Frequently Asked Questions
- Where are the department's offices?
- How do I apply to the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program?
- How do I apply to the Mechanical Engineering Graduate program?
- Can I transfer into the Undergraduate Program?
- Where do I learn about degree requirements?
- What if I want to visit the Watson School?
- Is graduate admission ultimately decided by the Graduate School or by the department? And do I need to send one package of application materials to the grad school and another to the department separately when I apply?
- What are the exam requirements for international students? What is an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score?
- I'm an international student, but I will be receiving an undergraduate degree from a U.S. school. Am I required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores?
- What proportion of the TOEFL and GRE scores do you take into consideration during the admission process. Are they decisive?
- Is GPA a decisive factor? Will you even consider an applicant whose GPA is below your requirement?
- Do you consider the reputation of applicant's undergraduate university? Is it important?
- What kind of applicant background is competitive? High test scores, research experiences or something else?
- What percentage of your students are international students?
- What about the financial aid for master's students? As far as I know, few master's students can get financial support.
- What about the job opportunities after graduation?
- When does the 2010 fall application process start?
The Mechanical Engineering Department's main office is housed in the R-Pod, which is on the third floor of the Engineering Building at Binghamton University. Mechanical Engineering faculty member offices are located in either the R-Pod or the adjoining S-Pod on the third floor.
The University's application process for undergraduate students is fairly straightforward. The University's application forms are available online. Forms can be printed and submitted via mail or application can be made online.
Undergraduate Admissions Office
PO Box 6001
Binghamton, NY 13902-6001
If you have questions, feel free to contact the Watson School Student Services Office at 607-777-6203.
Application Codes - When completing the University's application forms, the following codes are used to represent the Watson undergraduate programs.
- 0268 Mechanical Engineering
We accept applications to our graduate program on a rolling basis. Suggested submission deadlines are February 1 for fall; November 1 for spring and March 1 for summer admission. International applicants should submit materials at least two weeks earlier.
A complete application packet includes:
- application and application fee
- official transcripts
- two letters of recommendation
- personal statement
- official Graduate Record Examination (GRE test scores)
- additional requirements for international students: Certification of sufficient funds
TOEFL score for all international students whose native language is not English
Non-matriculated Students - It is possible to take graduate courses without applying to a graduate degree program. An application is required, and there is a $25 fee. Proof of baccalaureate degree in the form of a final, official transcript is required by the Graduate School. The attached file (.pdf,53)kb (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader - get free download) must be completed and submitted to the Graduate School. Applications are accepted during the registration periods for the semester of course offering (see academic calendar for registration dates).
Distance Delivery: Even if you are unable to come to the University for classes, you
might consider taking graduate courses through the Watson School's EngiNet distance learning program.
To request an application or apply online, visit the Binghamton University Graduate School website. A non-refundable fee of $60 for electronic and $75 for paper applications should accompany your application.
For more information about graduate admissions to Binghamton University, contact:
Graduate Admissions Office
P.O. Box 6000
Binghamton, New York 13902-6000
Phone: (607) 777-2234
Yes - The University's application process for transfer undergraduate students is fairly straightforward. Application forms are available online. Forms can be printed and submitted via mail or applications can be made online.
Undergraduate Admissions Office
PO Box 6001
Binghamton, NY 13902-6001
If you have questions, feel free to contact the Watson School Student Services Offices (Phone 607-777-6203 ).
Application Codes - In completing the University's application forms, the following codes are used to represent the Watson undergraduate programs.
- 0268 Mechanical Engineering
After a transfer student is approved for admission into the Watson School, the content of courses that he or she has taken is evaluated and converted into the appropriate Watson School major. This process takes place before the student arrives for orientation. A two-year Associate of Science in Engineering science degree, or equivalent work, will transfer in as 60 credit package and junior-level status.
You're encouraged to visit the campus if you are interested in attending the Watson School. You are welcome to join group information sessions and student-guided tours of the campus held on most weekdays and selected Saturdays during the academic year. These sessions cover general information about admissions, academic and campus life, housing and the surrounding community. We encourage you to phone 607-777-2171 at least one week in advance of to be sure that a session will be scheduled for the day that you choose to visit.
Each fall the Admissions Office and individual Binghamton University schools host an open house for all interested potential applicants and their families. Each spring open houses are offered for all admitted freshmen and their families. These events provide general campus information as well as focused sessions on the Watson School, with the opportunity to meet faculty and staff representing your intended major. Check out the visiting campus section of the University's website for more information about visiting our campus.
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For everything that you ever wanted to know about undergraduate admission, visit our Undergraduate Admissions website.
For more information on how to apply for graduate studies, visit the Graduate School's website, and you are encouraged to check the special FAQ - Graduate section below.
FAQ for Prospective Graduate Students
Is graduate admission ultimately decided by the Graduate School or by the department? And do I need to send one package of application materials to the grad school and another to the department separately when I apply?
The department decides. You should send only one package directly to the Graduate School, which will organize the application materials and send them to us.
What are the exam requirements for international students? What is an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score?
Exam requirements and acceptable scores for international students can be found on the Graduate School website.
I'm an international student, but I will be receiving an undergraduate degree from a U.S. school. Am I required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores?
The TOEFL/IELTS score is not required if you have received a degree from a U.S. institution or if you have received a degree from an institution in a country whose native language is English.
What proportion of the TOEFL and GRE scores do you take into consideration during the admission process. Are they decisive?
All factors are taken into consideration, including TOEFL and GRE scores. Strength in other areas can compensate for low test scores. There are minimum required TOEFL scores. Although there is no firm minimum required score on the GRE, successful applicants typically have a score of 700 or higher on the Quantitative part of the GRE. Slightly lower scores may be accepted if the applicant is strong in other aspects (e.g., good course grades and/or strong research experience).
All factors are taken into consideration, including GPA. Strength in other areas can compensate for low GPA. We pay particular attention to your academic performance in the key courses in Mechanical Engineering; grades in junior-level and senior-level courses tend to be weighted most heavily.
Yes, it is important and we consider the reputation of an applicant's undergraduate university
What kind of applicant background is competitive? High test scores, research experiences or something else?
It is difficult to isolate a single factor; they are all important.
Roughly 60 percent are international students.
What about the financial aid for master's students? As far as I know, few master's students can get financial support.
Some master's students can receive financial support, usually as a teaching assistant (TA), and sometimes as a research project assistant (RPA). Exceptional academic performance, high test scores and research experience can increase your chances of receiving support.
Job opportunities depend heavily on many external factors (e.g., the economy, the particular area of specialization, the student's job search skills, etc.) so it is hard to give precise information on this. Graduates from our master's and PhD programs have been successful getting job offers from both large and small employers throughout the U.S. For additional information, consider conducting an Internet search or contacting the Mechanical Engineering Program's Director of Graduate Studies Junghyun Cho.
We begin looking at fall 2010 applications in November 2009. Deadline for funding consideration would be January 15, 2010.