Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

PhD Application Checklist for Domestic Applicants

(U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents)

The items listed in the following are required for your application for admission to a PhD engineering program. Use the following as your Checklist to apply and to gather the required supporting materials.

Graduate Application for Admission:

  1. Mechanical Engineering PhD applicants: Complete the Mechanical Engineering (ME) "Additional Information Form". Important: Save the completed form as Adobe Pro pdf in print mode and upload to the IUPUI graduate application prior to submission of the online application.

  2. Complete and submit the IUPUI Online Graduate and Professional Admissions Application.

  3. Graduate application fee of $60. Pay online with a valid credit card.

Academic-related Supporting Documents:

  1. One (1) set of official academic transcripts are required from all colleges/universities attended. Photocopies or scanned copies of transcripts are not acceptable.

  2. A certified copy of Bachelor's degree diploma awarded, required only if degree conferred is not posted on final transcript.

  3. The GRE General Test is required. Official GRE scores must be reported directly to IUPUI from the testing agency ETS. (IUPUI institution code: 1325.)  Refer to the information sheet "I Need Information" for details about graduate admission test.

  4. Three (3) recommendations for graduate admission are required.

    • Persons writing your recommendations should be your present or former professors/instructors, advisors, or project leaders, managers/supervisors whom you report to professionally, and are expected to comment on your academic performance, intellectual abilities, and scholastic aptitudes. Recommendations from friends, acquaintances, peers, and family members or relatives are not acceptable. It is strongly preferred that recommenders complete and submit web-based recommendations within the online application. Instructions are provided in the online application on how a recommender may complete and submit an online recommendation.

  5. A Statement of Purpose (in the online application): A 500-word essay summarizing your academic background, research contributions and professional experience if relevant, and your educational goals and objectives. In addition and very importantly, describe and highlight your specific area/s of research interest/s and focus in graduate study.

Naturalized U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and including U.S. citizens who completed secondary and/or post-secondary education (Bachelor's or Master's degree program) in a country where English is not the first or official language:

  • Proof of English Language Proficiency: Current official TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for admission. Official TOEFL or IELTS  scores must be reported directly to IUPUI from the testing agency. (ETS IUPUI institution code: 1325.)
  • One (1) photocopy of your U.S. permanent resident card or U.S. passport.

Mailing Address: Mail all application materials to:

Purdue School of Engineering & Technology
Mechanical Engineering and Energy Department
723 West Michigan Street, SL 260A
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5160
Applications will not be processed until all materials have been received in our office. Please contact the Office of Graduate Programs if you have questions.