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Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Admission & Registration Information -

The UNLV Graduate College welcomes applicants from all over the nation and the world to join our community of scholars. Our more than 130 graduate programs provide an outstanding opportunity for advanced study in numerous areas of research and creative activity. Admission to the Graduate College at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is competitive. The rules and criteria established by the Board of Regents, University, Graduate College, and individual graduate programs determine admissibility. Applicants must meet minimum admissions requirements as established by the Graduate College; once they do so, the graduate program makes their final recommendations on admission based on the application materials required by the department.

The Graduate College processes applications and supporting materials as they are received. Application deadlines vary by department; applicants should contact the department where they are seeking admission to get this information. In consultation with the Graduate College, departments have the right to establish additional admission standards and criteria. It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the appropriate department for information on additional departmental admission requirements. Please note that applicants must submit admissions materials to both the Graduate College and their graduate program of interest simultaneously in order to apply for admission. The process below describes the Graduate College requirements; please also follow the requirements, guidelines and deadlines of your degree program of interest.

UNLV is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504 institution. All qualified applicants to the Graduate College, and admitted students, will receive equal consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or covered US veteran status.

Admission Requirements:

While each graduate program has unique admissions standards, the Graduate College has set minimum standards for admission. All advanced degree and certificate program applicants must meet these eligibility requirements to be considered for admission.

1. Bachelor’s Degree â€" You must hold a four-year baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution or an approved equivalent.

2. Grade Point Average â€" You must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 (4.00=A) for the bachelor’s degree or a minimum 3.00 (4.00=A) for the last two years (60 semester hours).

3. Additional Factors â€" Factors that may also be considered by the academic department to which you are applying include test scores (like the GRE or GMAT), the type of course work completed during undergraduate studies, letters of recommendation, and any other supporting documents you may be asked to submit for your application.

4. Transcripts â€" All applicants are required to submit a transcript from each postsecondary institution attended, showing all degrees and coursework, the dates awarded, and grades received. If the institution is outside the U.S. a foreign credential evaluation may be required.

Credentials not in English must be accompanied by an English translation certified as true by a university official, an official representative of a United States embassy or consulate, the United States Information Service, the United States Education Foundation, or an approved professional translating service. Notarized copies of originals or translations are not considered official.

Please note that the aforementioned requirements are the minimum requirements set by The Graduate College. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission decisions are based on applicants meeting the minimum Graduate College requirements and a more extensive departmental review, using a combination of factors, including academic degrees and records, the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores, and relevant work experience.

Please review the Graduate Catalog to learn more.
Students requiring an F-1 visa to study in the United States, please visit Graduate International Admissions.

http://www.unlv.edu/graduatecollege/become-a-grad-student



Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

The UNLV Graduate College is in charge of all applications processing and evaluation. You should follow the UNLV Graduate College procedures. You may also apply for assistantship, which is separate from the application for admission to our graduate program. Applications for assistantship are evaluated separately from applications for admission. Offers of teaching assistantships (TAs) are made by the department chair and depend upon availability of funds and merit. Research assistantships (RAs) are offered by faculty who have funded research projects. Admission to the graduate program does not mean that an assistantship will be offered by default.

Documents Required by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
1. One official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended. Only transcripts sent directly from the institution are considered.
2. Letters of recommendation (two for M.S. and three for Ph.D. applicants).
3. One-page statement indicating the reasons why you wish to earn a M.S. or Ph.D. degree.
4. GRE General test scores taken in the last five years (combined verbal and quantitative GRE score of at least 300 on the new test and GRE analytical writing score of at least 3 - or 1000 on all GRE exams taken before August 2011).
Documents Required by the Graduate College:
1. A complete application form and a non-refundable fee.
2. One official transcript of each post-secondary institution attended. International students must submit official copies of transcripts translated in English. Only transcripts sent directly from the institution to the UNLV Graduate College are considered.
3. Official TOEFL or Michigan Test Scores (only if English is not native language) taken in the last two years or bachelor degree is from an English speaking country).
4. High School Leaving Certificate (for international students only)

