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Master's Admissions

The MS program in Mechanical Engineering is a non-thesis degree that allows students broad flexibility in selecting a program of lecture and project-based courses to meet their individual educational objectives.

Students interested in performing research may incorporate a substantial amount of research for course credit into their educational programs.  Please be aware that admission to the MSME program does not typically include financial support, and research or teaching assistantships are rarely awarded to incoming MS students.  A detailed description of current requirements for the MS in Mechanical Engineering is provided in the Mechanical Engineering ME Graduate Handbook (SUNetID required).

Application Deadlines

Start term Application Deadline Notes
Autumn 2021-2022 December 1, 2020 A completed application, including official TOEFL scores (if applicable), unofficial transcripts, and all letters of recommendation, must be received by the application deadline. 

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the department, applicants must:

  • Have earned, or be in the process of earning, a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, physics, or a comparable science program.
    • Please note that students who have completed, or are currently enrolled in, a program leading to a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field, or an international degree equivalent to a U.S. Master’s degree, are not eligible to apply to the MSME program.
  • Submit all application materials no later than the application deadline.
  • Meet minimum TOEFL requirements, if applicable. Review the Required Exams on the Graduate Admissions website for more information.

All students interested in pursuing a Master's in Mechanical Engineering must use the Stanford Graduate Admissions Application. A complete application includes all of the materials listed below and must be received by Stanford by the application deadline. 

Graduate application checklist

  • Online Application
  • Application fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended for one year or more
  • Official TOEFL results (if applicable)

The GRE will not be accepted for applications received during the period September 2020-June 2021. The GRE requirement for future years in under consideration by the department. Please do not provide or reference GRE test scores in your application, as they will not be considered.

Statement of Purpose

Your Statement of Purpose should identify personal and professional goals. It should also discuss your development to date and your intentions regarding 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).

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required — one letter must come from an academic source, although we prefer at least two. If your background includes industrial experience or involvement in leadership, 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.

Transcripts

You are required to upload unofficial copies of your transcripts or e-transcripts onto the online application for all institutions you have attended for at least a year as a full-time student. Please DO NOT send your official transcripts unless we contact you to do so. 

TOEFL results

TOEFL results must be from an examination taken within 18 months of the application deadline. The Stanford institution code for ETS reporting is 4704. No department code is needed. For more information on TOEFL requirements, please see the Required Exams and Frequently Asked Questions sections on the Graduate Admissions website.


Application Status Inquiries

After submitting the online application, applicants will have access to an online checklist which will track all required application materials. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are not able to confirm with individual applicants when documents have been received. All applicants should monitor the online checklist to track individual documents. It is the applicant's responsibility to monitor the checklist and ensure that all documents are received by the deadline. Please allow 2-6 weeks for application materials to be added to the application and appear in the checklist. 

Admission decisions will be released electronically by mid-late March. 

Reapplying

Reapplicants must submit new supporting documents and complete the online application as outlined above in the Graduate Application Checklist. 


Knight-Hennessy Scholars

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program cultivates a diverse, multidisciplinary community of emerging leaders from around the world and guides them to collaborate, innovate, and communicate as they prepare to address the complex challenges facing society. Knight-Hennessy Scholars become part of a supportive family of fellow scholars. Through the King Global Leadership Program, scholars will broaden knowledge, develop skills, and strengthen character; this platform provides a collection of community experiences, workshops, meetings with leaders, domestic and global study trips, and personal development opportunities. Knight-Hennessy Scholars also receive funding for graduate study at Stanford University. Apply here. The KHS application deadline is October 14, 2020 at 1:00 pm Pacific Time.


Master's of Science in Engineering — Design Impact

MS Design Impact is a distinct degree from the MS Mechanical Engineering discipline with a separate application process. This two-year degree addresses thematic challenges using design thinking. The current themes are (1) Empathic Autonomy: Personalizing healthcare in the digital age; and (2) Empowering Power: Giving people control of their own energy resources. Design Impact will teach Stanford’s empathy-driven design process and also foster a growth mindset, teaching subjects such as Creative Confidence, Needfinding, Smart Products, and Design Experiments. Second-year coursework tackles “the last mile of design” — bringing projects from classrooms and research labs out into the world, to make a positive impact. You can learn more about the program at http://designimpact.stanford.edu/. Navigate to the “How to Apply” page to review the application procedure.


The selection of MS students admitted to the Department of Mechanical Engineering is based on an individualized, holistic review of each application, including (but not limited to) the applicant’s academic record, the letters of recommendation, the Statement of Purpose, personal qualities and characteristics, and past accomplishments.