MAE Undergraduate Admissions

Prospective Students

Prospective Student Handbook for students interested in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department

Q&A Triton Day 2020 (may also answer questions for any interested students)

The Irwin and Joan Jacobs School of Engineering at UCSD comprise the Departments of Bioengineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NanoEngineering, and Structural Engineering. The Jacobs School is directed by the Dean of Engineering.

Students who already hold a bachelor's degree are not eligible for a second bachelor's degree at UCSD.

Note:   Admission decisions are done at the campus level by the Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools and not with the MAE department.

For all questions related to general admission to UCSD, please contact the UCSD Admissions Office directly.

Due to high demand, ALL engineering majors at the Jacobs School have been designated as oversubscribed and have been granted capped status.

1. Mechanical Engineering (Effective Fall 2009 for freshmen. Effective Fall 2011 for transfers.)
2. Aerospace Engineering (Effective Fall 2009 for freshmen. Effective Fall 2011 for transfers.)
3. Environmental Engineering (Effective Fall 2014 for freshmen. Effective Fall 2015 for transfers.)

Unfortunately, this means that many qualified, exceptional students will not receive admission into an engineering major.

Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students

Acceptance into a capped engineering major is based on academic excellence demonstrated in high school. Acceptance will be granted to the maximum number of students in each of the capped majors consistent with maintaining acceptable program quality and in compliance with admissions procedures and criteria approved by the Academic Senate's Committee on Educational Policy. Admission is granted by the Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools and not the individual departments.

Note:   Admission decisions are done at the campus level by the Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools.  All engineering departments at UC San Diego have capped status as of Fall 2015. In the MAE department, we have had capped status since 2009. Unfortunately, this means that many qualified, exceptional students will not receive admission into an engineering major. Furthermore, to ensure fairness and integrity of the admissions process, we cannot make independent decisions for individual cases.

Welcome Week Orientation. It is very important that all incoming students attend the MAE Orientation for new students held each fall. This will give students an overview of the department and the college system at UCSD. New students will hear about the dates and times for the MAE Orientation in the Welcome letter they receive from us in August.

Please click here to view the 2021 Orientation Video.

 

Freshmen Student Admissions

Your application and admission to UCSD is handled by the Office of Admissions and not the department. You will be admitted to UCSD before you will be admitted into the Jacobs School of Engineering and the MAE department. Be sure to indicate on your application that your first choice of major is within our department.

Transfer Student Admissions

Your application and admission to UCSD is handled by the Office of Admissions and not the department. You will be admitted to UCSD before you will be admitted into the Jacobs School of Engineering and the MAE department. Be sure to indicate on your application that your first choice of major is within our department.

Transfer Admissions Guide

You will be admitted to UCSD before you will be admitted into the Jacobs School of Engineering and the MAE department. Be sure to indicate on your application that your first choice of major is within our department (see our list of majors).

Following California's Master Plan for Higher Education, the Jacobs School of Engineering gives high priority to students transferring from California community colleges.

It is highly recommended that transfer students complete the following courses for engineering majors.

  • Calculus I (Math 20A)
  • Calculus II (Math 20B)
  • Calculus and Analytic Geometry (Math 20C)
  • Differential Equations (Math 20D)
  • Linear Algebra (Math 18)
  • Calculus-based physics series with lab experience (Physics 2ABC)
  • General Chemistry (Chemistry 6A)
  • Highest level of introductory computer programming language course offered at the community college

Double Majors

It is the policy of the Jacobs School of Engineering not to approve double majors within engineering. The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering supports that policy.

 

Applying to a Capped Major as a Continuing UCSD Student

Continuing students who wish to apply to an MAE major must complete at least one year of academic study at UC San Diego. The application for continuing undergraduate students to change their major to Mechanical or Aerospace opens once per year in June. Students will only be allowed to apply to one engineering major per application period. NOTE: All screening courses must be completed before the application period.

  • Students can choose a Mechanical Engineering major with a specialization now or they can choose Mechanical Engineering and choose a specialization later if they are accepted into the major.
  • Continuing student applications will no longer be accepted for Environmental Engineering.

The 2022 application period will open on Thursday, June 16, 2022 and close on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 11:59PM

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the MAE Department will be unable to admit the normal number of non-majors to the Mechanical Engineering major or its specializations (MC27, MC30, MC31, MC32, MC33, or MC34) through the continuing student admissions cycle in summer 2021 and summer 2022. Students should seriously consider applying to other departments as the likelihood of admission to these majors is lower than normal.

Decisions are typically emailed to students approximately 2 weeks after the application deadline via the VAC. Students MUST accept or decline their offer via the VAC. Missing the deadline is considered a decline.

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Freshmen Applicants:
Freshmen have two chances to apply. They can first apply in summer after their first year at UCSD. To be eligible to apply, they need to have completed the following 6 courses:
    -MATH 20A, 20B and 20C
    -PHYS 2A and 2B (or 4A and 4B)
    -CHEM 6A

Freshmen can apply again in summer after their second year at UCSD. There will be no more chances to apply after this second application period. To be eligible to apply, they need to have completed the following 11 courses:
    -MATH 20A, 20B, 20C, 20D, 20E and MATH 18
    -PHYS 2A, 2B, and 2C* (or 4A, 4B, and 4C)
    -CHEM 6A
    -MAE 8 (or CENG/NANO 15 or SE 9)

Transfer Applicants:
Transfer students have one chance to apply: summer after their first year at UCSD. To be eligible to apply, they need to have completed the following 11 courses:
    -MATH 20A, 20B, 20C, 20D, 20E and MATH 18
    -PHYS 2A, 2B, and 2C* (or 4A, 4B, and 4C)
    -CHEM 6A
    -MAE 8 (or CENG/NANO 15 or SE 9)

*We recommend that students applying to Aerospace Engineering take PHYS 2CL concurrently with PHYS 2C. 2CL is not required for admission to the major, but it is required for the degree, and it is a prerequisite for upper division courses in the major.

Students who have credit for one or more screening courses through AP credit do not need to retake these courses at UCSD. The application will show that the student has AP credit for that screening course and no letter grade will be associated with that course on the application.

There are no further requirements for the capped major application other than completion of the screening courses.

Students considering applying to one of our majors should take all screening courses for a letter grade. 

The following graphs represent the number of students who apply to our programs through the continuing student admissions process compared to the number of students who are offered admission each year.