9: School of Graduate Engineering and Applied Science

General Information | Degree Programs | Program Descriptions | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Admission Requirements | Financial Assistance | Special Fellowships | General Requirements
Right to Petition | Transfer Credit | Air Force and Army ROTC | Graduate Degree Credit for Undergraduates
Joint Degree Program | Master of Science | Master of Engineering | Part-time Graduate Students
Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program | Doctor of Philosophy
Virginia Consortium of Engineering and Science Universities (VCES)

General Requirements

Grades   The letter grade symbols used for grading graduate students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science are: A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F. To obtain a graduate degree in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, a graduate student must have a minimum average grade of B on all graded graduate course work taken at the University of Virginia while a graduate student, or taken as an undergraduate for graduate credit. No grade lower than a C is acceptable toward meeting the requirements for a graduate degree. If a course is repeated, both grades are used in computing the overall grade average. Undergraduate courses and courses taken on a Credit/No Credit basis may not be used to meet requirements for a graduate degree, and are not used in computing the grade average. A 10-day period past the end of the semester (end of the examination period) is automatically allowed to remove an incomplete. Maximum extension to the end of the following semester (following fall for a spring class and spring for a fall class) may be granted upon special request to the deanís office.

Quality of Work   Graduate degrees are not conferred merely upon the basis of the number of courses passed, nor the length of time spent in residence or in research, but primarily upon the basis of the quality and scope of the candidateís knowledge and power of investigation in a chosen field of study. Unsatisfactory work during any semester or an overall grade average of less than B may be considered sufficient reason for withdrawal of financial assistance, or for enforced withdrawal from the graduate program. Graduate students are considered to be on probation if their cumulative grade point average for graduate work is less than 3.0 and they are notified of this by the deanís office. Graduate students are subject to dismissal if their cumulative grade point average is not raised to 3.0 within one semester.

Research   All graduate students doing research are registered for the appropriate research course. Credits are assigned to this course in such a way that the total number of hours for which the student is registered reflects the fraction of time devoted to progress toward a degree. Students must register for a minimum of six credits of research for the Master of Science (thesis) degree and 24 credits of research for the Ph.D. degree. In many cases research in excess of these minimum requirements, particularly for the Ph.D. degree, is desirable. Project research for the Master of Engineering or Master of Applied Science (non-thesis) degrees is encouraged and, in some curricula, required.

Time Limit For Graduate Degrees   The student must complete all the requirements for a Master of Science degree within five years after admission to the graduate program, and he or she must complete all the requirements for a Master of Engineering degree within seven years after admission to the graduate program. All requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree must be completed within seven years after admission to the doctoral program. Expired credits may be revalidated by examination upon approval of the advisor, the appropriate department graduate committee, and the Office of the Dean.


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