How to Apply
Graduate admissions in this department is highly competitive. The faculty consider many factors in selecting students. To maximize your chances, follow a few basic steps.
- Get to know our research. You won't become an expert before you get here, but familiarizing yourself with our work better prepares you to make informed decisions. In your communications with us, demonstrating that you know who we are and what we do tells us you are serious. This will also help you answer the question on the application of which professors you want to work with.
- Reach out. It's a good idea to contact the professors you've identified in step one. Be prepared to discuss your interests and inquire about current and future funded projects.
- Write a compelling statement. Your Statement of Academic Purpose should clearly state what you hope to work on in our graduate program, and explain how your background prepares you.
- Get strong letters of recommendation. What others say about you, especially those who know your work and can speak to your abilities, is essential to stand out in a highly competitive pool of applicants. Be selective in who you ask, making sure to include letter writers who are very familiar with your academic abilities.
- Play to your strengths. The committee considers a range of credentials when reviewing an application. It is not uncommon for students who have a weakness in one area to make a strong case for themselves by demonstrating excellence in other areas or by justifying an unconventional path.
All applications are submitted electronically via the graduate school.
Application fee waivers are available upon request.
The graduate school maintains a definitive list of application requirements and a description of the program in some detail. However, for convenience, below is a list of materials you will need to submit.
- Statement of Academic Purpose
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae
- Recommendation Letters
- Fall Semester Grades
- Required Tests
- English Language Tests
GRE: Generally GRE is required, but is optional only for the admission round of Fall2021.
TOEFL/IELTS: International students who have completed an undergraduate degree in a country where the native language is not English are required to take one of either the TOEFL or IELTS. For more details and questions about exceptions, visit the Graduate School's webpage.
Additional Departmental Requirements:
Applicants are required to select a subplan when applying.
Note: MSE and M.Eng. applicants typically have support from their employers or from external fellowships.
The application period opens in early September.