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Admission criteria

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.

Academic rigor

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 immediately after you add their contact information to the application.

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.

Professional experience

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.

Year Program GPA GRE-Quant. GRE-Verbal GRE-Writing
2019/2020 Ph.D. 3.77 164 156 4.5
2019/2020 M.S. 3.62 163 154 4.0
2020/2021 Ph.D. 3.70 165 158 4.5
2020/2021 M.S. 3.52 162 156 4.0

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.