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Statement on MechE Qualifying Exams

The following statement addressing alleged gender bias in MIT’s mechanical engineering qualifying exams was issued on September 14, 2020.

MIT Graduate Admissions Policy Update

In response to the challenges of teaching, learning, and assessing academic performance during the global COVID-19 pandemic, MIT has adopted the following principle: MIT’s admissions committees and offices for graduate and professional schools will take the significant disruptions of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials as part of their regular practice of performing individualized, holistic reviews of each applicant.

For the 2022 graduate admission process, given the potential difficulty in access to testing due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the department of Mechanical Engineering will not require GRE tests for applications for graduate admission for 2022. We will thus not use GRE scores as a basis for evaluating candidates for admission in the 2022 application process.

Explore Our Graduate Programs

We offer 9 Graduate Degrees

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (SMME)

Master of Science in Ocean Engineering (SMOE)

Master of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (SMNAME)

Master of Science in Oceanographic Engineering (SMOGE, joint MIT/WHOI degree)

Mechanical Engineer’s (ME) Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Science (ScD), which differs in name only (this includes the joint MIT/WHOI degrees)

Dual degree with Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Program in MIT Sloan School of Management (Please go to the following website: to learn more about applying through LGO.)

Graduate Office Contacts

Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Office
Room 1-112 77 Massachusetts Avenue Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
Graduate Administrator
Senior Administrative Assistant
Contact: Ms. Una Sheehan Email:
Senior Administrative Assistant
Contact: Daniel Shea Email: