Admissions – Graduate

Who Should Apply
We are always looking for exceptional students to work with us in uncovering new knowledge and exploring original ways to use it. We hope that after examining our Web site you are interested in joining us. Admission to the graduate program is highly competitive. It is decided based on your academic record, test scores, recommendation letters, and experience and is highly dependent upon finding a match with a faculty member conducting sponsored research in an area matching your interest/expertise.

Our combined graduate program offers the degrees of Master of Engineering (ME), Master of Science (MS), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  Both the MS and PhD are research degrees requiring independent research as reported in a final thesis/defense, while the ME degree is a course-based degree with no research requirement. Our curriculum is designed to accommodate non-traditional students with undergraduate degrees in  scientific or engineering fields other than Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering. Students with undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, physics, mathematics, chemistry, and biology have been successful in the program.

Most of our graduate students working toward research degrees receive full tuition coverage, health insurance, and a stipend ($19,000/year for MS Students, $22,000/year for Ph.D. students).

Most of our graduate students working toward research degrees receive full tuition coverage, health insurance, and a stipend ($19,000/year for MS Students, $22,000/year for Ph.D. students).

What You Will Need
You will be required to submit letters of recommendation and college transcripts. You will also need to take the Graduate Record Examination General Test. You are not required or encouraged to take any subject test. Students for whom English is not their native language are required to demonstrate proficiency in English by completing the TOEFL exam administered by the Educational Testing Service. They are also encouraged to take the Test of Spoken English (TSE).

How to Apply
You may apply to our program by visiting the Graduate Programs home page of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. This page provides detailed information about the application process, and allows you to apply directly online.

Need More Information?
For more information, inquiries about our program can also be made by contacting:
Graduate Secretary
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400746
Charlottesville, Va 22904-4746
Phone: 434-924-7425
Fax: 434-982-2037
E-mail: mae-adm@virginia.edu