Frequently Asked Questions
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We encourage you to begin early and prepare all documents needed to support your application. Contact three of your professors regarding letters of recommendation. If you have been out of the academic scene for a while please use professional contacts for letters of recommendation. The GRE is not required for the AEM program, but if you have taken it we encourage you to list your scores on your application. It is the University of Minnesota policy that non-native speakers of English must have an English Language Proficiency (ELP) rating in order to be considered eligible to become a teaching assistant.
ELPs are determined by your score on one of the following assessments:
- Internet-based TOEFL (speaking subscore)
- SETTA (Spoken English Test for Teaching Assistants)
- Final exam taken after coursework in the International TA Program
The AEM department requires all Graduate Teaching Assistants to have an ELP of 0 or 1. A score lower than a 1 requires further action. Please see: https://cei.umn.edu/spoken-english-test-teaching-assistants-setta for more information.
Yes, the University of Minnesota will only accept applications through the online application system.
No, the fee must be paid before an application will be processed and reviewed.
The personal statement should describe succinctly your reasons for applying to the proposed program at the University of Minnesota, your preparation for this field of study, academic and research interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests.
Because of the large volume of applications and inquiries we receive during each admissions cycle, we cannot evaluate the potential success of each applicant. Admissions decisions can only be made by the admissions committee after an application is complete (including all supporting documents).
We admit graduate students for FALL SEMESTER ONLY. Only under unusual circumstances will students be allowed to begin their studies at another time during the academic year.
We admit students based on the strength of the application pool, which is always highly competitive.
Complete instructions are located here: Application Instructions.
You may apply directly to the Ph.D. If you plan to pursue a Ph.D., we encourage you to apply directly to the Ph.D. program. In this case you will automatically be eligible for the M.S. degree. Applicants who already hold an M.S. degree from another institution should apply directly to the Ph.D. program.
No, GRE scores are not required and are not allowed on the graduate application.
For applicants who received their undergraduate degree at a U.S. university or college, calculate the GPA using all course work. Applicants who received their undergraduate degree outside the U.S. should not convert their grades to the U.S. scale. We are familiar with grading scales from around the world and will evaluate your transcript based on your country’s grade scale. Please list your GPA on the application reflecting the grade base of your school.
Typically, we look for a GPA of 3.2 or higher, but it really depends on the applicant pool of that particular year.
We require 3 letters of recommendation.
You need to complete the Personal Statement and Diversity Statement.
You should have ETS report your scores to the University of Minnesota, school code 6874. For the GRE, or if your TOEFL is likely to be delayed in reporting, you can upload your copy of the score sheet, or a screen shot of your scores that are available online.
You should have ETS report TOEFL scores directly to the University of Minnesota, using school code 6874. If your scores are likely to be delayed, you can upload a copy of your score sheet. If you are admitted you will need to supply official scores for the TOEFL. GRE scores are not required and are not allowed on the graduate application.
The online application status is updated by the UMN Graduate School, not the department. You will need to contact the Graduate Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org, regarding the status of your application.
The minimum TOEFL score required by the University of Minnesota for graduate admission is 550 on the paper and pencil test, 213 on the computer based test and 79 on the Next Generation TOEFL (iBT). Applicants with a score below these values will not be admitted.
Test scores are not required for applicants that have completed post-secondary coursework in:
- United States
- Canada (except Quebec)
- United Kingdom/Ireland
- New Zealand
- Most current and former British and U.S. territories in the Caribbean/Central and South America
To qualify for exemption, the coursework:
- Consists of least 16 semester credits or 24 quarter credits,
- Does not include ESL coursework, and
- Was completed within the past 2 years.
The TOEFL score is due on December 15, along with the rest of the application. If this presents a scheduling problem for you, compile and submit all other materials and then contact email@example.com to work out a plan to submit TOEFL scores.
More information can be found here: https://grad.umn.edu/admissions/international-student-resources/english-language-proficiency
The Graduate School Admissions Office will send you a confirmation email after your online application is submitted. Once the Graduate School Admissions Office forwards your application to our department you will receive an email if any materials are missing. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is submitted and all supporting documents are received by the Department of Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics by the appropriate deadline.
Anyone who applies by the Dec. 15th deadline is automatically considered for financial assistance. All materials on the application page including recommendation letters must be on file by Dec. 15th to be considered.
We will start notifying applicants in mid-February and continue to do so until the admissions committee has made all of their decisions. All applicants are notified by e-mail. If your application is successful, the Graduate School will notify you that you have been recommended for admission.
If you are accepted, we will inform you of the information we need and send you the necessary forms. Do not send financial statements in advance.
Applicants receiving an offer of admission will also receive from the Graduate School Admissions Office a request to complete an Enrollment Form. Once the Enrollment Form is complete you will be eligible to register for classes. We appreciate notification via email as well.
No, once you are denied for one program, we will not consider you for another.
We understand that plans may change and you may decide to attend the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM) for a semester other than the one for which you were admitted. Common reasons for deferral are for work, travel, military service, religious observance, medical reasons, or some other extraordinary opportunity. If you wish to join AEM in a future term, please read the following information carefully:
An offer of admission to the Graduate School is made only for the upcoming academic year. Acceptance of the offer is generally not deferred; however, the Graduate School permits academic departments to recommend admission deferrals on a case-by-case basis.
You may defer your enrollment for up to one academic year, if requested before the start of the term for which you originally applied. If you need to defer your entry term beyond one year, you must reapply at that time. Please note that you may NOT defer for more than one academic year (e.g. from Fall 2019 to Spring 2021) and that any financial offer you receive with your initial admission offer will not carry over, but will be considered for the new entry date. Also please be aware that the AEM department strongly suggests new students begin Fall semester.
Deferred students may not enroll at another college or university or in a program that grants college credit without prior approval from the AEM Director of Graduate Studies. Students will need to provide a transcript for any courses they may have taken. (Not providing this information could be considered scholastic dishonesty).
Deferrals require approval by the departmental graduate program and the Graduate School.
**If the deferral is approved, you must reapply for any scholarships, financial aid, graduate assistantships, or other opportunities that were offered for the original admission.
To request a deferral the student must:
Complete the deferral form (preferable via: Google Form but a PDF version is also available if necessary)
Submit the deferral form 1 month prior to the first day of classes of the original term of admission for review and approval by the AEM Department and the Graduate School. Please be aware that the review process can take up to two weeks. Individuals will be notified of the decision by the Graduate Program Coordinator."
AEM Graduate Admission Deferral Request - https://forms.gle/NvfWZ4Y5Rk2YExZy8