M.S.M.E. Application Process

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department

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To Apply

We welcome applications from students interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. To make sure we’re a good fit for your specific research interests, browse our website and faculty directory to learn more about their expertise.

March 31 is the deadline for Fall Semester and September 1 is the deadline for spring semester.

All materials are submitted electronically through the online application system, but please review the following sections first.  Documents sent to the program via email or mail will not be accepted.


Applicants must have earned a B.S. degree in engineering (e.g., civil, mechanical, chemical, environmental) or science (e.g., chemistry, physics, mathematics) with a grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. 

University policy requires international applicants (and domestic applicants whose native language is not English) to provide proof of English Language proficiency as a condition of admission.  In addition, federal immigration regulations prohibit the University from issuing a visa document to any student who has not satisfied this requirement.

TOEFL Details

  • TOEFL Score - Acceptable English Proficiency Test.  The institution code for the University of Minnesota Duluth campus is 6873.

  • The TOEFL score is sent directly to the Graduate School Admissions Office, but you must fill in code number 68 to indicate Mechanical Engineering as your field of interest.

  • The following minimum scores must be obtained from one of the following English Proficiency exams:

    • TOEFL exam (internet based): Total score of 79 with a writing subscore of 21 and a reading subscore of 19

    • IELTS Exam: Total score of 65.5 with a writing subscore of 6.5 and reading subscore of 6.5

    • MELAB: Total score of 80

  • Visit the Graduate School website for complete information on English Proficiency requirements.

Required Sections of the Application

  • Personal Information

  • Application Information

  • Educational Background (Upload transcripts here)

  • Test Information-self reported (if applicable)

  • Languages

  • Awards & Activities

  • Employment/Residence Information

  • Financial Support

  • Legal Agent/Privacy Statement

  • Recommendations (2)

Optional Section

  • Applicant Statements

  • GRE Scores

Supplemental Information Required by the Program

In addition to the required information in the online application, please make sure to complete the following and upload to the application to make sure you are given proper consideration:

  • Program form for Mechanical Engineering. Please upload this completed form in the “Program Supplemental Information” section as "Graduate Program Additional Application".

  • Statement of purpose, limited to one page.  Please upload this document as “Upload 1” under the “Program Supplemental Information” section.

  • CV or Resume - Please list your technical publications and conference presentations. CV or resume should be uploaded in the “Program Supplemental Information” section.

  • Unofficial transcripts - Official transcripts or paper copies are not needed for initial review. However, if admitted, the University will then require official transcripts.

  • GRE Scores are optional. The institution code for the University of Minnesota Duluth campus is 6873 and GRE department code is 1502.

  • Two letters of recommendation* (see tab below for more information)

*GRE Score and Letters of Recommendation requirements are waived for current UMD Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students.