Admission Requirements

Graduate Admission Information

University Graduate School

NOTE: Deadline year for the Fall and Summer semesters will be the same as the application year. The Spring semester year’s deadline will be one year prior to the application.

Fall term:

    • February 1
      ~ Last day for international students to submit applications. If someone is applying for financial aid, all documents must be submitted by January 15
    • June 1
      ~ Last day for Domestic Students (US citizen and Permant residents) to apply.
      ~ Last day for international students to submit all supporting academic credentials, appropriate test scores, and Declaration and Certification of Finances.

Spring term:

  • Sept 1
    ~ Last day for international students to submit applications. If someone is applying for financial aid, all documents must be submitted by September 1
  • Oct 1
    ~ Last day for Domestic Students (US citizen and Permant residents) to apply.
    ~ Last day for international students to submit all supporting academic credentials, appropriate test scores, and Declaration and Certification of Finances.
  • FIU Instructions for the Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF)

Summer term:

  • February 1
    ~ Last day for international students to submit applications. If someone is applying for financial aid, all documents must be submitted by January 15
  • March 1
    ~ Last day for Domestic Students (US citizen and Permant residents) to apply.
    ~ Last day for international students to submit all supporting academic credentials, appropriate test scores, and Declaration and Certification of Finances.
  • FIU Instructions for the Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF)

Tests Required:

TOEFL:
minimum 550 on a written exam or
minimum 213 on a computerized exam or
minimum 80 on the internet based exam or
minimum overall band of 6.5 on the IELTS exam
GRE scores:
Not required for MSME or MSMSE program, except if requesting financial assistance.
Minimum required for MSME/MSMSE if asking for financial assistance  (V > 143, Q > 151, and writing sample score of 3.0)
Required for all PhD programs (V > 150, Q > 151, and writing sample score of 3.0)
GPA:
A GPA of at least 3.0 is required for the last 60 credits of your BS degree when applying for the MS program.
Also, for those with an MS degree, an MS GPA of at least 3.3 is required if applying for the PhD.
For those with a BS applying to the PhD program directly, you must have at least a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 credits of your BS degree.
PLEASE NOTE: Preference for financial assistance is given to those who have an MS degree and are applying to the PhD program

FAQ!

What forms do I need?

What do I need to send?

  • Application Fee! ($30)
  • Filled out Graduate Application Form: Apply Online
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    (Feel free to use any format)
  • Transcripts from past University (s)*
  • TOEFL Score**
  • GRE Score ( If required or if asking for funding)**
  • Your Declaration of Finances Form/Official Bank Letter
    (I-20’s cannot be issued without this document)

* These must be sent from the University. If you have not received your degree certificate, please ask the University to issue us with a letter of completion to us.

**We understand that it sometimes takes ETS a long time to send scores to the department, in addition to asking the testing center to issue your scores to us, we recommend that you provide us with either Xeroxed or scanned copies so that we make provisionally evaluate your file. A provisional decision will be changed to regular status once the official documents from ETS have been received.

Where should I send it?

All Prospective Graduate Students should send their application materials, including all the above documents, to the following address:

Admissions Coordinator
College of Engineering and Computing
Florida International University
EC 2471
10555 W. Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33174
Email: grad_eng@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-348-1890
Fax 305-348-6142

How can I check the status of my admission?

You can check the status of your Admission online.
University Graduate School

I checked the status of my admission, and it said I am missing my test scores, but I already requested ETS to send them to the University.

Even though you may have requested ETS to send us your scores, sometimes there is a delay for issuance. We recommend that you scan or fax us a copy of your scores here at the Department so that we can make a provisional decision while we wait for the official scores to arrive.

Our Fax Number: (305) 348-1932
Alternatively, Email it to us at caoy@fiu.edu

(Please note, you will not receive full admission until the official documents have been received)

My status says that I need to submit my final transcripts, and degree, but I will not finish my degree for another month.

Ask your university to send us a letter of completion. This should list on it your expected graduation date and degree. If you are admitted, you will have one semester in which to provide FIU with the official, final transcripts from your university.

How do I get Financial Aid to study?

  • If you are a US Citizen or Resident Alien (Green Card Holder) you can apply for Financial Aid. Financial Aid Guides.
  • If you are an International Student, you cannot apply for Federal Financial Aid. However, there are some options open to you.
    • Scholarships Here at FIU
    • FIU Financial Aid Office
    • Search for Scholarships on Fastweb
    • Presidential Awards (Ph.D. Students).  The graduate program director for the department makes the determination of which student files will be submitted for these awards based upon the information provided by the student.
  • Funding is available as TA/RA/Presidential Fellowships:
    • Teaching Assistant (TA)* is the departmental position. We make a decision to award these students after going through the pool of applicants. But we strongly recommend that you send your applications AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE before Feb 1 (Fall) and September 1 (Spring) deadlines. (True for both Domestic and International Students)
    • Research Assistant (RA)* position is awarded by a professor from his/her research grant. You may want to contact individual professors if you are interested in an RA position. RA positions can be awarded at any time of the year. Admissions are usually made for Fall/Spring semesters and rarely in Summer semesters. The contact information for MME faculty is listed on our website (https://mme.fiu.edu)
    • Presidential Fellowships are most competitive and often awarded to highest GRE and GPA combination students who have an excellent academic record. These awards are for those candidates who have applied for FALL admissions. Those seeking admission in Spring/Summer are not eligible. The deadline to be considered for Presidential Fellowships requires that all supporting documents arrive to the university no later than January 15. (True for both Domestic and International Students)

 

* We have a VERY limited number of Departmental Research and Teaching Assistantships Available. These are assigned to outstanding students in the fields of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Your eligibility for such awards would depend on your GRE/GPA/your research interests and the needs of the faculty in comparison with the applicant pool, and the number of awards available for any given semester. Please note, we cannot guarantee a financial award over email. You are only considered for an award if you actually apply and have fully completed your application and submitted all the required documents. To apply for consideration for a Departmental Award, please visit department.

Will you send my I-20 Via Courier?

Unless you have received an offer of Financial Award from us, we will not be sending your I-20 via Courier Service, instead we will be using Air Mail.

I want to make my Visa Appointment now, but have not received my I-20 from you.

Please do not make your Visa Appointment unless you have received your I-20 from us, we are not responsible for Missed/Deferred Appointments.

Will you pick me up at the Airport?

We do not provide Airport Pickup Service.

Where can I stay?

There are many Apartment Complexes close to the University. We also recommend contacting University Housing. HERE is their Web Site(http://housing.fiu.edu/)

I can’t find the answer to my questions, who can I contact?

Graduate Program Director: Dr. Yiding Cao
E-mail:caoy@fiu.edu
Phone: (305) 348-2569