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MAE Graduate Admissions

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet minimum requirements and complete application by deadline. 

  • Bachelor’s from accredited institution in mechanical or aerospace engineering, or closely related engineering discipline.
  • Admission for closely related engineering disciplines will depend on remedial/prerequisite coursework needed
    • If prerequisites will take more than a semester to complete, application as a Second Bachelor's will be recommended to complete prerequisites.
    • If prerequisites will be 12 credits or less, admission may be conditional or on a non-matriculated status until all prerequisites are completed.
  • Programming languages: well acquainted with FORTRAN, C, or MATLAB.
  • Admissions GPA ≥ 3.30. Calculated using all grades* from semesters or quarters covering last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits. *Grade used for repeated courses will be average of the excluded (E) and included (I) grades.
  • GRE scores: Quantitative ≥ 70th percentile, and Verbal ≥ 40th percentile. USU's Testing Services provides info about the GRE and taking it at USU. Official GRE scores must be sent to USU's School of Graduate Studies - institutional code 4857.  Do not request scores be sent to the MAE Department. 
  • International students have additional requirements.

Applications must be complete and all application materials received by the deadline dates.

  • Fall semester - February 20th
  • Spring semester - August 1st
  • Domestic applications accepted after deadlines, but not considered for financial assistance.
  • International applications accepted only at deadline dates.

Applications must be complete and all application materials received by the deadline dates.

  • Apply online and complete all steps. Incomplete applications are not reviewed for admission.
  • USU MAE students do not need letters of recommendation; enter 'USU MAE' for contact name and email.
  • Email questions about your application status or the application process to
  • Completed applications are reviewed by the MAE Graduate Committee.
  • Applicants will be emailed the committee’s admission decision.
  • Admittance does not guarantee financial assistance (including assistantships or tuition awards and waivers.)
  • Research Assistantships are offered by faculty. Visit the Research page for a list of faculty by research area and links to their webpages where they advertise research assistantship positions.
  • Preference is usually given to qualified PhD applicants with excellent grades, high GRE scores, and research experience matching faculty needs.
  • Fellowships are another possible source of funding for graduate studies.
  • To be eligible for Tuition awards and waivers you must be funded by a .5 FTE assitantship, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and be enrolled full-time.
    • PhD students meeting the eligibility requirements will receive full tuition.
    • MS Plan A students meeting the eligibility requirements will receive a waiver of the non-resident portion of their tuition.
  • If your application is not yet complete, please email questions regarding the status of your application or the application process to
  • Questions about any other information on this page should be emailed to