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Mechanical Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Admissions Information


Contact Graduate Program Director Henry Fu at

We are always interested in hearing from students world-wide who want to continue their studies in graduate school. We are looking for motivated students with high academic achievement.

If you think that you fit this description, we encourage you to apply via the Graduate School application website. Please do not send e-mails requesting advice on your chances of acceptance. For additional resource information, please visit the Graduate School website for University requirements (including special requirements for international students) or the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS).

Admissions Requirements

  1. GPA of 3.25 or better (on a 4.0 scale) from your B.S. program
  2. Combined GRE scores (Verbal + Quantitative) of 300 (1100 on the old scale). Candidates with quantitative scores above the 70th percentile (at least 155 or at least 700 on the old scale) are especially encouraged to apply.
  3. TOEFL score of at least 550 (213 computer based or 79 internet based)or IELTS score of at least 6.5 for non-native English speakers. NOTE: If you have completed a bachelor's or master's degree at an English-speaking university, this requirement is waived.
  4. Research and/or industrial experience, 3 letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose are an important part of your application package

Financial support

Research assistantships are awarded by individual faculty. Contact faculty members with research programs that interest you to learn about RA opportunities. Contact faculty for research assistantships as early as possible. This can done before applications are submitted to the graduate school.

The department also has a limited number of teaching assistantships available.  Exceptional students who have submitted a completed application to the graduate program will be considered for a teaching assistantship.

Either type of assistantship covers tuition and health insurance and provides a stipend for living expenses.

How to Apply

Please apply via the University's Graduate School website. In addition to your official application, please email your CV, including GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores, to the Graduate Program director, Dr. Henry Fu.

To receive full consideration, you should meet the following deadlines:

  • January 15 for Fall Semester
  • September 1 for Spring Semester

You must also pay the following non-refundable application fees:

  1. International applicants: $95.00
  2. Domestic applicants: $60.00

Exceptionally strong applicants who enroll at the University can have their application fees refunded. To qualify, you must have a GPA higher than 3.5 and/or quantitative GRE scores above the 80th percentile.

Supplemental awards to assist with moving expenses are also available for outstanding applicants. Contact Dr. Henry Fu for details.

Housing Options

The University offers on-campus housing for graduate students. Visit the graduate housing website to learn more about living at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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