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering -
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNLV offers a number of program degree options leading to the Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) - Electrical Engineering. Specific areas of study that are currently available include Communications, Computer Engineering, Control System Theory, Electromagnetics and Optics, Electronics, Power Systems, Signal Processing, and Solid State Materials and Devices. The following degree options are available: M.S.E. - Electrical Engineering with thesis option, M.S.E. â€" Electrical Engineering with course only option, M.S.E. â€" Electrical Engineering Integrated BS-MS track option, and M.S.E. â€" Electrical Engineering dual degree option. The M.S.E. â€" Electrical Engineering thesis option culminates with a thesis which prepares the student for a Ph.D. experience if higher education is desired. The course only option is a final advanced professional degree option culminating with a comprehensive exam that must be passed in the student’s specialty area. The Integrated BS-MS track option is for UNLV graduates who excel in their ECE UNLV undergraduate programs wanting to attain a M.S.E. or Ph.D. degree at UNLV in ECE with the thesis option. The dual degree program allows the student to complete a M.S.E. â€" Electrical Engineering degree and a Masters of Science in Mathematics degree jointly [Refer to Dual Degree: Master of Science in Engineering â€" Electrical Engineering and Master of Science â€" Mathematical Sciences].

To be considered for admission to the M.S.E. program, an applicant must:

1. Have a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering or a closely related discipline.
a. Applicants who possess a bachelor’s degree in a closely related discipline, such as physics or mathematics, may be admitted on conditional and/or provisional status. These students will be required to complete certain undergraduate and/or graduate courses before they can attain regular status. The graduate committee determines these courses on an individual basis.
b. Graduates with degrees in engineering technology ordinarily have an inadequate background to be admitted to the graduate program.
2. Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (A=4.00) for their bachelor’s degree. Applicants who have an overall GPA below 3.00 must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores {scaled score and percentile score in quantitative, verbal reasoning, and analytical writing} to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. These applicants may be admitted subject to the discretion and possible further requirements of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Committee. Applicants who want to be considered for an assistantship, or who feel that their GRE scores will enhance their chances for admission, are strongly encouraged to submit GRE scores.
3. Submit GRE scaled and percentile scores in quantitative, verbal reasoning, and analytical writing to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering if the applicant did not obtain his bachelor’s degree from an ABET accredited institution, if the applicant is interested in a teaching assistantship, or if the applicant received a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering more than five years prior to the first day of the first semester of the degree program applied for. Interpretation of the scores is at the discretion of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Committee. (An applicant possessing a bachelor’s degree from an ABET accredited institution within the past five years is not required to submit GRE scores.)
4. Submit a completed application prior to the department’s admission deadline.
a. Completed online application.
b. Submit official transcripts of all college-level work to the Graduate College.
c. Submit an additional set of transcripts of all college-level work directly to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
d. Submit a one page written statement of purpose indicating the applicant’s research interests, motivations, and objectives.
i. In the statement of purpose, the applicant must explicitly identify his/her areas of interest from the following list of areas offered at UNLV in the ECE Department: Communications, Computer Engineering, Control Systems, Electromagnetics and Optics, Electronics, Power Systems, Signal Processing, and Solid State Materials and Devices (which includes Nanotechnology).
ii .Applicants are required to account for all time beyond the Bachelor degree indicating how they have developed professionally.
iii. Applicants transferring from other graduate programs must justify why they are leaving that program to join our program.
iv. Applicants receiving grades less than B in a graduate course elsewhere may not be admitted to the graduate program without a well-justified explanation. Poor performance in course work in the program that the student is transferring from may be a cause for denial of admission. It will be the graduate committee’s discretion whether to allow or deny admission.
e. Submit three dated letters of recommendation concerning the applicant’s potential for succeeding in the graduate program. If the applicant has attended a university or is currently enrolled in a program beyond the bachelor degree, then the letters of recommendation should be solicited from that university or program. If the applicant has been out of school for an extended period of time, then letters should be solicited from the professional community that can comment on the applicant’s technical background and/or from the applicant’s most recent academic institution. Letters of recommendation written beyond a six-month period prior to applying for admission to our graduate program will not be accepted. Strong letters of recommendation illustrate technical talent and professional accomplishments beyond the grade point average or course grade. The graduate committee is interested in the applicant’s technical, conceptual, verbal, ethical, and social skills. The graduate committee is interested in the applicant’s ability to perform research with evidence to substantiate claims made. Note that letters from professors that casually know the applicant will not help in the admission process.
f. Application deadlines are February 1st for admission in the fall of the same year and October 1st for admission in the spring of the subsequent year.
5. Before international applicants can be considered for admission, the Graduate College requires that all international applicants take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and obtain a minimum score of 550 or 85 on the Michigan Test. Students whose first language is not English may be required to take and pass the English as a Second Language Placement Test upon arrival at UNLV. If necessary, they will be required to take English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at UNLV.
6. All domestic and international applicants must review and follow the Graduate College Admission and Registration Requirements.

