Frequently asked questions

Graduate student frequently asked questions

Note: The Graduate student orientation presentation may answer some of your questions.

Question: How do I apply for graduate studies with the Department of Mechanical Engineering?

Answer: Learn about applying to our graduate programs

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Question: How many graduate programs does the department offer?

Answer: We offer:

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Question: How many terms does the university have?

Answer: Three.

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Question: What are the application deadlines?

Answer: The department accepts applications at all times but many scholarship applications have deadlines at different times of the year. If you are an international student the visa application process may cause considerable delay and you could miss your desired entry point.
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Question: What is the application process?

Answer: Learn about how to apply.

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Question: What happens after I apply?

Answer:

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Question: How do I register for my courses?

Answer:

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Question: How much are tuition fees?

Answer: Learn about tuition fees.

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Question:  Is there financial support available?

Answer:  Yes, there are multiple sources of financial support for graduate study, including:

  1. Various fellowships and scholarships.
  2. Research assistantships from research funding of the supervising professor. You may contact our faculty members directly for potential opportunities.
  3. Teaching assistantships for graduate students in the department.

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Question: Does the department offer teaching assistant positions?

Answer: Yes, please visit our job postings page.

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Question: Do I need to submit GRE scores?

Answer: No. We do not require GRE at this time. However, you can submit your score if you do have one. A high GRE score can improve your chance of acceptance.

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Question:  Can I contact a professor directly?

Answer: Yes, see the directory of faculty members.

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Question: What types of research are the professors conducting?

Answer: See a full list of faculty research.

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Question: Does the department have research laboratories?

Answer: Yes, learn about our research facilities.

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Question: What other facilities are available?

Answer: We have fully functional machine and electronics shops.

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Question: I have submitted my application, but I have not heard if I have been accepted.

Answer:The Graduate and Records Office sends application packages to the department. Members of the faculty review the applications.

If a faculty member’s research, teaching load, and financial capability can ensure the applicant will succeed, they will provide a letter of recommendation.

If the department’s faculty members’ research, teaching load, and financial capability are unable to meet the applicant’s requirements, we will not provide a letter of recommendation. However, we will keep the application until the last day of course registration for the entry point requested.