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  • Is our Master of Science (MS) in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering right for you?

    Whether to enhance or advance your professional goals in industry, research, academia, government service, or other related careers, the MAE graduate program delivers advanced knowledge through a self-tailored curricula. 

    Choose from an extensive breadth of coursework to shift to a higher level in critical thinking, analysis, and application in diverse focus areas.            

    Take courses in robotics, space systems, heat transfer, energy, manufacturing, biomechanics, fluid dynamics, optimization, microsystems, nanomechanics, computational sciences, and more.

    The MS Non-Thesis degree programs include 3 core courses in one of three focus areas (DSC, SMDM, TSFD), 3 major/department courses, and 4 electives.  Students may enroll as full-time or part-time, on campus or distance learning (EDGE online). 

    How to Apply

    Submit a University of Florida Graduate School Application

    • Under Location of Intended Program, select Main Campus – Gainesville for the on-campus program, or EDGE Distance Education for the online program.
    • Under Program of Study, select Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering – Master of Science.
    • Note that we no longer accept applications for the Master of Engineering program, please apply Master of Science.
    • A $30.00 (non-refundable) application fee is required.
    • Submit all required materials.
    • Monitor your application in the App Status portal.

    Priority Deadlines

    • Fall semester – December 5th of prior year
    • Spring semester – May 1st of prior year
    • Summer semester applications are not accepted
    • Applications completed following the priority deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis


    Due to current admission examination testing difficulties amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, in sync with the UF Graduate School, has made the GRE optional for applicants seeking admission through Fall 2023.

    • Bachelor’s in engineering or a closely related STEM discipline
    • A clear “Statement of Purpose” indicating goals to be achieved in specific area(s) of study
    • A minimum of 2 letters of recommendation. Recommenders may include–but are not limited to–previous or current supervisors, research advisors, employers, faculty, administrators, or professors.
    • International applicants only: IELTS with a minimum score of 6, or TOEFL with a minimum score of 80 (internet based) or 550 (paper test), with some exemptions
    • Upper-division undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Optional: A minimum combined GRE® score of 301 with minimum scores of 151 Quantitative and 140 Verbal.
    • Due to our large volume of applicants, satisfaction of the minimum requirements does not guarantee review of application materials or admission to our graduate program. See the Average Applicant Profile page for guidance.

    Application Status

    • Admissions decisions are rendered by the MAE Graduate Admissions Committee in conjunction with MAE faculty.
    • Admissions decisions are typically sent 60 to 90 days after the priority deadline has passed.
    • View your application status online in the App Status portal


    Due to the size of the doctoral program at MAE, funding opportunities for the Master of Science program are limited. One funding option is the Glenn and Deborah Renwick Scholarship.

    This scholarship is awarded to outstanding master’s students who demonstrate a strong background in academics and research. The Renwick Engineering Scholar Award provides $20,000 for non-Florida residents (out-of-state, international) and $10,000 for Florida residents (in-state) towards the completion of an engineering on-campus master’s degree. Students are automatically considered via submission of their application for admission. The award cannot be combined with the Academic Achievement Award or the EDGE online distance learning program.


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    • Submit all of your application materials by the priority deadline.
    • Be professional, courteous, and detailed in your communications.
    • Spend extra time preparing for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Educational Testing Services (ETS) offers paid and free materials for GRE preparation, including several free practice tests.
    • Check the Applicant Profile page. Strengthen your application by retaking the GRE if needed or incorporating stronger letters of recommendation.


    Is the GRE required for Admissions?

    • No, the GRE is not required.

    Do you accept the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam?

    • No, we do not consider the FE for admissions purposes.

    Is my application competitive?

    • Unfortunately, due to high volume of requests, we cannot evaluate your application on-demand. Applications will be reviewed within 60 to 90 days following the priority deadline. The Applicant Profile page may provide some insight into the competitiveness of your application.

    What is the cost of attendance?

    • Current tuition and fee rates for on-campus students may be found here.
    • Current tuition and fee rates for EDGE (online) students may be found here.

    How many credits is the MS?

    • The Master of Science program is 30 credits. 17/30 credits must be from the MAE department; the remaining 13/30 may come from in department or out-of-department pending departmental approval.

    Is a thesis required?

    • Students may select thesis or non-thesis. During the final semester, students either complete a thesis or take the MS final exam.

    Is financial aid available for this program?

    Who may I contact for more information about my admission status, or about the program?

    Applicant Profile

    Below is the average of a recent major semester, of all admitted applicants, to the Master of Science program in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Each application is reviewed holistically, the below scores should be used as a guide only. Scoring slightly below or above average will not impact your application in a meaningful way.

    • Upper Division Undergraduate GPA: 3.59
    • GRE Overall: 315
    • GRE Verbal: 152
    • GRE Quantitative: 163