Domestic Students: ALL materials are due by December 1st.
International Students: ALL materials are due by December 1st. Since the availability of testing centers is sparse in some regions of the world, we accept official TOEFL/IELTS & GRE scores until January 15. This means they must be submitted by then, not that you can take your exam until January 15. The rest of your application must be completed by December 1st.
Domestic & International Students: ALL materials are due by October 1st. Note that we rarely grant admission in the Spring semester.
Because of the highly competitive nature of our program we do not accept late materials. Please plan accordingly and begin your application well before the deadline.
Due to the high volume of applications and questions we receive, we ask that you please check this page for answers to your questions prior to contacting the ME/OR Admissions Office.
General Program Questions
- Masters: Thesis option requires 30 credit hours (24 coursework hours + 6 thesis hours)
- Masters: Report option requires 33 credit hours (30 hours of coursework + 3 report hours)
- Masters: Coursework option requires 36 credit hours of coursework
- Doctorate: The number of hours required to receive a Ph.D. vary based on the program that a student's dissertation committee decides on. In addition to research and dissertation credits, a Ph.D. program of work should include at least eighteen hours (6 classes) of graduate coursework in the area of specialization for students with a master's degree or thirty-six hours (12 classes) of graduate coursework in the area of specialization for students without a master's.
- For more information of the degree requirements please refer to our Degree Information page
For Masters, a minimum of six required courses should be taken in your major study area, and the rest can be supporting courses in closely related areas or from other departments. Certain areas have specific required courses. Please consult the Graduate Program webpage (http://www.me.utexas.edu/graduate/areas).
The coursework for Ph.D. is determined by the student's supervisor and supervising committee.
For more information on course schedule, please review the University of Texas Course Schedule.
Please click on the "Faculty" tab above. Their names are hyperlinks to more information, including their research group website.
Before You Apply
No, we do not. We only accept transfers from other UT Austin programs in very rare circumstances. Generally speaking you will need to complete your current program and apply to ours like everyone else. Please see guidelines for transfer credit towards a graduate degree for more info if you are in one of these rare circumstances.
No, all of the necessary information can be found here on our website. If you have any questions that we have not addressed please feel free to e-mail the ME Academic Advising Office.
Yes, both degree plans are open to domestic and international students.
No, there is no pre-admission screening process. We cannot tell you whether or not you will likely be admitted. Our admissions committee reviews completed applications immediately following the deadlines.
There are no specific requirements for admission to the ME program but applicants would benefit greatly from having a B.S. degree in physical sciences (chemistry, physics) or engineering disciplines. Generally, these majors have similar requirements for math (calculus and differential equations), chemistry and physics (for scientists and engineers) that are the underpinnings of ME. Biology and non-science majors usually have not completed these courses.
The Graduate School requires a 3.0/4.0 in upper-division courses to apply. GPAs below a 3.0 may, in rare cases, be admitted with conditions. GPAs above the minimum do not guarantee admission to the program. The average GPA of recently admitted students is 3.74 on a 4.0 scale in upper-division or graduate work. This does not include international students who have scores that are not based on the 4.0 scale. For more information on admissions requirements visit the Office of Graduate Studies Requirements of Graduate Admission.
There is no minimum score required by ME and we do not require any special subject tests.
Keep in mind that this score cannot be waived under any circumstances and that the scores are only valid for five (5) years.
For more information on test scores see the Graduate School.
Average GRE scores for recently admitted ME graduate students:
- GRE V: 590 (GRE General Test) 159 (Revised GRE Test)
- GRE Q: 770 (GRE General Test) 163 (Revised GRE Test)
Average GRE scores for recently admitted ORIE graduate students:
- GRE V: 570 (GRE General Test) 160 (Revised GRE Test)
- GRE Q: 770 (GRE General Test) 163 (Revised GRE Test)
The Graduate School requires:
A score of 550 (paper test), 213 (computer based test), or 79 (internet based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
A 6.5 on the Academic Examination of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Scores above the minimum do not guarantee admission and please keep in mind that TOEFL scores are only valid for 2 years following the test date. Our program does not accept expired test scores.
