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Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering

We seek to engage outstanding graduate students and faculty researchers to expand the range of knowledge in the mechanical engineering discipline, to further the “hands-on, minds-on” philosophy of the College of Engineering, encourage Ut Prosim and to strive towards excellence.

If you have a drive to achieve more academically, we want to talk to you. Traditional students who are coming directly from an undergraduate or master's program, non-traditional students who may have industry experience, or lifetime learners who might be trying something new -- all of these have completed degrees in our programs.

Come join a program that has existed since the first day of classes in 1872!

#17-ranked ME Graduate Program in the US according to US News and World Report
Mechanical Engineering degrees offered in Blacksburg include Master's of Engineering, Master's of Science non-thesis, Master's with thesis, and PhD. Mechanical Engineering degrees offered in the DC area include Master's of Engineering, Master's of Science non-thesis, Master's with thesis, and PhD. Master's of Science non-thesis is offered online.
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To be given full consideration for admission and assistantships or fellowships, complete application materials for applications started before the posted deadline must be received no later than 2 weeks after the posted deadlines. The deadlines above are different than the Graduate School’s. The Mechanical Engineering Department’s Admissions Committee and faculty can begin reviewing submitted applications during the application windows to make admission recommendations to the Graduate School.  Virginia Tech undergraduates interested in the Accelerated Undergraduate/ Graduate degree program have earlier deadlines and should meet with one of the ME Graduate Program Coordinators for further details.

For your protection, information on application status cannot be released by telephone, or to third parties.*

The application fee is $75. The fee may be waived by the Graduate School for U.S. domestic students, depending upon financial need. You will need to contact the Graduate School directly. Applications will not be processed unless the application fee is paid.

It is highly recommended that you keep hard copies of all materials you will submit.  Once an application is submitted, it cannot be altered by the ME Department, so be sure all uploaded materials are legible in PDF format. All materials should be submitted on-line and should NOT be mailed to the department. Upload the following documents to the online-application in Adobe PDF format:

  • Transcripts (A copy is acceptable to apply, but an official transcript will be needed with an accepted offer. Please check with the graduate school.)
  • Resume (One page is preferable. Do NOT upload copies of certificates; those should be listed on the resume)
  • Statement of Purpose (2 pages maximum)
  • Publication samples (If applicable)
  • Three letters of reference directly from your referees

The Graduate School can help you with Frequently Asked Questions and should email you within 2 weeks with an application number and instructions on how to set up a guest account. If you do not receive this e-mail, any inquiries about the on-line checklist should be sent to the Graduate School by e-mailing: Please be aware that the on-line status only indicates if the application is complete at the VT Graduate School, not necessarily with the Department.

The ME Department can only recommend admission. Official notification will be sent by the Graduate School. Again, for your protection, information on application status cannot be released by telephone, or to third parties.

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Frequently asked questions

There are no minimum requirements. However, the target G.P.A. is 3.2 (4.0 scale). For the GREs, the targets are Verbal 150, Quantitative 165, Analytical 4.5. The TOEFL target is 105, & IELTS is 7. Keep in mind admission is competitive and the entire application package is evaluated.

Official scores and transcripts are required by the Graduate School. Send them to our Graduate School at:

Graduate School
Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown(0325)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

All other application materials should be uploaded directly in the online application. For further information, see the Graduate Catalog.

Yes, we admit applicants both Fall and Spring.

A financial aid application is not needed. If you are admitted into the program, your application will be considered for financial assistance in the form of Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA). Keep in mind financial aid is competitive. Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) are on faculty sponsored research, so you should contact them with a resume about the possibility of a GRA.

Once all the required materials have been received, the process takes approximately four to six weeks. This timeline does not include mailing time for notification. Estimated date for decisions to be posted is March 15th for complete applications in the US, received by Jan. 15th. Estimated date for decisions to be posted for applicants outside the US is May 15th for complete applications received by Jan. 15th. For your protection, information on application status cannot be released by telephone. Departments can only recommend admission to the Graduate School. You can find out the admission and application status on-line. Check the website periodically. Official notification will be sent by the Graduate School.

Please be aware that the online status only indicates if the application is complete at the VT Graduate School, not necessarily with the Department. You must contact them directly at with questions. Keep in mind, they process thousands of applications & it can take several weeks for them to update the system.

That e-mail does not originate from the ME Department. You will have to go back, as a “Returning Applicant” to send a reminder. Further questions can go to the Graduate School at

Admission decisions come first and then financial aid offers. The deadline for GTA positions is January 15, for Fall semester, but applications must be complete to be considered. Offers normally are sent approximately mid-March. For those admitted for the spring semester, there are extremely limited GTA positions as most offers are for the fall & spring. GRA offers from faculty can be made up to 2 weeks prior to the start of classes.

Yes, the department offers aid to international students but it is very competitive and approximately 15% of admitted applicants are offered aid. Keep in mind that only those with admission are considered.

There are no guarantees you will be granted financial aid if you defer. Your file will be re-evaluated for financial aid amongst all those admitted applicants for that particular semester.

You must provide a brief statement to the department as to why a deferral is justified. The Graduate School will require a $75 re-processing fee to defer for a year and the application will have to be reconsidered with the others. There is no guarantee that the deferral will be approved.

The I-20 will be issued by the Cranwell International Center. You will need to contact them for further information at