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Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Graduate Programs

Students wishing to pursue graduate programs in engineering or computer science must meet both the requirements for admission to graduate study and the particular prerequisites established by the School of Engineering department through which the desired program is offered.

Applicants are normally expected to hold bachelor’s degrees in the same field as their proposed graduate study. Departments also consider applicants holding bachelor’s degrees in mathematics, the physical and biological sciences or other fields of engineering. In such cases, applicants are required to satisfy specified prerequisites, listings of which can be obtained from the Departmental Graduate Advisor. As conditional admissions are not granted, prospective students lacking the required background are advised to satisfy prerequisites on a non-degree basis before admission is sought. In some cases, students with a small prerequisite requirement may be admitted to graduate studies. Outstanding prerequisites are added to the degree requirement. All applicants must submit the results of the Graduate Record Exam General Test to the appropriate department prior to admission.

Interdisciplinary Concentration. In addition to the programs offered by the individual departments, concentrations involving disciplines from more than one department may be undertaken. These concentrations are tailored to accomplish specific goals. These interdisciplinary concentrations do not result in separately titled degrees. Rather, at the M.S. level, students receive their degrees from their resident engineering department. At the Ph.D. level, all students receive the Ph.D. in Engineering or Computer Science with a concentration in a specific discipline. For further information contact the departments involved.

Financial Assistance. Most full-time graduate students in the School of Engineering are supported through research assistantships and/or teaching assistantships. Applications for and appointments to these assistantships are made by the individual departments. In addition, there are a limited number of fellowships available: contact the graduate advisor in the appropriate department for information on fellowships.

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

As above, except:
1. Submit verbal, quantitative and analytical GRE scores.

2. For Computer Science: Admission

In addition to the University-wide requirements for admission to graduate study, the prospective Master of Science (M.S.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) candidate must submit verbal, quantitative and analytical GRE scores (general test) as well as satisfy the following criteria for admission to graduate study:

Knowledge of computer science equivalent to CS 152L, 251L, 261, 341L, 351L, 357L, 361L, 362, **460 and **481.
Knowledge of mathematics essential to computer science equivalent to MATH 162, 163, **314 and STAT **345.

Students lacking adequate undergraduate training may be admitted, at the discretion of the admissions committee, with the understanding that course work required to remove the deficiencies in undergraduate background is not applicable to the graduate degree.

Each student is assigned a graduate advisor. The student should see his or her graduate advisor before registering for the first time. The student and the advisor together work out a course of studies which meets the student’s career objectives and which constitutes a coherent program satisfying the graduation requirements. No course shall be counted toward the required credit hours which has not been agreed on by the student and the advisor as a part of this coherent program. It is the responsibility of the student to meet the requirements and to keep the department office informed of compliance with them; in particular, the student should meet with his or her graduate advisor at least once a semester to review progress toward the degree.

3. For graduate study in ME: Application Information
We welcome applications from students who have earned distinguished academic records. Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test must be submitted to the Department prior to admission.
The Director of Graduate Programs makes admission decisions. Applicants must hold (or will have completed by the time they arrive) an accredited Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.) degree and at least a B average in their final two years (or their final, earned 60 credit hours) of their last degree.

Applications from individuals with a B.S. degree in other Engineering disciplines, Math, Computer Science, and Physical Sciences (such as Physics and Chemistry) are also considered. To qualify for a graduate degree, applicants are expected to have at least an undergraduate-level exposure to most of the core ME disciplines. Those who are deemed deficient may be asked to take additional (leveling) courses.

4. Biomedical Engineering: Ph.D. and M.S. Admission Requirements

Prospective candidates may apply directly for admission to the Ph.D. program. Successful applicants to the program usually have a bachelor's degree in the physical sciences or engineering. The Admissions Committee makes admissions decisions on a case-by-case basis, with special consideration of scholastic proficiency in one or more of the following subject areas:

Molecular and Cellular Biology
Chemistry and Organic Chemistry
Calculus and Ordinary Differential Equations
Biochemistry or Biomolecular Engineering

Students who have not passed courses in one or more of these subject areas may be admitted to the program, but required to take undergraduate courses to address deficiencies in their background. General admission requirements described in the Graduate Program section of this Catalog also apply.
Ph.D. and M.S. Application Process

Details of applying to the Ph.D. and M.S. programs are found at the Biomedical Engineering program Web site. Applications to the degree program are submitted online.

