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Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Entrance requirements are established by the departments.

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

The University of Delaware is a highly ranked research University. As such, our master and doctoral degree programs attract students from around the world.
Admission to the graduate programs at the University of Delaware is selective and based on the number of well-qualified applicants and the availability of faculty and facilities. Those who meet stated minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission.
Graduate programs at the University of Delaware each have their own unique admission requirements, funding options, deadlines, review processes and decision timelines. Understanding how your program of interest structures each of these areas is key to having a productive and positive applicant experience.
An example of minimum admission requirements may include: A baccalaureate degree in the field or in a closely allied field of science or mathematics; a minimum undergraduate grade-point average in engineering, science and mathematics courses of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; strong letters of support from former teachers or supervisors; a substantial score on the quantitative portion of the GRE per the requirements of the specific department in which the candidate is seeking admission; non-native speakers of English are required to achieve substantial scores on English proficiency tests per the requirements of the specific department in which the candidate is seeking admission.
Each graduate program reviews their own applicants at varying times. When a graduate department informs the central office they wish to admit an applicant to their program, the central office begins the transcript verification process.
Categories of Admission: 1) REGULAR STATUS is offered to students who meet all the established entrance requirements, who have a record of high scholarship in their fields of specialization, and who have the ability, interest, and maturity necessary for successful study at the graduate level in a degree program. Individuals who apply during the final year of undergraduate work and are unable to supply transcripts showing the conferral of the degree will be admitted pending the conferral of the degree. 2) PROVISIONAL ADMISSION is offered to students who are seeking admission to a degree program but lack specific prerequisites. Students with provisional status are generally not eligible for assistantships nor fellowships. 3) NON-DEGREE STATUS is available for applicants who wish to earn graduate credit but do not intend to earn a graduate degree at the University of Delaware, or who plan to ultimately apply to pursue a grad eng degree on a part-time basis. Up to 9 credits may be transferred from non-degree to degree status if/when admitted to a degree program. Admission with non-degree status implies no commitment by the University or graduate program about later admission as a regular student. Such applicants must submit official college transcripts. International applicants must submit official proof of English proficiency such as TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

Please refer to the above section, as the same information applies to graduate entrance requirements for international students. In addition, International applicants are expected to demonstrate sufficient English proficiency to meet not only University of Delaware standards, but higher levels as set by individual graduate departments within the University.
After admission, international students are asked to complete the UD Graduate Confidential Financial Information Form for use by the Office of International Students and Scholars for use in the issuing of student visa related documents.
Almost all admissions are based on the presentation of final academic credentials. Please see http://www.udel.edu/gradoffice/apply/foreign.html
Incoming International students who are awarded funding in the form of a Teaching Assistantship are required to arrive early and attend a six (6) week International Teaching Assistantship program. Upon completion of the program, English skills are re-assessed to determine if the student can successfully perform the duties associated with teaching.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Graduate programs at the University of Delaware each have their own unique admission requirements, funding options, deadlines, review processes and decision timelines. Understanding how your program of interest structures each of these areas is key to having a productive and positive applicant experience. Because the University of Delaware offers over a hundred master and doctoral programs, each department responds to its own inquiries. Most graduate departments require a GRE or GMAT, but not all. Please check your program’s website to determine what test scores, if any, are required of their applicants.
Admission to graduate programs at the University of Delaware is selective and competitive based on the number of well-qualified applicants and the limits of available faculty and facilities. Those who meet the minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission as the University receives many more applications to graduate programs than slots available. The graduate admission committees review multiple items in making their decisions to determine who will be a good fit for the program. If you wish to be considered for a different program after receiving a rejection notice, you will need to file a new application with new documents.
See previous sections for additional information.

Residency Requirements

Students enrolled in at least 9 credit hours or in sustaining credit are considered full-time students. Those enrolled for fewer than 9 credit hours are considered part-time students, although students holding assistantships are considered full-time with six credits. Generally, a maximum load is 12 graduate credit hours; however, additional credit hours may be taken with the approval of the student's adviser and the Office of Graduate and Professional Education. A maximum course load in either summer or winter session is 7 credit hours. Permission must be obtained from the Office of Graduate and Professional Education to carry an overload in any session.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Graduate courses counted toward a degree received elsewhere may not be transferred into a degree at the University of Delaware. Credits from institutions outside of the United States are generally not transferable to the University of Delaware.
TRANSFER OF CREDITS: Students who complete UD graduate credits with the classification of CEND (Continuing Education Non-Degree) or EGOR-ND (Engineering Outreach Non-Degree) at the University of Delaware prior to matriculation in a degree program at UD may use a maximum of 9 graduate credits earned with ND (Non-Degree) classification toward a graduate degree at the University of Delaware. Up to 9 graduate credits earned at another institution prior to admission to UD, but not counting toward a degree at another institution, will be evaluated at the written request of the student. The program must complete a Transfer of Credit Form and send it to the Office of Graduate and Professional Education for approval of the transfer. The credits, but not the grades or quality points from other institutions are transferable to University of Delaware graduate records. Grade must be “B” or better to be acceptable for transfer. Matriculated students who wish to transfer credits from another institution after matriculation must have approval of the course prior to the enrollment at another institution.

CHANGE OF UD PROGRAM STATUS: In order for a University of Delaware student to change from one type of degree status to another while remaining in the same program, a Change of Classification form is required to be approved by the student’s advisor and the graduate program director and the Office of Graduate and Professional Education.
CHANGE OF UD GRADUATE PROGRAM: In order for a University of Delaware student to change from a degree in one UD graduate program to a degree in another UD graduate program in another department or college, the student is required to submit a completed admission application form to the Office of Graduate and Professional Education and follow the same procedures for admission as any other applicant.