The School of Engineering and Applied Science offers an exceptional
educational opportunity for qualified students who seek an environment where
graduate study is characterized by integrated learning experiences with highly
qualified, experienced, and dedicated faculty. Graduate admissions committees
are seeking well-rounded individuals who bring exceptional intellectual capabilities
along with a passion for their chosen field. The admissions process looks for
evidence of competitive academic performance, work and life experiences, and
qualities of character such as motivation, maturity, tenacity, integrity, ability
to work with others, self-reliance, and leadership. All applicants are considered
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation,
disability, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Engineering School
welcomes applications from men and women from other countries whose diverse
perspectives broaden the range of educational experience for all members of
the academic community.
An 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 a B average for admission into graduate studies.
Each candidate must complete the Application for Admission.
The application requires completion of an essay, complete transcripts of all
academic work and three letters of recommendation. A non-refundable application
fee must accompany the application; an application will not be considered if
the fee has not been paid. All applicants are required to take the Graduate
Records Exam (GRE) general exam. 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 or 250 on the computer exam. Some students may be required to complete
the Summer English for Academic Purposes Program (www.virginia.edu/provost/caelc/summer.html)
prior to admission.
Applications may be completed and submitted on-line (https://applyonline.virginia.edu/engineering)
or application materials may be downloaded from the same site and submitted
by mail to: Graduate Studies, Office of the Dean, School of Engineering and
Applied Science, Thornton Hall, Room A-108, P.O. Box 400242 Charlottesville,
VA 22904-4242. On-line applications are strongly encouraged. Application information,
including recommendations, reach the admissions committees much faster if submitted
For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, deadlines for complete
applications for admission are: December 1 for January admission, May 1 for
June admission, and August 1 for September admission. Students requesting financial
aid, however, should submit a complete application by January 15 for September
admission. International students on visas (other than permanent residents)
must apply at least five months prior to the term for which admission is sought.
This time is necessary for the International Student Office to review and process
necessary papers. A prospective international student must have appropriate,
current, valid, and legal non-immigrant status before he/she can be offered
final admission to the University. Also, all international students (other than
permanent residents) must provide bank certification of the amount of U.S. dollars
they will have available for their first year in Charlottesville.