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Does PhD pedigree matter?

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 Choosing a School for PhD

This post is inspired in large part by discussion over at Cosmic Variance about the importance of choice of particular graduate school and pedigree effect. Two extreme points of view are: a) pedigree matters a great deal, having a top school name on your resume will enhance your chances of getting a job and b) pedigree effect is non-existent, and if you are smart and do good science, it doesn’t matter where your degree is from. Additional discussion centered on issue of difficulty of “upward” mobility – which means that most people tend to get positions down the ranking ladder from their PhD institutions, not up.
It’s of course difficult to do proper “controlled” measure of pedigree effect – maybe students selected by top program would do just as well in lower ranked programs, who knows.
So let’s ask a different question – how many of the academic jobs in top research universities go to PhDs from the top programs? Ideally one would want to focus on recent hires only, looking at entire faculty makeup means integrating over the past50 or 60 years, with a big hiring spike in sputnik/cold war years. One way to address this issue is to look only at associate and assistant professors, which typically represent recent hires. Another, possibly better, way is to limit by the years of PhD (say count only PhDs obtained past 1995), but it involves more work. I spent about 4 hours compiling the data, and not sure I want to spend much more on this, even though it is a lot of fun and I am a sucker for playing with numbers.
So here’s the statistics, and I will criticize methods later – AIP graduate program listings, which I believe are compiled in 2005-2006 list 636 professors in the top 50 institutions (I used NRC’95 rankings) in associate or assistant rank. Typically their PhD years span about 12-15 year period from about 1990 till ~2003-2004. 162 of them have foreign PhDs (more on that later) and 472 held PhDs from US. More than half of those hires have PhDs from just 8 institutions: Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Berkeley, Chicago, Stanford, Caltech and Cornell. The effect is larger than I expected, but perhaps not completely unexpected.
Below are the institutions that have 3 or more PhD graduates among 636 assistant/associate rank professors in the top 50 physics programs:

Harvard University

Princeton University

MIT

Univ. of California-Berkeley

University of Chicago

Stanford University

CALTECH

Cornell University

University of Michigan

Columbia University

University of Minnesota

Univ of California-San Diego

Univ of CA-Santa Barbara

Univ of Il Urbana-Champaign

University of Washington

Yale University

SUNY-Stony Brook

University of Texas at Austin

Univ of Wisconsin-Madison

Johns Hopkins University

University of Pennsylvania

University of Rochester

Univ of California-Los Angeles

Univ of Maryland College Park

Northwestern University

Rice University

University of Colorado

Boston University

Indiana University

Rutgers -New Brunswick

Brandeis University

Duke University

Purdue University

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Foreign degrees are more scattered all over the world, but here’s some strong contributors:

MoscowCambridgeOxford

Munich

Toronto

Vienna

Warsaw

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Top 10 universities contribute 59% of US PhD hires, those ranked 11-20 provide another 18%, the next ten ranked 21-30 provide 10%, and ALL of the remaining US universities contribute remaining 12% or so.

More charts like:

Percentage of PhDs that goes on to become faculty at top 50 universities.

Comparison ranking in terms of total PhD hires and ranking of USNews and NRC.

and the complete article is available at Incoherently Scattered Ponderings

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GRE Subject Test

In Search of Artifice is a blog written by Joshua Eckroth recently it rated some good GRE subject test preparation material:

GRE Computer Science (REA) 5th Ed. (2004) – 1 star,

GRE Computer Science (REA Test Preps)(1998) – 1.5 stars,

GRE Computer Science (Graduate Record Examination Series, Gre-21) (1997) – 1 star,

GRE: Practicing to Take the Computer Science Test (3rd ed) (1997) – 2.5 stars.

The last one in combination with ETS’s official sample test (PDF, 53 pages) should be a good start in your preparation strategy.

Another incredibly useful resource is Christopher Scaffidi’s (CMU) booklet (PDF, 117 pages).

For extra study material, check out Howard Zhou’s (Georgia Tech) notes.

Other Related Articles in this blog 

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Engineering Schools Acceptance Rate and GRE Score

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Some Good GRE Preparation Sites

Is GRE Required? Is it worthwhile to go to a University not insisting on it?

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Degrees in Demand – 2007

Top degrees in demand (bachelor’s degree level)
Accounting
Business administration/management
Computer science
Electrical engineering
Mechanical engineering
Information sciences and systems Marketing/marketing management
Computer engineering
Civil engineering
Economics/finance

Top degrees in demand (master’s degree level)
M.B.A.
Electrical Engineering
Computer Science

Computer Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Top degrees in demand (doctorate degree level)
Electrical Engineering
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Mechanical Engineering
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Mechanical Engineering Admission Requirements

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Mechanical Engineering

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
No Spring Admission
Deadline

The ME Department accepts applications for September only and the deadline for applying is December 15 of the previous year.
What documents are necessary for applying to ME?
The applications consist of four parts: The biographical section, 3 letters of recommendation, transcripts of all college level grades and a “Statement of Objectives”. All applicants are required to submit GRE scores (general test only) and international students are required to submit a TOEFL score of 577 or better for the paper-based exam, 233 or better for computer-based exam or 91 or better for the internet-based exam. All applicants are required to submit a $70.00 application fee.
Where should I send my application?
ME Graduate Office
MIT, Room 1-112
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Stanford University

