Department of Mechanical Engineering

Graduate Admission

Application Quick Guide  (download pdf)

Applications from students are reviewed beginning:

  • December 15 for Fall enrollment
  • September 15 for Spring enrollment (Only a very small number of financial aid offers are available to Spring applicants.)

  Applications are all considered for financial aid and assistantships. Applications received by the above dates will receive the maximum consideration for this financial aid and assistantships. Applicants to MS programs should have earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, or a closely related field prior to the term for which they are applying. Applicants to PhD programs should have earned a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, or a closely related field prior to the term for which they are applying.

Applicants must complete the following:

1. Complete the Michigan State University application form. (click here)

Include with your Michigan State University application

  • An official copy of your Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • An official copy of your TOEFL Scores for applicants from countries where the official language is not English
  • A "Statement of Financial Proof and Affidavit of Support" if you are an international student and can provide for your own support as a graduate student
  • A written Statement of Purpose explaining your reasons for seeking a graduate program degree. The following statement must be included: "My intended area of specialization in the graduate program in Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University will be in ___________________________."

Current research areas are:

Thermal Engineering:
Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Alternative Energy, Biomedical Applications and Automotive Engines

Fluid Mechanics:
Experimental and Computational Research

Solid Mechanics and Structures:
Design & Manufacturing, Biomedical Engineering

Dynamics and Systems:
Nonlinear Dynamics & Vibration, Systems and Control

Completion requires an application fee Requirements and fees are not waived.

2. Submit required documents to the Department of Mechanical Engineering including:
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation are submitted on-line using the Graduate Information Management System (GIMS).  The student must organize the recommendation information in the Engineering Supplemental Application (see item 3.), which is part of GIMS.
  • Official copies of transcripts from all previous universities attended. The applicant's record should exhibit outstanding achievement as indicated both by grade point average (GPA) and the quality of courses over his or her entire academic career. Competitive applicants for financial aid and assistantships are in the top 10% of their BS class and have at least a 3.5 GPA on a scale of 4.0.
3. Complete an Engineering Supplemental Application using the Graduate Information Management System (GIMS).


You must make sure that all the above documents: application, exam scores, financial proof, and recommendations use exactly the same first and last names. One of the largest single causes for incomplete applications is an applicant's use of multiple forms their name including reversal of last (family) name and first (personal) name on application documents. Admissions cannot correctly process documents if different forms of your name are used on documents submitted. Be consistent.


The Mechanical Engineering Department's address is:

Graduate Program
Department of Mechanical Engineering
428 S. Shaw Lane,  Rm. 2555
East Lansing, MI 48824-1226

For more information, please email the Mechanical Engineering Graduate program at
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