Students are admitted only for the academic year beginning in September; the deadline for applications is December 15. Applicants for graduate study are strongly urged to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores with their applications.
Applicants whose first language or native language is not English are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores with their applications.
Applicants are asked to select from the following areas of specialization:
- Fluid Mechanics, Propulsion and Bio-Inspired Design
- Solid Mechanics and Materials
- Space Engineering
All applications must be submitted on-line via the Graduate Admissions website. All qualified applicants will be considered; the Institute takes care to consider all qualified women and members of minority groups.
Fellowships and Financial Support
Each year, GALCIT awards several graduate fellowships, primarily to entering master's degree candidates with the potential for doctoral study. Fellowships normally provide full tuition and a substantial living-expense stipend for one academic year (Fall, Winter, and Spring terms). Admission and financial aid are considered separately; some students may be admitted without financial aid.
Fellowship awards are based solely on an evaluation of the graduate school application, and no additional forms are required for consideration. There is a box on the application form that you may check if you wish to be considered for financial aid; those who check "yes" and whose applications are complete by our aid deadline will be considered for fellowship support. Fellowship awards are generally announced by March 15 of each year, with a reply deadline of April 15. Please visit the Financial Support section of the Graduate Admissions website for further information.
The admissions committee views positively any attempts by applicants to secure financial support from outside sources, e.g. government fellowships, industry, etc. There are a number of outside fellowships available to U.S. citizens including the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, the Department of Defense Fellowships (Office of Naval Research Graduate Fellowship Program, National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program and the USAF Laboratory Graduate Fellowship Program), the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships in the Applied Physical Sciences, and the Air Force's Palace Knight Program.