Deadlines

No Spring Admission
Autumn or Fall
With Aid (fellowships): December 5 . No Aid: January 16
ME Supplementary Form is required
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
University of California – Berkeley

Deadline
No Spring Admission
Next Admission Cycle: Fall Semester 2007 ONLY
Both Departmental and University applications must be electronically submitted by the following application deadlines:
Applications available on line on or about September 2006 at the Graduate Division website
Departmental Questionnaire information is located at http://www.me.berkeley.edu/Grad/Areas/ME_Questionnaire_L.htm
Deadline for application submission is Midnight, Pacific Standard Time, December 15, 2006. Submit your application early. We do not accept late applications for any reason.
Supporting data, such as transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE and TOEFL scores should arrive no later than January 9, 2007.
Applications for Fall 2007, including the statement of purpose and recommendation letters, must be submitted on-line. Do not download or print the supplemental application form pdfs. The Mechanical Engineering Department has its own online process for the recommendation letters. All admissions data should be submitted online except original transcripts. We require one (1) official transcript from each college or university you have attended.
Test results for the General GREs must be directed to 4833 (the Berkeley institution code) and to 1500 (the Department of Mechanical Engineering code).
Applicants from countries in which English is not the official language must take the TOEFL and score at least 570 on the paper and pencil test, 230 on the computer-based test, and 68 on the Next Generation TOEFL (iBT). The institution code for Berkeley is 4833. There is no Department code for the TOEFL.
Mail to:
University of California at Berkeley
Department of Mechanical Engineering
6189 Etcheverry Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-1742
California Institute of Technology

Deadline

No Spring Admission

Mechanical Engineering January 1

Application Checklist: Have you

Completed the application form (be sure to press the ‘submit’ button to complete the process)
Included application fee information
Uploaded a Statement of Purpose
Requested test scores be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to the California Institute of Technology (Institutional Code 4034) . A subject code is not required.
Submitted one copy of your transcripts from each college of university attended or uploaded a copy of your transcripts electronically
Requested at least three letters of recommendation
If applicable, submitted additional documents such as abstracts, resume, list of publications, etc.

Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies
Mail Code 230-87
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125

University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

Application Deadlines
Term of Admission Deadline
Fall Term (September) May 1 (January 5 for financial aid consideration)
Winter Term (January) October 1

Admission Requirements
There are no specific minimums, but we are generally looking for students who are strong in at least three
of the four areas below:
• Average GPA in the 3.2-3.5 range on a scale of 4.0
• GRE scores in the 80-90th percentile (The GRE is a standard requirement for all applicants)
• Letters of recommendation
• Statement of purpose
International students must also take the TOEFL, IELTS or the MELAB. (Applicants who have earned a degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English exclusively are exempt.)

University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign

Deadlines

For Fall admission: March 1

For Spring admission: October 1
For Summer admission: March 1

These deadlines do not apply to transcripts and letters of recommendation. We do encourage applicants, though, to have test score results to us by the above deadlines. Files will be held until all documentation is complete.
Files from international applicants which are still incomplete by December 1 (for Spring admission) and July 1 (for Fall admission) will be denied.
Files from applicants who are U.S. citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents which are still incomplete by January 1 (for Spring admission) and August 1 (for Fall admission) will be denied.
Required
An unofficial minimum grade point average of 3.25 (A = 4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate study is required and a 3.5 (A = 4.0) for any previous graduate work completed.
Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test are required of all applicants.
All applicants whose native language is not English must submit a TOEFL score of at least 613 (paper-based), 257 (computer-based), or 104 (iBT).
Applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL if certain criteria are met. Based upon the previous preparation of the student, prerequisite courses may be specified by the advisor, but the credit may not be applied toward a degree
Cornell University

Application Deadlines

Mechanical Engineering — Fall, Jan. 1 (for M.S./Ph.D.); April 1 (for M.Eng.); spring, Nov. 1*
*Only in unusual cases are M.S./Ph.D. students admitted in the spring

Tuition: Usually endowed

M.S./Ph.D. and Ph.D.
three recommendations
GRE general test

Georgia Institute of Technology

Application Deadline
Main Campus with Financial Aid
Fall: February 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Main Campus without Financial Aid
Fall: June 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: March 1

DEGREE TYPE OFFERED
M.S.
Ph.D.

