Application Requirements for On-Campus Programs

Thank you for your interest in Purdue's Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program. Look over the requirements below, and then complete your application online.

Deadlines:  For full consideration for funding support, all application materials need to be received by December 15 in the previous year of desired enrollment term (for Fall) and September 15 in the previous year of desired enrollment term (for Spring).

GPA Requirement: The minimum recommended GPA to apply is 3.2 out of 4.0.

The necessary documents to be submitted when applying are:

1. Online Application

2. Statement of Purpose

3. Official Transcripts (Original language and English translations are both needed for international applicants)

  • Upload official transcript copies to the application. After being admitted, you will need to provide official transcripts in sealed envelopes to the Graduate School. E-transcripts can be sent to Purdue Graduate School (U.S. citizens only).
  • International applicants must upload a copy of any diplomas or provisional certificates if diplomas have not been awarded, in original language and in English.

4. Three Letters of Recommendation (online)

5. Official GRE Scores (general test) ***Please note that the GRE requirement is waived for Spring 2022 applications, but required for Fall 2022 and after applications.

6. Official English Proficiency Scores (international only) Choose one:

  • TOEFL (IBT) cannot be more than two years old and must have minimum scores of:
    • Writing: 18
    • Speaking: 18
    • Listening: 14
    • Reading: 19
    • TOTAL: 80
  • TOEFL Essentials cannot be more than two years old and must have minimum scores of:
    • Writing: 8
    • Speaking: 8
    • Listening: 8
    • Reading: 8
    • TOTAL: 8
  • IELTS cannot be more than two years old and must have minimum scores of:
    • Writing: 5.5
    • Speaking: 6.0
    • Listening: 6.0
    • Reading 6.5
    • TOTAL: 6.5
  • Send scores to Purdue – West Lafayette, institution code 1631.
  • Upload score report to the application as miscellaneous supporting documents (optional)
  • If you received a degree within the past 36 months from a school where English is the primary instruction language in one of the recognized English-speaking countries, English proficiency requirement can be waived. Please check ETS website for recognized English speaking countries.

7. Resume

8. Diversity Essay (only required for applicants seeking recruitment fellowships)

Official Transcripts can be sent to:

Graduate Admissions, YONG 170
Purdue University Graduate School
155 S. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Electronic transcripts need to be sent to (U.S. citizens only)

Reminder: We will NOT review incomplete applications. Please login to your application account to check if any documents are missing.

Click here to begin your application!

Application Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I apply if my undergrad major is not Mechanical Engineering?

We accept students with engineering or science backgrounds. Students from majors like Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Math, Physics, etc. are welcome to apply. You are expected to complete Calculus 1, 2, 3, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Physics 1 and 2.

2. What assistance can I receive if I can’t afford the GRE test fee?

ETS provides a GRE Fee Reduction program to domestic students and resident aliens. They also provide free test prep materials and free GRE Diagnostic Service for those retaking the GRE General Test. Please check ETS website for details.

3. When and where should I send my TOEFL/GRE scores?

Please send your TOEFL/GRE scores through ETS to us as early as possible. Purdue University’s institution code is 1631. It usually takes about 10 – 15 business days for application system to reflect your scores. Your application is incomplete until your scores have been received. All necessary documents including your official test scores have to be received by the submission deadline. Please note: we also accept IELTS.

4. Will you be able to receive my TOEFL/GRE scores if I wrongly sent them to other programs in Purdue?

As long as you sent official test scores to Purdue University West Lafayette campus (institute code 1631), we can see them.

5. I have ordered my TOEFL/GRE test scores to be sent to your university a long time ago but my application still indicates waiting for these scores. What should I do?

Please make sure you are using the same first and last names for your application and TOEFL/GRE tests. The system may not be able to match your scores with your application if you are using different names. You can upload a test score report to your application as miscellaneous supporting documents to help us locate your test scores.

6. Who is eligible for a TOEFL waiver?

If you received a degree within the past 36 months from a school where English is the primary instruction language in one of the recognized English-speaking countries, your TOEFL can be waived. Please check the ETS website for recognized English-speaking countries. Please contact Xiaomin Qian after submitted application so she can grant waiver to you. Please note: we also accept IELTS.

7. Can I apply to your grad program even if my GRE scores are lower than the requirements?

You are always welcome to apply. GRE is a reference for admission, not a bar. However, your chance of admission is lower than applicants with competitive GRE scores.

7. My GPA is 3.2, which is on the edge of your GPA requirement. Can I still be admitted?

Our admission decision is made based on your entire application. GPA is one of the factors we would look at.

