COVID-19 UPDATE: The GRE requirement is waived for applicants seeking entry in Spring 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022. This is a temporary accommodation due to COVID-19 and applies to the Mechanical Engineering graduate program only. If you are applying to multiple programs at UT Austin, please check with the other programs regarding GRE requirements. After submitting an application, you may see the GRE requirement listed on your to-do list in MyStatus for up to 72 hours. There is no need to inquire with us. The requirement will eventually be removed from your MyStatus page. This accommodation does not apply to TOEFL/IELTS requirements for international students.

Deadlines Information

Fall Admissions

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.

Spring Admissions

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

How many credit hours are required to graduate?

  • 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

What is the required coursework for the ME Program?

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 (

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.

Where can I find information about the ME Faculty?

Please click on the "Faculty" tab above. Their names are hyperlinks to more information, including their research group website.

Before You Apply

Do you accept transfer students?

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.

Do you have any written materials you can send to me?

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.

Do you admit international students to the Master's program?

Yes, both degree plans are open to domestic and international students.

What are my chances of being admitted? Is there a pre-admission screening process?

No, there is no pre-admission screening process. We cannot tell you whether or not you will likely be admitted. However, the Graduate School publishes statistics detailing the number of students applied, admitted, enrolled, average grade-point averages, and average test scores for each admissions cycle. Click here to review admissions and enrollment statistics

What are the minimum GPA and GRE scores required to apply?

The ME program does not have a minimum GPA or GRE requirement or specific degree requirements for admission.

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 GRE score required by ME an 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 years. See the Graduate School's Admission and Enrollment Statistics for detailed information from previous admission cycles.

What are the minimum degree requirements?

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.

What is the minimum GRE Score needed for admission to the ME Program?

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)

What is the minimum TOEFL score (International Students only) to be considered for the ME Program?

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)

Can I have any of my test scores waived?

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.

How many letters of recommendation are required?

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.

Can I apply for my second masters or doctorate in a similar field with your program?

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

How do I apply?

Check out the Graduate School application site. There is a checklist and detailed instructions.

The fall application deadline is 11:59 pm (Central Standard Time) on December 1st.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. There are no exceptions. 

All applications require the following:

  1. Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose
  2. 3 letters of recommendation
  3. General GRE Scores
  4. Transcripts from all previous universities

Applicants must meet all minimum requirements of the UT Austin Graduate School including:

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • A 3.0 or higher GPA in upper-division coursework
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score(s), if applicable

It is essential that applicants read and follow the application directions given by the Graduate School.

How to submit an application:

After completing your application and paying the application fee, you will receive an email with a link to your status check website. As many as two days can pass between your submission of the application and the email with the status check link. Please be patient and plan accordingly:

Please note: your application is not complete until you have uploaded your supporting materials.

Upload Deadline:

All application materials under the applicant's control (i.e. personal statement and transcripts) must be uploaded by 11:59 PM CST on December 1st for the application to be considered for fall admission.

Due to the volume of applications, we cannot confirm the receipt of individual items. Applicants are normally notified of the decision by the end of March.

Required Application Materials:

Personal Statement

Statements of purpose should be 1 to 2 pages single spaced. 

Letters of Recommendation

We require three letters of recommendation. All letters of recommendation should informatively address the applicant's academic achievement and potential for graduate study. The department will not accept letters from Interfolio. Recommenders must upload their letters to the applicant's online application.

GRE Scores

Applicants must submit a GRE General test score not more than five years old. When arranging for the submission of your scores, be sure to enter the University code: 6882. There is no department code. Your scores take 4-6 weeks to be processed and added to your application. Be mindful of this timeline when choosing your GRE testing date.


An applicant must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited United States institution or proof of equivalent training at an institution outside the United States.

Transcripts must have been produced within the last calendar year.

Uploaded transcripts must be official copies. We recommend requesting an official transcript to be mailed to you from your university, scanning, and then uploading a PDF of the document. Grade reports will not be accepted.

Do not send transcripts directly to the department via mail or e-mail. They must be uploaded electronically. 

If I applied previously and was not admitted, is there a different procedure for reapplying?

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.

How do I calculate my GPA?

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.

How do I submit my Statement of Purpose (SOP) & CV/Resume?

You will upload your supporting documentation via the online application portal. Detailed instructions can be found here.

What should I include in the Statement of Purpose (SOP)?

One to two pages describing your research area of interest, listing any publications, and descriptions of previous or current research work. If you maintain a personal website or engineering blog and you would like to share this with us, please include the URL in this document.

Can I submit any paper versions of application materials?

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.

Can I have my application fee waived by the ME Program?

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.

How/when will I get my UT EID?

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.

How/when do I apply for financial aid?

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.

Do I need to send financial statements or FAFSA information to you?

No, any outside financial support you apply for will be your responsibility.

After You Apply

Can I make edits to my application after the deadline?

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.

I would like to contact a faculty member, how should I proceed?

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.

When will I find out if I am admitted?

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.

If I am denied, can you provide me an assessment of my application so that I can make improvements?

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.

How do I confirm that my application is complete?

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.

I've already submitted a complete application but I need to make updates. How can I do that?

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.

How many students are admitted to the ME graduate program each year?

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.

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