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Illinois Institute of Technology - 2016

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Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Students seeking admission to an engineering program should apply online by visiting IIT requires a bachelor's degree conferred with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution for regular admission. Citizens and permanent residents of the United States with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5/4.0 may be admitted as non-degree students. All degree-seeking applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Minimum score requirements vary by department. Refer to the Graduate Bulletin or the academic department's website for the most up-to-date information.
Any applicant whose undergraduate degree was earned at an institution where the primary language of instruction is not English must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores.

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Degree-seeking (Master's and Ph.D.) applicants must submit an application (online), an application fee, official transcripts of all academic work at the college level or above, a professional statement (in essay format and including a discussion of reasons for pursuing graduate study, academic background, research interests if applicable, relevant professional experience or related accomplishments to date, and career goals, between 500-2000 words in length), three letters of recommendation (for Ph.D. applicants; Master’s degree applicants need submit only two letters of recommendation), GRE scores, and TOEFL or IELTS scores (if required). A completed application packet must be received by the appropriate deadline for regular admission consideration.

The deadline for the Fall semester, for domestic and international, full-time PhD and Master's program applicants who wish to receive financial consideration, is January 31. The deadline for other domestic and international Ph.D. applicants and for other international Master's or Master of Science applicants is May 1. The deadline for other domestic Professional Master's or Master of Science applicants is August 5. If a deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, applications completed by the following Monday will be considered to have met the deadline.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

A minimum score of 70 on the Internet-based TOEFL or 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 5.5 on the IELTS exam is required for admission consideration. If an applicant's scores do not meet these minimum requirements, IIT encourages the applicant to consider retaking the exam.
Admitted students with a score between 70-89 on the Internet-based TOEFL or 550-599 on the paper-based TOEFL or 5.5-6.0 on the IELTS exam will be required to take one or more English courses during their graduate study at IIT. Students are required to enroll in and complete the first of any such necessary courses during their first semester of study at IIT.
Students whose TOEFL or IELTS scores indicate they must take two or three English courses at IIT will have the opportunity to take an IIT exam near the end of their first course to determine whether their English has improved enough to exempt them from the additional course(s). This exam will be given only to students enrolled in the English courses.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Non-Illinois residents have the same entrance requirements as Illinois residents.

Residency Requirements

No residency requirements for master's students. For master's degree programs, a maximum of nine semester hours taken elsewhere and not applied toward any earned degree, which were passed with grades of "B" or better, may be transferred, subject to approval by the academic unit and the Office of Graduate Academic Affairs. The above stated limit on transfer credit is no more than 30 percent of the required credits.

To be eligible to receive a doctorate at IIT, a student must spend a minimum of one year of full-time study at IIT. Some departments may require additional semesters of residence. Doctoral degree candidates may transfer previously completed graduate work not applied toward any prior earned degree, up to a maximum of 42 semester hours of credit beyond the baccalaureate degree (which may include up to 32 credits from a completed master's degree), or 50 percent of their total IIT Ph.D. program credit hour requirements, whichever is smaller. The work must be judged to be relevant to the current doctoral program, must have been completed with grades of "B" or better, and must be acceptable for graduate credit at the institution where taken. The master's degree must have been granted within the previous six years.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Same requirements as for non-transfer students.