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Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

All applications must be submitted on-line through the Graduate School. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree with an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75/4.0 and 3.0/4.0 on all previous graduate work. Individual programs may require higher GPAs. An undergraduate degree in Engineering is not required. If undergraduate degree is not in graduate major, remedial work in graduate major may be required. Application fee is $65 ($75 international). Applicants must submit official scores from the Educational Testing Service on the verbal, quantitative and analytical portions of the GRE. Domestic applications must be submitted no later than one month prior to the beginning of the term. International applications must be received by March 15 (Fall semester admission) and August 22 (Spring semester admission). Some graduate programs have earlier application deadlines. Admitted students must submit official transcripts before enrollment can be finalized. Three letters of recommendation, resume, and statement of research interests are required and must be submitted on-line through the Graduate School.

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Students are admitted by the Graduate School with recommendations from the Director of Graduate Studies in a particular discipline. Contact Director of Graduate Studies for specific program requirements. Additional information available at

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550 (paper based) 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based). The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. Submitted scores must be no more than two years old. Official language score must be sent directly by the reporting agency. Applicants must also submit a Financial Certificate for International Applicants. International application fee is $75. Applications must be received by March 15 (Fall semester admission) and August 22 (Spring semester admission).

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Same as for resident students

Residency Requirements

MS Degree: There is no Graduate School-wide sustained residence requirement for master’s degrees at the University of Kentucky. A final exam (oral and/or written) is given to all candidates for master’s degrees. Students have 6 years to complete all requirements for the degree. Extensions may be requested.
PhD Degree: Students must complete the equivalent of two years of residency (36 credit hours) prior to the qualifying exam and one year of post-qualifying residency. Pre-qualifying residency: Students must complete 36 credit hours of graduate coursework (some programs require more than 36 hours) within five years of enrollment. Extensions may be requested. Post-qualifying residency: Students must remain enrolled in 767-Dissertation Residency Credit every fall and spring semester until the dissertation is completed and defended. All degree requirements for the PhD must be completed within five years following the successful completion of the qualifying exam. Extensions may be requested.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Upon request of the DGS, a total of 9 hours (or 25% of regular course degree requirements) may be transferred into a master's degree program or to fulfill doctoral pre-qualifying residency requirement. The doctoral transfer policy would NOT apply in cases where a prior master’s degree is being used to satisfy 18 hours of the pre‐qualifying residency requirement. Additional rules apply. See Graduate School Bulletin for specifics.