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Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

In addition to regular admission requirements of the Graduate School, individual programs have the following requirements.
Admission to Aerospace Engineering requires a BS in ASE or a closely related field from an EAC/ABET accredited program with a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 for the junior and senior years. An applicant with a BS degree from a program that is not EAC/ABET accredited must submit satisfactory GRE general-test scores.
Admission to Applied Physics requires an MS as prerequisite to the Applied Physics PhD program. In order to gain admission, students must meet general graduate student admission requirements. An applicant with a BS degree from a program that is not EAC/ABET accredited must submit satisfactory GRE general-test scores.
Admission to Biological Engineering requires an undergraduate engineering degree (or remedial engineering course work), satisfactory performance on the GRE for a student with a BS from a program that is not EAC/ABET accredited, and identification of a department professor who is willing to serve as research director for the master's or PhD project.
Admission to Biomedical Engineering requires an earned BS degree in an engineering discipline from an EAC/ABET accredited institution (students with a BS from a program that is not EAC/ABET accredited will have to perform satisfactorily on the GRE), receive a positive recommendation by the coordinating committee of the biomedical engineering graduate committee, and be accepted as a student by a member of the biomedical engineering graduate faculty. A student entering the PhD program should have an MS in an engineering field, but special consideration for direct admission to the doctorate may be given to an exceptional student.
Admission to Chemical Engineering requires a BS in Chemical Engineering with a 3.0 GPA out of 4.0 for the junior and senior years (students who do not hold a BS in CHE must complete CHE undergraduate core prerequisites) for admission to the MS program and submit satisfactory quantitative, analytical, and verbal GRE scores for admission to the MS program. Direct admission to the Ph.D. program requires a 3.2 GPA out of 4.0 the junior and senior years and satisfactory GRE scores. For those applicants not possessing a BS in Chemical Engineering or coming from institutions that are not EAC/ABET accredited, admission will be considered on a case by case basis.
Admission to Civil Engineering requires a BS from an EAC/ABET program and a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Graduates of non-EAC/ABET programs must achieve satisfactory performance on the GRE and have an undergraduate record acceptable to CE faculty.
Admission to Computational Engineering requires a student to receive positive recommendation from the Computational Engineering screening committee and be accepted as a student by a member of the graduate faculty. A student with a BS from a program that is not EAC/ABET accredited must submit satisfactory scores on the GRE. A highly qualified undergraduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.5/4.0 for the junior and senior year, or a first class with distinction degree classification for a student whose degree is from an institution where no GPA is reported, may be directly admitted to the doctoral program. Satisfactory GRE scores must be submitted.
For admission to Computer Science an applicant at the MS level is required to have a 3.0/4.0 on the BS degree; an applicant at the doctoral level must have a 3.5/4.0 on a BS or MS for admission. Satisfactory performance on the GRE for a student with a BS from a program that is not EAC/ABET accredited is required. Additional coursework is required for students who do not meet pre-requisite requirements.
An Electrical and Computer Engineering applicant at the MS level is required to have a 3.0/4.0 on the BS degree; an applicant at the doctoral level must have a 3.5/4.0 on a BS or MS for admission. Satisfactory performance on the GRE for a student with a BS from a program that is not EAC/ABET accredited is required.
Admission to Industrial Engineering requires that MS program applicants have a 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale during their junior and senior undergraduate years, while Ph.D. (Industrial and Systems Engineering) applicants must have a 3.5 GPA on a 4.00 scale on their M.S. degree. In addition, students with a BS from a non-EAC/ABET accredited program must submit general test GRE scores.
For admission to Mechanical Engineering, a student with a BS from a non EAC/ABET program must submit general test GRE scores.
For admission to the Master of Engineering program, an applicant with a BS degree from a program that is not EAC/ABET accredited must submit satisfactory GRE general-test scores. Students who do not hold a BS in an engineering discipline must satisfy pre-requisite requirements common to EAC/ABET accredited undergraduate engineering programs prior to admission. A minimum 3.0 GPA at the undergraduate level is required for all students admitted.

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Same as above. Contact the graduate coordinator or department head in each of the engineering departments for additional information.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

Same general requirements as US Citizens. Proof of English language skills for international students may be satisfied with satisfactory scores on a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), an IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) examination, or satisfactory completion of required ESL courses as determined by testing through ESL center. International students must earn a minimum TOEFL score of 550 PBT (paper based), 213 CBT (computer based), or 79 iBT (internet based). The minimum acceptable score for the IELTS examination is 6.5. However, programs may have higher minimum requirements for admission.

An international student holding one or more degrees (baccalaureate or higher) from a college or university in the U.S. is not required to submit English language test scores for admission.
Similarly, an international student from a country where English is the first language, as documented by a statement on the high school graduating certificate that English is the official (first) language of the country, and who holds one or more degrees (baccalaureate or higher) from a college or university where English is the first language is not required to submit English language test scores. However, such student, after admission and registration at MSU and upon the recommendation of the department, may be required to schedule one or more ESL (English as a Second Language) courses.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Same as resident students.

Residency Requirements

Ph.D. candidates are required to complete one-half of all required course work hours and all research hours at Mississippi State University.

There is no residency requirement for master's students.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Transfer credit may be granted provided hours were earned in programs with full accreditation by the appropriate regional and national accrediting bodies and approved by the major professor. Grades below "B" are not transferable. Aerospace will accept a maximum of 6 semester hours transfer credit. Other programs will accept 9 hours at the master's level. At the doctoral level, one-half of all coursework may be transferred with the approval of the major professor . Pass/Fail grades will not transfer.