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Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

All applications must be submitted on-line through the Graduate School. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree with an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.8/4.0 and 3.0/4.0 on all previous graduate work. Individual programs may require higher GPAs. An undergraduate degree in Engineering is not required. If undergraduate degree is not in graduate major, remedial work in graduate major may be required. Application fee is $65 ($75 international). Applicants must submit official scores from the Educational Testing Service on the verbal, quantitative and analytical portions of the GRE. Domestic applications must be submitted no later than one month prior to the beginning of the term. International applications must be received by March 15 (Fall semester admission) and August 22 (Spring semester admission). Some graduate programs have earlier application deadlines. Admitted students must submit official transcripts before enrollment can be finalized. Three letters of recommendation, resume, and statement of research interests are required and must be submitted on-line through the Graduate School.

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Students are admitted by the Graduate School with recommendations from the Director of Graduate Studies in a particular discipline. Contact Director of Graduate Studies for specific program requirements. Additional information available at

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

An international applicant must typically hold a four-year bachelor’s degree (exceptions to this rule include countries in the European Union, Canada, Australia and New Zealand), have excellent grades
and rank in the top quarter of their classes (for Indian students: a first-class record is normally expected although high second-class holders in non-science areas may be considered if they can offer further evidence of having been in at least the top 10 percent of their graduating class). When credentials are submitted in support of any application, they should be either the original documents or certified
copies (i.e., copies certified or attested as “true copies” by a notary public). An official translation must be attached to these records if they are in a language other than English. Credentials should include a record of all degrees earned, detailing all subjects taken and grades obtained. Grades must be listed in the indigenous system. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550 (paper based) 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based). The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. Individual programs may however have higher requirements. Submitted scores must be no more than two years old. Official language score must be sent directly by the reporting agency. Applicants must also submit a Financial Certificate for International Applicants. International application fee is $75. Applications must be received by March 15 (Fall semester admission) and August 22 (Spring semester admission).

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Same as for resident students

Residency Requirements

MS Degree: There is no Graduate School-wide sustained residence requirement for master’s degrees at the University of Kentucky. A final exam (oral and/or written) is given to all candidates for master’s degrees. Students have 6 years to complete all requirements for the degree. Extensions may be requested.
PhD Degree: Students must complete the equivalent of two years of residency (36 credit hours) prior to the qualifying exam and one year of post-qualifying residency. Pre-qualifying residency: Students must complete 36 credit hours of graduate coursework (some programs require more than 36 hours) within five years of enrollment. Extensions may be requested. Post-qualifying residency: Students are required to enroll in a 2 credit hour course after successfully completing the qualifying examination, XXX-767; Dissertation Residency Credit. They will be charged at the in-state tuition rate plus mandatory fees. Students must remain continuously enrolled in this course every fall and spring semester until they have completed and defended the dissertation. This will constitute full-time enrollment. Students are required to complete two semesters of 767 before they can graduate. All degree requirements for the doctorate must be completed within five years following the semester or summer session in which the candidate successfully completes the qualifying examination. Extensions may be requested.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Upon request of the DGS, a total of 9 hours (or 25% of regular course degree requirements) may be transferred into a master's degree program or to fulfill doctoral pre-qualifying residency requirement. The doctoral transfer policy would NOT apply in cases where a prior master’s degree is being used to satisfy 18 hours of the pre‐qualifying residency requirement. Additional rules apply. See Graduate School Bulletin for specifics.