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School of MIME Graduate School Admissions FAQ

Priority Deadline for Application

Every year, our "priority" application deadline is January 15. Please be sure to apply by this date for fullest consideration regarding available fellowships, and teaching and research opportunities.

MIME Graduate School Application and Admissions FAQ

Where, exactly, should I go to apply to School of MIME graduate programs?

Apply online. You may access the OSU Graduate School application directly through the Graduate School at: http://admissions.oregonstate.edu/apply-choose-application#grad or you may access it using the button on the MIME website at: http://mime.oregonstate.edu/students-future. The online application process is self-guided. The online application for each fall term is due January 15 at 11:59:59 pm, Pacific Standard Time.

What kinds of graduate degrees are offered at Oregon State School of MIME?

Degrees Offered

The School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME) offers the following graduate degrees:

Master of Engineering (MEng) Master of Science (MS) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Industrial Engineering (IE)
IE Engineering Management (online-only degree program)
Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Materials Science (MATS)
Robotics (ROB)
  • The Master of Engineering (MEng) degree is a coursework-only (non-thesis) degree. The course requirements for this degree may be completed in one calendar year.
  • The Master of Science (MS) degree involves a combination of graduate level coursework and research in the form of a project or thesis. Typically, MS degrees take two years to complete.
  • The PhD degree involves additional coursework beyond the Master's degree and a focus on fundamental research that culminates in a doctoral dissertation. The dissertation can be composed in either a conventional format or a manuscript-based format that includes three or more peer-reviewed publications as part of the dissertation document.
  • For most MIME programs, an MS degree is not required for admission into the PhD program. However, for Industrial Engineering a Masters is required for admission into the PhD program.
  • Typically, PhD degrees take three to five years to complete.

What prior degrees and preparatory coursework are necessary for graduate studies in each of the MIME graduate programs?

For Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science applicants, to be eligible for graduate studies at Oregon State, you must have a baccalaureate or master’s degree in science, mathematics, or engineering.

For Industrial Engineering applicants, to be eligible for graduate studies at Oregon State, you must have a baccalaureate or master’s degree in science, mathematics, engineering, computer science, or business. Non-engineering students must have had at least one course in each of the following preparatory areas: linear algebra, statistics, engineering economy and computer programming.

For Robotics applicants, to be eligible for graduate studies at Oregon State, you must have a baccalaureate or master’s degree in science, mathematics, engineering, or computer science.

How competitive is your school (GREs, GPAs, etc.)? How likely am I to get admitted for graduate studies at School of MIME?

If Oregon State University is your preferred choice for graduate study, and you believe that you have superior qualifications, then we encourage you to apply. We welcome applicants with GRE Quantitative scores above 75 percent; however, you should be aware that admission to the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufcaturing Engineering is very competitive. The most successful applicants last year had:

  • GPAs above 3.50 on a 4.00 scale
  • GRE quantitative scores above 90 percent
  • published as authors or co-authors on academic publications

What are the minimum admissions requirements for your degrees?

All Mechanical Engineering (ME), Industrial Engineering (IE), Materials Science (MATS), and Robotics (ROB) graduate program applicants must meet the Oregon State University-wide graduate admissions requirements.

What documents will I need to supply Oregon State when I apply to School of MIME?

Please see the following OSU Graduate School webpage for the answer to this question:  http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/admissions/process.

What is the School of MIME application deadline?

The "priority" application deadline for the School of MIME for fall term is January 15 at 11:59:59 pm, Pacific Standard Time.  

Applications for each fall term admission submitted after this deadline will be considered following the end of the priority application review. They will NOT receive priority review.

What is the availability of funded assistantships?

The School of MIME offers graduate research assistantships (GRA) and graduate teaching assistantships (GTA) to highly qualified applicants. It is important to note that all GRA and GTA positions are allocated by individual faculty members, and are therefore dependent on individual faculty members’ funded research activities. Students who wish to be considered for GTA or GRA positions must apply by the School of MIME priority deadline (Jan. 15).

Decisions on GRA and GTA positions are separate from admissions decisions.

All applicants meeting the priority deadline are given full consideration for assistantships – you do not need to apply separately.

Decisions about assistantship positions for fall admission are typically made in early March. However, new funding becomes available throughout the calendar year and thus additional assistantship positions may be offered in the months prior to the start of fall term. After being accepted into the graduate program, it would be appropriate to contact faculty members whose research matches you interests to inquire whether they have funding available.

I am confused. Am I applying to OSU Graduate School or School of MIME?

To be admitted to a School of MIME graduate program, all students must apply through the Oregon State Graduate School's online application system. The login to this system is here.

What does it mean that my application will receive “Priority Review?”

Each year, from January 16–31, our graduate faculty set aside time to focus their attention on reviewing the hundreds of applications for the following academic year. If they are looking for students to bring into their research programs, they will make it a priority to look in this group of applicants first.

How do I apply for a funded assistantship?

All applicants meeting the priority deadline are given full consideration for assistantships – you do not need to apply separately.

Decisions on GRA and GTA positions are separate from admissions decisions. Decisions about assistantship positions for fall admission are typically made in early March. However, new funding becomes available throughout the calendar year and thus additional assistantship positions may be offered in the months prior to the start of fall term. After being accepted into the graduate program, it would be appropriate to contact faculty members whose research matches you interests to inquire whether they have funding available.

Do you require GRE scores?

The School of MIME requires the general subject GRE test for some, but not all, applicants. Scores cannot be more than five (5) years old at the time when graduate studies start. The ETS school code for Oregon State University is 4586. You do not need to submit program codes.

Mechanical Engineering and  Robotics

The GRE test IS NOT REQUIRED for the following applicants:

1. Applicants whose undergraduate degree is from an ABET-accredited U.S. institution.
2. Applicants whose Master’s degree is from a U.S. institution.

Materials Science Applicants:

The GRE test IS NOT REQUIRED for the following applicants:

1. Applicants whose undergraduate degree is from U.S. institution.
2. Applicants whose Master’s degree is from a U.S. institution.

Industrial Engineering Applicants:

1. The GRE test is NOT required for MS and MEng applicants whose undergraduate degree is from a U.S. ABET-accredited program.
2. The GRE test IS REQUIRED for all other Industrial Engineering applicants.

Industrial Engineering Management online Master of Engineering Applicants:

1. Applicant whose undergraduate degree is from a non-U.S. Institution must take GRE.

2. Applicant whose undergraduate degree is from a U.S. non-ABET accredited program is strongly encouraged to take the GRE.

Do you require TOEFL scores? What sort of language proficiency must I document in order to apply?

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all international applicants whose native language is not English, including those coming from English speaking colleges and universities (if in doubt about whether TOEFL is required of applicants from your country, send email to graduate.admissions@oregonstate.edu). Please also review the university requirements for language proficiency.

Students who wish to be considered for graduate teaching assistantships must meet some additional language proficiency requirements.

Is there a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) I should have in order to apply?

The School of MIME requires a minimum “B” average (3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale) on the last two years of undergraduate work and any work completed thereafter.

All Mechanical Engineering (ME), Industrial Engineering (IE), Materials Science (MATS), and Robotics (ROB) graduate program applicants also must meet the University-wide graduate admissions requirements.

Can I send copies of my transcripts and scores? How "official" must my papers be?

For the initial departmental review, required application documents may be scanned copies of official documents that were issued by your school's Registrar or ETS scores website for GRE and TOEFL. 
Copies of unofficial transcripts are not acceptable. 

For priority review, all supporting data, such as transcripts, and GRE and TOEFL scores, must be uploaded to your application no later than January 15. 

These can be uploaded to the “Documents” section of the grad school application. 

If you are admitted, the Graduate School will notify you about how to deliver final official transcripts directly to Oregon State University.  You will need to make arrangements with ETS to have your official GRE and TOEFL scores sent directly to Oregon State by ETS.

The School of MIME will not accept scanned copies of recommendation letters; they must be received by way of the OSU Graduate School's online application system. 

How do I submit reference letters / letters of recommendation?

       We do not accept paper versions of letters of recommendation; we only accept electronic versions.

       As part of your application, you must provide the names and email addresses of three individuals willing to supply letters of professional reference on your behalf. These individuals will then be contacted directly by the system with instructions for submitting their reference letters electronically.

In compiling your professional references listing, consider former professors or employers most familiar with your technical abilities. We particularly value letters that assess an applicant's preparation and ability to complete a research project. If you have a master's degree, please include your major professor as a reference.

I have visa questions; to whom should I direct them?

The visa process does not begin until after an applicant has been admitted by both the School of MIME and the OSU Graduate School.

All visa questions should be addressed to the OSU International Programs Office

International Student and Advising Services

Oregon State University

1600 SW Western Blvd - Suite 130

Corvallis, Oregon 97331

United States

Phone: 541-737-6310

Fax: 541-737-6226

Your student visa

The visa application process can be confusing at times, and it requires a lot of planning, research, and energy. Please do not get discouraged! The opportunities that await you in your graduate studies at Oregon State are worth the effort. The office of International Student & Faculty Services (ISFS) has advisors and on-line resources to assist you in applying and maintaining your visa status.

Does everything have to be submitted by the Jan. 15 deadline, even my letters of reference?

On the morning of January 16 each year, we freeze and download all applications and begin to review them for admission for the following fall term. Whatever is included in a student’s application at that time will be considered for their admission. Anything missing at that time will jeopardize the applicant’s chances for acceptance, or possibly the offer of a fellowship or assistantship support.

I was rejected once, but I would like to re-apply. What is the process?

If you previously applied and your application was rejected, we encourage you to reapply if you have made successful progress with your language scores, have an improved GPA, improved GRE scores, or have additional work experience. Offers of admission are made on a case-by-case basis by School of MIME faculty.

May I reapply if I was previously admitted but declined to start that term?

If you previously applied and your application was accepted but you declined the offer that term, you are encouraged to reapply for a future term. You will be considered for admission with all applicants for that term.

       To re-apply you must submit the application and update any documents that are now incomplete or expired. The Graduate School retains application materials for two (2) years.

       All questions regarding documents previously submitted must be directed to the Graduate School.

When will I hear about acceptance for fall term?

If you submitted your application by the January 15 priority deadline, you may expect to hear an admission decision in February or early March. Decisions about funding are made separate from admission decisions, so you may not hear about that at the same time.

If you submitted your application after the January 15 priority deadline, you may expect a delay in hearing an admission decision as we are committed to processing all applications which met the priority deadline before processing those that did not. Generally, we aim to process late applications by late April and then every few weeks after that.

Who would be good people to ask to provide reference letters?

In compiling your professional references listing, consider former professors or employers most familiar with your technical abilities. We particularly value letters that assess an applicant's preparation and ability to complete a research project. If you have a master's degree, please include your major professor as a reference.

Can I be considered by more than one School of MIME program with my application?

If you wish to apply for more than one major, even though the programs are both within the School of MIME, you must complete two separate applications and submit two separate application fees.

I need additional information. Whom can I contact?

If the information in this FAQ does not answer your question, please contact the School of MIME graduate specialist Jean Robinson (jean.robinson@oregonstate.edu).

As well, the Oregon State University Graduate School has an FAQ page, which also may help with your questions.