Prospective PhD Student FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
Please visit the following webpage for a complete list of application materials:
Online applications must be complete, with all required items received, by December 15.
** Please note that if you are applying to our Ph.D. degree program we only accept application for the fall semester.
Typically, the department provides no financial aid for master's students. Learn more...
A single application covers both admission and financial aid. A complete application including admission fee, which partially covers the processing cost of the admission materials, must be submitted by December 15. Learn more...
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
The GRE exam is required for applying to the MSE and PhD program. The GRE exam will not be waived for any reason if you are applying to the PhD program. The recommended GRE score, for PhD applicants, is a combined score of 2000 out of a possible 2400. GRE scores are evaluated as (Verbal Reasoning + Quantitative Reasoning + (133.33 * Analytical Writing)) which makes it a total of 2400.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Foreign students whose native language is not English are required to submit an official TOEFL examination, recommended score of 100, 250 or 600 (depending on which test was taken) or better unless they have spent at least three years at an academic institution in an English speaking country. The requirement can be waived if the candidate has completed at least three years of academic work on a full-time basis at an institution in the United States or in another nation in which English is the official language.
Test Score Reporting Codes
The GRE & TOEFL reporting code is 2888.
MSE students may obtain credit for up to two courses taken at another institution. These courses are referred to as transfer courses. Transfer courses must be graduate level courses in which at least a B grade has been earned. Transfer credit will only be considered for courses taken prior to matriculation in the graduate program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. For further information please check guidelines here.
A maximum of nine graduate-level course units (out of the 20 required) taken at another university may be accepted provided that the grade received in each course was at least a B, and subject to approval by the Graduate Group Chair and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and in accordance with the rules of the University at the time of admission, as found in the current SEAS catalog. The student who wishes such credit transfer must petition to the Graduate Group Chair. For further information please check guidelines here.
If you were admitted to our MSE degree program, you may request a deferral of admission for up to one year. First you would need to submit the Admission Decision form, pay the acceptance fee, and include a brief letter requesting the deferral of admission. You will be notified in writing if your request is approved.
Typically we do not grant deferral of admissions if you were admitted to our PhD degree program. All requests for deferral of admission should be sent to the Graduate Group Chair.