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MIE Graduate Program: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the entrance requirements for the Mechanical or Industrial Engineering graduate program? The Department follows the requirements set by the Graduate School.
  2. What are the application deadlines for the fall and spring entrance? The fall application deadline is January 1st. The spring application deadline is October 1st.
  3. How do I apply? Please visit the Graduate School's website for full instructions.
  4. Can the application fee be waived? Waivers of the fee are available only to those applicants who receive a waiver of the GRE test through their undergraduate financial aid office. International Masters program applicants are not eligible for the waiver.
    • A limited number of waivers are available for International students applying for a PhD program [at the discretion of our Graduate Program Directors].
    • In their email, international students should provide a resume/CV, an unofficial transcript, and a short description of how they represent a historically underrepresented group in STEM.
    • Email these items to Paula Rees at .
  5. How do I apply for financial aid and what are my chances of getting financial aid? Applicants are considered for Research and Teaching assistantships. Individual faculty members, in conjunction with their sponsored research activities, offer Research assistantships on a competitive basis. It is to your advantage to identify and communicate with those faculty members whose research matches your interest and skills. You can find out more about individual research projects here. Teaching Assistantships are also available for students that are nominated by their future advisor.
  6. What are the minimum test scores I need to get admitted? The Graduate School has a required minimum score of 550 for the TOEFL.
     [Note that due to the large volume of email, we are not able to respond to any "pre-application inquiries" regarding whether or not you will be accepted into the program and whether or not you will receive a research or teaching assistantship. You must officially apply in order to know if find out if you will be accepted. Assistantships are awarded to accepted students on a case-by-case basis.]
  7. When will I know if I have been admitted? The Graduate Committee usually decides on all fall applications by the end of March and spring applications by the end of November. All decisions are posted on the Graduate School's application status website.
    You will need your ID number and access code to check your status.