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Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

General requirements include having obtained a baccalaureate or higher degree prior to the start of the NIU term for which the student is admitted, from an accredited U.S. college or university or the equivalent degree from a recognized foreign institution. Applicants must have the approval of the department in which they plan to major and either must have a minimum 2.75 overall grade point average based on a 4.00 system, in their baccalaureate program or must have completed 15 or more semester hours of graduate work at an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.20.

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

The departments of Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and the Department of Technology offer graduate studies leading to the Master of Science degree. The programs are designed to stimulate creativity, to provide in depth understanding and the ability to use mondern techniques in analysis and design. Most departments offer a thesis (to develop research abilities) or a non-thesis option (a project to prepare for advanced practice in the field) for completing the degree. Ultimately the Master of Science degree helps the student to build upon the competencies achieved at the baccalaureate level and prepares the student to assume managerial and leadership positions.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

For international students, all application materials - the application for admission, letters of recommendation, diplomas, mark sheets, and test scores - must be received by the Graduate School no later than May 1 for admission for the fall semester or October 1 for the spring semester. Normally new international students will not be admitted to begin a degree program in the summer session.

A student seeking an F-1 or J-1 visa must also submit the financial statement and demonstrate adequate financial resources before an I-20 or IAP-66 form will be issued.

An applicant should prepare to take the required tests early enough so that scores can reach the Graduate School before the final application deadline for a given term. Up to eight weeks may be required for the Graduate School to receive scores after the administration of the tests. Applicants should plan to take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)and an applicant whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

An applicant who has engaged in graduate study elsewhere must submit official transcripts showing each such degree and all graduate work as part of the application materials. The applicant should request that the appropriate institution(s) send one official copy of each required transcript directly to the Graduate School. Degree transcripts must be from the institution conferring each degree; transcripts of graduate work must be from the institution(s) at which the student was enrolled for such work.

Graduate credit is not accepted in transfer from U.S. institutions that are not accredited or from foreign institutions that are not recognized; therefore, transcripts are not required for work done at such institutions. Some graduate programs may require additional transcripts (such as for associate’s degrees), as indicated in the departmental sections of the NIU course catalog.