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


Application Deadline

Recommended fall quarter: December 31

For the best chance of admission, ALL application materials should be submitted as soon as possible to complete your application file. Test scores and recommendations can be added after the deadline.

Admission Requirements

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


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.


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 two 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

The GRE is not required or used in 2024 admissions. International applicants must submit IELTS or TOEFL scores unless a waiver has been granted. Unofficial score reports should be uploaded with the application.


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

Application Fee

A non-refundable $95 single-application is required. Payment is made online by credit card or debit card.

International Students

For international students, the TOEFL score is only necessary if you have not completed a BS or MS where English is the language of instruction for all programs at the university. 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.

Upon admission, students are directed to the I-20 process.

Additional Questions

If you have any additional questions about international admissions please contact Elizabeth Rentfro.