The Graduate School Advance to a Higher Degree

Mechanical Engineering

Supported Degree Objectives


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Non Degree

Required Supporting Documents


  • Transcripts
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Minimum Recommended Score: 162
  • Official Copy of All Completed Diplomas
  • Diversity Essay (Required from Applicants Seeking Funding)
    • 500 Words or Less
    • Describe your leadership, work experience, service experience, or other significant involvement with racial, ethnic, socio-economic, or educational communities that have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education, and how these experiences would promote a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in the pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative excellence.
    • U.S. citizens and residents, please include the name, city, and state of your high school at the top of the Diversity Essay.
  • Resume
  • English Proficiency (Non-native English speaking international applicants: choose a test below)
    • TOEFL: Internet-Based Test (IBT): Minimum Overall Required Score: 80
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 19
        • Listening: 14
        • Speaking: 18
        • Writing: 18
    • TOEFL: Paper-Delivered Test: Minimum Overall Required Score: No minimum
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 19
        • Listening: 14
        • Writing: 18
    • IELTS (Academic Module): Minimum Overall Required Score: 6.5
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 6.5
        • Listening: 6.0
        • Speaking: 6.0
        • Writing: 5.5

Master's Degree Program Requirements


  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    • 3.2 or equivalent minimum
    • 3.7 or equivalent recommended

Doctoral Degree Program Requirements


  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    • 3.2 or equivalent minimum
    • 3.7 or equivalent recommended
    • 3.8 or equivalent recommended for those pursuing RA or TA
  • Master's Degree Completion:
    • Required, except for those applying for Direct PhD

Application Deadlines


  • Fall Spring Summer
    December 15 September 15 No Entry

Program Contact Information


Ernest C. Young Hall, Room 170 | 155  S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114 | 765-494-2600

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