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Last Updated on December 22, 2022

Graduate Admissions

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At UVA Engineering, our admissions process is designed to welcome a diverse, talented, ambitious and well-rounded pool of prospective graduate students. Admissions committees in each of our graduate programs review every applicant’s entire package, looking for academic capabilities, research experiences, leadership and passion for his or her chosen field.

  • WHICH TYPE OF GRADUATE DEGREE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?The answer to that question depends on your professional goals. What do you imagine yourself doing in 10 years? Do you see yourself working in a large corporation designing new products or processes, or starting your own company and bringing a product or service to market? Will you work in a research lab, or serve as a university professor building your own research program while teaching and mentoring students? Are you planning to use your engineering degree as a springboard into a different field such as medicine, law or business? Do you want to improve your skills and marketability in your current career? How much time are you willing to invest in a graduate engineering degree?Whatever your goals, UVA Engineering has a graduate degree that can help you get there. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CHOOSING A GRADUATE DEGREE
  • TIPS FOR APPLYING TO GRADUATE PROGRAMSWhat are Graduate Admissions looking for in an applicant?
    • Potential for productivity
    • Research readiness
    • Leadership experience
    • Persistence, motivation, and a passion for science/engineering
    • Creativity and vision
    • Ability to collaborate
    • Academic ability in chosen field
     The Application Packet:
    • The Application itself
      • Complete every question thoroughly
    • CV
      • Higher-education degrees along with graduation date, GPA, and class rank (if known).
      • Any certificates and other forms of training
      • Give thorough explanations of any research and leadership experience, including advisor names
      • All publications, including journal articles and conference presentations
      • Professional experiences and include names of companies
      • Research and academic awards, fellowships, and internships
      • Any teaching experience
      • Any outreach and service
    • Letters of Recommendation
      • Request letters well in advance and remind recommenders as you approach the deadline
      • Make sure each writer can attest to your character and your potential success in graduate school.  
      • Include research advisors
      • Include instructors with whom you have taken more than one course, or with whom you have worked closely with on projects
      • Include relevant employers
    • Personal Statement
      • Who are you outside of your test scores and transcripts? What distinguishes you?
      • What are your plans for graduate study and career, and how will this program help you achieve your goals?
      • What previous research and leadership experience do you have, and how has it prepared you for success?
      • Have you overcome any hardships or obstacles that shows your determination and passion (may also be used to explain any gaps or poor metrics in your academic record)?
      • How do your research interests fit with the interests of faculty in the program?
    • Transcripts
      • From each institution of higher learning
    • GRE
      • Does your program and degree require them?  Some do not.
      • Plan ahead to allow time to retake if desired
      • Required for all non-native English speakers
    • Always alert faculty of interest to your application.  A professor who is impressed with you is a powerful advocate.
  • APPLICATION DEADLINESApplication deadlines vary depending on request for departmental aid and the department to which you are applying.You may submit an application for admission until the deadline below, but please note that some programs fill their entering class early in the admissions cycle and may stop accepting applications before the published deadline. Additionally, most department financial aid is distributed for the Fall.Deadline for Ph.D. and M.S. Applications (with financial aid request):ProgramTerms AvailableAll ApplicantsBiomedical EngineeringFallDecember 15Chemical Engineering (PhD only)FallJanuary 4
    Now January 31Civil and Environmental EngineeringFallJanuary 1SpringOctober 1Computer Engineering (PhD only)FallJanuary 5Computer ScienceFallDecember 15Electrical Engineering (PhD only)FallJanuary 15SpringOctober 1  Materials Science EngineeringFallJanuary 15SpringOctober 1SummerJanuary 15Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringFallJanuary 15SpringOctober 1Systems and Information EngineeringFallJanuary 1SpringOctober 1 Deadline for M.E. Applications; Some Ph.D. and M.S. Applications as below (without request for financial aid):NOTE: Not all programs admit students in every term.ProgramTerms AvailableU.S. Citizens and Permanent ResidentsNon-U.S. CitizensBiomedical Engineering (ME only)FallJune 15June 15Chemical Engineering (PhD and ME only)FallAugust 1April 1Civil and Environmental EngineeringFallAugust 15April 1SpringFebruary 1October 1Computer Engineering (PhD and ME only)FallAugust 1April 1Computer ScienceFallApril 1April 1Electrical Engineering (MS and ME only)FallApril 1April 1SpringOctober 1October 1   Materials Science Engineering
