The Department of Mechanical Engineering shares the same policy for admission with the entire School of Engineering and Computer Science. The admission policy is as follows:

Undergraduate Program Admission

Prospective students should submit an application, an official transcript of the secondary school record and character recommendations from the school principal or counselor. An applicant must be a graduate of a secondary school or have equivalent credentials. The secondary school program should consist of at least 15 units including the following minimum units: English, 3; algebra, 2; geometry, 1; trigonometry, 1; history, or civics, 1; and science, 2. A unit represents one year of study in any subject in a secondary school.

Applicants must furnish the results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I and II in Mathematics). Admission is based on an evaluation of the academic record, test scores and letters of recommendation. Transfer students must have completed at least 12 semester hours of course work including mathematics and science. International applicants must submit a transcript of all work taken at other institutions (secondary and collegiate) and must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a cumulative score of 550 or better.

Graduate Program Admission

Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation, a statement of interest, official transcript(s) delivered and/or mailed in a sealed envelope by the Registrar of the college/university attended, and the most recent Graduate Record Examination scores.

Master of Engineering
Students admitted to the program normally will have completed a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely allied field (Physics, Mathematics, or Electrical Engineering other engineering disciplines). There is no single criterion for admission; consideration is given to all aspects of an applicant’s academic and/or career history, grades, recommendations, special examinations, and other sources of information. Students having less than a 3.0 out of a 4.0 undergraduate cumulative average may be admitted provisionally for one semester provided there is other evidence of aptitude for further study.

Doctor of Philosophy
Highly qualified applicants holding a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in Engineering, Physical Sciences, or Mathematics, from a nationally accredited institution or applicants with equivalent qualifications from foreign institutions are eligible for admission into the Mechanical Engineering doctoral program. Applicants with inadequate preparation in their major field of study will be required to take the necessary undergraduate courses to remove any deficiencies. The departmental Executive and Graduate Program Committees will act upon other special cases on an individual basis.

Residence Requirements : Students must complete a minimum of six semesters of full-time residence, or the equivalent, beyond the bachelor’s degree, of which at least four must be completed in the Graduate School of Howard University. Two of the four semesters must be consecutive. At least nine credit hours per semester constitute full-time study.

To obtain information on applications, tuition, financial aid, or housing, visit the web site for the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences (CEACS) Office of Student Services.

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Department of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences
Howard University
2300 Sixth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059

Phone: (202) 806-6600
Fax: (202) 483-1396

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