Applying to the IDP+, M.S., M.E., or Ph.D. Graduate Programs

Application Instructions
  1. Apply Online
    Submit the Colorado State University Online Application for the Graduate School along with a $60 non-refundable application fee for domestic students and $70 fee for international students. The statement of purpose replaces the letter of intent essay on the Online University Application, so you may skip that section.
  2. Submit Application Materials
    1. Department Application
    2. Professional resume or vita
    3. Letters of Recommendation: 3 professional recommendations are required. They must be mailed/emailed from the recommending party directly to the department. The department will accept a formal letter or an email from the recommending party. Recommendations should be from individuals who can accurately evaluate your skills as a student, engineer, scientist, or researcher.
    4. One official original transcript from each college or university attended should be mailed directly to the department and must include all previous undergraduate and graduate work. Transcripts are not required from current CSU students. International students are required to provide official English translations of all transcripts, diplomas, and graduation certificates in addition to the originals.
    5. GRE test scores are required of the M.S. and Ph.D. programs, but not of M.E. applicants (although they may be submitted if you feel these will strengthen your application). Submit official GRE General Test scores through the Educational Testing Service (select institution code: 4075, leave the department code blank). Scores are typically received by the University 4-6 weeks after your testing date.
    6. International Applicants must provide TOEFL or IELTS test scores. Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. TOEFL scores should be sent to institution code 4075. IELTS scores should be sent to the department.
Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, or engineering-related field
  • GPA:
    • MS: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or First Class standing
    • PhD: 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:

(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.)

    • Old Scoring System
      • 1200 combined Verbal and Quantitative
      • 4.0 Analytical
    • New Scoring System
      • 150 Verbal
      • 155 Quantitative
      • 3.5 Analytical
  • All international applicants must meet at least one of these minimum 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

Admissions Criteria

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 as stated in the Statement of Purpose section of the Department Application 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.
Department Application Deadlines

The application deadlines listed below for the Department of Mechanical Engineering override all deadlines published by any other CSU web site or publication.

  • Fall Admission: Full consideration will be given to applicants who have submitted all documents by January 15. Applications received before April 1 will be considered only on a space-available basis.
  • Spring Admission: Full consideration will be given to applicants who have submitted all documents by August 1. Applications received before September 1 will be considered only on a space-available basis.
  • Summer admission is not offered by this department.
  • IDP+ Accelerated BS/Master’s applicants should submit all materials by July 15 for admission during the Fall semester, and by November 15 for admission during the Spring semester.

Note: 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.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions:

Questions from applicants can be sent to the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program,

Questions from current graduate students in Mechanical Engineering at CSU can be sent to the Graduate Program Coordinator, Ellen Aster,

Good Luck!