College Policies (Graduate Handbook)
The College of Engineering offers graduate programs in bioengineering, chemical, civil and environmental, computer science and engineering, electrical, general, and industrial and mechanical engineering. In addition, and jointly with the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, the College of Engineering also offers a graduate program in biomedical engineering. Requirements for the engineering graduate programs are identified below. In addition, students should be familiar with the general College of Graduate Studies requirements.
The graduate program is open to all qualified individuals with a bachelor of science (B.S.)/master of science (M.S.) in engineering. Applicants should have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in previous undergraduate work and at least 3.3 in previous graduate work. Students with a degree in another field may be eligible for admission, provided they meet the minimum background requirement, which includes two years of calculus through differential equations and one year of engineering physics. In some cases, other prerequisite courses may be required. Course credits for meeting undergraduate prerequisites are not applied toward the graduate degree.
An applicant for admission must do the following:
- Submit a completed application for admission to the College of Graduate Studies.
- Submit the application for graduate assistantship to the College of Graduate Studies.
- Submit a complete financial statement (for international students).
- Pay the relevant application fee.
- Submit three letters of recommendation.
- Submit a statement of purpose on the application and indicate those areas of engineering in which the applicant is interested.
- Submit official transcripts of all previous college-level work.
- Submit scores of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), if required.
- All students from non-English speaking countries must submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 550 (for paper-based test) or 213 (for computer-based test) or 80 (for internet-based test).
The above documentation should be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies. Admission to the graduate program is contingent on the availability of openings for incoming students. To receive full consideration for financial support starting from the fall semester, the application should be received by March 15. Normally, however, all applications are considered as they are received. Because of the sequential nature of courses, full-time students are admitted for the fall semester of the academic year. Please be advised that only complete application files will be considered.