Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the DEADLINES for applying for Financial Aid and for Admission to your department?

    • To be considered for a teaching assistantship, the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Graduate Coordinator must receive a Mechanical Engineering Financial Support Form and three Financial Support Reference Forms by August 15 for students applying for a teaching assistantship for the Fall Semester, and by December 15 for students applying for a teaching assistantship for the Spring Semester.
      Students must be admitted into the Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering Graduate Program prior to these deadlines. New students applying to the Mechanical/Aeropace Engineering Graduate Program for the first time should have completed the graduate school application packet no later than March 1 for students applying for the Fall Semester and no later than October 1 for students applying for the Spring Semester.
      Teaching assistantships are rarely available during the Summer I and Summer II sessions.
  2. Do you require GRE?

    • All students applying for admission to Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering Graduate Program must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The suggested minimum score for students applying for our graduate programs is: Verbal + Quantitative > 294 (new scale) or > 1000 (old scale). Please note that this is only the minimum requirements for reference purpose. Meeting this minimum does not guarantee admission. Usually, applicants need a higher score to be competitive.
  3. What is the minimum GPA required by your department?

    • Master’s Degree Program:

      • Students holding a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering from a school accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) are eligible for regular admission to graduate study in Mechanical Engineering if their grade point average is 3.0 or above (based on a 4.0 scale).
    • Doctoral Program:

      • Students having a Master’s degree in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering from an accredited school are eligible for regular admission to graduate study in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering if their grade point is 3.3 or above (based on a 4.0 scale) during the graduate program. Students are allowed to apply for the Doctoral Program directly after receiving a bachelor’s degree if their graduate point average is 3.3 or above (based on a 4.0 scale) in their undergraduate study.

    (Please note: only minimum requirements are listed here for reference purpose. Meeting the minimum requirements does NOT guarantee admission.)

  4. Can I apply for the Doctoral Program directly after receiving a bachelor’s degree?

    • Students can apply for the Doctoral Program directly after receiving a bachelor’s degree.
  5. Can I get an idea about my chance of being admitted and receiving financial aid prior to submitting an application and supporting documents?

    • No. It is not possible for anyone to appraise an applicant’s chances for admission and financial aid without a complete application.