DEGREE PROGRAMS OFFERED
Masters
Bioengineering – ME
Mechanical Engineering
Paper Science & Engineering – ME
Doctoral
Bioengineering – ME
Mechanical Engineering
Paper Science & Engineering – ME

ADMITTANCE TERMS
Fall
Spring
Summer

TOEFL REQUIREMENTS
Institute Code: 5248
Department Code: 68
Minimum score required:
Paper-based: 580
Computer-based: 240
Internet-based: 94

GRE REQUIREMENTS
Institute Code: R5248
Department Code: 1502
General Test: Required

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
A grade point average of at least 3.0 is desirable

CONCENTRATION / RESEARCH AREAS
Acoustics and Dynamics
Automation and Mechatronics
Bioengineering
Computer-Aided Engineering and Design
Fluid Mechanics
Heat Transfer, Combustion and Energy Systems
Manufacturing
Mechanics of Materials
MEMS
Tribology

CONTACT INFORMATION
Office of Student Services
School of Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332-0405
Phone: 404.894.3204
Fax: 404.894.4545

Purdue University–West Lafayette

School of Mechanical Engineering Supplemental Information Form

Deadline for International Applicants
Fall Entry: May 15 (if outside the U.S.); June 15 (if in the U.S.)

Spring Entry: September 15 (if outside the U.S.); November 1 (if in the U.S.)

Princeton University

Application deadlines

for admission to the 2007-2008 academic year are 31 December 2006 for North American applicants and 1 December 2006 for all other applicants.

No Spring Admission.

We encourage you to apply online as there are a very limited number of Hardcopy applications available. PDF applications can be printed at

University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

The Department offers admission to the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering programs for the Fall and Spring semesters.

Deadlines

For Fall semester admission is December 15 of the previous year.

Only applications received by December 15 will be considered for financial support.
For Spring semester admission is October 15 of the previous year. Applications received after October 15 will not be considered for Spring semester admission.

It is required that you also provide the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Mechanical Engineering with a photocopy of your application materials to expedite the admissions process.

Carnegie Mellon University

Deadlines

For the Fall semester, all applications must be received by January 15th.

Applications for the Spring semester must be received by October 15th.

Guide for Minimum Standards for Accepting Graduate Applicants
(Keep in mind admissions is very competitive)
GPA Suggested minimum 3.00/4.00 (please convert your measurement to the 4.0 scale)

GRE and TOEFL Scores
Suggested minimum on Verbal GRE: 400

Suggested minimum Quantitative: 600/800
Analytical Writing: 4.0/6.0.

Suggested minimum on TOEFL: 600 out of 677 or 250 out of 300
(The above standards are based on averages of admitted applicants utilizing the new test.)
If you are taking the new iBT TOEFL, the following recommendations (for minimums) are being used for skill scores.
Reading = 18; Listening = 18; Speaking = 16; Writing = 16
Total score range = 74-100

The GRE school code for Carnegie Mellon is 2074 and the Department of Mechanical Engineering department code is 1502. The TOEFL code is 68.

Graduate Admissions
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue, Scaife Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Northwestern University

Deadlines

No Spring Admissions

December 31: Deadline for receipt of on-line applications by the graduate school
February 1: All application materials must be received from international applicants
April 15: general deadline for students to accept offers of admission.

Supporting documents for the online application should be sent directly to the ME Department in the address given below.

If any documentation must be sent separately from your application, please clearly mark your name and date of birth on all materials.
Ms. Pat Dyess
Department of Mechanical Engineering
2145 Sheridan Road
Northwestern University
Evanston. IL 60208, USA

Penn State University–University Park

Deadline

For fall semester admission is January 15.

University of Texas – Austin
DEADLINES:

For the FALL semester, ALL application materials must be received by JANUARY 15.
For the SPRING semester, ALL application materials must be received by OCTOBER 1.
For the SUMMER semester, ALL application materials must be received by JANUARY 15.
* Deadlines are for priority consideration. The Mechanical Engineering Program functions on a rolling admissions basis. If all your materials are complete, your application will be reviewed despite missing the deadline.
STEP 1: APPLY TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
The University of Texas at Austin’s Graduate & International Admissions Center uses the online Texas Common Application. This website not only has the application, but it also has a great deal of useful information for applying to school at Texas universities. Gather the following materials:
Application to the University ( Texas Common Application)
Application Fee ($50 for US students; $75 for International students)
GRE & TOEFL scores (Sent by E.T.S.; Photocopies are NOT accepted)
Official Transcripts of Previous Academic Work (Photocopies are NOT accepted)
Send all materials to:
Graduate and International Admissions
The University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Box 7608
Austin, Texas 78713-7608
Step 2: APPLY TO THE MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT
After you have submitted the above information, download the ME Department’s Supplemental Application (MS Word) or Supplemental Application (PDF). If you use the PDF format please print out, legibly fill in with pen, and send it by postal mail only – not as an email attachment. If you use the Word format please type your responses in, save it, and send it as an attachment to gradofc@me.utexas.edu. Gather the following materials:
Cover Letter – Please state which items are being enclosed with this cover letter, which items have been sent to Graduate & International Admissions (GIAC), and when we can expect any remaining items.
Application to the Department
Statement of Purpose- In reviewing applications, evidence of creativity, initiative, motivation and other characteristics indicative of the applicant’s potential as a scholar and contributor to society are considered. Please communicate any additional comments on your activities, accomplishments, goals and research interests that give evidence of these characteristics and that might be helpful in evaluating your application to the Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering. The personal statement may be at most two typewritten pages.
Three Letters of Recommendation- At least two of these letters must be from academia. Our professors prefer that the recommender not only write a letter, but also fill out the recommendation form which is available on page 23 of the Graduate Brochure or can be downloaded from GIAC.
Send all materials to:
The University of Texas at Austin
Mechanical Engineering Department
ATTN: Admissions Coordinator
1 University Station, C2200
Austin, Texas 78712-0292

