Graduate admission

The Department of Mechanical Engineering seeks highly qualified individuals to pursue graduate studies in our programs. 

Students seeking admission to our undergraduate program should visit Undergraduate Admission

Complete our inquiry form to learn more about our graduate programs.


Application requirements

  • Application fee - $75.00 (U.S.)*
  • Unofficial transcript (upload into the application system before submitting your application). Official copies of final transcripts are required upon admission
  • Official GRE scores from ETS
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores for non-native speakers of English
  • Three letters of recommendation (uploaded through the online application system)
  • Statement of Purpose (Ph.D. applicants only)                                    

*Fee waivers can be granted for CMU students and alumni, GEM applicants, McNair Scholars, etc. Contact us if you believe you qualify for a fee waiver.

Application review process

The review process begins shortly after the application deadline. All applications must be submitted through our online application system by the application deadline. Supplemental materials such as official test scores and letters of recommendations can be received after the application deadline.

Incomplete applications can be reviewed if we have the following items:

  • An official online application
  • Self-reported test scores (GRE and TOEFL, if English is not applicant’s first language)
  • Unofficial transcript(s) (uploaded into the application system)
  • CV or Resume
  • Statement of Purpose (PhD Applicants Only)
  • At least one recommendation

Complete applications, which take precedent in the review process, include the above items plus:

  • Official test scores (GRE and TOEFL or IELTS, if English is not applicant’s first language)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Questions? Review the Graduate admission FAQ.


Deadlines apply to single degrees within the department. Applicants to dual degree programs should submit their application by the earliest deadline of the two programs.

Fall Term of Entry
Ph.D. programs – December 15
M.S. programs – January 15

Spring Term of Entry
M.S. & Ph.D. programs – September 15

Test codes

ETS Institution Code: 2074
GRE Department Code: 1502
TOEFL Department Code: 68

IELTS must be mailed from your testing center to this address:
Graduate Admission
Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering
5000 Forbes Avenue
119 Porter Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Integrated master's/bachelor's degree program

Current mechanical engineering undergraduates may opt to pursue this program. Visit the Integrated master's/bachelor's degree for additional information. 

Non-degree seeking students

Please see the Non-degree guide and the CIT policy for more information.

Ready to apply?

Apply online to one of our graduate programs now.