Admissions-Mechanical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Graduate Admissions

Thank you for considering the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University for your graduate studies. Our department actively seeks highly qualified individuals who wish to pursue graduate studies in mechanical engineering. 
Application Deadlines:
Ph.D application deadline for Fall admission (August entry): December 15 to guarantee full consideration.
M.S. application deadline for Fall admission (August entry): January 15.
Application deadline for Spring admission (January entry) for MS and PhD: September 30.
Deadlines are for the application only.  Supplemental material (such as test scores, recommendations, CV/resume, etc) may be submitted after the deadline.  However, to avoid delays in reviewing your application, we STRONGLY recommend that supplemental material be submitted as soon as possible.  Official transcripts are only required if the applicant is admitted and decides to enroll at Carnegie Mellon. 
A file may be reviewed when we have received:
•    An official on-line application
•    Self-reported test scores (GRE and TOEFL, if English is not applicant’s first language)
•    An unofficial transcript (uploaded into the application system)
•    At least one recommendation (preferably uploaded into the application system)
A file is considered complete when we have received:
•    An official on-line application
•    Official test scores (GRE and TOEFL, if English is not applicant’s first language)
•    An unofficial transcript (uploaded into the application system)
•    Three letters of recommendation (preferably uploaded into the application system)
•    CV or Resume
•    Statement of Purpose

Foreign Students:
Please consult Carnegie Mellon's Office of International Education for assistance with the application process and U.S. immigration requirements.

Please check the FAQ page for answers to common questions about Graduate Admissions.

The following application materials are required by the department in order to process your graduate admissions application:

a.) Graduate Studies On-line Application   

After completing the application, do not forget to click the SUBMIT button. Once the submission is completed, you will receive an email confirmation. The address to submit supplemental materials is:

Graduate Admissions
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Scaife Hall 402
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15213

You may use this letter of recommendation form[pdf].

b.) Application fee - $65.00 (U.S.) - IF YOU PAY BY CREDIT CARD ON-LINE; YOU NEED ONLY SUBMIT THE PAYMENT ONCE. Credit can NOT be given to those who submit their fee more than once.

Check or money order made payable to: Carnegie Mellon University.  This fee cannot be waived or deferred however, current Carnegie Mellon undergraduates are NOT required to pay the application fee.
There is now an option to pay the fee by credit card on-line. Please follow the instructions as indicated in the on-line application and allow at least a week for the payment indication to appear on your on-line status.

c.) Please upload your unofficial transcript into the application system before submitting your application. Official copies of transcripts are required upon acceptance to the Mechanical Engineering department.

d.) Official GRE scores from ETS*

e.) Official TOEFL scores from all non-native speakers of English*

f.) Three letters of recommendation**

g.) Statement of Purpose (1,000 word maximum)

The application system accepts letters submitted by the recommender electronically (preferred).

Only those applicants who submit all of the required materials will be reviewed by the admissions committee.

Please note:

*Photocopies of GRE and TOEFL scores will not fulfill the requirement: Your scores must come directly from the testing agency.  Our institution code for both GRE and TOEFL scores is 2074.  Our department code for GRE scores is 1502 while our department code for TOEFL is 68.
**Any paper letters of recommendation must be received in sealed, signed envelopes if from the individual. The application system now accepts on-line recommendations also.

Accelerated Graduate Program

For current mechanical engineering undergraduates with AP credit, it may be possible to receive a master’s degree with summer research after the senior year and one semester of full-time graduate enrollment. Visit the Accelerated Master’s Program website for additional information. 

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Applicants with a Bachelor of Science degree may be admitted as a part-time special student with no intention of working toward a degree.  Please see the Non-Degree Guide and the CIT policy for more information.

When submitting your application, please note the following:
  1. We offer three different degree programs: The Master of Science Course-work (MS-C), Master of Science Research (MS-R), and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).
  2.  The Master of Science Course-work option is a three semester degree that is primarily class work. The Master of Science Research option is a two-year degree that combines course work and research.
  3. There is an option for direct entry Ph.D. for highly qualified candidates. A master's degree may be obtained while pursuing the Ph.D. provided that the appropriate course requirements are met. The Ph.D. qualifying examination is required within one year of admission to the program. The Ph.D. degree typically requires between three and five years of full-time effort; the length of time depends upon previous education and research progress.
  4. The department may offer Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships to highly qualified Ph.D. candidates only. These assistantships include a tuition scholarship and a monthly stipend.
  5. Self-supported, agency-supported, or government-supported applicants applying for a Certificate of Eligibility (IAP-66) for visa purposes are required to file a Financial Statement and an Affidavit of Support from their sponsor guaranteeing financial support for the student for the duration of the degree program.
  6. The MS-C and MS-R degrees do not offer financial assistance. Please refer to the Fellowships and Scholarships office for external funding opportunities.

We hope you find this information helpful; if you have any questions, please email MechE Graduate Admissions. If you would like to contact a faculty member directly, please visit our Faculty Directory.