Admissions Requirements

Welcome to the ME Graduate Advising page

The goal of this page is to help you understand the admission and advising process. It also contains information about our Accelerated Graduate Program and Graduate Assistantships.



For additional information about the admission process, please contact USF Graduate Admissions at or 813-974-3350. You can also visit their website to check your application status, get an estimated cost of attendance and more! Apply online here. For additional information regarding the graduate programs offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, please visit the graduate handbook (After/In Fall 2018, Before Fall 2018) and thesis and dissertation format guide.

Degree Programs

Degree Thesis/Dissertation Required Undergraduate Degree Required to Apply Total Credit Hours
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) Yes BS in Mechanical Engineering 30
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD) Yes MS in Mechanical Engineering or related field 72


Undergraduate Course Prerequisite Requirements for the Masters Degree

Students entering the Masters Degree program must have completed the following courses in their undergraduate program:

Mathematics Mechanical Engineering
  • Calculus I, II, III
  • Differential Equations
  • Thermodynamics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Machine Design
  • Solid Mechanics


Students entering from disciplines outside of Mechanical Engineering will be required to make up any deficiencies before starting their graduate coursework.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should submit a complete application to the USF Graduate School for review by the department. An application checklist can be found here.

Degree Minimum GRE Percentile Minimum GPA International Students Supplemental Documents
Masters Degrees Quantitative: 50% &

Verbal: 50%

3.0/4.0 in last two years of coursework Minimum TOEFL score of 79 on internet-based test, 213 on computer-based test, or 550 on paper-based test* MSME requires a Statement of Research Interests
Doctoral Degree

Quantitative: 60% &

Verbal: 60%

3.0/4.0 in last two years of coursework Minimum TOEFL score of 79 on internet-based test, 213 on computer-based test, or 550 on paper-based test* PhD requires a Statement of Research Interests


*All international applicants for whom English is not the native tongue must provide proof of competence in the English language. International applicants from non-English speaking countries must provide a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 taken within 2 years of the desired term of entry or a minimum TOEFL score as listed above. Applicants who are unable to meet this requirement should contact INTO University of South Florida for information on their Academic English program for international students. INTO University of South Florida also offers Graduate Pathways programs for international applicants. NOTE: Positive results on the SAT (Critical Reading and Writing) or ACT (English/Writing and Reading) may be used to waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.