Become a Mechanical Engineering graduate student

We understand the extraordinary cost of applying to graduate schools can pose an undue burden on students. Therefore, we are happy to alleviate this burden by waiving the application fee for the first 200 applicants to the Ph.D. Program. We hope this will encourage qualified applicants to seize the opportunity by applying early.


The information on this page pertains to applications for the M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Those interested in earning a M.Eng. degree should visit the Office of Advanced Engineering Education website


Application Deadlines

  • December 03, 2021 is the priority deadline for financial aid best consideration.
  • March 11, 2022 is the final deadline for international applicants
  • May 13, 2022 is the final deadline for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.
  • October 15, 2021 is the final deadline for U.S. Citizens and international applicants within the U.S.
  • September 24, 2021 is the final deadline for international applicants

Minimum Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited college or university (or equivalent from a foreign institution)
  2. At least a 3.0 G.P.A. (on a 4.0 scale) in a program of study in engineering, math, or physical science.

Applications will not be reviewed until the Graduate School Application has been fully completed and the $75 application fee has been paid (the fee no longer applies if you have received one of the fee-waivers mentioned at the top of this page). All incomplete applications and applications from international students who are not cleared for admission will be withdrawn by June 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. Applicants who do not register for the semester for which they are admitted will also have their admission cancelled.

Information and resources required in the application include: 

  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation from an official institutional email address submitted electronically through the application
  • Official original transcripts from all colleges or universities—and English translations for those in other languages—previously attended submitted through the application
  • Resume/CV
  • * Optional* GRE general test scores using the institution code 5814 and leaving at least 2-4 weeks for receipt

Regardless of your citizenship status, students whose native language is not English and who do not hold a degree from an institution in the U.S. or another English-speaking country are also required to submit proof of English proficiency via TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Applications are submitted online via the Graduate School website. When creating your application account, ensure that your name matches the name listed on your official, government-issued identification. 

When you are filling out the online application you will see several tabs that ask for different information—detailed below. Sections not listed here are not required for a complete application.

After responding to all required and relevant items, you may submit your application.

Educational Intent
  • College/School: A. James Clark School of Engineering - Research Programs
  • Program of Study: Mechanical Engineering (ENME) or Reliability Engineering (ENRE)
  • Degree: M.S. or Ph.D.
Previous Education

Enter your cumulative GPA for all schools attended as listed on your transcript. International students should not convert their GPA to the 4.0 scale, instead selecting the appropriate grading scale. 

Upload Requirements

Upload your statement of purpose and resume/CV under items #1 and 2, respectively. Disregard all other items in this section. 


Add a minimum of three recommendation providers. Once entered, the system will send an automatic notification email from the email with the sender identified as "University of Maryland, College Park – Graduate School." 

We recommend that you contact these individuals in advance to ensure the provider will be wiling to write a letter of recommendation.

While final admission decisions are made by the Graduate School, the Department of Mechanical Engineering faculty review all completed applications.

Applicants are notified of the Graduate School’s final decision on a rolling basis through their online application portal. If you submitted a complete application before the deadline, you can expect to receive a notification of admission or rejection between February and May for the fall semester and September and November for the spring semester.

Department of Mechanical Engineering Graduate Office Contacts

Dr. Abhijit Dasgupta
Associate Chair for Academic Affairs
Director of Graduate Studies
2174 Glenn L. Martin Hall

Dr. Jeffrey Herrmann
Director of Reliability Engineering Graduate Program
Co-Director of Graduate Studies
0151B Glenn L. Martin Hall


Kerri Poppler James
Associate Director for Graduate Studies
2178 Glenn L. Martin Hall

Megan Petry
Graduate Studies Coordinator
2168 Glenn L. Martin Hall
Phone: 301-405-4216

Darius I. Craig
Program Administrative Specialist