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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.


We prepare students to become innovative technological leaders in industry, academia, government, and society – leaders whose visions are founded upon fundamental knowledge, uncompromising analysis, creativity, passion, and ethics. Our graduates go on to a vast array of careers in product design, research, management, medicine, government, teaching, public service, and entrepreneurship.

We offer the following 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)

Dual degree with Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Program in MIT Sloan School of Management

Applying for Admission

Follow the links below for information about our application and admissions processes.

Alumni Spotlight

Bryan Schmid
Bryan Schmid

President, Atlas Devices

[ SB ’03, SM ’05 ]

Lariessa Nietner & Scott Nill
Lariessa Nietner & Scott Nill

Finding love in the lab

[ SM ’14 PhD ’17 and SM ’14 PhD ’18 ]

Karina Pikhart
Karina Pikhart

CEO, 6dot Innovations

[ SB ’09 ]

Joint Program with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

If you’re interested in applying for admission to the joint program with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), please go to the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science & Engineering website. If you wish to be considered for the MechE graduate program independently of the MIT-WHOI Joint Program, please also complete the MechE online application.

How to Apply

The Department of Mechanical Engineering’s graduate admissions committee reviews all applications for graduate study in the department. For more information on how to apply, visit applying for admission.

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