MAE Graduate Admissions

Who Should Apply
We are always looking for exceptional students to work with us in uncovering new knowledge and exploring original ways to use it. We hope that after examining our Web site you are interested in joining us. Admission to the graduate program is highly competitive. It is decided based on your academic record, test scores, recommendation letters, and experience and is highly dependent upon finding a match with a faculty member conducting sponsored research in an area matching your interest/expertise. MAE welcomes applications to enable a highly talented and diverse graduate student population.

Our combined graduate program offers the degrees of Master of Engineering (ME), Master of Science (MS), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  Both the MS and PhD are research degrees requiring independent research as reported in a final thesis/defense, while the ME degree is a course-based degree with no research requirement. Our curriculum is designed to accommodate non-traditional students with undergraduate degrees in scientific or engineering fields other than Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering. Students with undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, physics, mathematics, chemistry, and biology have been successful in the program. Most of our graduate students working toward research degrees receive full tuition coverage, health insurance, and a stipend ($23,000/year for MS Students, $25,000/year for Ph.D. students).

Our MAE Master’s of Engineering self-pay degree can allow you to finish your advanced degree within as little as one year. MAE Masters of Engineering cohorts will have special access to at least one and up to two graduate-level Commerce courses covering topics such as management of sustainable development, manufacturing under a global economy, and business negotiations. These courses are offered by the faculty of the UVA’s top-ranked McIntire School of Commerce. This combination of courses will provide MAE Masters of Engineering graduates with world-class knowledge and expertise that can be leveraged towards advanced corporate entry and/or a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. ME students cannot be supported by Teaching Assistantship or Research Assistantship during their ME degree program in MAE.

What You Will Need
You will be required to submit letters of recommendation and college transcripts. Not all applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination General Test. Please visit the Graduate Admissions page on the UVA Engineering website to see if you are required to submit GRE Scores. You are not required or encouraged to take any subject test. Students for whom English is not their native language are required to demonstrate proficiency in English by completing the TOEFL exam administered by the Educational Testing Service. They are also encouraged to take the Test of Spoken English (TSE).

How to Apply
You may apply to our program by visiting the Graduate Programs home page of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. This page provides detailed information about the application process, including deadlines, and allows you to apply directly online.

Need More Information?

For application support and specific questions regarding the application process, please contact:

SEAS Central Graduate Admissions

For more information and/or inquiries about our program, please contact:

MAE Graduate Coordinator
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400746
Charlottesville, Va 22904-4746
Phone: 434-924-7425
Fax: 434-982-2037