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Welcome to the ME Graduate Advising page!

The goal of this page is to help you understand the admission and advising process.  It also contains information about our Accelerated Graduate Program and Graduate Assistantships. 



For additional information about the admission process, please contact USF Graduate Admissions at: or 813-974-8800. You can also visit their website to chat live with an admissions officer, check your application status and more! Apply online here.

Degree Programs

Degree Thesis/ Dissertation Required Undergraduate Degree Required to Apply Total Credit Hours
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) Yes BS in Mechanical Engineering 30
Master of Mechanical Engineering (MME) No BS in Mechanical Engineering preferred 30
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD) Yes MS in Mechanical Engineering or related field 72

Undergraduate Course Prerequisite Requirements for the Masters Degree

Students entering the Masters Degree program must have completed the following courses in their undergraduate program:

  • Calculus I, II, III
  • Differential Equations
Mechanical Engineering:
  • Thermodynamics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Machine Design
  • Solid Mechanics

Students entering from disciplines outside of Mechanical Engineering will be required to make up any deficiencies before starting their graduate coursework.

International Applicants: International students and students from programs that do not have ABET accreditation must apply to the MME program. After the first semester, students who are invited to join a faculty memberís research group may change their degree program to the MSME program with the approval of the Graduate Coordinator.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should submit a complete application to the USF Graduate School for review by the department. An application checklist can be found here.

Degree Minimum GRE Percentile Minimum GPA International Students Supplemental Documents
Masters Degrees Quantitative: 50% Quantitative & Verbal: 50% 3.0/4.0 in last two years of coursework Minimum TOEFL score of 79 on internet-based test, 213 on computer-based test, or 550 on paper-based test* MSME requires a Statement of Research Interests
Doctoral Degree Quantitative: 60% Quantitative & Verbal: 60%
3.0/4.0 in last two years of coursework Minimum TOEFL score of 79 on internet-based test, 213 on computer-based test, or 550 on paper-based test* PhD requires a Statement of Research Interests

*All international applicants for whom English is not the native tongue must provide proof of competence in the English language. International applicants from non-English speaking countries must provide a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 taken within 2 years of the desired term of entry or a minimum TOEFL score as listed above. Applicants who are unable to meet this requirement should contact INTO University of South Florida for information on their Academic English program for international students. INTO University of South Florida also offers Graduate Pathways programs for international applicants. NOTE: Positive results on the SAT (Critical Reading and Writing) or ACT (English/Writing and Reading) may be used to waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.


Application Deadlines

Semester Domestic Applicant* International Applicant**
Fall February 15 January 15
Spring October 15 September 15
Summer February 15 January 15

*Priority deadline means that applicants who have a complete application, all supporting documents, and an application fee on file will receive full consideration for admission to the program and for available department funding. Incomplete files or applications received after this date will be considered on a space-available basis.

**International applicants who are outside the US are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. The deadlines for these applicants have been set with the hope that enough time will be available for the program to review the application file for admission, for the International Services Office to process the documents to issue an I-20, and for students to obtain a visa in their country. These deadlines are not meant to guarantee sufficient time. International applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


Tuition and Fees

If you are a Florida resident, the fee per credit hour on the Tampa campus is $467.34. If you are an out-of-state or international student, the fee per credit hour on the Tampa campus is $913.08 for Fall 2014-Summer 2015. Tuition is subject to change and is assessed by course level.

Additional Tuition and Fee information can be found on the USF Cash Accounting website.


Accelerated Graduate Program (BSME-MSME/MME)

The Accelerated Graduate Program allows superior students to earn, upon completion of all requirements for each degree, both a bachelor's and a master's degree. The Accelerated Graduate Program allows students to apply four graduate level courses (12 credits) toward both bachelor's and master's degrees thereby reducing the time it would normally take to earn the degrees sequentially. The four graduate level courses will be applied to the four technical elective courses required to earn the bachelor’s degree.  Students can earn their bachelor’s degree as soon as all undergraduate degree requirements are met;  they then have the opportunity to progress on to the master’s.  Students must have a minimum 3.3 cumulative undergraduate GPA at time of admission to the program.


Graduate Assistantships

The Mechanical Engineering Department awards assistantships on a merit basis and only to those students whose technical and communication skills are acceptable. Decisions on departmental assistantships are made in March and November. Students who accept a Graduate Assistantship in the Mechanical Engineering Department are not eligible to earn the MME degree. Please see the Graduate Program Handbook for further eligibility requirements.


Graduate Advising

Please refer to the Graduate Program Handbook, located under Departmental Forms, for detailed program information.

Students accepted in to the ME Graduate Program should see Dr. Durham, Graduate Program Advisor, during her walk-in office hours with any questions (974-5656,


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