Admission FAQ

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The application process and minimum requirements are explained at this page. Additional FAQ are provided below. Please review the website for the answer to your question prior to contacting the department.

  1. Can I get an idea about my chance of being admitted and receiving financial aid prior to submitting an application and supporting documents? No. It is not possible for anyone to appraise an applicant’s chances for admission and financial aid without a complete application.
  2. As an international applicant, do I have to submit my proof of funding documents with my application? While it is preferred to have proof of funding documents with the application, this is not required for admission consideration. If you are not able to provide this documentation when you are submitting your application, you can upload a blank document that explains you will provide it later.
  3. I have been previously enrolled at UIUC as a degree seeking graduate student. Do I have to fill out a new application to come back? If you were previously enrolled in the MechSE department, you do not have to reapply. You will need to follow these instructions for re-entry. Once you have completed these forms, submit them to the Graduate Programs Office. The paperwork will be reviewed in the same way an application is reviewed. A recommended decision will be made, but final approval will come from the Graduate College. 
  4. I am enrolled at UIUC, but in a different department.  How to I transfer to MechSE?  If you have a RA commitment from a faculty member and would like to be a MechSE student, you may apply via a Graduate College Petition.   Submission of a petition is not an automatic acceptance into MechSE.  If you do not have a RA commitment from a faculty member, you will need to apply to MechSE as a new applicant, and follow all application instructions (including posted deadlines) explained at our Applying to MechSE page.
  5. Are only PhD applicants considered for funding such as fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships? Both MS and PhD applicants are considered for fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships.
  6. If I apply to the PhD program am I also considered for the MS program?  Yes; MS/PhD applicants are applying to the MechSE Graduate Program as one entity and therefore do not need to apply to both the MS program and the PhD program.
  7. Do I need to send any hard copies of my application to the department? No. The committee will use the documents submitted electronically in the application.  Please, do not resend duplicate copies of documents that are part of the online application. Doing so can delay the processing of your application.
  8. Can I make changes to my application after submission?  No.  It is the applicant's responsibility to upload correct and updated documents such as the personal statement and resume.  Only official test scores and online letters of recommendation can be added to the application after submission.
  9. When are admissions decisions made? A committee will begin reviewing the application as soon as possible. Admission decisions for spring entry are usually emailed in November. Admission decisions for fall entry are emailed in the January-March timeframe.
  10. Is there any advantage to submitting the application early? Yes, the sooner your application is submitted, the sooner we can begin processing your application.
  11. How will I know whether or not my application file is complete? Applicants can check their application status at any time by logging in at the following link: You will log in with your email address and date of birth as used in the Apply Yourself application system. It may take 5-7 business days to update your application status, especially when the department is receiving a high volume of applications. Please wait 5-7 business days before contacting the department about your application status.
  12. Should I contact the faculty members to discuss research opportunities? Only admitted applicants should contact faculty members. Applicants should not contact faculty prior to receiving an offer of admission.
  13. Should I visit campus? If you are interested in visiting campus after receiving an offer of admission the department would be happy to assist with your visit if possible. Please contact mechse-gradatillinois [dot] edu. To get the most from your visit, please schedule your trip during the school year when classes are in session.
  14. How much is tuition at UIUC? Approximately 85% of MS/PhD students in MechSE are fully funded by a fellowship, research assistantship, or teaching assistantships which are usually accompanied by a tuition and fee waiver. All MS/PhD applicants are considered for fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Be sure to read the department’s website on this information. You can read about current tuition and fee rates at the University of Illinois at this website.

Contact Info

Graduate Programs Office
166 MEB
1206 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 244-3416
mechse-gradatillinois [dot] edu

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