    (MMSE Fall only)FallAugust 1April 1SpringDecember 1October 1SummerApril 1January 15Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringFallAugust 1April 1SpringOctober 1October 1Systems and Information EngineeringFallAugust 15April 1SpringFebruary 1October 1Summer – AMP onlyMay 1February 1 Deadlines for Other M.E. Program Applications: VIRGINIA ENGINEERING ONLINE PROFESSIONAL MASTER’S DEGREESThe Virginia Engineering Online (VEO) Professional Master’s Degree program has an ongoing application process and mostly follows the application deadlines posted above. If your application is not complete by the posted deadline, you may request to register for a class as a non-degree student. Early coursework taking as a non-degree student can be later applied to your degree program.ACCELERATED MASTERS PROGRAM IN SYSTEMS ENGINEERING (AMP)
    The AMP program uses a rolling admissions procedure. Applications are reviewed and admissions decisions are made as the applications are received. Class size is limited. Prospective students are encouraged to submit their applications early in the cycle. This program will continue to accept well-qualified candidates for admission until all slots are filled or the next cohort begins.
  • APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONSAn applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from a recognized college or university. While this degree will normally be in the field of engineering or applied science, degrees in other fields may be acceptable. Undergraduate courses that may be required to remedy deficiencies must be taken without credit. An applicant should have at least a B average for admission into graduate studies.Each candidate must complete the Application for Admission. The application includes:
    • Transcripts of all academic work.
    • Three letters of recommendation.
    • Applicant’s Statement of Purpose essay.
    • $85 fee paid with VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express
    • GRADUATE RECORDS EXAM (GRE) general test scores (Institution code 5820).  NOTE: All programs have made the GRE optional for the 2021 applications. You may submit scores if  feel they enhance your application, but there is no penalty for not submitting them. 
    • TOEFL or IELTS scores for applicants whose native language is not English (institution code B875). If you are a Permanent Resident of the U.S. or if you have a bachelor degree entirely at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, you do NOT need to provide these scores.
     Official transcripts and test scores are NOT required for the review process but applicants should be sure to upload unofficial transcripts and indicate your unofficial test scores in your application. All materials including your resume, essays, unofficial transcripts, unofficial test scores and other supplemental materials should be submitted electronically as part of your application. We have no set minimum scores. If you are offered admission and choose to accept, we require official transcripts (either submitted electronically directly from your University Registrar or paper transcripts in envelopes sealed and signed by the University Registrar) and official test scores reported from ETS to institution code 5820 (GRE) and B875 (TOEFL) before you can enroll and before a Form I-20 can be issued (for international students).If you wish to apply to a second program, please note you must pay an additional application fee for each submitted program and degree application.  However, you will be able to use your same login information.  Applicants who believe they may qualify for an application fee waiver should first review the APPLICATION FEE WAIVER INFORMATION and then submit their request within their application.We strongly discourage applicants from mailing in any items that can be uploaded, to avoid delays in your application review and we ask that you not send duplicate copies of previously uploaded materials.For US Postal:
    Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science Admissions
    P.O. Box 401103
    Charlottesville, VA 22904For UPS/FEDEX:
    ATTN: Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science Admissions
    Room 232
    1001 North Emmett Street 
    Charlottesville, VA 22903
    • GRE Scores are OptionalGRADUATE RECORDS EXAM (GRE) are an optional credential and as an applicant you may decide if you want to submit your scores as part of your application. If you have already taken the GREs and count them as reflective of your abilities, feel free to submit them. If you choose not to submit test scores, you will not be viewed negatively. Applications are evaluated as a total package. Each application is evaluated for excellence and best fit via recommendation letters, research experience and interest, tenacity and curiosity, leadership abilities, and prior academic achievements. Should you chose to submit your scores, please send to institution code 5820.
