MechSE Graduate Programs Facts

Applications: Approximately 1300 applications are received and reviewed annually by the Graduate Programs Office in MechSE. MechSE accepts applications for both Spring and Fall admission.

Admissions: The average quantitative GRE percentile for admitted students in recent years is in the 90th percentile range. The average GPA for newly admitted students is typically in the 3.6-3.7/4.0 range.

Enrollment: Current graduate student enrollment is ~350 students with approximately 50% in PhD programs. A majority of students enrolled in MS programs will continue for the PhD.

Faculty: MechSE has more than 60 full-time faculty who are all active in research and publish in high-impact journals. On average, 20 or more of the papers written by senior professors are cited more than 10 times. More than half have received young investigator awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) or Department of Defense.

Students: Approximately 96% of MS and PhD students incoming Fall 2018 are fully funded, with 90% of these students funded by a MechSE departmental or College of Engineering fellowship, research assistantship, and/or teaching assistantship. Many students hold NSF, DOE, NDSEG, and other prestigious externally funded fellowships. Students enter the department having completed undergraduate degrees at top institutions from all over the world. 

Student publications: Our students contribute an annual average of 200 refereed journal articles and present even more papers at conferences around the world.

Rankings: MechSE Graduate Programs are consistently ranked in the top 7 programs in the nation.

Placement: In a recent survey of MechSE Graduates, 25% of recent PhDs went on to Assistant Professor positions. Other graduates went on to industry, national lab, and postdoctoral positions. Over 15% of industry placement responses were at Fortune/Global 500 companies.