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Graduate Program Admission Process and Requirements

The basic admission requirement to enter the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program is the possession of a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, Civil, or Chemical Engineering. Students with undergraduate backgrounds in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or Chemistry may enter the program contingent upon fulfilling a minimum number of undergraduate prerequisites to be determined upon an examination of their credentials.  See the Core Curriculum to better understand the graduate course requirements.

The Admissions Process

Please refer to the UMBC Graduate School website for complete information on applying to graduate school at UMBC.

Note that you should not send your application for admission to the Mechanical Engineering Department.

Your application for financial aid should be sent directly to the Mechanical Engineering Department. If you wish to contact the Department concerning the status of your application, please communicate through e-mail with, or write to, the Graduate Program Director.  Do not telephone the Department. Your application will remain on file for one year with the Department.

Ph.D. Program

The following minimum levels of achievement are required for admission into the Ph.D. program.

Overall GPA > 3.3 on the 4 point system.
International students whose Universities do not mark on this system should either rank in the top 10% of their class or graduate in the high first division with distinction.  U.S. students whose overall GPA is >3.0 but <3.3 may be accepted with provisional status under special circumstances.

GRE (Quantitative) >153 (>675 if taken prior to August 2011). The GRE is mandatory for international students and can be waived only in exceptional circumstances. Domestic students who do not have a 3.3 GPA are required to submit GRE scores with their application. The GRE is optional, but highly recommended, for domestic students.

TOEFL >550 (paper), >80 (iBT), >213 (computer) or IELTS >6.0. The TOEFL (or IELTS) is mandatory for international students. TOEFL is not required for domestic students.  International students must take and pass an English oral examination upon arrival at UMBC to determine whether they should take remedial English.

M.S. Program

The following minimum levels of achievement are required for admission into the M.S. program.

Overall GPA > 3.0 on the 4 point system.
International students whose Universities do not mark on this system should either rank in the top 20% of their class or graduate in at least the first division.  U.S. students whose overall GPA is >2.5 but <3.0 may be accepted with provisional status if their GPA on the technical and mathematics courses is >2.5 and they exhibit a serious aptitude towards scholarship.

GRE (Quantitative) >148 (>600 if taken prior to August 2011). The GRE is mandatory for international students and can be waived only in exceptional circumstances. Domestic students who do not have a 3.0 GPA are required to submit GRE scores with their application. The GRE is optional, but highly recommended, for domestic students.

TOEFL >550 (paper), >80 (iBT), >213 (computer) or IELTS >6.0. The TOEFL (or IELTS) is mandatory for international students. TOEFL is not required for domestic students.  International students must take and pass an English oral examination upon arrival at UMBC to determine whether they should take remedial English.

Application Evaluation

For any degree or student status, the student’s application and supporting credentials will be carefully reviewed by a selection committee who will consider not only the above criteria, but also the student’s performance in technical projects, especially research. The committee also weighs recommendations from faculty or professional peers. For those seeking to pursue the Ph.D. degree, particular emphasis will be given to prior research experience.

For those students already holding an M.S. degree, the above criteria will be applied primarily to their graduate school performance.

For additional information on the application process contact the Mechanical Engineering Department.