Admissions Requirements

Thank you for considering our department in your search for a graduate school. Whether your future plans include industry or academia, we believe strongly that our programs will prepare you for a bright career as an engineer.

An ad-hoc committee of faculty members on a rolling basis reviews applications to our graduate program. However, it is advisable to complete and submit applications by the following dates for full consideration.

Prospective students interested in visiting the department should contact

Application Dates

Applicant Type Fall Spring
Seeking Funding December 15 July 15
Self-funded August 1 December 15

International students are advised to complete applications as early as possible so that you have sufficient time for visa paperwork processing.

Required Documentation

Only complete applications are reviewed. Following is the list of required documentation for full application. All this documentation can be uploaded at the Graduate Application page.

  1. Application
  2. Transcripts corresponding to your previous degrees
  3. GRE & TOEFL scores
  4. The Statement of Purpose essay
  5. Resume
  6. Online recommendation letters


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.

GRE score is required for all PhD applicants and MS applicants (only if 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 for admission into our graduate program. The average GRE score of students admitted to our graduate program is approximately 311 (GRE V+Q) in 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

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.

The Application fee can be paid using E-Pay.