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graduate Admissions


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Pamela M. Norris

Associate Dean for
Research and Graduate Programs


As dean of graduate programs, I welcome your interest in pursuing a professional degree with our School. Please look through this site for answers to questions you may have about being a student here. In particular, please fill out the interest page to request information about your areas of interest. I am looking forward to getting to know you.


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Off-Grounds Degree Programs

Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program

MBA/ME Joint Degree Program

Accelerated Masters Degree in Systems Engineering

We seek well-rounded individuals who bring exceptional intellectual capabilities and passion for their chosen field. We have no minimum GPA or GRE requirements but rather we evaluate the entire application, weighing all components. We look for evidence of competitive academic performance, work and life experiences, and qualities of character including motivation, maturity, tenacity, integrity, ability to work with others, self-reliance and leadership. As the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees are "research degrees," it is also necessary for your research interests and experiences to align with the areas of funded research in the department of interest. Admission, therefore, is often dependent on finding a faculty member(s) with funded research in an area(s) that matches your interests. It is recommended that applicants spend time researching the areas of active research and the faculty conducting that research in the department of interest. The Statement of Interest should then address these areas. We consider all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, disability, age, sexual orientation or veteran status.

  • An applicant must have a baccalaureate degree with at least a B average (preferably in engineering, though other fields may be accepted) from a recognized college or university. Undergraduate courses that may be required to remedy deficiencies must be taken without credit.

  • Each candidate must complete the Application for Admission. The application requires completion of an essay, transcripts of all academic work and three letters of recommendation. All applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

We welcome applications from men and women from other countries whose diverse perspectives broaden the range of educational experience for all members of the academic community.

  • International students must have an outstanding command of the English language in order to enroll at the University. The TOEFL 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 paper exam, 250 on the computer 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.

Whether you are beginning your graduate education or are preparing to move beyond a master’s degree, the Engineering School Office of Graduate Programs is available to help you.



SEAS is committed to being a welcoming place for every member of our community and to avoid discrimination of all types in the treatment of students, faculty and staff. In particular, we strongly endorse and will continue to comply with the University’s policy prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The School of Engineering and Applied Science administration and faculty are pleased that Governor McDonnell’s Executive Directive One declares that there is no tolerance for discrimination, including on the basis of sexual orientation.