Virginia Tech

Mechanical Engineering Department normally expects applicants to have a minimum grade point average of 3.2 (4.0 scale) or better for either the B.S. degree program or the last 60 hours of course work. Students applying to Mechanical Engineering must take the GRE and students whose native language is not English, must also take the TOEFL unless they have completed 30 hours at an English speaking university. The minimum acceptable score for applicants is 620 (260 computer based). Students will likely not be competitive with scores below a 450 and a 700 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE, respectively. Test scores more than 2 years old should be re-taken. Scores of students recommended for acceptance are often higher. Research experience and the three letters of recommendation are a significant part of the evaluation of the application.
The department does process applications on a rolling basis.

To be given FULL consideration for admission and assistantships/ fellowships, applications must be received by

Deadline

January 15th for the fall term and Oct. 1st for the spring term.

ALL application materials should be received by the deadlines for admission. Applications are on-line via the web site: http://www.grads.vt.edu/admissions/ applying/index.html#online; paper-based applications are no longer available. Due to technical difficulties, the Graduate School has been unable to get the on-line application updated. Please be aware there are discrepancies beyond our control. See the check list below for the materials the ME Department requires.
The application fee is $45.
A COMPLETE application should be mailed in ONE large envelope to:
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Coordinator
100T-1 Randolph Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0238
A complete application for the ME Department includes:
A printed copy of the on-line application
3 letters of recommendation (In signed/sealed envelopes if the references do not use the on-line recommendation form.)
Official or copy of transcripts from undergraduate and graduate universities
Official or a copy of test scores (GRE’s & TOEFL for international students)
Statement of Research and Professional Objectives form
Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty members whose research areas most interests them by sending a resume and a cover letter (email is acceptable and preferred by most faculty).
You will be able to view the status of your application at: https://banweb.banner.vt.edu/pls/bprod/bwskalog.P_DispLoginNon.

University of Maryland

The minimum requirements of the Department of Mechanical Engineering for acceptance into the Graduate program are:
Bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited college or university (or equivalent from a foreign institution)
At least a 3.0 G.P.A. (on a 4.0 scale)
At least 3 letters of recommendation strongly supporting the applicant’s admission into the Graduate Program
An essay or statement of goals and experiences
A total score greater than 1200 combined on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the General GRE and greater than 4.5 on the Analytical Writing section
For international applicants: at least a 577 (paper-based) or 233 (computer-based) score on the TOEFL exam
In 2004, the Department of Mechanical Engineering received over 515 applications. Of these, 19% were accepted. For the applicants accepted the average undergraduate and graduate GPA were, respectively, 3.54 and 3.74, and the average total GRE General Test score was 545 Verbal, 750 Quantitative, 4.57 Analytic.. For international applicants the average TOEFL score was 620 (equivalent to a score of 260 on the computer-based TOEFL).

Deadline

Application Deadlines for the Fall Semester
International Applicants February 1. All U.S. citizens must submit applications by May 15.
Application Deadlines for the Spring Semester
International students June 1. All U.S. citizens must submit applications by October 15.
All application materials should be submitted to:
Enrollment Services Operations
Application for Graduate Admission
0130 Mitchell Building
University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, MD 20742
University of Pennsylvania

What is the minimum GRE and TOFEL score required for admission?
The minimum GRE score is a combined score of 2000 out of a possible 2400 (800+800+(133.33 * 6.0)=2400). Foreign students whose native language is not English are required to submit an official TOEFL examination score of 250 or 600 (depending on which test was taken) better unless they have spent at least three years at an academic institution in an English speaking country.
The GRE reporting code is 2926 (school code) along with 1502 (department code). The TOFEL reporting code is 2888.
Candidates may apply for admission to the School of Engineering by completing the application form which consists of: biographical information; a personal statement; two official letters of recommendation; two official transcripts and statement of class rank and grade point average from each university or college attended. Each application must include a non-refundable $70 application fee.
To insure full consideration, the application for admission, the application fee, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other required documents must be received by the appropriate office at least two months prior to the anticipated first semester of enrollment.

Deadline

While we prefer receiving applications for admission to the M.S.E. program by January 2 for the fall semester, we will process applications (assuming that there are openings) as late as June 1.
Visit the School of Engineering & Applied Science Penn “Express App” Web site where you can fill out an application for admission directly.
If you have any questions please contact :
Maryeileen Banford
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
University of Pennsylvania
229 Towne Building
220 S. 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6315
E-mail: banford@.seas.upenn.edu
Telephone: (215) 898-2826.

Rice University

Deadline
Your application must be received by February 1 if you are applying for financial aid. It is best to apply early since on average we admit 25 students, and, of those, approximately ten receive fellowships. Graduate fellowships (the only form of financial aid the department offers) are awarded by the department and not Rice. Upon acceptance you may receive admission only or a fellowship (admission with an award of tuition plus a stipend).

