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)
    • There is no minimum score necessary to apply.  Recently admitted students typically have had a GRE Quantitative score above 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


  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA):
    • Recently admitted students have had an average GPA of 3.7.
    • The minimum recommended GPA to apply is 3.2.

Doctoral Degree Program Requirements


  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA):
    • Admission to our PhD program is quite competitive. Recently admitted students have had an average GPA of 3.7, and those receiving fellowship, Research Assistantship (RA), or Teaching Assistantship (TA) have had an average GPA of 3.8.
    • The minimum recommended GPA to apply is 3.2.
  • 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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