Applying to MechSE

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MechSE offers the following degree programs:

Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (MEngME)
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) - available both on campus and online
Master of Science in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (MSTAM)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mechanical Engineering (PHDME)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (PHDTAM)

MechSE also serves as the administrative unit for the Master of Engineering in Computational Engineering program.  For details about this program please see this website.

The PhD program in Mechanical Engineering can be pursued in conjunction with the MS or alone.  Applicants now have the following options.

1.       Apply directly to the PHD ME program (PHD without masters).  To do this, select the Mechanical Engineering PHD program in your application.

2.       Apply to an MS degree and indicate that you plan to continue for a PHD degree (masters followed by PHD).  To do this, select the MS program in your application and select “Yes” when asked if you plan to continue for a PHD.

3.       Apply to an MS degree and, upon admission and enrollment, choose your path once you are on campus.  To do this, select the MS program in your application and select “Yes” when asked if you plan to continue for a PHD.

Note that there is not a direct PHD program in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.  Also note that admission standards for Mechanical Engineering and Theoretical and Applied mechanics are the same.

Application deadlines
Applicants are always encouraged to apply early.

Spring admission

MEngME program - November 1st.
MS and PhD programs - October 1st

Fall admission

MEngME program - The deadline for applying to Fall 2016 is September 2, 2016.  The deadline for applying to Fall 2017 is May 1, 2017.
MS and PhD programs - December 15th (for financial support consideration), January 4th (for admission consideration only).

Please note that the Hobsons Apply Yourself system will close at 11:00 p.m. CST on the day of the deadline.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply in advance of deadlines as the admissions committee cannot make exceptions for any type of technical failures due to submitting at the last minute.
 

Standardized test deadlines

Electronic reports from the Educational Testing Services (ETS) can be delayed. It is recommended that applicants take the GRE and/or TOEFL as early as possible to avoid delaying the application process. Applicants applying for Fall admission are encouraged to take the GRE and/or TOEFL prior to October 31st.

The GRE is required for applying to the following programs:

MSME (on campus program)  
MSTAM
PHDME
PHDTAM

The GRE is not required for applying to the following programs:

MSME Online (off-campus program)
MEngME Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

Minimum requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering or a closely related field from an accredited college in the United States or an approved institution of higher learning abroad in order to be eligible to apply.

GPA Requirements
Previous Undergraduate Study 3.25/4.0 (or equivalent) for the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours
Previous Graduate Study (if applicable) 3.5/4.0 (or equivalent)
Note: You can upload a copy of your transcript in the online application; you do not have to send an official copy to the department. The uploaded transcript needs to contain the student's name, institution name, and final grades for all coursework completed.

 
TOEFL/IELTS Requirements*
International applicants are required to provide valid TOEFL/IELTS scores as part of the application process.
TOEFL - full status admission minimum 103 (internet based test)
613 (paper based test)
257 (computer based test)
TOEFL - limited status admission minimum - offered to applicants with truly outstanding academic records who do not meet the minimum TOEFL requirement 90 (internet based test)
577 (paper based test)
233 (computer based test)
IELTS- full status admission minimum 7 total (minimum score of 6 for each sub-section
IELTS - limited status admission minimum - offered to applicants with truly outstanding academic records who do not meet the minimum IELTS requirement 6.5 total (minimum score of 6 for each sub-section)
TOEFL/IELTS scores are valid for two years prior to the proposed term of entry. It is recommended that applicants complete the TOEFL/IELTS exam at least two months prior to the application deadline.

*English requirements for admission differ from English requirements for teaching assistantship (TA) eligibility.  In order to be eligible for a TA and any type of funding that includes a TA, all non-native English speakers, regardless of US Citizenshipor prior enrollment at Illinois, must have a minimum of 24 on the speaking portion of the TOEFL or at least an 8 on the speaking portion of the IELTS.  TOEFL and IELTS scores must be taken within 2 years of the proposed term of entry.  This policy is required by the State of Illinois.  Please be aware that meeting these requirements is not an automatic award of a TA.

Graduate Application Checklist

  • An application is complete when all components have been received by MechSE.  For full consideration, all parts of the application must be received by the deadline. 
  • Application to the Graduate College – You can start your application here.  A nonrefundable application fee will be required in order to complete and submit the application.  The fee is $70 for domestic applicants and $90 for international applicants.
  • Resume/CV – The terms “resume” and “curriculum vitae (CV)” are used interchangeably in the application.  You will be able to upload an electronic copy of this document in your application.  The department does not have a specific format that needs to be followed for this document.  Generally, it is recommended that your resume be no more than 2 pages.  Please upload the correct document with all of your current information in your initial application.  Last minute changes and updates to your resume/cv can be submitted to mechse-gradatillinois [dot] edu after you submit your application, but it is recommended that you include the correct document initially.
  • Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement – The terms “statement of purpose” and “personal statement” are used interchangeably in the application.  You will be able to upload an electronic copy of this document in your application.  The department does not have a specific format that needs to be followed for this document.  Generally, it is recommended that this document be no more than 3 pages.  Please upload the correct document with all of your current information in your initial application. Last minute changes and updates to the statement of purpose/personal statement can be submitted to mechse-gradatillinois [dot] edu after you submit your application, but it is recommended that you include the correct document initially.
  • Letters of Recommendation – The application will require contact information for 3 references.  It is preferred that references submit their letters of support electronically.  If your reference has difficulties submitting the letter in the application system, he/she can send the letter to mechse-gradatillinois [dot] edu.  
  • Transcripts – Transcripts can be uploaded in the online application.  Applicants do not need to send a hard copy of the transcript.  An acceptable electronic transcript includes the name of the institution, the applicant’s name, and grades for all courses.  If the transcript is not in English, the applicant will need to upload a copy in English as well as the native language.  International applicants will also need to upload copies of their certificate of degree in English and the native language.  Additional instructions regarding transcripts can be found here.
  • GRE scores – Please see above to see if the GRE is required for your program.  If required, the score must be reported electronically by ETS.  The code for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is 1836.  GRE subject tests are not required. 
  • MechSE supplementary form (for MS and PhD applicants) -  After the initial application is submitted, the application is imported into MechSE’s departmental database.  Applicants will receive an email (approximately 2-5 days after submitting your initial application) with instructions to complete a supplementary “area of specialization” form.  This form allows you to indicate your research interests.  This is a required part of the application.  The choice of research interests does not impact the outcome of your application; rather, it allows the department to obtain more information about the applicant’s interests.
  • Additional requirements for international applicants
    • TOEFL/IELTS – Most international applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.  MechSE strongly encourages all international applicants to submit these scores; doing so can increase one’s eligibility for financial support.  The code for ETS to report your score to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is 1836. 
    • Evidence of Financial Resources – While it is preferred to provide proof of funding documentation with the application, proof of funding documentation can be submitted later.  More information on proof of funding can be found here.
    • Class rank form – Applicants who have attended educational institutions outside of the United States may submit a class rank form.  If your institution cannot provide this, you do not have to submit the form.  It is not required.  This form can be emailed to mechse-gradatillinois [dot] edu or mailed to:

      Graduate Admissions Coordinator
      Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering
      138 Mechanical Engineering Building
      1206 W. Green St.
      Urbana, IL 61801

  • Applying for fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships
    All applicants to on campus MS and PhD programs are automatically considered for financial support in the form of fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships.  There is no separate application to be considered for financial support.  More information about fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships here.
 

Contact Info

Graduate Programs Office
166 MEB
1206 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 244-3416
mechse-gradatillinois [dot] edu
 

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