Columbia University

Deadline
MS only Fall February 15 and Spring October 1
MS leading to PhD and PhD only Fall December 15 and Spring Oct 1
University of Notre Dame

Deadline
Fall February 1.Spring November 1
The TOEFL is required for international students. If you’re taking the TOEFL CBT the minimum score is 250. If it is available in your country and you are taking the TOEFL IBT, then the minimum score is a total of 80 points, with a minimum of 23 on the Speaking section. Individual departments may require higher scores, and these IBT minimums are subject to change.
University of Southern California
Washington University in St. Louis
Arizona State University
Lehigh University

Deadline

The deadline for fall semester applications is July 15. The spring semester deadline is December 1. The deadline for financial aid for the 2005/2006 academic year is January 15.
Preliminary application is required.
North Carolina State University

Deadline
Spring July 15
Summer December 15
Fall March 1
Michigan Technological University

Deadline

Application Deadline for Fall (August) 2007: 15 June 2007
(US transfer or Canadian: 1 August 2007)
University of Colorado – Boulder

Deadline

Fall admission
Application deadline January 15
International application deadline December 1
Financial assistance application deadline January 15
Spring admission
Application deadline October 15
International application deadline September 1
Financial assistance application deadline October 15

Illinois Institute of Technology

Deadline
Armour College of Engineering, College of Science and Letters
Domestic Applicants Spring2007 / Summer2007 / Fall2007
MS Jan. 6 / May 15 / Aug. 7
Ph.D. Oct. 15, 2006 / April 15 / May 1
Financial Consideration for full-time Master’s/PhD Sept. 1, 2006 / N/A / Feb. 15
International Applicants Spring 2007 / Summer 2007/ Fall 2007
General Application Deadline Oct. 15, 2006 / March 15 / May 1
Financial Consideration (Master’s/ Ph.D.) Sept. 1, 2006 / N/A / Feb. 15

University of Missouri – Rolla

Checklist

Requirements

Deadline

Applications for admission should be submitted by the following dates:
Domestic International Financial
Fall July 15 June 15 March 1
Winter December 15 November 15 October 1
Summer May 1 April 1 X
Documents to be sent to…
Admissions Office
University of Missouri-Rolla
102 Parker Hall
1870 Miner Circle
Rolla, MO 65409-1060
USA
Graduate Application for Admission
OFFICIAL transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended
OFFICIAL GRE scores (V+Q > 1100 & AW > 3.5 required for admission)
OFFICIAL TOEFL score (> 570 required for admission)
Three letters of recommendation
$50.00 fee in US currency (CANNOT be waived or deferred)
Financial statement and statement of purpose
2. Documents to be sent to …
Associate Chair for Graduate Affairs
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
University of Missouri-Rolla
1870 Miner Circle
Rolla, MO 65409-0050
USA
Application for Financial Support (pdf)
Copies of transcripts
Copies of GRE scores
Copies of TOEFL scores
Copies of journal and refereed conference papers (must be in English)
Three letters of recommendation

Brigham Young University

Deadline

Admission and Entry
Semesters of entry and application deadlines:
Fall, spring, summer, January 15 (U.S. and international); winter, September 15 (U.S. and international).
Entrance examinations: All applicants must submit scores for the GRE general examination. International applicants must also submit TOEFL scores.
Prerequisite: BS degree in mechanical engineering or an allied discipline with approval; 3.0 GPA or above in last 60 hours for regular admission.
University at Buffalo – State University of New York

FAQ

Please send all the material supporting your application (e.g. Letter of Reference etc.) to the following address only:
Graduate Program
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
State University of New York at Buffalo
318 Jarvis Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-4400
Telephone: (716)645-2593 x2238
Fax: (716)645-3875
Email: maegrad@eng.buffalo.edu

Deadlines
Domestic Applicants
Fall
For students NOT requesting financial aid application deadline is August 1st
For students requesting financial aid application deadline is January 15th
Spring
For students NOT requesting financial aid application deadline is December 15th
For students requesting financial aid application deadline is September15th
International Applicants
Fall
For students NOT requesting financial aid application deadline is March 15th
For students requesting financial aid application deadline is January 15th
Spring
For students NOT requesting financial aid application deadline is December 15th
For students requesting financial aid application deadline is September 15th

Drexel University

Deadlines
International Students Fall only June 13

University at Buffalo – State University of New York

Explore

Please send all the material supporting your application (e.g. Letter of Reference etc.) to the following address only:
Graduate Program
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
State University of New York at Buffalo
318 Jarvis Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-4400
Telephone: (716)645-2593 x2238
Fax: (716)645-3875

Email: maegrad@eng.buffalo.edu

Deadlines
Domestic Applicants
Fall
For students NOT requesting financial aid application deadline is August 1st
For students requesting financial aid application deadline is January 15th
Spring
For students NOT requesting financial aid application deadline is December 15th
For students requesting financial aid application deadline is September15th
International Applicants
Fall
For students NOT requesting financial aid application deadline is March 15th
For students requesting financial aid application deadline is January 15th
Spring
For students NOT requesting financial aid application deadline is December 15th
For students requesting financial aid application deadline is September 15th
University of Pittsburgh

Deadlines
March 1 – Fall
July 1 – Spring
February 1 – Summer
Clemson University

Deadline

Applications must be completed by July 15 (April 15 for international students) for August enrollment and November 15 (September 15 for international students) for January enrollment.

