Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Admissions Process
Graduate Admissions

Applications for admission are encouraged from all persons with a genuine interest in advanced engineering study. Each application will be judged on its own merits.


A recent graduate of an ABET-accredited engineering program will be granted admission on the basis of his/her undergraduate academic record. Typically an applicant should have earned a B average (cumulative quality point average of 3.0/4.0) or better. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for most programs. Applicants should check each program's specific requirements.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements will be considered on an individual basis with strong emphasis given to academic promise, career orientation, work experience, and preparation in engineering and related disciplines. In some cases, applicants may be admitted provisionally until certain deficiencies in either coursework or academic achievement are satisfied.

To apply to Graduate School at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering:


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To get started on your electronic application, you must create an account. You will receive a Personal Identification Number (PIN) and will be requested to create a password. It is not necessary to complete the application in one session. Save your work before exiting. When you return, you will need to enter your PIN and password. You will not be permitted to submit a partially completed application. When you are ready to submit you will have an opportunity to print a copy of your completed application for your records. Your application will be transmitted through a secure server and is kept confidential.


Applicants must have their reference letters submitted electronically as part of the online admissions application process.


Applicants are required to upload academic records from each academic institution (undergraduate and/or graduate) attended. Official, original academic credentials that are issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. These will be considered unofficial copies.


GRE scores are required and are useful in combination with all the other materials submitted. Official GRE test scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Using the institution code of 2927 for the University of Pittsburgh is sufficient. Please refer to the following web site for further information on the GRE and registration forms: http://www.ets.org/gre.

5. TOEFL or IELTS scores (Required for international applicants):

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all applicants whose native language is not English, except for those who have recently received a degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or any other English speaking country. It is the policy of the University of Pittsburgh to admit only those students with a TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test) or 80 (internet-based). Official TOEFL test scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Using the institution code of 2927 for the University of Pittsburgh is sufficient. Please refer to the following web site for further information on the TOEFL and registration forms: http://www.ets.org/toefl. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores must be sent directly from IELTS to your admitting department. It is the policy of the University of Pittsburgh to admit only those students with an IELTS of at least Band 6.5.

You can upload copies of your score reports (if available) when submitting your online application. This uploaded version is not considered “official” and will be used for preliminary review until your official scores are received from ETS or IELTS.


Learn more about tuition and fees associated with a graduate education at the Swanson School of Engineering: http://www.ir.pitt.edu/tuition/


Find out how scholarships, fellowships, traineeships, and grants can help pay for education excellence: http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/admissions/graduate/financial_aid/


Fall Term – March 1
Spring Term – July 1
Summer Term – February 1

Students applying to graduate study in the Department of Bioengineering should refer here for specific application deadlines.

Please do NOT send hard copies of materials that have been submitted electronically. Original documents are NOT required until you are admitted and decide to attend the University of Pittsburgh.

To apply to one of the following programs, please select the appropriate link and you will be redirected to the applicable application site:

MBA/Master of Science in Engineering Joint Degree Program:


MD/PHD Program:


Students must first be accepted into the MD/PhD Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Prospective students must apply individually to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and complete the MSTP online application. The criteria for acceptance to the MSTP include an outstanding academic record and letters of recommendation, positive personal interviews, and significant prior research experience. Admission to the MSTP is competitive, as is admission to graduate school, with students applying to the PhD programs of their choice after the first year of medical school.

Interested applicants may contact Aaron Batista, PhD.

DPT/PHD Bioengineering Program:


The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) – PhD in Bioengineering program combines the entry-level DPT leading to licensure as a physical therapist, with a PhD in Bioengineering that will prepare the student to become an independent researcher. The program will integrate clinical and research experiences, with students receiving mentorship from faculty in the departments of Physical Therapy and Bioengineering. Students should have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in engineering or engineering-related discipline, with a strong interest in physical therapy.