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Application Deadlines for Admission

The deadline for receipt of applications is January 15. Normally applications will be accepted for Fall semester. Enrollment in other semesters will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants are encouraged to contact individual faculty members to discuss their research interests before applying for graduate study.

Materials to be Submitted

Prospective graduate students should submit the following materials

  • The complete official application form;
  • The application fee;
  • All official university/college/junior college transcripts;
  • An official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score report. Only the general tests are required;
  • Three letters of recommendation from instructors or supervisors who can comment on the applicant’s scholarly ability and promise as a researcher;
  • Official score reports from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if the applicant’s native language or language of instruction is other than English;
  • Current curriculum vitae.

Admission Criteria

In addition to the requirements outlined here, all applicants to the graduate degree programs of Mechanical Engineering must meet the general requirements of the Merced Division of the Academic Senate and the UC Merced Graduate Council as set forth in the UC Merced General Catalog.

The minimum requirement for graduate admission to UC Merced is a bachelor’s degree; with an undergraduate grade point average no lower than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Requests to the Graduate Division to waive this minimum will only be made under circumstances where the applicant has demonstrated strong academic skills subsequent to their undergraduate studies. Performance on the GRE, accomplishments in undergraduate research, and letters of recommendation are also important determinants of an applicant’s potential for success in graduate education and will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee. Foreign students from non-English speaking countries are required to attain a minimum score of 580 on the TOEFL exam (paper version) or 80 (computer-based version). Academically qualified students may also be required to complete a telephone or in-person interview with one or more of the ME faculty members. Finally, the match of the candidate’s skills and interests to ME research programs will be considered. For this reason, applicants are encouraged to contact participating faculty before applying.

For more information or to apply, go to the UC Merced Graduate Division website.

Support

Several forms of financial support will be available to facilitate the pursuit of a graduate education at UC Merced. Most forms of support are granted for merit, while others are granted for financial need or for a combination of merit and need.

Graduate financial support can come in the form of internal and external fellowships, scholarships, graduate student researcher appointments, graduate student teaching appointments and loans.   For fellowship consideration, please apply by the Jan. 15 deadline.

Contact Information

Tomiko Hale, M.Ed.

Assistant Director, Graduate Student Support Services

Office: (209) 228-4586

Tamika “Meka” Hankston

Advisor, Graduate Student Support Services

Office: (209) 228-4024