Graduate Admissions

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the minimum admissions requirements, and have their applications completed by the deadline dates. 


    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in mechanical or aerospace engineering, or a closely related engineering discipline.
    • Admission for applicants with a bachelor’s in a closely related engineering discipline will depend on the amount of remedial coursework needed before beginning graduate studies.
      • If remedial coursework will take more than a semester to complete, application as a Second Bachelor's will be recommended to complete the remedial courses.
      • If remedial coursework will be 12 credits or less, admission may be conditional or on a non-matriculated status until all remedial coursework is successfully completed.
    • Programming languages: well acquainted with FORTRAN, C, or MATLAB.
    • Admissions GPA ≥ 3.30. Calculated using all grades* from the semesters or quarters covering the last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits. *Grade used for repeated courses will be the 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.
    • 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.


    • Apply online and complete all steps.  Incomplete applications are not reviewed for admission.
    • USU MAE students are not required to provide letters of recommendation; enter 'USU' for contact name and email.
    • Email questions about your application status or the application process to

Admissions decisions+

    • 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.)

Financial Assistance+

    • Research Assistantship positions are offered by faculty, and depend on their research funding. Visit the Research Assistantships page for a list of currently available 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.
    • Tuition awards and waivers
    • PhD students funded by a .5 FTE assistantship are eligible for full tuition coverage.
    • MS Plan A students funded by a .5 FTE assistantship are eligible for a waiver of the non-resident portion of their tuition.
    • Additional eligibility for tuition waivers include minimum GPA, and full-time enrolled status.


    • If your application is not yet complete, please email your questions regarding the status of your application or the application process to
    • Questions about any other information on this page should be emailed to