Frequently Asked Questions

The presenters’ order is generated from the presenters’ list in a FIFO manner.

Although, there are no “cut-off” scores for the GRE examination, the scores are evaluated in the context of your entire application package; there are guidelines listed on our admissions web site. Admission is very competitve.

The application deadline for Fall entry is December 15th for PhD and January 15th for MS. The application deadline for Spring entry is September 30th for all programs. However, it is NOT recommended that you wait until the deadline date to submit your on-line application as this may delay the process.

The Graduate Admissions Staff (who answer e-mail messages and phone calls) do not determine financial aid criteria and are not involved in financial aid decisions. Your chances of receiving financial aid cannot be determined prior to the Graduate Admissions Committee reviewing your completed application package. (For more information on the review process, please see the response below to “Have I been admitted?”)
All MechE Masters programs are self-supported, meaning there is no internal financial aid available for Masters students. Masters students are encouraged to apply for external funding. Students may be eligible for funding at the doctorate level.

The Graduate Admissions Staff (who answer e-mail messages and phone calls) do not determine admissions criteria and are not involved in admissions decisions. Your chances of being admitted cannot be determined prior to the Graduate Admissions Committee reviewing your completed application package. (For more information on the review process, please see the response below to “Have I been admitted?”)
Note: Faculty likewise cannot comment on an applicant’s chances. For this reason, we ask that you do not contact faculty directly regarding your admission status. We admit approximately 25% of all applicants.

Once you click the SUBMIT button on your on-line application and officially complete the process, you will receive a confirmation page. The address to send supplemental materials is:
Graduate Admissions
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue, Scaife Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Note that supplemental material (test scores, transcripts, recommendations, statement of purpose) may be sent after the application deadline.

The application fee is required in order for us to process your application. We cannot waive or defer the fee.
IF YOU PAY BY CREDIT CARD ON-LINE; YOU NEED ONLY SUBMIT THE PAYMENT ONCE. PLEASE BE PATIENT. Credit can NOT be given to those who submit their fee more than once.

You can track your application status on-line at https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=cmu-eng. This site is updated as decisions are made, so please feel free to check your status frequently during the peak admission season. We are unable to provide application information via email or phone inquiries. Note that if there is something missing from your application at the time of review someone from the Graduate Admissions Review Committee will contact you prior to a decision being made.

Students who wish to receive transfer credit for courses completed while not enrolled as a graduate student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering must petition the Graduate Education Committee.
Up to 18-24 units (two courses or equivalent) of graduate course work completed with a grade of B or better at other universities may be given transfer credit, provided that such course work is part of the graduate program leading to the degree sought and the course was not counted toward any other degree received by the student. A transfer course must also be analogous to a Carnegie Mellon course that the student has not taken. Transferred courses appear on a student’s transcript as the analogous Carnegie Mellon course, with a transfer designation added. Course units transfer but grades do not. Such transfer credit generally is not granted prior to admission to the graduate program, and must be approved by the graduate committee, usually after the student has satisfactorily completed at least 36 units of graduate course work at Carnegie Mellon. Students may transfer courses from other departments as long as the courses meet their degree requirements.
Up to 48 units of graduate course work (500 level or higher) completed at Carnegie Mellon University with a grade of B or better while the student is not enrolled as a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering may be given transfer credit, provided that such course work is part of the graduate program leading to the degree sought and the course was not counted toward any other degree received by the student.
Please submit a statement (a clearly written email is fine):
the course number and title you would like to have transferred
the Carnegie Mellon course that you think it is analogous to
a statement that the course you want to have transferred is a graduate course, that you received a B (or its equivalent) or better in the course, that it did not count toward a prior degree and that you have not taken the analogous Carnegie Mellon course
The statment must have attached to it a copy of the course description of the course to be transferred, a course syllabus for the course to be transferred (if available), the course description of the analogous Carnegie Mellon course, and a copy of your transcript from the other university where you took the course.
A photocopy of the transcript is acceptable, but we may ask for an official copy if we think it is appropriate. It is typical for us to contact the other university to verify the status of the course taken, so make sure the transcript has contact information on it.