The Graduate School Advance to a Higher Degree

Mechanical Engineering

We are pleased that you are interested in our graduate program! Before you continue with your application please read this entire document to ensure that you meet all deadlines, and satisfy all requirements for admission to Purdue University.

It is important to recognize that satisfying the basic requirements does not guarantee graduate admission. However, failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to denial of admission.

Application Deadlines: Applications and all supporting documentation must be received by the deadlines listed below to be eligible for admission:

Fall Spring Summer
U.S. Citizen December 15 September 15 No Summer Admission
International December 15 September 15 No Summer Admission

To Apply

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be uploaded to the online application.  Click the links below for details. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the requirements sections of this page:

  • Transcripts
    • Please note:  For international students, please provide both original language transcripts and English translation of your transcripts.
  • Recommendation letters three official letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters must be submitted through the on-line application system. We cannot accept recommendation letters through email. 
  • Copy of official diploma of each degree already completed
  • The Diversity essay is required from applicants seeking funding.  The essay should be 500 words or less, responding to the statement:  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.  Please note:  For U.S. citizens and residents - include the name, city, and state of your high school at the top of the Diversity Essay.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • GRE: required for all applicants
  • English Proficiency: required for international applicants whose native language is not English

Contact Information

Phone & Email Information:
Web Site
ME Graduate Office
+1 (765) 494-5730
megradapps@purdue.edu

https://engineering.purdue.edu/ME/

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program Admission Requirements

Doctoral Degree Program Basic Requirements:

All Applicants:

  • Undergraduate GPA minimum:  Admission to the PhD program is quite competitive. Recent admitted students have had an average GPA of 3.7, and those receiving fellowship, RA or TA have had an average GPA of 3.8.  The minimum recommended GPA to apply is 3.2.
  • Completion of Master's degree (except when applying for Direct PhD)
  • GRE minimums:  No specific minimum is required.  Recent admitted students have had a typical GRE Quantitative score of above 162.
  • GRE scores submitted through ETS
    • Institution Code: 1631
    • Department Code: 1502

International Applicants:

Effective for those seeking Spring 2019 admission and beyond:

TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:

Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 80 
With the following minimum section requirements: 
Reading: 19 
Listening: 14 
Speaking: 18 
Writing: 18

Minimum Paper-Delivered Test - no overall score reported
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 19
Listening: 14
Writing: 18

IELTS (Academic Module):
Minimum overall score required: 6.5
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 6.5
Listening: 6.0
Speaking: 6.0
Writing: 5.5

Pearson Test of English (PTE):
No longer accepted

Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements:

All Applicants:

  • Undergraduate GPA minimum:  Recent admitted students have had an average GPA of 3.7, and the minimum recommended GPA to apply is 3.2.
  • GRE minimums:  No specific minimum is required. Recent admitted students have had a typical GRE Quantitative score of above 162.
  • GRE scores submitted through ETS
    • Institution Code: 1631
    • Department Code: 1502

International Applicants:

 Effective for those seeking Spring 2019 admission and beyond:

TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:

Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 80 
With the following minimum section requirements: 
Reading: 19 
Listening: 14 
Speaking: 18 
Writing: 18

Minimum Paper-Delivered Test - no overall score reported
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 19
Listening: 14
Writing: 18

IELTS (Academic Module):
Minimum overall score required: 6.5
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 6.5
Listening: 6.0
Speaking: 6.0
Writing: 5.5

Pearson Test of English (PTE):
No longer accepted

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