    • TOEFL or IELTS scores for applicants whose native language is not English (institution code B875). If you are a Permanent Resident of the U.S. or if you have a bachelor degree entirely at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, you do NOT need to provide these scores.
  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSCompleting the Application
    • Can I apply to more than one program? Yes, you may apply to up to two different graduate programs within UVA Engineering. You will need to complete and submit a separate application for each graduate program.
    • My recommender did not receive an email notification or is having difficulty submitting their letter of recommendation. What should I do? If your recommender did not receive an email notification with instructions on how to submit a letter of recommendation online, or if they are having problems submitting a letter of recommendation online, please have them email the letter of recommendation to the Central Admission Office at [email protected].
    • Are official transcripts and official test scores required? Applications are reviewed basedon unofficial transcripts and self-reported test scores. Official test scores and transcripts are not necessary for the review process, but will be required if the applicant matriculates as a student. Offers of admission are not binding until official transcripts and official test scores have been received and verified by the Central Admission Office.
    • How do I check the status of my application? The application status is displayed when you log in to your online application.
     Standardized Tests
    • What are the minimum requirements for the GRE and TOEFL/IELTS? There are no set minimum scores to apply to the Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science.
     Admissions Decisions
    • How are admissions decisions made?Admissions decisions are made within each program. Questions about your admission status, the academic program, funding, or research conducted within the program should be directed to the listed graduate director for your area of interest. See “GRADUATE PROGRAM CONTACTS” below.
    • How will I be notified when an admissions decision is made on my application? When an admissions decision has been made on your application, you will be notified via email. Admissions decisions are viewed by logging into your online application.
    • How do I respond to my offer of admission? To accept or decline an offer of admission, an applicant must enter the online application, access the decision letter and follow the link to the response page.
  • GRADUATE PROGRAM CONTACTSFor information about the various graduate programs, please contact the appropriate graduate director listed below.Graduate Coordinators Graduate Directors Online Education AdvisorsThe VIRGINIA ENGINEERING ONLINE (VEO) Professional Master’s Degree program is a part-time degree program offering Master of Engineering degrees in the disciplines listed below:
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    • The UNIVERSITY POLICE DEPARTMENT (UPD), a professional police department that provides the same level of service offered by a municipal police department along with other services unique to an academic institution. UPD participates in a mutual aid agreement with other local departments and a cooperative patrol agreement with the City of Charlottesville.
    • AMBASSADORS PROGRAM, a service that provides extra eyes and ears on the streets and assistance including walking escorts in neighborhoods frequented by students
    • UNIVERSITY TRANSIT SERVICE (UTS) bus system that has an annual ridership greater than 3 million
    • SAFERIDE shuttle program during hours when UTS buses are not operating
    • YELLOW CAB CHARGE-A-RIDE PROGRAM available with student ID
    • Educational seminars, bystander training, and self-defense classes
    • More than 500 blue light emergency phones
    • Lighted pathways and ongoing inspection of buildings and the Grounds
    • Security cameras strategically placed around the Grounds
    • Card key system for access to residence halls at all times and other buildings during designated hours
    • UVAALERTS emergency notification system, sirens and public address system
    • Fire alarm and suppression systems
    • SECURITY AND GENERAL SAFETY COMMITTEE, an advisory group made up of students, faculty, staff, and parents
    Federal law requires the University to publish an ANNUAL SECURITY AND FIRE SAFETY REPORT. The report includes information on crime prevention, fire safety, University Police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, and statistics about crimes that occurred during the previous three years on Grounds or in designated areas near the Grounds as well as in other locations specified by law. The annual report is available at HTTP://CLERYACT.VIRGINIA.EDU/REPORT.  You may request a hard copy of the report from the University by writing to C[email protected].This CLERY ACT publication contains information about safety measures and statistics about crime in and near our University community. It also describes our efforts to combat alcohol and drug abuse.The Notice of NON-DISCRIMINATION & EQUAL OPPORTUNITY describes UVA’s policies and initiatives for preventing discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information, in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Governor’s Executive Order Number One (2014), and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Virginia prohibits sexual and gender-based harassment, including sexual assault, and other forms of interpersonal violence.

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