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Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Applicants to a graduate program of the University must meet the minimum standards set forth by the University and the program. Applicants must check the individual program requirements before submitting their applications.
A student seeking admission into a graduate program offered by the University must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or, in the case of foreign students, from a well established institution of higher learning that is authorized to grant degrees by appropriate authorities in that country. The applicant must submit official transcripts, test scores and other supporting documents to Florida International University, Graduate Admissions Office, P.O. Box 659004, Miami, FL. 33265- 9004. All credentials and documents submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office become the property of Florida International University. Originals will not be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution.
In the absence of specific program admission requirements, the applicant should have a minimum of a "B" average in upper level work, or a graduate degree from an accredited institution.
Degree programs individually determine admission requirements with respect to requiring nationally-normed examinations and the required scores. Admissions at the graduate level are competitive and meeting minimum program requirements does not guarantee admission.
An applicant who fails to meet these criteria may gain admission via an exception to the admissions standards which must be initiated by the specific academic department.

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Prospective students seeking a graduate degree in the College must satisfy all university admission requirements as well as the specific program requirements. General requirements for the MS degree includes a BS in engineering or equivalent area, a GPA score of 3.0/4.0 or higher in upper level undergraduate work, and official GRE scores (if applicable). Each department evaluates candidates for admission to its programs. Prospective students should refer to the appropriate section of the catalog for specific admission requirements and for contact information of the Graduate Programs Directors.
Prospective students seeking a graduate degree in the College must satisfy all university admission requirements as well as the specific program requirements. General requirements for the Ph.D. degree includes an MS in engineering or equivalent area, a GPA score of 3.0/4.0 or higher in upper level undergraduate work, a GPA of at least 3.3/4.0 in the master’s program (if applicable depending on program requirement), as well as official GRE scores. Each department evaluates candidates for admission to its programs. Prospective students should refer to the appropriate section of the catalog for specific admission requirements and for contact information of the Graduate Programs Directors.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

Foreign graduate applicants are accepted subject to space and fiscal limitations. In addition to the general University admissions requirements, foreign applicants must be academically eligible for graduate level study in their own country. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by presenting a minimum score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL (equivalent to 550 on the paper-based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language), or 6.5 overall on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or 53 on the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic. However, some departments may require higher scores. Applicants who hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution within the United States or other English speaking countries are not required to submit English proficiency exam scores. The applicant must check the individual departmental requirements.
International student applicants must meet all the admission requirements of the University as described in the previous sections and also comply with the following:

Due to the additional processing time needed, International Students should submit their applications and supporting documents much earlier than students who are U.S. Citizens or Residents. It is recommended that all international students comply with the following application deadlines:

SEMESTER APPLICATION DEADLINE
Fall February 15th
Spring August 1st
Summer December 1st

Note: Individual programs may have deadlines earlier than the University deadlines. Applicants should check with the program to which they are seeking admission to determine the application deadline.

Residency Requirements

A student who is classified as a nonresident for tuition purposes may become eligible for reclassification as a resident for tuition purposes by presenting a minimum of three (3) documents identified in sections 1009.21(3)(c)1. or 1009.21(3)(c)2., that convincingly demonstrate the establishment of permanent legal residence in Florida other than for the sole purpose of pursuing a postsecondary education. Documentation must demonstrate that the student or, if the student is a dependent, their parent has maintained legal residence in Florida for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately prior to the first day of classes for the term for which residency reclassification is sought except as otherwise provided in section 1009.21(6).

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Doctoral programs may accept up to 20% of the required total coursework, subject to approval of the Program Director, of graduate credit earned from another institution beyond a bachelor’s degree. An exception is made for courses contained within an earned master’s or doctoral degree. For such courses, the maximum is one fewer than half of the total credits required for the program.
Master’s degree programs may accept up to 20% of the required total coursework, subject to approval of the Program Director, of graduate credit earned from another institution beyond a bachelor’s degree.
Education Specialist students are treated in the same manner as Master’s Degree students. Acceptance of transfer credits for a course is dependent upon the following provisions:
a. the student received a grade of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
b. the course was taken at an accredited institution
c. the course was relevant, as judged by the admissions committee of the department or program, to the graduate program in which the student is accepted
d. the course is listed on an official transcript received by the Graduate Admissions Office e. the course will not be older than six years at the time of receipt of a master’s degree or nine years at the time of receipt of a doctoral degree (does not apply to credits earned as part of a completed graduate degree program)
Note: Students are advised to verify this information with the appropriate Graduate Program Director.