Preferred TOEFL for ME/ORIE department: 90 or above on (iBT)
Average TOEFL score for ME/ORIE admits: 106 (iBT)
No, we require GRE and TOEFL (international applicants only) scores from all applicants.
For international students, the TOEFL score may be waived if you hold a 4 year bachelors degree from a US institution. We will not waive the requirement for master's degrees from a US institution. It must be a 4 year bachelors program.
Applicants from the following countries (or that hold a 4-year bachelors from one of them) are exempt from submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Grenada, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Trinidad/Tobago, United Kingdom, US Pacific Trust.
We require three (3) letters of recommendation for your application. Please be mindful that all letters must be submitted via the application portal, so emailed or mailed letters will not be accepted.
No. We do not admit students who already have a degree in a similar field for a second degree. Masters students interested in a PhD are welcome, but students seeking a second Masters or second PhD who already hold that degree in a similar field (e.g., metallurgy, materials, ceramics, polymers, etc.) should not apply.
How to Apply
Check out the Graduate School application site. There is a checklist and detailed instructions.
If you are reapplying within one year of your previous application, you will need to complete a new application, send new transcripts, and pay another fee. However, your test scores and recommendation letters will carry over from the previous application. You are more than welcome to update them if you like. If it has been over a year since you last applied, you will have to resubmit everything.
Use the GPA Calculator on the Registrar's Page.
All GPA information should be provided on a 4-point scale. Only upper division undergraduate and graduate courses should be used in this calculation.
Keep in mind that the Graduate and International Admissions Center will calculate your official GPA for official purposes. You will not be able to submit your calculation from the above link.
You will upload your supporting documentation via the online application portal. Detailed instructions can be found here.
No, we will not accept any paper copies of application materials. Please follow the instructions online carefully to ensure your application is completed by the deadline.
No, to complete your application the fee must be paid.
The Office of Graduate Studies may grant a fee waiver in rare cases based on documented financial need. Check out their site for more information on requesting a waiver.
You will be prompted to set one up during the application process. The My GradSchool site can help you here.
For issues with an existing EID, check out the UT EID site.
Please do not create multiple EIDs for yourself. Only the EID that is sent to you via email acknowledging receipt of your application will be linked to your academic record. Your EID will be used as an identifier from this point forward so please include it in emails to the program so that we can better assist you.
There is no separate financial aid application. Because we are a highly competitive program, most of our students generally receive some type of funding. For most of our students, funding generally includes tuition benefits, healthcare, and a stipend.
No, any outside financial support you apply for will be your responsibility.
After You Apply
No, your application needs to be completed by the deadline. We will not allow edits after the fact. The application is open for months before the deadline, giving ample time to complete the requirements.
Using the "Faculty" tab above, choose the faculty member whose research most closely resembles your interests. You are more than welcome to email the faculty member to introduce yourself and indicate your interest in their research group. Keep in mind that they will not give you any application assessment and that they have no control over admissions. Be courteous and mindful that our faculty are very busy and may not reply immediately.
For Fall admissions, we finalize all decisions by May 15.
For Spring admissions, we finalize all decisions by November 15.
You can monitor the status of your application via the MyStatus site and can email any questions to the ME Academic Advising Office.
All admitted applicants will be contacted directly via email notifying them of their admission and requesting further information. Students denied admission will be notified via the MyStatus site.
Unfortunately no. We receive an incredibly large number of applications each year and due to legal restrictions, we cannot provide any additional information to applicants that are not offered admission. We receive and must turn away many highly qualified applicants each year.
Check the MyStatus website for application updates and completion status. You can also use this site to remind your references of missing letters of reference.
Keep in mind that it can take several weeks for your test scores to be matched with your online application. If you have received confirmation from ETS or IELTS that your test scores have been received by the university and processed, but you do not see them on MyStatus, the university is probably still in the matching process.
Any updates must be submitted through the online application portal. Updates made after the deadline will not be viewed by the admissions committee so please be mindful of this when submitting your application.
200-230 students based on many factors including but not limited to faculty availability, quality of applicants, and funding.
We do not have a set number or percentage of domestic or international students that we admit.