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Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Non-refundable application fee: $85.00 Application Deadline: 12/1 for January, 5/1 for June, 8/1 for September (1/15 for September to be considered for financial aid). GRE typical minimum score: 1250 (verbal and quantitative). Minimum GPA: 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Other Requirements: Transcripts from all previous schools, three letters of recommendation, final transcript conferring degree. (BS Engr not required).

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

An applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from a recognized college or university. While this degree will normally be in the field of engineering or applied science, degrees in other fields may be acceptable. Undergraduate courses that may be required to remedy deficiencies must be taken without credit. An applicant should have at least a B average for admission into graduate studies.

Each candidate must complete the Application for Admission. The application includes:

The on-line application
Transcripts of all academic work
Three letters of recommendation
Graduate Records Exam (GRE) general test scores (Institution code 5820)
TOEFL or IELTS scores for applicants whose native language is not English

Official transcripts and test scores are NOT required for the review process if you upload unofficial transcripts and type your unofficial test scores in your application. All materials such as your resume, essays, unofficial transcripts, unofficial test scores and other supplemental materials should be submitted electronically as part of your application. If you are admitted and choose to accept, we require paper transcripts in envelopes sealed and signed by the University registrar and official test scores reported from ETS to Institution code 5820 before you can enroll and before a Form I-20 can be issued (for international students).

If you wish to apply to a second program, you must create a new account with a different email address, user name and password, and complete a second application.

Applications must be completed and submitted on-line. Letters of recommendation should be submitted on-line. If your recommender cannot submit a recommendation on-line, recommendations may be submitted by mail to the Graduate Studies Office.

Please submit ALL materials electronically using the file upload provisions in the application. Supplementary materials (papers, certificates, etc) submitted electronically using the upload fields in the Additional Information Section will be more widely accessible to Admissions Committee members than paper documents. DO NOT submit paper copies of materials submitted on-line.

Please send all materials to:
Graduate Studies Office
School of Engineering and Applied Science
P.O. Box 400242
Thornton Hall, Room A-108
351 McCormick Road
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4242
Masters of Science (with thesis) and PhD Applicants:

All applicants who wish to be considered for fellowships and assistantships should apply by January 15 for the Fall term EXCEPT for Biomedical Engineering which has a January 1 deadline! For Spring admission to Biomedical Engineering the deadline is September 1 while for other departments who accept spring admission the deadlines are as below. It is wise to apply as soon as you are able for the best opportunity for admission. While most funding is committed in the spring for the next academic year, occasionally in some programs assistantships become available beginning in the spring or summer term as new projects start or students graduate.

You may submit an application for admission until the deadline below, but please note that some programs fill their entering class early in the admissions cycle and may stop accepting applications before the published deadline.
M.E. applicants and those not requesting aid will have the following deadlines:

Term U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents Non-U.S. Citizens
Fall Term August 1 April 1
Spring Term** December 1 (except Biomed) August 1
**All applications for Biomedical Engineering for Spring will have a deadline of September 1.
Summer Term May 1 January 1

NOTE: Not all programs admit students in every term. After the program is selected in the Application Information section, the terms in which the program admits students will be displayed. To find out which terms are available, click the Application Information link and select a program.

Master of Engineering (without thesis) Applicants:
Application for Admission deadlines for Masters of Engineering, Master of Computer Science, and Masters of Material Science & Engineering are the same the table as above.

Applications for the Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Programs (CGEP) are accepted year round.

The Accelerated Master Program in Systems Engineering(AMP) uses a rolling admissions procedure. Applications are reviewed and admissions decisions are made as the applications are received. Class size is limited. Prospective students are encouraged to submit their applications early in the cycle. Applications may be submitted after March 31 only if space is available in the cohort. Please contact for more information.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

International students must have an excellent command of the English language in order to enroll at the University. The TOEFL or IELTS exam is required of all applicants if the language first learned and spoken in the home is not English. Most students admitted score at least 600 on the TOEFL paper exam, 90 on the IBT, or band 7.0 on IELTS. Some students may be required to complete the Summer English for Academic Purposes Program prior to admission.

A prospective international student must have appropriate, current, valid, and legal non-immigrant status before he/she can be offered final admission to the University. The International Studies Office provides assistance for international applicants’ visa documents.

With a few exceptions, the Accelerated Master Program in Systems Engineering (AMP) and Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program (CGEP) are open to anyone who is legally entitled to reside in the US during the period of the program; however, AMP and CGEP students do not qualify for student visas. If you have questions regarding eligibility, please contact the International Studies Office (ISO).

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Please refer to instructions for Graduate Admission to Engineering Department.

Residency Requirements

Residency M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs require a period of residency. A full-time graduate student in residence at the University, whether taking courses or doing research, is expected to be fully engaged in the academic community, to participate in planned and impromptu discussions with faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students, and to actively contribute to intellectual discourse within the School. During the period of residency, a student should have no major conflicts of commitment. Substantial employment obligations, for example, would generally be in conflict with the residency requirement.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Please refer to instructions for Graduate Admission to Engineering Department.