Graduate Application Procedures

Students interested in graduate programs in mechanical engineering at Western Michigan University should follow the procedures outlined below. Although not required for admission, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact individual faculty to discuss similar research interests.

Deadline for domestic applicants

  • Fall deadline: June 1; term begins in early September.
  • Spring: November 1; term begins in early January.
  • Summer: March 1; term begins in early May.

Deadline for international applicants

See international admissions information

  • Fall deadline: April 1; term begins in early September.
  • Spring: August 1; term begins in early January.
  • Summer: January 15; term begins in early May.

Applications not complete by these dates will not be considered. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure their applications are complete.

All students must submit the following University application form:

    • Domestic. students—Frequently Asked Questions about the application process. For additional questions or if you need help, contact the admissions office at (269) 387-2025 or
    • International students—Review requirements for international students. For additional questions or if you need help, contact the Haenicke Center for Global Education at (269) 387-5865 or
    • International students are required to provide proof of English language proficiency

GRE scores

For all programs (M.S. and Ph.D.), you must take the general graduate record examination and have the scores for the verbal, quantitative and analytical sections sent from the educational testing service to the WMU CAS system code 0930 or WMU institution code 1902.


As a part of the online application, three recommendation letters from professors you have worked with or have had as instructors or other individuals you know on a professional basis need to be submitted to the Office of Admissions. Recommendation letters uploaded by students or agency will not be accepted.

Tuition and financial support

All tuition and fees at registrar's website. Students who require financial support can apply for a graduate assistantship. All graduate assistantships are awarded through department faculty. Admitted students are encouraged to contact faculty who are actively conducting research in their areas of interest and inquire about financial support. Information about department faculty.

For more information

If you have questions about our programs or the application process please contact: Dr. William Liou, chair of the department.    

Phone: (269) 276-3431

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