Mechanical Engineering Department Application & Admission Deadlines

Application Window              Fall — Oct 1 – Jan 15*                                  Spring — June 1 – Sept 1*

Approximate Decision                   March 1                                                                  Oct 15

* To be given full consideration for admission and assistantships or fellowships, complete application materials must be received by the deadlines. These deadlines are different than the Graduate School’s. The Mechanical Engineering Department does process applications on a rolling basis.  Virginia Tech undergraduates interested in the Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate degree program have earlier deadlines and should meet with one of the ME Graduate Program Coordinators for further details.

For your protection, information on application status cannot be released by telephone, or to third parties.*

The application fee is $75. The fee may be waived by the Graduate School for U.S. domestic students, depending upon financial need. You will need to contact the Graduate School directly. Applications will not be processed unless the application fee is paid.

Applicant Qualifications:

The Mechanical Engineering Department is always interested in hearing from students who wish to pursue their graduate studies. We look for academic excellence coupled with a high degree of motivation. If you feel that you fit this description, we encourage you to apply. Students are accepted into the ME Department in competition with students from across the globe. Please do not send e-mails requesting advice on your chances of acceptance, as we do not have the staffing to review these requests. For additional resource information, please reference the Graduate Studies Guide or the  Graduate Catalog.

Out of professional courtesy to other universities, we do not accept mid-program transfers without a letter of release from the current advisor and/or department head. Students applying to Mechanical Engineering must take the general GRE test and students whose native language is not English, must also take the TOEFL. The Graduate School may waive the TOEFL once an applicant completes a degree at an English speaking university. The department cannot waive the TOEFL. The minimum ME target score for applicants is 105 IBT (260 computer based). Keep in mind; departmental test scores are different from the Graduate School’s minimums.

Generally, applicants must have a minimum target grade point average of 3.2 (4.0 scale) or better, for either the B.S. degree program, or the last 60 hours of course work. Students will likely not be competitive with scores below a 150 on the verbal, a 155 on the quantitative, and 4.5 on the Analytical portions of the GRE. Test scores of students recommended for acceptance are often higher, but can be lower. Applicants will not be automatically rejected for lower scores. Research experience and the three letters of recommendation are a significant part of the evaluation of the application.

Required Graduate Application Materials

It is highly recommended that you keep hard copies of all materials you will submit.  Once an application is submitted, it cannot be altered by the ME Department, so be sure all uploaded materials are legible in PDF format. All materials should be submitted on-line and should NOT be mailed to the department. Upload the following documents to the online-application in Adobe PDF format:

  • Official Transcripts
  • Resume (One page is preferable. Do NOT upload copies of certificates; those should be listed on the resume)
  • Statement of Purpose (2 pages maximum)
  • Publication samples (If applicable)
  • 3 Letters of Reference directly from your referees

The Graduate School can help you with Frequently Asked Questions and should email you within 2 weeks with an application number and instructions on how to set up a guest account. If you do not receive this e-mail, any inquiries about the on-line checklist should be sent to the Graduate School by e-mailing: grads@vt.edu. Please be aware that the on-line status only indicates if the application is complete at the VT Graduate School, not necessarily with the Department.

The ME Department can only recommend admission. Official notification will be sent by the Graduate School. Again, for your protection, information on application status cannot be released by telephone, or to third parties.