The Integrated BS-MS Track program allows select UNLV undergraduates to pursue the Electrical Engineering M.S.E. degree at UNLV. The program provides an opportunity for those undergraduates who have taken either 9, 6, or 3 graduate-level electrical and computer engineering course credits applied toward their undergraduate electrical/computer engineering degrees, to complete the respectively corresponding M.S. in Engineering with a total of either 21, 24, or 27 as opposed to the 30 credits required for Thesis Track. Students admitted to the Integrated BS-MS Track program are required to write a thesis.

To be considered for admission to the Integrated BS-MS Track, an applicant must:

1. Have a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 (A = 4.00) for their B.S. degree in electrical engineering or computer engineering at UNLV.
2. Have completed up to a maximum of 9 credits of formal Graduate College curriculum approved 600/700 level courses (which excludes informal courses such as Graduate Independent Study, Graduate Seminar, and Special Topics) which were applied towards the student’s B.S. degree. Each graduate level course must have been completed with a minimum grade of B (3.0).


Master of Science in Computer Science:

Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate College:

1. An application and official transcripts of all college level work with a minimum GPA of 3.00.
2. Two letters of recommendation concerning the student’s potential for succeeding in the graduate program.
3. Another set of official transcripts.
4. The results of the Graduate Record Examination current to within five years should be sent directly to the school.
5. In addition, applicants must have completed courses and their prerequisites equivalent to our undergraduate Programming Languages CS 326), Operating Systems (CS 370), Discrete Mathematics II (MATH 351), and Statistical Methods I (STAT 411) with an average grade of B or better.
6. The Computer Science Admission Committee may elect to admit an outstanding applicant who has not satisfied all of the background requirements on a conditional basis.
7. All domestic and international applicants must review and follow the Graduate College Admission and Registration Requirements.

The student must complete these requirements before full admission to the program is granted.

Students who have not completed all the following courses (or equivalent courses) as part of their bachelor’s degree may be required to complete them as a condition of their admission. If taken as part of their master’s degree program, these courses may count toward the 30 credits required.

CS 656 - Automata and Formal Languages

CS 677 - Analysis of Algorithms

CS 660 - Compiler Construction

Students are accepted into a degree program as described in the Graduate Catalog. The faculty and corresponding sub-disciplines and sub-plans within the described programs are subject to change at any time.

Master of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering -
Applications available on the UNLV Graduate College website.

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate College, an applicant for the M.S. program must complete the following requirements:

