The basic requirement for admission as a graduate student is the bachelor's degree received from an institution of acceptable standing. Ordinarily, the applicant will have majored in the field in which graduate study is intended, but in certain programs preparation in a related field of engineering or science is acceptable. The applicant will be admitted only if the undergraduate record shows promise of productive and effective graduate work.
The M.S. degree is required for admission into the Ph.D. and Eng.Sc.D. degree programs. A student who holds an appropriate bachelor's degree in engineering may apply for admission for study for either the M.S. only or M.S. leading to Ph.D.
Consideration for admission will be based not only on the completion of earlier courses of study, but also upon the quality of the record presented and upon such evidence as can be obtained concerning the candidate's personal fitness to pursue professional work.
It is against school policy to apply to more than one program/department at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) per term, including Columbia Video Network (CVN). Applicants may not submit more than one application to the on-campus programs nor apply to CVN and on-campus programs for the same term at SEAS. Doing so may cause applications to be invalidated. The application fees paid for additional applications will not be refunded. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification.
The following materials must accompany the online application:
Official transcript copy from every post-secondary institution attended*
Three recommendation letters
Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test Scores
Resumé or Curriculum Vitae
$85 non-refundable application fee
If you meet the following criteria you must submit additional material(s) as indicated:
Applied Physics Doctoral applicants: Official GRE Physics Subject Test Score
International applicants or applicants whose undergraduate degree was received in a country in which English is not the official and spoken language must meet the following additional requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) official scores required. An exception is made for applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree or complete a master's degree in the United States before enrollment, in this case the applicant is not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores for admission.
Doctoral applicants to Computer Science must send the following documents by postal mail upon submission of the application (applicants to other programs will be asked to provide these documents at a later date):
1. Official transcript from every post-secondary institution attended, from the institution in a sealed envelope
2. Official copies of diploma/degree certificates (international students only)
3. Translation of the official transcript(s) and degree/diploma certificate(s) is required if the institution(s) you attended does not issue transcripts in English. The translation must be conducted by a reputable service provider. Personal transcript translations will not be accepted.
Candidates should not submit copies of awards, financial documentation, or other additional documents that are not required with the application. Submission of extra documents will not enhance chances of being admitted. Documents submitted will not be returned.
*Official Transcript Requirement:
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Tuition Deposit Policy:
Applicants who have been accepted for admission will be required to submit a tuition deposit payment to hold their place in the new incoming class. The tuition deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. Therefore, if an admitted applicant pays the deposit, but fails to enroll for the particular program and term of the admission offer, the deposit will not be returned. After the end of the add/drop registration period tuition deposits paid will be credited to the enrolled student's account. More information will be provided upon admission in the admission notification and follow-up messages.
The program leading to the Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering requires completion of a minimum of 30 points of approved course work consisting of no fewer than ten courses. A thesis based on either experimental, computational, or analytical research is optional and may be counted in lieu of up to 6 points of course work. In general, attainment of the degree requires two or three semesters of full-time study, although it may also be undertaken on a part-time basis over a correspondingly longer period. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required for graduation and matriculation.
The M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering requires a student to take a sequence of courses that shows a “clearly discernible specialty or concentration.” In consultation with his/her advisor, an M.S. student can develop a concentration specifically tailored to his/her interests and objectives, and we refer to this as the Standard Track. Alternatively, M.S. students can pick from a set of pre-defined concentrations, or Special Tracks.
Typical choices of concentration in the Standard Track include such subjects as mechanics of solids and fluids, thermodynamics, heat transfer, manufacturing engineering, robotics, kinematics, dynamics and vibrations, controls, and power generation. Nevertheless, the following guidelines must be adhered to:
1. The sequence of courses selected must show a clearly discernible specialty or concentration.
2. All courses must be at the graduate level, i.e., numbered 4000 or higher, with a minimum of (6 pts) 6000-level or higher (lecture) courses included.
3. Every program must contain at least one course in mathematics (APMA, MATH, STAT, SIEO course designations), covering material beyond what the student has taken previously. It should appear early in the sequence in order to serve as a basis for the technical course work.
4. Out-of-department study is encouraged, but at least five courses (min 15 pts) must be in mechanical engineering.
Rather than applying for the Standard Track, students can apply for a Special Track in one of the following areas:
Robotics and Control