The Department's Admission Committee will review each application using the following criteria.
Grade point average
The Department of Mechanical Engineering requires an overall undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 for M.S. applicants. Ph.D. applicants are required to have an M.S. cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better.
The Graduate School requires that applicants have a GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) for the last 90 quarter-hours or 60 semester-hours of graded undergraduate coursework to receive consideration for admission.
The admission committee will review the quality and difficulty of courses taken and universities and colleges attended.
GRE General Test
Our department does not require the GRE for admission to our graduate programs. You can leave this portion of the application blank and scores are not evaluated as part of the admissions process.
Three letters of recommendation from people who are familiar with your engineering and research abilities. Please note that recommenders will automatically receive an email from UW requesting the recommendations only after you have submitted your application and paid the application fee.
Statement of purpose
A one-page summary of your technical and research interests, career goals, and how you envision your proposed degree contributing to these goals.
Include a resume, if applicable.
English requirements for foreign nationals
Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. Please refer to the UW Graduate School Memo 8 for further information regarding this requirement.
For reference, these are the average GPA and GRE scores for accepted graduate students.
The University of Washington provides equal opportunity in education without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in accordance with the University of Washington policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations.