Admission Details

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.


All materials are submitted electronically through the online application system, mailed or emailed materials will not be accepted.  Please review the following sections prior to starting your application.


Applications are due December 15 for consideration for the following fall semester and March 31 for consideration for the following spring semester. Domestic applicants applying for a part-time study who do not require financial support are able to apply as late as March 15 for fall and September 15 for spring semester respectively, but are still encouraged to apply by the above mentioned MSME deadlines.

September 20 is the priority deadline to be considered for financial assistance.  Applications received after this date will be considered if space is available. November 1 is the final deadline for accepting applications including IDP applications.


To be considered for admission to the graduate program in Mechanical Engineering (ME), applicants must have earned a B.S. degree in mechanical or industrial engineering with a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.


All admitted students meeting the required criteria will be considered for available assistantships.  Required criteria includes that a complete application is received by the priority deadline.  Please note that graduate teaching assistants must also meet a minimum speaking proficiency requirement set by the University.

For students from disciplines other than mechanical engineering, some remedial coursework may be needed.  Prior to applying, consult with the MSME Director of Graduate Studies or Department Head for a review and assessment of your academic background and potential coursework need.

Required sections of the application

Biographical Information

Personal Background

Mechanical Engineering Form

Academic History

Test Scores – Upload TOEFL or IELTS scores if required.  See English Language proficiency requirements.  GRE scores are optional


Recommendations – 2 letters of recommendation are required (waived for IDP applicants). You will still need to enter 2 recommenders but they do not have to submit the recommendations.


For the materials section, the following are required

  • Personal Statement – Include your general and specific research interests, career goals, faculty you are interested in working with, and identify faculty you have been in contact with

  • Diversity Statement

  • Resume/CV - Please list your technical publications and conference presentations

The following are optional

  • Extenuating Circumstances Statement (If needed)

  • Description of Research

  • Writing sample is not used by our program


Special Application Requirements

International and domestic applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency.  This includes persons from English speaking countries for whom the primary language in the home during childhood was not English, and who received all or most of their elementary, secondary, and undergraduate education outside the United States.  In addition, federal immigration regulations prohibit the University from issuing a visa document to any student who has not satisfied this requirement.  Test dates must be within 2 years of program start date.

  • 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.

  • 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 6.5 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.


*Please note that graduate teaching assistants must also meet a minimum speaking proficiency requirement. Contact the Graduate Office with any questions.