International applicants will be considered for Ph.D. program only.
Applicants for August enrollment whose files are completed prior to January 15 will be given preferential consideration for financial aid

in the form of research and teaching assistantships or University fellowships. Assistantship support may also be available for students considering January enrollment.

University of Houston

Application Checklist
1 official copy of transcript
2.GRE scores
3 Letters of recommendation
Financial Aid and Statement of Purpose form
$75 Application fee (cannot be waived)
TOEFL scores
Financial backing letter
1 passport sized photo
Send ALL application materials to :
Director of Graduate Admissions
Mechanical Engineering, N215D
University of Houston
Houston, Texas 77204-4006
Phone: (713) 743-4505
Fax: (713) 743-4503
Email: megrad@uh.edu
University of Utah
Deadlines
Fall December 1
Spring August 1
Summer December 1
The institution code for the University of Utah is R4853. The department code for Mechanical Engineering is 1502
Admissions Office
250 Student Services Building
201 S 1460 E, RM 250S
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9057
USA
Phone: (801) 581-7283
Fax: (801) 585-7864
Web: http://www.sa.utah.edu/admiss/
email: graduate@sa.utah.edu Student Services Office
Department of Mechanical Engineering
50 S Central Campus Drive, MEB 2110
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
USA
Phone: (801) 585-9293
Fax: (801) 585-9826
Web: http://www.mech.utah.edu/
email: harlow@mech.utah.edu

Oregon State University
Please send to the Office of Admissions the following application materials.

You should submit all of these materials to the Admissions Office in one package; they will forward the department copies to us.

Deadline

For consideration for graduate teaching and research assistantships, please submit your full application by January 15th.
Completed application form—original plus 2 copies.

Non-refundable $50 application fee—check or money order in U.S. dollars, payable to OSU. Applications without this fee will not be processed.
Official transcripts of previous undergraduate and graduate academic work—3 photocopies of each transcript. International applicants must provide a certified English translation of their academic transcripts.
Statement of objectives and particular fields of interest—2 copies.
Three letters of professional reference, on official letterhead and addressed to Mechanical Engineering. If you have a master’s degree, a letter from your major professor should be included.
International applicants also need to provide the following:
• Two photocopies of your TOEFL score, taken within the past 2 years. (TOEFL scores over 2 years old can be used only for conditional admission consideration.)
• Completed financial certificate and bank statements.
In addition, all applicants whose undergraduate degree is from a university outside the United States must submit GRE general test scores.
These scores should be sent directly by ETS to:
Graduate Coordinator, Mechanical Engineering, Rogers Hall 204,
Corvallis OR 97331
For all other applicants, submission of GRE general test scores is optional; however, applicants desiring full consideration for financial support (scholarships, fellowships, etc.)

are strongly encouraged to submit these test scores (for this purpose, a photocopy can be submitted in your admissions packet).
The minimum entrance requirements are as follows:
Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
A combined GPA of 3.00 on the last 90 hours of graded undergraduate work plus all work completed thereafter.
International students: minimum TOEFL score of 550.
International students: financial clearance from the OSU Office of International Education.

San Diego State University

Application Procedure

Fall Deadline
Domestic Applicants: May 1
International Applicants: May 1
Spring Deadline
Domestic Applicants: November 1
International Applicants: October 1

University of North Dakota

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Deadline

Fall March 1.

University of Idaho

Deadlines
Priority Application deadlines:
Fall Semester (August to December) – February 1
Spring Semester (Jan to May) -September 1
Summer Term (Begins mid may) – February 1
Please submit all admission documents to the Graduate Admissions Office.
University of Idaho
Graduate Admissions Office
PO Box 444266
709 Deakin Rm 137
Moscow, ID 83844-4266

Santa Clara University

Applicants who apply for a degree or a certificate program and who have earned their degree(s) from outside the United States are required to have their foreign transcript(s)

evaluated by a member agency of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) that provides foreign academic credential evaluation services.

It makes sure that your non-U.S. academic credentials are properly recognized.

Deadline

Fall /Winter / Spring
MS Monday August 13 / November 6 / March 2
PhD Monday August 13 / November 6 / March 2

University of Nevada-Las Vegas
International Students

Deadline

All application materials must be in to the Graduate College by May 1 (Fall Semester) or October 1 (Spring Semester)

unless the department to which you are applying has an earlier deadline, or you are also applying for a Graduate Assistantship.
Department Deadline Fall June 15 and Spring November 15
TempleUniversity