8. How can I submit recommendation letters?

You will be asked to provide your recommenders’ contact information while filling out online application. The system will send emails asking your recommenders to upload letters for you. You can’t upload letters by yourself. Your application is incomplete until all materials have been received, including recommendation letters.

9. Do I have to wait all my recommendation letters to be received and then submit my application?

No. Just be aware your application is incomplete until all materials have been received, including recommendation letters. We only review completed applications.

10. I accidentally checked the box indicating that I do not waive rights to review recommendation letters. Can you help me change my selection?

You might be able to change it before you submitting application. Once submitted, you need to contact the graduate school.

11. Where can I get official transcripts?

Official transcripts shall come from your university registrar’s office.

12. Can I upload transcripts downloaded from my school website to my application?

Transcripts downloaded from the website are not considered official. They have to come from the university registrar’s office. Additionally, according to the State of Indiana’s law, your social security number or other student ID similar to SSN should not appear in the transcripts. Please use a black marker to block your SSN before uploading to your application.

International applicants have to upload official transcripts in original language and in English translation.

13. After uploading my official transcripts to my application, do I still need to mail them to your school?

Once you get admitted, you will need to send us your official transcripts.

14. Where should I send my official transcripts?

You can mail your official transcripts to:

Graduate Admissions, YONG 170
Purdue University Graduate School
155 S. Grant St
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Electronic transcripts need to be sent to (U.S. citizens only.)

15. Do I need to upload my bachelor’s diploma to my application?

Domestic applicants are not required to upload the bachelor’s diploma as long as their official transcripts show the degree has been awarded. International applicants will have to upload a copy of their bachelor’s diploma in original language and in English translation. If you haven't graduated and have no bachelor's diploma, please upload a provisional certificate to your application.

16. Do I have to submit a diversity essay?

Only domestic applicants who would like to be considered for diversity fellowships need to submit a diversity essay. It is not required for international applicants.

17. What should I include in a diversity essay?

You can describe your leadership, work experience, service experience, or other significant involvement with racial, ethnic, socio-economic, or educational communities that have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education, and how these experiences would promote a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in the pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative excellence.  Please keep it short, ideally in one page. Please also include your US high school name and address in the beginning of your essay.

18. Are there length limitations on resume and statement of purpose?

There is no hard limitation on length, but it’s better to keep them within two pages.

19. Can I edit or add new documents to my application after submission?

Once you submitted your application, you will not be able to edit it but you can upload new materials as miscellaneous supporting documents. Please be aware if your application has been reviewed, we will not review it again even if new documents have been added.

20. How long should I wait to get an admission decision?

Time frame may vary depending on the application volume. You can login to your application account to check status. Consistent email inquiries would not speed up decision release.

21. My application has been denied. Can I find out the reasons for denial/ weakness of my application?

Reasons for denial include a number of factors, such as academic qualifications, available funding and/or enrollment limitations. Each application is reviewed and considered based on these factors. Due to the large volume of applications, we are unable to individually respond as to what weakness your application may have had. Admission decisions are final.

22. I have been admitted. When is the deadline to respond to the admission?

For on-campus programs, please respond by June 1 for fall enrollment and by November 15 for spring enrollment.

23. What kinds of funding will be provided by the school?

Funding offers are separated from admissions. Getting admission doesn’t guarantee funding. We provide fellowships (most of them are for domestic students) and research assistantships (RA) to newly admitted students. You can find Fellowship links from the College of Engineering’s graduate program website. Professors are responsible for hiring RAs. Email the professor you wish to work for to find out about RA availability. 

24. How can I defer my admission?

For domestic students, you are allowed not to register courses for two semesters without deferring your admission. For example, you’ve been admitted for Fall 2020, you can wait till Summer 2021 to register. Any term longer than two semesters requires a deferral. For international students, you need to defer admission if cannot enroll in admitted term. Deferral request can be sent to Xiaomin Qian. Each student can only defer admission once. (Please note:  if you request to defer admission, please don’t register for any courses in your originally admitted semester.  Once you register, you are considered an active student in that semester and cannot defer.)

25. What is the tuition rate for your grad program?

Tuition and fee rates may vary from year to year. Please check the Purdue Bursar’s Office website for accurate fee rates.

26. Where can I get information about your school’s health insurance?

For student health insurance coverage, cost or other questions, please contact Purdue University Student Health Center (PUSH), 765-496-3998 or email.

27. How can I apply for application fee waiver?

Please read the Grad School application fee website to see whether you are eligible for the waiver.

Click here to begin your application!


Contact: Please email all application/admission questions to ME Senior Graduate Program Manager, Xiaomin Qian

ME Graduate Office
585 Purdue Mall (Room 1003)
West Lafayette, IN 47907
(765) 494-5730