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.  All of your application materials must be received by January 15 for the fall semester that begins in late August, or by September 30 for the spring semester that begins in mid-January.  When you are ready to apply, this page will serve as the "hub" for the application process. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE DEADLINE DATE TO SUBMIT YOUR ON-LINE APPLICATION AS THIS COULD DELAY THE PROCESS.

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 information on the on-line application, do not forget to click the SUBMIT button to officially apply. Once the submission is completed, you will receive a confirmation. Please print this confirmation page for your records. The address to submit supplemental materials is:

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

Additionally, 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 new system now accepts letters submitted by the recommender directly on-line)

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

Once your click the SUBMIT button on your on-line application and officially complete the process, you will receive a confirmation page which you should print for your records.

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.


Additionally, please note that Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required for students whose native language is not English. This requirement cannot be waived.

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.  Some non-degree students may wish to become degree candidates in the future.  Even though the applicant may have been admitted as a non-degree student, courses taken at Carnegie Mellon with a grade of B or better will be counted toward the degree provided that such courses fall within the requirements of the degree sought.  Non-degree student registration is handled through the Registrar's Office.

Students who wish to become candidates for a degree program must complete and submit an application for admission and must adhere to all application deadlines and guidelines.  Application should be submitted on-line.


When submitting your application, please note the following:
  1. We offer three different degree programs: The Master of Science/Course Work Option, Master of Science/Project Option, and the Doctor of Philosophy. The Master of Science/Course Work Option is a one-year degree that is primarily class work. The Master of Science/Project Option is a two-year degree that combines course work and project work or research work. In addition, there is an option for Direct entry PhD for highly qualified candidates.

    The Ph.D. qualifying examination is required within one year of admissions to the program. In addition, a master's degree may be obtained while pursuing the Ph.D. provided that the appropriate course requirements are met. The Ph.D. degree typically requires between three and five years of full-time effort; the length of time depends upon your previous education and how well your research progresses.
  2. The department may offer Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships to highly qualified PhD candidates only. These assistantships include a tuition scholarship and a monthly stipend. If you choose to submit an application before the deadline, you will be considered for all types of departmental financial assistance. Please note, however, that the department awards financial assistance packages to highly qualified students who are pursuing the Ph.D. degree, only. The Master of Science/Course Work and Project Option degrees are not offered financial assistance. You may apply for external funding opportunites; there is information available on-line for numerous external scholarships and fellowships: http://www.cmu.edu/fso.
  3. 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.

We hope that this information is helpful to you; if you have any questions, please email the Graduate Program Coordinator. If you would like to contact a faculty member directly, please visit our Faculty Directory for contact information.