Thank you for your interest in pursuing a graduate education in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. The Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering has a supportive community dedicated to finding solutions to help improve society and is committed to attracting more of the best and brightest students from diverse backgrounds.

We offer two graduate programs - in Mechanical Engineering and in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering — that provide fundamental depth with research-based education and training in a variety of fields. For questions regarding the graduate programs please visit our website.

Summer 2024 Information Sessions for Mechanical Engineering Applicants

Planning for graduate school doesn’t have to be daunting! Attend an online information session to learn about ME program requirements, funding opportunities, and how to strengthen your application. Prospective PhD and MS applicants are encouraged to attend.

We are hosting two information sessions in Summer 2024. RSVP is required. The sign-up sheet will close one business day before the session.

  • Information Session 1 - Monday, July 1 - 12pm-1pm CST
  • Information Session 2 - Wednesday, July 24 - 4pm-5pm CST

Those who sign-up will receive the Zoom link on the day of the event.
You may RSVP here.

Discover Mechanical Engineering (ME) at the University of Texas at Austin

Application Information for Discover ME for Prospective Graduate Students

The application for Discover ME 2023 has now closed.

Discover ME will provide a select group of prospective students with an opportunity to learn about the resources and opportunities available for ME graduate study at UT Austin. You will visit several research labs, interact with faculty members, and meet current ME graduate students. A tentative schedule can be found here. Note that this schedule is subject to change. A final schedule will be emailed to accepted applicants in September 2023. The event will be of free of charge for invited students.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Am I eligible to attend Discover ME?

Any prospective student interested in ME graduate study at UT Austin can apply to attend. Preference will be given to current undergraduate juniors and seniors from accredited universities and colleges in the U.S. who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Preference will also be given to those applicants interested in pursuing a Ph.D.

What is the cost to attend the event?

The event will be free of charge to all invited students. Airfare, accommodations, and meals will be provided.

How do I apply? When is the deadline to apply?

A survey must be completed to apply. The deadline to submit the survey is September 8, 2023. Be prepared to submit the following information:

  • A resume or CV
  • A short statement on your interest in ME at UT Austin
  • Any test scores (i.e. GRE, TOEFL/IELTS) - optional
Is an application required?

An application is required as only a select number of students will be invited to attend. Please only submit one application. Multiple applications will not be considered.

How do I let you know if I have a dietary restriction or need accessibility accommodations?

Please include this information in your application.

Is there a dress code?

While there is no dress code for the event, Discover ME involves many opportunities to meet with faculty. You may consider packing casual items for Thursday and Saturday and dressy casual items for Friday. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as UT is a big campus and you will move between multiple buildings and locations on all three days.

Where should I stay? Are there other travel details I should know?

The department will work with invited students to book airfare and accommodations. Students will receive more specific details closer to the event.

Note: that students should expect to share a hotel room with a fellow prospective student. If you have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I have questions about COVID-19 health and safety.

Your health and safety are our top concern. Please visit our Protect Texas Together website for more details.

Who can I contact with questions?