Graduate Program Admissions
Admission to the mechanical engineering M.S. and Ph.D. programs is subject to the requirements of the Texas Tech University Graduate School. For application materials, students should contact:
The Department of Mechanical Engineering requires the following documents in addition to the Graduate School requirements:
- GRE scores
- Three letters of recommendation
These documents should be sent to the Graduate School with the rest of the application materials. Additional application materials required from international students are described in the International Freshman Application Checklist and the International Transfer Application Checklist.
Alternatively, the letters of recommendation can be emailed directly to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at firstname.lastname@example.org. The recommendation letters should be sent from the recommender's email address.
In addition to the above requirements, international students are required to submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or from the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) before admission will be granted. Minimum acceptable scores for the TOEFL are 213 on the computer−based test, 79 on the internet−based test, and 550 on the paper test. The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.5. This test is waived only for graduates of U.S. universities or universities in countries in which the native language is English.
For admitted students who are awarded a position as a teaching assistant, there is a required university led workshop (ITA) which will take place one month prior to the start of the Fall semester. These students must be prepared to arrive early in time for this workshop.
For other information on applying to Graduate School as an international student, please see the Graduate School’s Prospective Student website.
Applications for admission and graduate assistantships for the fall term should be submitted no later than January 1, and for the spring term, no later than September 1. The department begins reviewing applications at this point, but continues reviewing applications on a rolling basis.
Prospective students should typically have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for their final 60 hours of undergraduate work. The average GRE General Test scores of admitted students (verbal and quantitative) is approximately 1200. In accordance with Texas House Bill 1641, the applicant’s performance on a standardized test (such as the GRE) may not be used in the admissions or competitive scholarship process as the sole criterion for consideration of the application or as the primary criterion to end consideration of the applicant. The Department of Mechanical Engineering bases admissions on review of the entire application package. Admissions is not based on any one factor alone.
Applications for the coming semester are reviewed on a rolling basis and begin to be reviewed sometime around the Graduate School deadline. The department continues reviewing applications received after this point until the departmental deadline.
Please do not send emails requesting advice on your chances of acceptance, as the department cannot evaluate the candidacy of a prospective student on the basis of information received in an email or in a resume. No admissions decision can be made until all application materials have been received.
Students wishing to enter the program should have an undergraduate degree in engineering, physics, or mathematics. Graduates of programs other than mechanical engineering may be required to take leveling courses depending upon the background of the student. Specific leveling programs will be assigned on a case by case basis by the Department Graduate Advisor or the student’s Advisory Committee. These courses are not applicable to the requirements of the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees.
The following leveling courses may be required of M.S. students from backgrounds other than mechanical engineering:
- Six hours of thermal science courses or equivalent (e.g. ME 3322, ME 3370, ME 3371)
- Six hours of mechanical science courses or equivalent (e.g. ME 3311, ME 3331, ME 3433, ME 3464)
- Computational methods or equivalent (ME 2315)
- All undergraduate math courses in the mechanical engineering curriculum