Application Deadlines
All master’s degrees, U.S. applicants . Fall semester -July 1.Spring semester -November 15
All master’s degrees, international applicants .Fall semester -April 15 .Spring semester -October 15
Ph.D. in Engineering, applicants .Fall semester -February 15
All financial aid applicants -February 15
Admission Requirements
An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 is required. An overall 2.8 GPA is acceptable provided the student’s last two years of courses have produced a GPA of at least 3.2. The departmental admissions committee will decide each case on an individual basis. The general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be waived upon written request from applicants with two or more years of engineering employment. Students who wish to be considered for financial aid are required to take the GRE. The TOEFL examination is required of international applicants.
Binghamton University

Deadline

Applicants for the next fall semester who wish to obtain TA/GA/RA/fellowships positions are strongly encouraged to submit their application by late December.
Applicants for the next spring semester should submit their application by early October. Some programs do not offer admission for the spring; others have spring admission

but without departmental funding.
Deadline
MS, MS/PhD, or PhD
Fall 15th January
Spring 15th October
Mailing your Supplemental Materials:
To ensure speedy handling, please write the words “Electronic Submission” on the outside of the envelope and mail it to:
The Graduate School
Binghamton University
PO Box 6000*
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
*For courier service, use 4400 Vestal Parkway East, Couper Administration Building, Room AD 134.
San Jose State University

Deadline

Fall May 1
Spring November 1

University of South Carolina

Deadline
For international applications:
Fall May 1
Spring Oct. 1
For applications from within U.S.A.:
Fall July 1
Spring Nov. 15
Minimum GRE scores are 450 verbal, 700 quantitative and 500 analytical (or 3.5 analytical writing).

International applicants must also submit TOEFL or the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam scores.

The minimum score for TOEFL is 600 paper-based or 250 computer-based and the minimum score for IELTS is 7.0.

OTHER UNIVERSITIES OFFERING MECHANICAL ENGINEERING PROGRAM

(Details will be posted Shortly)

Johns Hopkins University

University of California–San Diego

University of Wisconsin–Madison

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Texas A&M University–College Station

Ohio State University

University of California–Santa Barbara

University of California–Los Angeles

Duke University

University of Florida

University of Washington

Case Western Reserve University

University of California–Davis

Stevens Institute of Technology

Tulane University

University of Alabama–Huntsville

University of Miami

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

University of North Carolina–Charlotte

Wayne State University

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Colorado State University

Oklahoma State University

Southern Methodist University

University of Kansas

University of Oklahoma

University of Rochester

University of Tennessee

George Washington University

Kansas State University

Louisiana State University–Baton Rouge

Northeastern University

Tufts University

University of Kentucky

SUNY–Stony Brook

University of Cincinnati

University of Connecticut

University of Illinois–Chicago

University of Iowa

University of Massachusetts–Amherst

Washington State University

Boston University

Syracuse University

University of Arizona

University of Delaware

Vanderbilt University

Rutgers State University–New Brunswick

University of California–Irvine

Yale University

Iowa State University

University of Virginia

Michigan State University
Auburn University

 

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Starting Salaries US College Graduates: Summer 2007

Trade Increase % Earnings $
Chemical Engineering 5.4 59,361
Computer Engineering 4.8 56,201
Mechanical Engineering 4.6 54,128
Electrical Engineering 3.2 55,292
Civil Engineering 5.4 48,509
Computer Science 4.1 53,396
Information Science 4.6 50,852
Information Systems 4.2 47,648
Marketing 6.1 40,161
Accounting 2.3 46,718
Business Administration 3.9 43,701
Political Science 5.9 34,590
English 5.3 32,553
Psychology 4.7 31,631
Sociology 3.5 32,033
History 3.3 33,768
Economics new to the list 48,483
Finance new to the list 47,239

Source:National Association of Colleges and Employers

Schools That Require or Recommend Computer Science Subject Test – Part 2

RANK 12

Georgia Institute of Technology

For the MS application, scores from the Computer Science Subject Test are required .
For the PhD application, scores from the Computer Science Subject
Test OR any other area test are recommended, but not required.

RANK 12

Univ. of Maryland-College Park

The Subject (advanced) GRE is not essential but recommended, especially if your CS background is not very strong.

RANK 14

Brown University

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Subject GRE scores: The subject test scores are most useful when
they are from the computer science exam. While we do not require subject test
scores, the test provides an additional objective form of evaluation that is
often helpful in determining an applicant’s abilities.
GRE Subject (Computer Science) Exam (recommended but not required)

RANK 14

Univ. of California-Los Angeles

GRE scores on both the General (Aptitude) test and the Subject (Advanced)
test are required for admission to both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs.
If necessary, GRE booklets can be obtained from any college or
university bookstore. The (Advanced) test should be taken in Computer Science
(preferred) or in Mathematics. All students applying for Fall should take
the GRE tests no later than December. Applicants for Winter should take the
GRE tests no later than October.
Master’s Degree in Computer Science

Doctoral Degree
Admission In addition to meeting the requirements of the Graduate
Division, applicants to the Master of Science programs in Computer Science are
required to take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination
(GRE).
In addition, applicants are required to take the Subject Test in
Mathematics or Computer Science.

RANK 14

Univ. of Michigan-Ann Arbor
The GRE subject test is not required.

