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Explore Graduate School with MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering

Launched in 2020 by MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Futures in Mechanical Engineering program encourages and supports individuals interested in pursuing a graduate degree in mechanical engineering; particularly those who have historically been underrepresented in our field. 

Each year we share information about our graduate program and advice on how to apply via virtual event(s) and timely emails. Prospective undergraduate students in mechanical engineering are invited to utilize the resources on this site and join our email list to receive a small number of emails in advance of our Graduate Application Deadline which is December 15, 2023.

While we will share information about MIT’s mechanical engineering graduate program in particular, our goal is to encourage more women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue advanced degrees in mechanical engineering across the board.

Connect with MIT Mechanical Engineering

The MIT Mechanical Engineering Graduate Office provides comprehensive support for prospective students. The MechE Graduate Webpage and the “Applying for Admissions” page are key resources for prospective students.

Our Graduate Office Team Dan Shea, Una Sheehan, Saana McDaniel (Graduate Academic Administrator), and Laura Zaganjori (not pictured) are always happy to answer any questions as you prepare to apply to our program.

Contact the Grad Office team at

MIT’s Virtual Graduate Fair: November 15, 2023

MIT Virtual Graduate Fair

Wednesday, November 15, 2023, noon-2:00pm EDT


MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering is one of many departments participating in the first annual “MIT Virtual Graduate Fair” sponsored by the Office of Graduate Education. Tap into the Mind + Heart of MIT and join us for a virtual showcase of MIT’s graduate programs, summer research and post doctoral opportunities!

On-Demand Video Resources

Video On-Demand: Overview of Graduate School at MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering

Not sure if graduate school in mechanical engineering (or MIT specifically) is right for you? In this video, Dr. Dawn Wendell shares about the structure and supports of the MIT Mechanical Engineering graduate program and reflections on why one might choose to pursue graduate school.

Video On-Demand: Strategies for Grad School and Fellowship Applications

Are you seeking advice on how to develop the content and structure of your application to graduate school or graduate fellowships? In this video, Dr. Svetlana Boriskina, Principal Research Scientist and Manager of the MechE Communications Lab shares insights from her vast experience advising students in this area.