5. The Department of Nuclear Engineering offers programs in nuclear engineering leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. A GPA of 3.0 in the last two years of undergraduate study, and/or in previous engineering graduate study, is normally required for admission. In addition, the GRE is required of all Nuclear Engineering applicants.

6. For Chemical and Biological Engineering:

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (M.S.)
Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (Ph.D.)
Concentration: Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering offers programs in chemical engineering leading to the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. A GPA of 3.0 in the last two years of undergraduate study, and/or in previous engineering graduate study, is normally required for admission. In addition, the GRE is required of all Chemical Engineering applicants.

Students with an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering may directly enter the graduate chemical engineering program. Students from other engineering/science fields are also encouraged to apply. However, certain undergraduate background courses, as determined by the graduate advisor on an individual basis, must be completed as prerequisites to graduate study.

7. Civil Engineering: The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required of all applicants for graduate study in civil engineering. The Master of Construction Management requires either the GRE or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering requires either the GRE or evidence of passage of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. See the Civil Engineering department Web site for more information about applying to the CE graduate program.

Persons with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than civil engineering may be admitted to the graduate program, but they may be required to take undergraduate civil engineering courses to eliminate deficiencies in their background. Each case is considered individually.

8. NanoScience and MicroSystems:
M.S. Admission Prerequisites. The general admission requirements described in the Graduate Program section of this Catalog apply to the Nanoscience and Microsystems Engineering program. Applicants who plan to apply to the program must have a bachelor’s degree in a natural science or engineering field. All incoming students should meet a minimum level of competency indicated by passing grade in a math class of MATH **316 or higher. If needed, incoming students who are otherwise qualified may take MATH **316 during their first semester and pass with a B or better or by taking and passing an equivalency exam that certifies their mathematical ability.

M.S. Application Process. The general application process for domestic and international students is described in the Graduate Program section of this Catalog. In addition to meeting those requirements, applicants must submit the following directly to the Nanoscience and Microsystems Engineering program office for the Admissions Subcommittee review and selection process:

Letter of Intent from the applicant about why this program is of interest. (Approximately 250 words stating the rationale and motivation for entering the program.)
Three sealed letters of recommendation (sent directly to the Nanoscience and Microsystems office).
GRE entrance examination scores.
Any other materials that are relevant to this application, such as experiential credit.
Departmental application available online or at program office.

Ph.D. Application and Admission Process. For prospective doctoral students, the process of applying and being selected is the same as for applicants to the Master’s program, with the Admissions Subcommittee assuming responsibility for reviewing applications and selecting candidates. Applicants who plan to apply to the program must have a bachelor’s degree in a natural science or engineering field. All incoming students should meet a minimum level of competency indicated by passing grade in a math class of MATH **316 or higher. If needed, incoming students who are otherwise qualified may take MATH **316 during their first semester and pass with a B or better or by taking and passing an equivalency exam that certifies their mathematical ability.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

International Applicants " Admission Process

The University of New Mexico welcomes applications from international students who have distinguished academic records and have demonstrated English proficiency.
Graduate Admission Requirements for International Students
Undergraduate Education Requirement

Graduate applicants must have an earned degree that is equivalent to the U.S. bachelor’s degree. Some non-U.S. bachelor’s degrees are based on three-year programs that may or may not be equivalent to the U.S. bachelor’s degree. In these cases, the applicant must submit an independent credential evaluation report from a credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

If the credential evaluation report confirms that the applicant does have the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree, the applicant is considered for graduate study.

If the report states that the applicant may be considered for graduate study but does not confirm the equivalent degree, the applicant may petition the Dean of Graduate Studies for consideration of equivalency. The petition must include the support of the graduate unit and College Graduate Committee, along with a complete application packet, a copy of the credential evaluation report, and an explanation of the suitability of the applicant’s undergraduate preparation. This documentation must be submitted to the International Admissions Office.

If the Dean approves the petition, the graduate unit may proceed with an offer of admission. A student admitted under this policy is classified as a regular graduate student with the same rights and responsibilities as any other student in graduate status.
Academic Preparation

A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a U.S. 4.0 scale) or comparable grade point average in upper-division (junior and senior level) work and in any graduate work already completed.

A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) as required by the major academic department or college.