1. Applicants must complete the on-line process in the Grad Rebel Gateway system.
2. In addition to the required information in the general Grad Rebel Gateway application system, the Mechanical Engineering Department has two additional requirements which can also be submitted in the Grad Rebel Gateway system as optional items. Electronic submission is the preferred method. If these items are not completed in the Grad Rebel Gateway system before you finish and make payment, you cannot go back and do them electronically afterward. In this case, you must mail hard copies to the Mechanical Engineering Department. The two items are:
a. A written statement of purpose indicating interests and objectives in working toward a M.S. degree.
b. Two letters of recommendation. There is no specified format. Your references should point out the qualifications that make you a good candidate for admission.
3. The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a closely related discipline. Students with non-engineering backgrounds will be required to complete a set of course work requirements that will assure successful completion of the M.S. specialization and qualify the student to sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. The Graduate Program Committee (GPC) will decide upon special cases.
4. The applicant must submit his/her official copy of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores. To be admitted to the graduate program in Mechanical Engineering, the applicant must be at or above the 75 percentile range (of the group taking the GRE when the applicant takes the exam) in the quantitative reasoning section of the exam. If the applicant is less than 75 percent, at the discretion of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the applicant may be provisionally admitted to the graduate program with the requirement that he/she retake the GRE during the first semester after admission. If the applicant fails to retake the GRE during the first semester after admission or if the applicant fails to be at or above the 75 percent range in the quantitative reasoning section of the exam after retaking the exam, at its discretion, the Department of Mechanical Engineering may remove the applicant from the graduate program. The GRE university code for UNLV is 4861. The Mechanical Engineering Department code is 1502.
5. The GPC will examine the applicant’s academic record and will make the final determination of the applicant’s admissibility to the M.S. program. In general, a minimum post-baccalaureate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or equivalent is required for admission in addition to a GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or equivalent in all engineering courses.
6. All domestic and international applicants must review and follow the Graduate College Admission and Registration Requirements.
Our department admissions committee looks at all of these requirements when making admissions decisions.

The Integrated BS-MS degree program is designed to provide high-achieving MEG undergraduate students with the opportunity to be exposed to graduate courses and to encourage them to continue with a graduate degree by reducing the time needed for degree completion. Up to nine credit hours of approved graduate-level course work can be taken as technical electives for the grade of B or better during the senior year and those credit hours will be waived for the graduate degree. The following conditions are needed to enroll in the Integrated BS-MS program:

1. A minimum of two semesters of full-time enrollment in B.S. of Mechanical Engineering program is required.
2. Applications are normally submitted with two semesters remaining in the senior year.
3. A minimum of 90 credit hours of course work applicable to the B.S. of Mechanical Engineering degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher must be completed before beginning the joint degree program.
4. Student has to choose the thesis option.

Students are accepted into a degree program as described in the Graduate Catalog. The faculty and corresponding sub-disciplines and sub-plans within the described programs are subject to change at any time.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

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Admission Requirements

While each graduate program has unique admissions standards, the Graduate College maintains minimum standards for graduate admission. All advanced degree and certificate program applicants must meet these eligibility requirements to be considered for admission.

1. Bachelor’s Degree â€" You must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, or an approved international equivalent.
2. Grade Point Average â€" You must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 (4.00=A) for your bachelor’s degree, or a minimum 3.00 (4.00=A) for the last two years (60 semester hours) of your bachelor’s degree.
3. Additional Requirements â€" Factors that may also be considered by the academic department to which you are applying include test scores (like the GRE or GMAT), the type of course work completed during undergraduate studies, letters of recommendation, writing samples or portfolios, and any other supporting documents your department/program may ask you to submit to complete your application.
4. International Applicants: Proof of English Proficiency â€" The application process for international students is the same as for domestic students, with the exception of submitting proof of English Proficiency.
5. Transcripts â€" All applicants are required to submit a transcript from each postsecondary institution attended, showing all degrees and coursework, the dates awarded, and grades received. If the institution is outside the U.S., a foreign credential evaluation may be required. Please review our foreign credential evaluations page for additional guidelines, information, and requirements.

Credentials not in English must be accompanied by an English translation certified as true by a university official, an official representative of a United States embassy or consulate, the United States Information Service, the United States Education Foundation, or an approved professional translating service. Notarized copies of originals or translations are not considered official.

Please note that the aforementioned requirements are the minimum requirements established and monitored by the Graduate College. Meeting the minimum admissions requirements is a necessary but not sufficient condition of admission. Admission decisions are based on applicants meeting the minimum Graduate College requirements and a more extensive and holistic departmental review, which considers a combination of factors, including indicators of success based upon academic degrees and records, the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores, relevant work experience, and the like.

