The Department of Mechanical Engineering seeks highly qualified individuals to pursue graduate studies in our programs. Complete our inquiry form to learn more about our graduate programs.

Students seeking admission to our undergraduate program should visit Undergraduate Admission.

UPDATE: We are not accepting GRE scores for the Spring or Fall 2023 application cycles.

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** (not accepted for Fall or Spring 2023 applications)
  • Official DuoLingo, TOEFL or IELTS scores for non-native speakers of English
    • Waived for non-native English speakers who have spent four years at an in-residence undergraduate program in the United States. 
  • 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.

All fees charged are non-refundable. 

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**
    • DuoLingo or TOEFL or IELTS (waived for native English speakers and non-native English speakers who have spent four years at an in-residence undergraduate program in the United States or Canada excluding Quebec)
  • 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 DuoLingo or 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 5th

Spring Term of Entry
M.S. & Ph.D. programs – August 31

Test codes

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

DuoLingo scores should be sent to:
Carnegie Mellon University – College of Engineering

IELTS test scores should be sent to:
Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering
431 Hamerschlag Drive
ANSYS Hall Suite 250
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 College of Engineering policy for more information.

**We are not accepting GRE scores for the Fall or Spring 2023 application cycles.

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Apply online to one of our graduate programs now.