RANK 17

Rice Univ.(TX)
Applying for both the MCS and the MS
Q: Can I apply to both the MCS and MS degree programs?
A: Yes. However, please be aware that a GRE Subject test in either
computer
science, math, or engineering is required for all MS/Ph.D
applications.
Although the subject test is recommended, it is not required for
those applying to the MCS program.

GRE subject exam
Q: I am a Ph.D applicant, but lack a GRE subject test score. Can I
apply as
an MS candidate instead?
A: The GRE subject test is required for both MS and Ph.D
applications.

GRE subject test waivers
Q: Can the GRE subject test be waived?
A: The decision to waive the subject test requirement is at the
discretion
of the graduate admissions committee.

RANK 17

Univ. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Although GRE Advanced Test scores are not required, applicants are
encouraged to take the advanced test in computer science,
mathematics,
engineering, or physics, as appropriate.

RANK 17

Univ. of Pennsylvania

The GRE subject test is not required
the subject GRE is not required.
The GRE subject test is not required.

RANK 20

Columbia Univ. (NY)

Q. Is the GRE Subject Test required for admission?
A: No, the subject test – in computer science or related
disciplines — is not required but may be submitted to strengthen your application.
I have my valid General GRE scores but have not taken the Subject
test yet.
Can I still apply? Will my application be considered incomplete
without the Subject GRE score? Can the requirement for Subject GRE or General
GRE be waived if these exams are not administered in my country in the near
future?
General GRE scores are required: your application will absolutely
*not* be
considered without them. The Subject GRE policy is more flexible. If
you
cannot take this exam (for example, because the exam is not
administered in
your country this year), please note the reasons in the text box
that we
have included for exactly this purpose in the online application
form, in
the “Test Scores” section. Listing your reasons in that text box is
sufficient, so please do *not* contact us asking for an
explicit “waiver” or
special consideration. Finally, if you are unable to take the
Computer
Science exam, but have taken a Subject GRE exam in a related area
(e.g.,
Math, Physics, or Engineering), please report these scores in your
application.

RANK 20

Duke Univ.(NC)

Test required – GRE General. GRE Subject in CS recommended for Ph.D.
applicants.

RANK 20

Purdue Univ.-West Lafayette(IN)

Graduate Record Examination. We do not require any GRE test.
GRE scores are not required.

RANK 20

Univ. of California-San Diego

It is also recommended, but not required, that applicants take the
Computer Science GRE Subject Test.
The evaluation process for applications is extremely complex, taking
into account all the materials submitted with the application. Grade point
average (GPA), GRE scores, GRE subject test (optional, but
recommended),
TOEFL (for international students), letters of recommendation, and
statement of purpose all play a role. First, the UCSD Graduate Admissions
Office evaluates each application to determine whether or not their minimum
standards for admission have been met. Then the CSE Department does
a more
thorough evaluation in a committee consisting of several faculty.
Sometimes the committee must draw on the experience of the faculty at-large to
make and informed decision.

The computer science Subject Test is recommended, but not required
(other
relevant subject tests may also be taken, such as in math or one of
the
physical or natural sciences).

RANK 25

Univ. of Massachusetts,Amherst
Q. Is the GRE subject test required?
A. The GRE subject test is strongly encouraged.

Secrets of Standing Out From the Pile: Getting Into Graduate School

Matthew T. Huss
If you are beginning the process of applying to graduate school this year, you are realizing it’s not easy. You are learning schools are looking for GRE scores of 800, a GPA of 4.5 on a 4.0 scale, at least two dozen publications, and a letter of recommendation from Sigmund Freud. Maybe not, but you probably have felt as if this were at least close to the truth at times. I had similar thoughts when I was just applying to PhD programs, especially after I didn’t get into a school the first time around. As a result of my first-time failure followed by my later success, I learned there were more factors involved in getting into graduate school than grades or GRE scores. I hope that what I have learned can help those of you just starting the process.
When people speak of the keys to getting into graduate school, GRE scores and grades are usually the focus. They are usually seen as first-order criteria. They are referred to as first-order criteria because schools often look at these particular aspects of an application first. While this is true, and the importance of such criteria cannot be overemphasized, they are simply screening mechanisms for most schools. Schools have certain minimums or average scores they have found are characteristic of successful students. If programs advertise that their students’ average GRE scores are about 650 and their average GPA is 3.75, realize these are only averages. There are students who were accepted with 800s and 4.0s, but there are also students who were accepted with 550s and 3.3 grade point averages.
Depending on the area, a graduate program may receive anywhere from 50 to 500 applications in any given year. Most of these applicants are going to have high GRE scores and good grades or they wouldn’t be applying to graduate school. All of these applications are going to be thrown into the pile. As long as your scores are around these averages, you can stay in the running. You can stay in that pile. The longer you stay in the pile, the better your chances are of getting into the school. If you have the basic credentials, the things that enable you to stick out from the rest of the applicants are going to get you admitted into the program.
One of the best ways to stand out from the rest of the pile is research, research, research! Most graduate programs are at large universities where faculty are under pressure to publish. Prospective applicants who have demonstrated they are capable of undertaking research projects and have acquired a number of research skills are very attractive to a program. These are skills faculty members won’t have to spend time teaching a new student.

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