Please review the Graduate Catalog to learn more about your degree program’s admissions requirements.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

The same requirements apply as for resident students.
If you are a current high school student, or if you have graduated high school but not yet started college, you are considered a freshman student. (If you’ve done college work only while in high school, you will still be considered a freshman student for admission purposes.)

Freshman applicants are admissible with either a 3.0 core GPA (calculated based on English, math, social science, and natural science) from the high school transcript, a 1120 SAT score (critical reading and math sections only if taken March 2016 or after) and 1040 if taken prior to March 2016), a 22 ACT composite score, or a Nevada Advanced High School Diploma.

Applicants who meet the criteria will be offered admission to the University; if you do not meet the criteria you will be offered delayed admission to UNLV through our joint Guaranteed Transfer Program (GTP) with the College of Southern Nevada (CSN). This program allows students denied to the University the opportunity to attend CSN, complete an Associate Degree, and enroll at UNLV without submitting another application. For more information, contact our Office of Admissions at 702-774-UNLV (8658).

There is some additional documentation required for international students, although the general process is the same.

Please note: The above requirements are for general admission to UNLV; some majors may have additional requirements for full admission into a program of study.

Residency Requirements

Nevada Residency

The UNLV Office of Admissions determines the Nevada residency of graduate students according Board of Regents regulations and the laws of the State of Nevada. Persons, such as Nevada certified school teachers and Armed Forces personnel stationed in Nevada, are normally accorded residency status. A full statement of the regulations is available online at http://www.unlv.edu/graduatecollege/residency.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

While each graduate program has unique admissions standards, the Graduate College has set minimum standards for admission. All advanced degree and certificate program applicants must meet these eligibility requirements to be considered for admission.

Bachelor’s Degree â€" You must hold a four-year baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution or an approved equivalent.
Grade Point Average â€" You must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 (4.00=A) for the bachelor’s degree or a minimum 3.00 (4.00=A) for the last two years (60 semester hours).
Additional Factors â€" Factors that may also be considered by the academic department to which you are applying include test scores (like the GRE or GMAT), the type of course work completed during undergraduate studies, letters of recommendation, and any other supporting documents you may be asked to submit for your application.
Transcripts â€" All applicants are required to submit a transcript from each postsecondary institution attended, showing all degrees and coursework, the dates awarded, and grades received. If the institution is outside the U.S. a foreign credential evaluation may be required.

Credentials not in English must be accompanied by an English translation certified as true by a university official, an official representative of a United States embassy or consulate, the United States Information Service, the United States Education Foundation, or an approved professional translating service. Notarized copies of originals or translations are not considered official.

Please note that the aforementioned requirements are the minimum requirements set by The Graduate College. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission decisions are based on applicants meeting the minimum Graduate College requirements and a more extensive departmental review, using a combination of factors, including academic degrees and records, the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores, and relevant work experience.

Please review the Graduate Catalog to learn more.

Please refer to:.http://catalog.unlv.edu/content.php?catoid=17&navoid=2927 for specific information.

For Transfer Students:
Any courses used to fulfill requirements for one degree (at UNLV or elsewhere) may not be used toward another degree. For UNLV Non-Degree Seeking graduate students, a maximum of 15 graduate credits (with grades of B or better) taken at UNLV may be applied toward a graduate program, with the approval of the student’s department and the graduate dean. Graduate work from other regionally accredited institutions with a grade of B or higher (3.00, A=4.00) may be transferable into a degree program subject to departmental and Graduate Dean approval. Grades of B-or lower, and courses graded on a satisfactory pass/fail basis, are not transferable into graduate degree programs. With the department and Graduate College approvals, no more than one-third of the minimum number of credits required for the degree (not including credits for thesis, dissertation, and professional/scholarly papers) may be transferred from a regionally accredited graduate degree granting institution.
http://system.nevada.edu/Nshe/index.cfm/administration/academics-student-affairs/students/transfer/