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Mississippi State University - 2016

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General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations

Requirements

New Freshmen Admission
For regular admission to one of the College of Engineering’s degree granting programs as a freshman, you must be admitted to Mississippi State University, complete the following high school academic core: 4 units of English, 4 units of mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry), 3 units of science (chemistry and either biology or physics), 3 units of social studies and/or foreign languages and 2 units of electives, and meet any one of the following criteria:
• Have a composite score greater than or equal to 23 on the ACT or 1060 on the SAT
• Have a composite score of 20, 21, or 22 on the ACT or between 940 and 1050 on the SAT with a high school GPA of 3.00 or greater on academic core courses listed above
• Have any ACT or SAT score with a high school GPA of 3.5 or greater on academic core courses listed above

These criteria are essential for the success of a student beginning an engineering or computer science curriculum at the level shown in the following pages of the Bulletin.
Applicants with justifiable circumstances may petition the Dean of Engineering for special admission.
New freshmen applicants who do not meet these requirements, are otherwise admitted to Mississippi State University, and want to pursue an engineering degree should join the undeclared major with a pre-engineering concentration. These students will be advised for the first 30 hours by the University Advising Center. Students in the pre-engineering concentration will also be assigned a mentor from the engineering faculty.
Students with coursework deficiencies will be required to schedule preparatory coursework. This coursework will be in addition to that shown in the engineering and computer science curricula and will, in general extend the time to graduation.

Internal Transfers
Students in the pre-engineering concentration and other students at Mississippi State University may transfer into an engineering degree granting program if they satisfy any one of the following criteria:
• Meet engineering new freshmen requirements listed above
• Have completed at least 30 hours with a cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.00 and passed Calculus I (MA 1713), English Composition I (EN 1103), and Fundamentals of Chemistry (CH 1213) with grades of C or better.

Internal transfer students should discuss the transfer with the appropriate department head or program coordinator before completing the Change of Major form. Some departments have additional admission requirements for internal transfers.
Students admitted to one engineering or computer science degree program may transfer to another engineering or computer science program at any time so long as they meet departmental transfer requirements.

External Transfers
Students may transfer from other colleges or universities into Mississippi State University engineering degree programs if they meet all requirements to transfer to Mississippi State University and satisfy any one of the following criteria:
• Meet engineering new freshmen admission standards listed above
• Have completed at least 30 hours with a cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.00 and passed courses equivalent to Calculus I (MA 1713), English Composition I (EN 1103), and Fundamentals of Chemistry I (CH 1213) with grades of C or better.

Applicants with justifiable circumstances may petition the Dean of Engineering for special admission.
Coursework taken elsewhere will not be applied toward a degree in the College of Engineering until it is determined that it is equivalent to required coursework or is an acceptable substitute. Also, only coursework taken elsewhere on which a grade of C or better has been earned will be considered for application toward a degree. No more than one-half of the hours of an engineering or computer science curriculum may be transferred from a two-year community or junior college
For admission to undergraduate programs, international students must earn a minimum paper-based TOEFL score of 550 or a computer-based minimum score of 213.


Graduate Admission:
The following admission criteria apply to all graduate applicants:
1. Applicants seeking degree status must have a 2.75 GPA on the last two full years of undergraduate academic work or a 3.0 GPA on all graduate work already completed. Individual departments or programs may require a higher GPA for admission.
2. While the Graduate School does not require scores from standardized examinations such as the GRE or GMAT, each department or program may require the submission of standardized tests scores by applicants for consideration of admission.
3. Applicants not satisfying the GPA may be admitted (if recommended by the department) to a degree program as a provisional student. Provisional students must earn a 3.0 GPA on the first nine (9) hours of regular graduate-level courses on their program of study taken at Mississippi State University (transfer hours will not apply) in order to achieve regular admission status. If a 3.0 is not attained in the first nine (9) hours, the provisional student will be dismissed from the Graduate School.
4. Applicants seeking non-degree or unclassified status must provide verification of receipt of the baccalaureate degree. Applicants in the unclassified category will be admitted by the Graduate School. Only nine (9) hours of graduate work received as an unclassified student may be transferred to a degree program. Individual departments or programs may place restrictions on unclassified students taking courses in their areas. This policy took effect for students admitted for the Fall Semester of 1990.

The following requirements satisfy the English language proficiency for international graduate students. A student admitted to the University with a national TOEFL or IELTS score less than the proficient-level equivalencies must enroll in the specified English as a Second Language (ESL) course requirement(s) beginning with the initial enrollment period.
I. An international applicant whose English-language test score falls within the following ranges is eligible for admission and award of a graduate assistantship.
• An applicant who attains a national TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 PBT or 79 iBT or an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5 is considered proficient in English. If the academic department requires a higher test score, the applicant must attain the higher score or be admitted contingent on satisfying this University requirement. The applicant can be considered for admission for Spring, Summer or Fall terms.
• An applicant with either a TOEFL score between 547-523 PBT or 78-69 iBT or an IELTS of 6.0 will be required to enroll in ESL 5323 Academic Research and Writing. This course is designed for international graduate students whose test score indicates a need for assistance in English writing, research, and editing skills. The course is graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. The student required to take ESL 5323 can also enroll in up to 6 credit hours in his/her graduate program. The applicant can be considered for admission for Spring, Summer or Fall terms.

II. An international applicant whose English-language test score falls within the following ranges is eligible for admission but is not eligible for award of a graduate assistantship until the English-language requirements of ESL 5110 and/or ESL 5120 are satisfied.
• An applicant with either a TOEFL score between 520-500 PBT or 68-61 iBT or an IELTS score of 5.5 is required to enroll in ESL 5120, a 9-hour intensive English course designed by the English as a Second Language Center. This course is graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. The student cannot register for courses in his/her graduate program while completing this required course. A student enrolled in ESL 5120 will complete the course when he/she passes the English Proficiency Exam consisting of grammar, reading, writing, oral, and aural skills; has attended the English immersion class regularly for at least one semester; and has done satisfactory work. The student is then eligible to enroll in ESL 5323 Academic Research and Writing.
• A qualified student with either a TOEFL score between 497-477 PBT or 59-53 iBT or an IELTS score of 5-4.5 is required to enroll in ESL 5110 , an intensive English language course especially designed by the English as a Second Language Center. This course is graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. The student cannot register for courses in his/her graduate program while completing this requirements. A student enrolled in ESL 5110 will complete the course when he/she passes the English Proficiency Exam consisting of grammar, reading, writing, oral, and aural skills, has attended the English immersion class regularly for at least one semester, and has done satisfactory work. Such student must then complete ESL 5120 (a 9-hour immersion course) and, subsequently, ESL 5323. The applicant can be considered for admission for Fall term only.

III. An applicant whose TOEFL score is below 477 PBT or 53 iBT or whose IELTS score is 4.5 is not eligible for admission to the Graduate School.

Recommendations

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