Admissions

Admissions

Thank you for your interest in the Theorectical and Applied Mechanics (TAM) program. This page contains information about application requirements and deadlines.

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Application Deadline

Recommended fall quarter: December 15

For the best chance of admission, ALL application materials should be submitted before the recommended submission deadline.

Admission Requirements

Before applying to the TAM program, please read the admission requirements detailed below.

Degree

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in engineering, but individuals with quantitatively-based degrees and/or appropriate work experience will be given serious consideration, provided certain basic engineering and science requirements are satisfied in addition to the stated requirements of the program.

Transcripts

All colleges and universities attended must be listed on the application form whether or not a degree has been awarded, or is expected to be awarded, and an unofficial transcript from each institution must be filed with the application.

Letters of Recommendation

We require three letters of recommendation from people who are able to evaluate your professional experience and your capacity for independent academic work. The recommendation letters will be used to aid in the admission decision, but they will not become part of the student's permanent file.

Test Scores

Unless a written waiver is obtained, all applicants must provide a GRE and TOEFL score. Please submit photocopies of your GRE and TOEFL score reports with your application. Official scores may be sent to Northwestern University at institution code 1565.

RESUME

You must upload a currrent resume or CV in the online application.

MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS

For the upcoming graduate admissions season, which opens on September 6, 2016, applicants hoping to enroll in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science in Fall 2017 will be able to submit applications to up to two PhD programs.  Applicants interested in this option are required to designate their first and second choice of the two PhD programs.  The fee for an application to a single program is $95; the fee for an application to two programs is $150.

The program listed as the applicant’s first choice will take precedence in admissions decisions.  The second choice program will review an applicant’s file only if the first choice program does not admit the student.

A PhD applicant may also request that her or his file be considered for a self-funded Master’s degree in the first choice fields if she/he is not admitted to the PhD Program.

Questions about the two-application process should be referred to Bruce A. Lindvall, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, at b-lindvall@northwestern.edu

APPLICATION FEE

A non-refundable $95 single-application or $150 dual-application fee is required. Payment can be made either online by a credit card or by a check payable to Northwestern University (all checks must be in U.S. funds and drawn on a U.S. bank). Payment cannot be waived or postponed.

International Students

For international students, the TOEFL score is only neccessary if you have not completed a BS or MS in the United States. The TOEFL requirement has been changed so that PhD applicants must have 90 (233 computer-based and 577 paper-based) and MS applicants must have 80 (213 computer-based and 550 paper-based) on the internet-based TOEFL.

For visa issues please contact the International Office.

If you have any additional questions about international admissions please contact Bruce Lindvall, the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies.

Additional Questions

If you have any questions about the admissions process, please review our frequently asked questions or contact Bruce Lindvall.