Consideration for Admission

Admission Deadlines

For consideration for admission, refer to the following guidelines and application deadlines. To be considered for funding, the complete application and supporting documentation must be received. As application decisions are made on a rolling basis, it is advisable to complete and submit applications a month to three weeks prior to deadline. (December 20 for Fall, etc.)

Funding TypeFallSpringSummer
MS, PHD Seeking Assistantships or Fellowships January 1 July 1 December 1 
MEN Self-funded or Sponsor Funding March 1 August 1 February 1

See the Apply Texas application portal and the Texas A&M Applicant Information System (AIS) links:

Documents Required for Application

The documents and information required for applying are listed below. 

  1. ApplyTexas application and application fee
  2. Statement of purpose
  3. GRE scores
  4. All university transcripts
  5. Resume
  6. Three letters of recommendation

Materials Necessary in Application Package

Acceptance is based on the complete application package, including:

  1. Application
  2. Transcripts / grades from other institutions
  3. Internships / work experience
  4. Previous degrees
  5. Publications (if any)
  6. GRE & TOEFL scores
  7. The Statement of Purpose essay*
  8. Resume*
  9. Online recommendation letters*

*The recommendation letters (from faculty), resume and a strong statement of purpose are especially important. Online letter requests are submitted online, separate from the application and after Texas A&M Admissions sends you a UIN identification number and instructions.

Guidelines for Admission

  • The graduate admissions committee looks for evidence of ability to excel and contribute to our research programs, along with availability of positions, facilities and faculty to accommodate students. For MS or PhD programs, a faculty advisor must be confirmed before admission is granted, so it is recommended that applicants initiate contact with the faculty of their choice during the application process. 
  • Significant consideration is given to GRE scores for student admission.  The minimum GRE for consideration is a Verbal minimum of 152 and a Quantitative minimum of 160.  The average GRE score of students admitted to our department is 321 (GRE V+Q) and most funded students are substantially higher.  
  • The minimum undergraduate GPA for consideration to enter our MS program is 3.25/4.00; the minimum undergraduate GPA to directly enter our PhD program without the MS degree is 3.50/4.00. The MEN self-funded degree program requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0.
  • When applying, it is imperative to indicate clearly the specific Aerospace Engineering area of interest you plan to pursue (Dynamics & Control, Aerodynamics & Propulsion, or Materials & Structures). Your statement of purpose essay, resume and communications with us should make clear your particular interest and your career goals. Tell us how you will fund your studies and whether you will attend if financial assistance is not available. 

Additional Guidelines for International Applicants

  1. For international students who wish to apply, proficiency in English must be verified in one of the following ways:
    • Texas A&M requires a Verbal GRE score of 146. Note: the department requires a higher minimum of 152 for Verbal GRE.
    • Required composite TOEFL score of 80 or higher. 
    • An IELTS score of at least 6.0.
    • A Master's degree from an accredited U.S. institution qualifies for alternative verification (via departmental request). 
    • Good GRE Writing scores are expected (4.5-5.0/6.0).
  2. The University does not consider a three-year international bachelor’s degree equivalent to a U.S. degree. Students must complete a one-year master’s program in addition to the three-year bachelor’s degree before they can be considered for a graduate program at Texas A&M.
  3. International Student Services (ISS) is now using the AIS (Applicant Information System) for new incoming international students to upload their required documents into the system.  Instructions on how to upload documents can be found here.

For inquiries contact:
Gail Rowe
Graduate Academic Advisor