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Graduate Admissions FAQ

Who is eligible to apply to ME?
How do I apply?
Are there separate admission procedures for SM and PhD programs?
What is the deadline for applying?
What documents are necessary for applying to ME?
What tests are necessary for applying to ME?
What are the averages of GRE scores for admitted students?
Is there a minimum acceptable GRE score?
Can the IELTS or TOEFL tests be waived in certain cases for international students?
I can't send all the letters of recommendation or transcripts at the same time. What should I do?
Since I have been in the work force for the last few years, it will be difficult to obtain all the letters of recommendation from faculty members. Is it OK to ask my employer/supervisors to write letters in support of my application?
Is the application fee ever waived or deferred?
When should I send my transcripts and where?
What is the complete address of the ME Graduate Office?
Will the Department keep me informed of my application status?
When do I have to notify the department of my intent to attend graduate school?
Can I defer my admission?
I applied earlier; how may I reapply?
Do you have part-time or evening programs?
What are "special students?"
How do I get a Research Assistantship or Teaching Assistantship?
I am an MIT undergraduate at MIT -- should I fill out the "Record of Subjects"?
Should I list the subjects that I am currently taking on the "Record of Subjects"?
Is it OK to send copies of awards, papers or extra letters of recommendation to supplement my application?
Can I apply to more than one department without negative consequence?

 

 

 

Who is eligible to apply to ME?

We expect an applicant to have earned a bachelor's or a master's degree by the time he/she registers in ME. Most incoming students will have a degree in Mechanical Engineering or some related branch of engineering. The department's admission criteria are not specific, however, and capable students with backgrounds in different branches of engineering or in science may gain entry.


How do I apply?

You can apply online at:  https://gradapply.mit.edu/meche

 

Are there separate admission procedures for SM and PhD programs?

No. There is only one admissions process. Students without a master's degree will earn that degree before proceeding on to the PhD. If you already hold a master's degree from another school, you can apply directly to the PhD.  We do not admit directly to the PhD from the Bachelor's Degree, you must apply for the Master of Science program first.

 

What is the deadline for applying?

The ME Department accepts applications for September only and the deadline for applying is December 15th of the previous year.

 

What documents are necessary for applying to ME?

  1. A Completed Application form
  2. 3 letters of recommendation
  3. Uploaded official/unofficial transcript/s is all that is needed when applying online  
  4. All applicants are required to submit GRE scores (general test only).
  5. IELTS (preferred) or TOEFL for international students whose native language is not English.  Students whose citizenship is from India are exempt from taking the IELTS or TOEFL exam.  Minimum acceptable score for IELTS = 7.0; TOEFL = 100 IBT, 233 CBT, 577 PBT


What tests are necessary for applying to ME?

See above

 

What are the averages of GRE scores for admitted students?

We do not average the GRE scores or keep statistics on this information.

 

Is there a minimum acceptable GRE score?

No, there is no minimum acceptable GRE score.  We require GRE scores from all applicants

 

Can the IELTS or TOEFL tests be waived in certain cases for international students?

Students whose citizenship is from India are exempt from taking the IELTS or TOEFL exam.  If an international applicant whose "native" language is not English, and who has received a degree from a U.S. school, we will accept a photocopy of an outdated IELTS or TOEFL score, provided it meets our minimum standards given above.

 

I can't send all the letters of recommendation or transcripts at the same time. What should I do?

We strongly recommend that you send in your application COMPLETE with documentation. If this is not possible, the website will remain open for submitting late letters of recommendation.

 

Since I have been in the work force for the last few years, it will be difficult to obtain all the letters of recommendation from faculty members. Is it OK to ask my employer/supervisors to write letters in support of my application?

In a case like this, we usually suggest that you receive at least one letter from a faculty member who knew you well, and the other two letters can be from employers.

 

Is the application fee ever waived or deferred?

The application fee is intended to help defray the cost of printing, mailing and processing the applications. It is never waived and must be paid by credit card. Please include your full name as it appears on the credit card, credit card account number and the expiration date.

 

When should I send my transcripts and where?

Hard copies of transcript/s are ONLY required if admitted.  At that time, we will request you to send us your transcript/s with all your final grades to the following address:

ME Grad Office, Room 1-112
M.I.T.
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA  02139


What is the complete address of the ME Graduate Office?

ME Graduate Office
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Room 1-112
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139
megradoffice@mit.edu

 

Will the Department keep me informed of my application status?

We do not routinely acknowledge receipt of applications or supporting documents. Applicants can go back into their online application and check for the number of recommendations that have been received.

 

When do I have to notify the department of my intent to attend graduate school?

Applicants have until April 15th to notify MIT of their decision to accept or decline the offer of admission. After April 15 decisions are considered binding and may require a written release.

 

Information and a list of schools agreeing to adhere to this decision date can be found on the Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants, or by searching the Council of Graduate Schools website http://www.cgsnet.org.

 

Can I defer my admission?

An admitted student may make a written request to defer admission for one term only.  Exceptions are made in rare cases; these written requests must be explained in detail.

 

I applied earlier; how may I reapply?

You should fill out a completely new online application. You may indicate that you applied earlier by checking the appropriate box.

 

Do you have part-time or evening programs?

No. All degree programs are for full-time day students.


What are "special students?"

Special students may apply to take one, two or three classroom subjects per term. They are not in a degree program and may not do research.  International students applying as "special students" must register for at least 3 courses to maintain proper immigration status.

 

How do I get a Research Assistantship or Teaching Assistantship?

Students are eligible for assistantships after they have been admitted to the Department. Faculty with RA openings in their research group for the next academic year start reviewing student applications once admission decisions have been made. In order to facilitate the student-faculty matching process and secure funding for the coming academic year as early as possible, we recommend that newly admitted students begin to contact faculty whose research is of interest to them as soon as they are admitted to the Department. (For more information see the Graduate Program information on the MechE web site).

 

I am an MIT undergraduate at MIT -- should I fill out the "Record of Subjects"?

Yes, because of the new online procedure for evaluating applications, it is necessary for us to view all the grades online. 

 

Should I list the subjects that I am currently taking on the "Record of Subjects"?

Yes, you should list them.

 

Is it OK to send copies of awards, papers or extra letters of recommendation to supplement my application?

No. Because of the large volume of applications submitted to MechE, we must discourage you from sending in copies of awards, journal articles and other extraneous documents.  But you can certainly make reference to them in your application under the Test Scores/Experience section.


Can I apply to more than one department without negative consequence?

Yes, but keep in mind that the applications are independent of each other. We do not share supporting materials with the other departments. A separate fee is required for each application.

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