Adequate subject preparation for proposed graduate major. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission since some graduate programs have higher standards and may have limited space. Therefore, it is very important that students contact the departments to which they wish to be admitted.
Demonstrated Proficiency in English

If English is not the official language spoken in a student’s country, the student must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score is 550 on the paper test or 213 on the computerized test. Individual departments may require a higher score but not less than 550/213. International students whose native language is not English and are seeking graduate teaching assistantships may also be required to submit acceptable scores on the Test of Spoken English (TSE). Applicants who have received a bachelor’s or graduate degree from an accredited institution in the United States, English-speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand are exempt from submitting TOEFL scores. Contact the International Admissions Office for additional information.
Financial Resources

All international applicants are required to submit documentation verifying adequate funding to meet study and living expenses while in the United States. A minimum amount of approximately $26,909 U.S. dollars is required. Proof of support includes a Certification of Financial Responsibility Form completed for all years of study and proof of funds available for the first year of study.
Health Insurance

International students who attend the University of New Mexico and any dependents who may accompany them are required to have medical insurance as offered through the University of New Mexico Student Health Center. Students who demonstrate that they have equivalent health insurance policies may be granted waivers.
Application Deadlines for International Admissions
Fall Semester March 1
Spring Semester August 1
Summer Session January 1

Note: Most graduate units have earlier application deadlines than those listed by the International Admissions office. It is important that students consult with individual graduate units and meet their specific academic program deadline requirements. Applications and all supporting credentials must be submitted by the International Admissions deadline (see above) or the graduate unit deadline"whichever comes first. Only complete applications are reviewed for admission.
International Applicants " Required Documents

International students should submit the following required documentation to the University of New Mexico International Admissions office. Note: A student who wants any information concerning the applicant file released to any third party must submit a letter of authorization directly to the International Admissions Office. This release must include the student’s name and signature.

Evidence of English language proficiency: (TOEFL results must be sent directly to the University of New Mexico [code 4845] by Educational Testing Services, PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA. Phone 609/771-7100.)
Academic Records: In order to facilitate the admission decision, the University of New Mexico strongly recommends that students initially submit academic records to any member of the National Credential Evaluation Services. Students must still submit official transcripts to the University, but the English translations are then not required. Students who do not utilize a credential evaluation service must have official grade reports (transcripts) and diplomas or certificates from each institution attended sent to the University of New Mexico. Students must submit original or officially certified copies. Notarized, faxed copies or photocopies of these documents are not acceptable. All documents must be submitted in the original language and accompanied by an official certified English translation. Certified copies must contain the original signature(s), stamp(s) or seal(s) of the issuing institution’s designated official.
Financial Documents: Students must submit the University of New Mexico Certification of Financial Responsibility form along with required supporting documentation.

I-20 Statement: The Immigration Form I-20 is valid up to the first day of class for the semester or summer session to which a student is admitted. Students who are not able to attend must immediately return the I-20 form to the UNM Global Education Office. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required before the I-20 is issued. It is later applied to tuition. If a student does not enroll or changes semesters, the deposit is forfeited.

Submit all documents to:

Mailing Address:
International Admissions
Office of Admissions
MSC06 3850
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Shipping/Delivery Address:
International Admissions
Office of Admissions
The University of New Mexico
Student Support and Services Center
1155 University Blvd., SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
International Students " Reapplication Process

International students who previously applied to, but never attended the University of New Mexico in graduate status, may reapply for admission through the International Admissions Office, as described above.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Application Process " Domestic and International Applicants

Transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendation submitted to the University of New Mexico for admission become the property of the University and will not be sent elsewhere or returned to the student.

The online application can be found at the Admissions Web site. A $50 non-refundable Application Fee is charged by credit card with the online application.

In addition, students must submit one official transcript (unopened) from each non-UNM academic institution previously attended to the UNM Office of Admissions (domestic) or to the UNM Global Education Office (international) by the academic unit’s published deadline.

NOTE: Do not list study abroad programs separately on the application form, if they are included as part of a transcript program from an accredited U.S. institution.

Materials required by the academic unit (letters of intent, writing samples, etc.) should be uploaded as part of the online application.

Application fee waivers are available under certain circumstances. Please see the Graduate Studies Web site for more information.
Application Fee Waiver Policy

The University’s graduate application fee may be waived for domestic applicants who are affiliated with the following programs: the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC), McNair Scholars, Project 1000, Post Baccalaureate Research and Education Programs (PREP), GEM Fellowship Program, and Initiatives for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD). In order to receive the waiver, applicants must submit a signed letter of support from the program director along with a completed “Application Fee Waiver Request” form.

