Admission to ME Programs

Applying as a pre-major in Mechanical Engineering

UNM applicants who are interested in the Mechanical Engineering major are admitted to the School of Engineering with pre-major status in Mechanical Engineering. Students in the pre-major status are required to complete specific courses with a minimum 2.75 GPA in order to be admitted into the Mechanical Engineering program.

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Applying to the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program

After being admitted as a pre-major, students must complete the following courses with a minimum GPA of 2.75 in order to be accepted into the Mechanical Engineering program.

  • Math 1512 or Math 1512 /162
  • Math 1522 or Math 1522/163
  • Chemistry 1215 + 1215L
  • Physics 1310
  • Physics 1310L
  • ME 160L
  • ENG 130L or CS 151L

After each term, once grades are officially posted through the Registrar’s office, the status of those students who have been accepted will change from pre-major to BSME.

Students will be notified that they have been officially accepted into the Mechanical Engineering program via their UNM email address. The BSME degree is a total of 124 credit hours.

Applying to the Shared Credit Program


Students apply to the shared credit program during the undergraduate junior year, one year prior to graduation from the BSME program. At least 64 credit hours need to be mathematics, science and engineering courses (ME, CE, ECE, CS, Chem, Math, Stat and Phyc) applicable to the BSME degree. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 is normally required, counting only the completed courses applicable to BSME at the time of application.

The application deadline is November 30 in the Fall semester and April 30 in the Spring semester. The departmental decision will be made by the beginning of the following semester. Admission to the graduate portion of this program is provisional, and is not finalized until the student satisfactorily completes the requirements for the BS degree.


Applying to the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program

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For domestic applicants not requesting financial aid (TA/GA only):

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: April 30

International applicants & domestic applicants requesting financial aid:

  • Fall: March 1
  • Spring: August 1
  • Summer: January 1

Required Materials

1. The GRE® General Test

2. Three Letters of Recommendation

  • UNM BSMEs with a GPA of 3.5 (or higher) on their last 60 credit hours of coursework have the option of submitting only two (2) letters of recommendation.
  • Letters must be submitted by professional references such as instructors and supervisors, not friends and relatives.
  • Letters should be submitted directly by your recommenders through the online system. Specific directions are included within the application system.

3. Statement of Intent (or Letter of Intent)

  • This document must be submitted through the online application system. The presence of overlap of an applicant's interests with the expertise of one or more of our faculty members is given a significant weight in terms of the application acceptance decision. Thus, this statement should demonstrate clear evidence of such an overlap.

4. Updated CV (Resume)

  • This document must be submitted through the online application system.

5. Official Transcripts

  • Please follow the instructions on the online application system.

6. For International Students

  • The TOEFL or IELTS score is required by the University for all international applicants. Further information and the minimum score requirements can be found at the UNM Global Education Office website.