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Thank you for your interest in UB's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering! Applying to one of our graduate programs is a simple process, and allows us to review your completed application quickly.


Fall Admission

December 1: Full consideration for funding/fellowships
December 15: Consideration for department funding
April 15: Domestic applicants who are not requesting financial aid

Spring Admission

September 15: Full consideration for funding/fellowships
December 15: Self-funded applicants

We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year.

For all questions pertaining to graduate admissions, e-mail

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Application Materials

On this page:

1. Application

Only complete applications are reviewed. Following is the list of required documentation for full application. All this documentation can be uploaded in the Application Management System.

2. Transcripts

Copies of transcript(s) for all post-secondary schoolwork must be uploaded with the online application for initial review. Upon the offer of admission, accepted applicants will be required to submit official transcripts and proof of degree(s).

The minimum undergraduate GPA for admission to our MS program is 3.0 and 3.25 for admission to our PhD program directly after bachelor's degree.

3. GRE & TOEFL Scores

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is temporarily suspending the GRE requirement for admission to our master- and doctoral-level programs for the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 entry terms.

GRE score is required for all PhD applicants. MS applicants are required to submit a GRE score if the BS degree was obtained from a non-US institute. We do not have any minimum GRE score requirement for admission into our program, however, a good GRE score is very important. The average GRE score of students admitted to our graduate program is approximately 311 (GRE V+Q) in the last three years and most funded students are substantially higher.

  • Institution Code: 2925
  • GRE Mechanical Engineering Dept Code: 1502
  • GRE Aerospace Engineering Dept Code: 1601

International applicants may be required to provide proof of English proficiency via TOEFL, IELTS or PTE. The exam results must be dated within 2 years from your proposed date of admission and remain valid upon entering the term you applied for. The University at Buffalo has a minimum TOEFL score requirement of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (internet-based). On IELTS, UB requires an overall score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0. A minimum PTE Academic score of 55 will be required with no individual section sub-score below 50.

  • Institution Code: 2925
  • TOEFL Mechanical Engineering Dept Code: 68
  • TOEFL Aerospace Engineering Dept Code: 63
Are you unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL?

If you are not able to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home.

Learn more about UB English language proficiency requirements

4. Statement of Purpose Essay

Your statement of purpose essay should clearly state your career goals, research interests, and name of at least three faculty members with whom you want to work with. Tell us how you will fund your studies and whether you will attend if financial assistance is not available.

5. Resume/Curriculum Vitae

An account of your education and experience that describes your qualifications for the program. 

6. Online Recommendation Letters

Three letters of recommendation are to be requested through the online application by providing names and e-mail addresses. UB undergraduates only need to submit two letters of recommendation. We strongly prefer letters from professors who are acquainted with your academic interests, achievements, and abilities.

7. Application Fee

The Application fee can be paid using E-Pay.