The graduate application fee may also be waived in limited cases of financial hardship. In order to apply for the fee waiver, students must submit an “Application Fee Waiver Request” form and at least one­ of the following:

A copy of the waiver granted by the testing service for the GRE fee within the past year.
An official statement of need signed by a financial aid officer at the college or university the student is now attending, including the most recent year’s Estimated Student or Family Contribution.
Official verification of current participation in a government aid program based on low income.

Fee waiver requests must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the program’s application deadline date, in order to provide sufficient time to evaluate the application and determine eligibility. The program to which the student is applying may require additional fees, which are not covered by this policy. Waivers are not available to international applicants.
Application to More Than One Graduate Program

Students may apply to more than one graduate degree program but must submit an application and fee for each program. If admitted to more than one program, students may accept admission from only one, with the exception of admission to dual degree programs.

Residency Requirements

Summary of Regulations for New Mexico Residency for Tuition Purposes

A student who enters and remains in this State principally to obtain an education is presumed to continue to reside outside this state, and such presumption continues in effect until rebutted by clear and convincing evidence of bona fide residence. A student determined to be financially dependent on an out-of-state parent or guardian also assumes the residency of that parent or guardian. The burden of proof is on the student. The student must secure and file the residency petition with the appropriate documents of evidence in the manner described herein. All documents submitted for this purpose are kept confidential. Residency petitions are accepted until the second Friday of each Fall and Spring semester (and Summer term for Nursing students) in the Mesa Vista Hall North One-Stop.

To become a legal resident for tuition purposes of the State of New Mexico, the student must meet four basic requirements. Each person must individually meet the requirements.

The 12-Month Consecutive Presence Requirement
A student must physically reside in the state for 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the term for which the student submits a petition.

The Financial Independence Requirement
A student who is financially dependent on parents or legal guardians who are not residents of New Mexico cannot be approved for residency. At the time the student petitions for residency (if under 23 years of age), a copy of the parents’ or guardians’ 1040 or 1040A U.S. income tax form for the previous year must be submitted with the petition. If shown to be a dependent on that tax form, the student is not eligible to establish residency apart from the parents or guardians.

The Written Declaration of Intent Requirement
The student must sign a written declaration of intent to relinquish residency in another state and to establish it in New Mexico (included in residency petition).

The Overt Acts Requirement
Overt acts are required to evidence support of the written declaration of intent to establish permanent residency in New Mexico. Documentation of two of the following is required:

If the applicant is financially dependent, a copy of the parents’ or guardians’ previous year income tax form showing the applicant as a dependent and the parents’ address as New Mexico;
A New Mexico high school transcript issued in the past year confirming attendance at a New Mexico public or private high school within the past 12 months;
A transcript from an online high school showing a New Mexico address confirming attendance within the past 12 months;
A New Mexico driver’s license or ID card with an original date of issue or a renewal date issued prior to the first day of the term or semester;
Proof of payment of New Mexico state income tax for the previous year;
Evidence of employment within the state of New Mexico;
New Mexico vehicle registration;
Voter registration in New Mexico;
Proof of residential property ownership in New Mexico;
A rental agreement within New Mexico;
Utility bills showing the applicant's name and a New Mexico address;
Other evidence which would reasonably support the individual’s intent to establish and maintain New Mexico residency.

Any act considered inconsistent with being a New Mexico resident will cause the request for resident classification to be denied. As such, other relevant factors may be considered in addition to the items listed above.


A person who has moved to New Mexico and has obtained permanent full-time employment (sufficient documentation is required) and his/her spouse and dependent children shall not be required to complete the 12-month durational requirement. However, all other requirements must be satisfied.
Active duty military members stationed in New Mexico, their spouses and dependents are eligible for waivers of non-resident tuition. Members of the National Guard, their spouses and dependents are also eligible for waivers of non-resident tuition. A form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the second Friday of the term to obtain these waivers.

According to the University of New Mexico’s tuition policy:

Non-resident, degree-seeking graduate students enrolled for six or fewer credit hours in their first two semesters are charged resident tuition rates.

Students enrolling for the summer session are charged resident tuition rates regardless of residency classification (except those in the College of Nursing).

The residency petition and a brochure that explains requirements for establishing New Mexico residency for tuition purposes and special tuition status waivers are available from the Mesa Vista Hall North One-Stop. For more information, visit the Registrar's Office Web site.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Same admissions criteria apply for transfer as well as non-transfer students. Contact individual department for specifics on course credit transfer.