ME Admission Requirements

Students who have earned a B.S. or a M.S. degree in an engineering curriculum or a curriculum in the mathematical or physical sciences are eligible to be considered for admission to the graduate program in Mechanical Engineering (ME).

Minimum requirements for admission

GRE scores have been waived for the spring 2022, fall 2022 and spring 2023 semesters when applying to our program. 

TOEFL requirements:
A minimum TOEFL score of 550 or higher on the paper-based (PBT) version of the test, or a score of 81 or higher on the Internet-based version of the test (iBT). Alternatively, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7 is required. Newly admitted graduate students who present TOEFL scores below 600 on the PBT, below 100 on the iBT will be required to complete an English Proficiency Evaluation on campus before their first registration for classes. IELTS test takers - regardless of score - will be required to take an on campus English Proficiency Evaluation.  There is no conditional admission for graduate students whose TOEFL scores are below 550 on the PBT, below 81 on the iBT or below 6.5 on the IELTS.

Other Requirements:
Minimum GPA 3.0/4.0 scale is required
3 letters of recommendation
Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts only required if accepted)
Statement of purpose

Some of the above requirements can be waived in select cases when other components of the application are particularly outstanding. Satisfaction of the above requirements does not guarantee admission.

Official transcripts should be mailed to:

The University of Iowa
Graduate Admissions
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA  52242-1396

Graduate Application Procedure

Information regarding the procedure for applying for graduate studies can be obtained from the website of the Graduate Admissions Office.

Applicants intending to apply after the deadline for each session MUST be sponsored by a faculty member in ME for waiver of the deadline.


We are always happy to arrange a campus visit for prospective graduate students. Please call the department at (319) 335-5939 to set up your visit. Questions about the graduate application process should also be addressed to Other questions should be addressed to the Department Chair.