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Application Deadlines

A completed application (including letters of recommendation, transcripts and GRE/TOEFL scores) must be received by the following dates:

Autumn 2014-15
MS
December 3, 2013
 
PhD
December 3, 2013
Winter 2014-15 Spring 2014-15
MS (HCP) & PhD - January Start Date:
October 8, 2013
MS (HCP) & PhD - April Start Date
January 21, 2014

 

A completed MS degree is required to enroll in the PhD or ENGR programs. Students in the process of completing an MS degree are welcome to apply for the PhD or ENGR programs, but MS degree conferral must occur before the proposed first quarter at Stanford.

Questions? (650)724-7660
meinquiry@stanford.edu

Thinking about visiting?
Due to the overwhelming interest in our graduate programs, we are not always able to offer individual campus tours or meetings with current students. If you have questions about our programs, please call us at (650)724-7660. Prospective Graduate Students Only: If you are planning a visit to Stanford, please give us a call to see if you can schedule a meeting with our admissions specialist. Prospective Undergraduate Students: Stanford University admits undergraduates as ‘undeclared’ and gives them two full years to decide upon a major, and any student in good standing may declare Mechanical Engineering, Biomechanical Engineering or Product Design majors. Unfortunately we are unable to meet with prospective undergraduate students. If you have questions about undergraduate admissions, please contact them directly. All information regarding undergraduate admissions can be found on their website: http://admission.stanford.edu/

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Graduate Application Checklist

A complete list consists of:

* Transcripts and product design portfolios must be mailed directly to:

Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Admissions Office
Stanford University
440 Escondido Mall
Building 530, Room 125
Stanford, California 94305-3030

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Application

The application is accessed through Stanford's Graduate Admissions web site. Please carefully read all information and instructions.

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ME Supplementary Information Form

The Mechanical Engineering Supplementary Form is a departmental application requirement. It appears automatically as you sequence through the online application (after the Statement of Purpose). You may also access the form at the bottom of the main navigation bar on the left of every page (see “Mechanical Engineering”). Your Supplementary Form will be sent to us electronically along with your Application and your Statement of Purpose when you submit your online application.

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Statement of Purpose

Your Statement of Purpose should identify personal and professional goals. It should also discuss your development to date and your intentions relative to graduate study and life beyond Stanford. The ME Graduate Admissions Committee reads your Statement of Purpose with interest because, along with the Letters of Recommendation, it offers insight into who you are as an individual. Your Statement of Purpose should not exceed two pages in length (single spaced).

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Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required; one letter must come from an academic source, although we prefer two. If your background includes industrial experience, involvement in performing arts, athletics, public service, or entrepreneurial activities, you may wish to include one reference who can comment on that part of your experience. Recommendations must be submitted online. Please see the "Recommendations" section of the online application for information.

We suggest including the following note from Stanford University when you ask individuals for recommendations:

“Thank you for taking the time to write on behalf of this candidate who is applying to a master's program in the department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford. The most useful recommendations provide detailed descriptions supported by specific anecdotes illustrating the candidate's intellectual abilities and personal qualities. In addition to considering traditional indicators of academic performance (G.P.A., quality of undergraduate institution/program, G.R.E. exam scores) we are very interested in the applicant's creative abilities, effectiveness in implementation, leadership skills, and personal qualities. Letters of Recommendation are a very important source of this information.”

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Transcripts

Two original, official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended full time for one year or more are required. Send them to:

Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Admissions Office
Stanford University
440 Escondido Mall
Building 530, Room 125
Stanford, California 94305-3030

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GRE General Results

GRE general results must be from an examination taken within the last five years. No GRE Subject test is required.

Official results must be sent electronically by ETS to Stanford. Our institution code for ETS reporting is 4704. You do not need a department code. For more information on GRE requirements, please see the “Review Requirements” and “Frequently Asked Questions” sections on the Graduate Admissions web site. In order to meet the December 4 deadline, the GRE should be taken no later than October 31.

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TOEFL Results

TOEFL results must be from an examination taken within the last eighteen months. The Stanford institution code for ETS reporting is 4704. You do not need a department code. For more information on TOEFL requirements, please see the “Review Requirements” and “Frequently Asked Questions” sections on the Graduate Admissions web site.

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Product Design Program

The Joint Program in Design focuses on synthesis of technology with human needs and values to create innovative product experiences. This program is a joint offering of the Mechanical Engineering Department and the Art Department. Applicants to the Product Design program must submit an art and design portfolio. Contact Product Design Program Administrator Kristen Taylor for more information.

Students wishing to apply for the MS-Engr degree will select Engr-MS with the specialization of Product Design on the online application. Please also check the box on supplementary form for MS-Engr: Product Design.

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Reapplying

Re-applicants must submit new supporting documents and complete the online application as outlined above, in the Graduate Application Checklist. Only prior official test scores can be reactivated.

Questions? (650)724-7660
meinquiry@stanford.edu

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