Mechanical engineering (MS, PhD)
Innovation is at the forefront of ASU’s mechanical engineering graduate program as faculty and students work side by side to research and create solutions for worldwide issues related to energy, human health and transportation.
With a graduate degree from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, you’ll handle top-level research with access to faculty and industry professionals. From carbon fiber to carbon neutrality, you’ll gain skills that are essential to innovating in nearly any field.
Mechanical engineering, MS
Following undergraduate studies, students have the option to choose between two Masters of Science tracks: a thesis option and non-thesis option.
- MS students are admitted by default in the non-thesis option
- MS students can transfer to the thesis option once they are active in the program and have secured a MS thesis faculty advisor
- The non-thesis option allows students two experiences including a portfolio and an applied project.
Mechanical engineering, PhD
Continuing original research is the focal point for mechanical engineering doctoral students at ASU. PhD candidates are required to write and defend a dissertation that describes an original contribution within the chosen discipline, all while being supplied with the best preparation for employment by academic institutions, government laboratories and industrial research laboratories.
Application and admission information
The following application materials must be submitted directly to Graduate Admission Services:
If your institution sends electronic official transcripts, we accept the following electronic transcript services: E-Scrip, Parchment, Credentials Inc., and National Student Clearinghouse. All E-Scrip, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse transcripts must be sent directly to email@example.com from those transcript services or from the institutions that use those services. If you can and choose to use these services, you should apply online to the ASU Graduate Admission Services application prior to having your official e-transcripts sent.
If your institution does not use one of those transcript services, you will need to mail an official transcript. Your six digit application ID should be on the transcript envelope if possible.
Application for Admission
Can only be accessed online. Click here to go to Application for Admission
Application Priority Deadline
Fall Semester – December 31
Spring Semester – August 1
A priority deadline means that applications submitted and completed before the priority deadline will receive priority consideration. Applications submitted after the priority deadlines will be reviewed in the order in which they were completed. An application is complete after all materials are received by Graduate Admissions.
US citizens $70
Non-US citizens $115
This is a processing fee assessed by Graduate Admission Services and cannot be waived or deferred: graduate.asu.edu/admissions/how_to_apply
Transcripts and GRE scores
Only official transcripts are accepted; no photocopies. These must be mailed to Graduate Admissions Services (see address above). For international students, transcripts must be in the original language, along with an official English translation. Also see:
Graduate Admissions Services: students.asu.edu/graduate/apply
Official score sent by ETS only. Guideline for the GRE: verbal 146+, quantitative 159+, analytical 3.5+. Institution code for ASU: 4007; there is no department code.
GRE Waiver: GRE scores are useful, but not required for MS students. GRE waivers do not apply to PhD applications.
Resume, personal statement and letters of recommendation
A resume is useful but not required. Upload a resume in the online application process.
Essay describing your background, academic achievements, research interests, career goals, and why you wish to pursue graduate study in Mechanical Engineering at ASU. You will be asked to upload your personal statement in the online application process. .
Three (3) recommendation letters
The online application will ask you for three names and three email addresses for three recommenders; and the company/school for which they work. Your recommenders will receive an email and must submit their letter of recommendation electronically.
Additional admission requirements for international applicants
English proficiency (for international graduate applicants)
A TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score is required by the graduate Mechanical Engineering program, in order to be considered for admission.
Official TOEFL sent by ETS only. Minimum scores: iBT 80; pBT 550. Institution code for ASU: 4007; for department code, applicant may enter 0000
Official IELTS sent by issuing institution only. Minimum score: 6.5. No institution code is needed
Official PTE sent by Pearson only. Minimum Score: 60
- Official TOEFL sent by ETS only. Minimum scores: iBT 80; pBT 550. Institution code for ASU: 4007; for department code, applicant may enter 0000
- Official IELTS sent by issuing institution only. Minimum score: 6.5. No institution code is needed
- Official PTE sent by Pearson only. Minimum Score: 60
You could qualify for an exemption from this requirement by one of the following two options:
- This requirement would be met if you successfully complete the highest level at the Global Launch Intensive English Program with grades of B or better; AND in addition, acquire a score of 50 or better on the Speak Test (must be taken at Arizona State University).
- You successfully complete the highest level at the Global Launch Intensive English Program with grades of B or better OR
- Attended in person a regionally accredited college or university in the United States and earned a bachelor’s degree or higher in the U.S., OR
- Attended in person a regionally accredited college or university in the United States and completed at least 12 credit hours of graduate course work with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or higher (all credits must be earned in the U.S.), OR
- Attended in person a regionally accredited college or university in the United States and completed at least 90 credit hours of undergraduate course work with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or higher (all 90 hours must be earned in the U.S.)
For more information, visit the Graduate Admission Services English Proficiency Requirement and Exemption website.
Still have a question? Contact Advising
If you still have questions regarding admission requirements and procedures, please contact the SEMTE graduate advising office: