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Mechanical Engineering


Graduate Program Information

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers the following graduate degree programs:

Those who have full-time employment may obtain the above degrees through the Distance Education (APOGEE) program offered by the College of Engineering and Computing. APOGEE students are governed by the same graduate policies and have the same access privileges to university resources as on-campus students.

How to Apply

The Graduate School, based on recommendations from the department, grants admissions to the degree programs. All applications to the degree programs must be processed through the Graduate School office on the Columbia campus. All necessary information regarding application process can be found in the Graduate School's website.

Admission Requirement

The University of South Carolina admission standards are described in the Graduate Studies Bulletin. Specific admission requirements for Master’s and Ph.D. degree programs offered by the Mechanical Engineering department are described below.

In general, the admissions process is highly competitive. Admissions decisions are based on the quality of the applicant's previous university-level academic work (as reflected by grade point average or GPA), at least two letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and other evidence of past accomplishments.

For admission to the M.E., M.S., and Ph.D. degree programs in mechanical engineering, applicants normally hold a B.S. degree, with a GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) or better, from an ABET-accredited mechanical engineering program. Others, if admitted, may be required to fulfill additional course requirements to make-up any deficiencies.

For admission to the M.E., M.S., and Ph.D. degree programs in nuclear engineering, applicants should have a B.S. degree, with a GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) or better, from any ABET-accredited engineering program. Others, if admitted, may be required to fulfill additional course requirements to make-up any deficiencies.

For all applicants: GRE General Test scores must be submitted by all applicants seeking assistantships and/or tuition support, as well as all applicants who do not meet the normal requirements stated above. Minimum GRE scores are 150 verbal, 155 quantitative and 3.5 analytical writing. International applicants must also submit TOEFL or the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam scores. The minimum score for TOEFL iBT is 80 and minimum for IELTS is 6.5.

Contact Information

For questions related to graduate policies, please contact:

Dr. David Rocheleau
Professor and Graduate Director
Phone: 803.777.9395
Fax: 803.777.0106
E-mail: rocheleau@cec.sc.edu

For questions related to graduate student services, please contact:

Ms. Renee Jenkins
Student Services Administrative Assistant
Phone: 803.777.9549
Fax: 803.777.0106
E-mail: jenkinsr@engr.sc.edu

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