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Master’s Degree Admission Requirements

At UT Austin, admission decisions are made on a holistic basis. Applicants will be admitted based on the sum of their academic and professional accomplishments, not any single criterion.

Domestic Requirements

To qualify for our Executive MS in Mechanical Engineering program, domestic applicants must have the following:

  • A Bachelor of Science in engineering or a related field.
  • A 3.0 GPA (recommended).
  • Official transcripts from an accredited college or university.
  • GRE scores (UT reporting code 6882).*
  • 12 months of industry-related experience.
  • A resume and statement of purpose.
  • Two professional or academic letters of recommendation.

*Due to COVID-19, GRE scores are currently waived for the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters.

International Requirements

In addition to meeting the domestic requirements, international applicants must submit:

  • TOEFL or IELTS scores, if applicable.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted for fall and spring semesters. Click here for specific dates and deadlines.

Applicants, especially international students, are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Notice of an admission decision will be sent about one month after application completion and only after all materials have been received. All materials are due by the application deadline. Please note that test scores may take up to three weeks to transmit to UT Austin.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who hold less than a 3.0 GPA may be recommended for conditional admission by the Admissions Committee (contingent on approval from the graduate dean) based on the overall strength of their application, including transcripts, test scores and experience. Conditional applicants should submit their application and materials under the same guidelines as all applicants, but should address any academic challenges that may have tarnished their GPA in their statement of purpose. This statement should also mention how applicants faced their challenges, or plan to face similar challenges in the future.

If the Admissions Committee decides in the student’s favor, the application is forwarded to the Graduate School for a final decision. Students who are granted conditional admission have conditions associated with their first semester as students, which typically entail earning no grade lower than 3.0, not dropping any classes or earning any incompletes and undergoing a review at the end of the semester to ensure satisfactory progress.


Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements

At UT Austin, admission decisions are made on a holistic basis. Applicants will be admitted based on the sum of their academic and professional accomplishments, not any single criterion.  

Domestic Requirements

To qualify for our Mechanical Engineering Controls Graduate Certificate program, applicants must have:

  • A Bachelor of Science in engineering or a related field.
  • A 3.0 GPA (recommended).
  • Official transcripts from senior colleges attended prior to UT Austin.
  • 12 months of industry-related experience.
  • A resume and statement of purpose.

International Requirements

In addition to meeting the domestic requirements, international applicants will need to submit:

  • TOEFL or IELTS scores, if applicable.

Application Deadlines

Applicants, especially international students, are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Notice of an admission decision will be sent about one month after application completion and only after all materials have been received. All materials are due by the application deadline. Click here for specific dates and deadlines.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who hold less than a 3.0 GPA may be recommended for conditional admission by the Admissions Committee (contingent on approval from the graduate dean) based on the overall strength of their application, including transcripts, test scores and experience. Conditional applicants should submit their application and materials under the same guidelines as all applicants, but should address any academic challenges that may have tarnished their GPA in their statement of purpose. This statement should also mention how applicants faced their challenges, or plan to face similar challenges in the future.

If the Admissions Committee decides in the student’s favor, the application is forwarded to the Graduate School for a final decision. Students who are granted conditional admission have conditions associated with their first semester as students, which typically entail earning no grade lower than 3.0, not dropping any classes or earning any incompletes and undergoing a review at the end of the semester to ensure satisfactory progress.


Non-Degree Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements to apply as a non-degree student are:

  • A Bachelor of Science in engineering or a related field.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • 12 months of industry experience.
  • A resume and statement of intent (one paragraph).
  • Statement of support from a past or present supervisor (one paragraph).
  • Unofficial transcripts.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted for fall and spring semesters. Click here for specific dates and deadlines.

Applicants, especially international students, are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Notice of an admission decision will be sent about one month after application completion and only after all materials have been received. All materials are due by the application deadline. Please note that test scores may take up to three weeks to transmit to UT Austin.

Application Deadline

Application Deadlines

Fall 2021:  July 1st

Spring 2022: November 1st

Completed applications and supporting materials must be received by the above dates to be considered for admission.

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