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To be considered, applicants must have already completed the Cal State Apply ( Online Application to the University. 

Send all required documents directly to the university during this process:  (1) Official Transcripts, (2) GRE scores if available (see Question 9 below), (3) International Applicants are required to submit English Proficiency Scores (see Question 7 below), and (4) International applicants are required to submit their transcripts directly to IERF or WES for evaluation (see Question 8 below).

This supplemental application (completed by answering the questions below) is required by the Mechanical Engineering Department to gather relevant information necessary for making recommendations for admission.

Both the Cal State Apply Online Application and the supplemental application must be submitted by August 31, 2019 deadline. Note that deadlines are subject to change (to a later date) without advance notice.   For further updates on application deadlines and other admission information, please go to the Cal State LA office of Admissions website:

  1. What is your CIN?  (This is the 9-digits number you received by email a week after submitting Cal State Apply online application.  For example: (333444555)

  2. What is your name as given in the application? (Enter it as Last-Name, First-Name.  For example:  Smith, John)

  3. What is your email address?

  4. Have you previously applied for admission to Cal State LA's graduate program in Mechanical Engineering?

  5. If the answer for the above question is "Yes", indicate the Term/Year (Ex., Fall 2015) and list actions taken since your previous application (if any) and/or reason for reapplication.

  6. Are you an international student?  (Note that the international application is different than resident application on Cal State Apply.)

  7. All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English, must demonstrate competence in English.  Those who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must complete and submit satisfactory English Proficiency Exam Scores. 

    The acceptable English Language Exams are: (1) TOEFL, (2) IELTS, and  (3) PTE (you should have already seen this information while applying on Cal State Apply).   If applicable to you, indicate the score and name of the exam (for example: TOEFL score - 85)  

  8. If you have studied at an institution outside the US, you will need to have your foreign academic work evaluated by International Education Research Foundation (IERF) or World Education Services (WES) for securing admission into the program.

    • IERF - Visit  to create an online application requesting the "Detailed Report”.  The foreign evaluation fee is $165 (USD). When submitting your course work to IERF please make sure to indicate that you were referred by "CSU Los Angeles- Office of Graduate Admissions" and that you would like to have the official agency copy of the evaluation report sent directly to Cal State LA - Office of Graduate Admissions. 
    • WES - Visit to create an online application, you will need to order the course-by-course evaluation report.  The fees are $160 for the WES Basic or $205 for the WES ICAP.

    Indicate the date that you applied for IERF or WES or if you have not studied at an institution outside of the US enter Not Applicable 

    (Note: International Applicants will only be considered after we received IERF or WES report.  Ensure that you apply for IERF or WES very soon.)

  9. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not currently required.  However, your GRE scores can be considered in the admission process.

    Check the GRE details at

    If you have taken the GRE exam, provide the GRE scores (Total, Verbal, Quantitative) and the year the exam was taken.

  10. Provide the following information concerning you undergraduate degree:

    (1) Name of the discipline mentioned on the transcript (for example: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering or Bachelor of Science in Physics)

    (2) Name of the University

    (3) Dates of attendance [for example: June 2012 to May 2017 or August 2013 to December 2019 (expected date)]

  11.  Students must have a substantial background in mathematics, science, and core mechanical engineering coursework.  We consider knowledge of the following subjects to be essential preparation for our graduate program.  Indicate (click) all the categories/sequences completed in your undergraduate/bachelor's degree program.  Leave it blank (do not click) if you have not completed one or more of the courses in a category/sequence.

    Completed 3 semester-equivalent courses of Calculus (Cal State LA: MATH 2110, MATH 2120, MATH 2130)
    Completed a course in Differential Equations (Cal State LA: MATH 2150)
    Completed 2 semester-equivalent courses in General Physics (Cal State LA: PHYS 2100, or PHYS 2200)
    Completed 4 semester-equivalent courses in foundational ME coursework (Cal State LA: ME 2010 - Statics ME 2050 - Strength of Materials, ME 2070 - Material Science and Engineering, and ME 3200 - Dynamics)
    Completed 2 semester-equivalent courses in Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics (Cal State LA: ME 3030 and ME 3260)
    Completed semester-equivalent course (s) in Machine Design (Cal State LA: ME 3230) and/or Heat Transfer I (Cal State LA: ME 4061)
    Completed 1 semester Programming Course with Numerical Methods (Cal State LA: Offered as 2 courses ME 2800 (1 unit) and ME 3800 (2 units)
  12. For any background coursework categories/sequences not selected (clicked) above, specify which courses you have completed in each such category/sequence using the Cal State LA course numbers (MATH 2110, MATH 2120, MATH 2130, PHYS 2100, PHYS 2200, ME 2010, ME 2050, ME 2070, ME 2800, ME 3030, ME 3210, ME 3230, ME 3260, ME 3800 and ME 4061).

    [For example, if you have completed only the first two courses of the three semester Calculus sequence, indicate MATH 2110, MATH 2120.  Specify for all categories/sequences left unclicked.]

  13. For students who attended a university within the USA, enter the final GPA (Grade-Point-Average) as recorded on your transcripts at the end of your undergraduate program.

    For International Applicants ensure that the transcripts are submitted to IERF or WES and indicate the GPA as indicated from IERF or WES report. (for example: 3.48)

  14. Is there any additional information that can add value to this application?  (Maybe you have taken some additional courses beyond the required curriculum, passed the FE Exam, participated in engineering projects, conducted undergraduate research, obtained some certifications/advanced degrees, work experience etc.).  Be brief as your answer is limited to 100 words.