | 3.5 Analytical
GRE scores are not required for Master of Engineering (coursework only) degrees. However, if an applicant is accepted for the Master of Engineering, and then later wishes to pursue a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree, GRE scores may be required prior to a program change.

GRE scores are optional for FA21 M.S. and Ph.D. applicants ONLY.

Submit official GRE General Test scores through the Educational Testing Service (select institution code: 4075). Scores are typically received by the University 4-6 weeks after your testing date.

If you are not submitting GRE scores as part of your Fall 2021 application, please email the Graduate Team in the Department of Mechanical Engineering when your application is complete (aside from GRE scores) so we can waive the GRE requirement for you. The Mechanical Engineering Graduate Team can be reached at

International applicants must meet at least one of following English proficiency requirements:
  • TOEFL scores
    • 80 on the internet-based test
    • 213 on the standard exam
    • 550 on the paper exam
    • IELTS score of 6.5

GRE and TOEFL scores must be transmitted directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to University Code 4075 to be valid. This may take 3-6 weeks after the test date. For more information, please visit the Educational Testing Services website.

Graduate Admissions will notify applicants by email when the web applications are received and inform them at that time if items are missing. Applicants are encouraged to mail documents using companies with online tracking systems to verify receipt of documents.