Q. What is the acceptable/minimum QPA, and GRE score?
A. We do not preview an applicant’s qualifications
or make pre-application admission decisions based on inquiries from
applicants. Our webpage provides the average scores of recently
admitted students so that applicants can make informed decisions as to
whether or not to apply. Our graduate program is very competitive.
QPA, and GRE scores are one, but not the sole, important factor in
Q. There are two deadlines on the website. Which one do I choose?
A. PhD and research (thesis) MS applications must be
received by December 1, to be considered for enrollment the following
Fall semester (students wishing to begin in the Spring semester may
defer their enrollment to then, if admitted). Applicants to the
professional (non-thesis) MS program may submit applications by December 1 for Fall term admission, or by June 1 for Spring term admission.
Q. Where do I send my application materials?
A. Applications should be completed and submitted online.
Materials that cannot be included may be mailed to the Swanson School
of Engineering, Administration Office, Room 151 Benedum Hall,
Pittsburgh, PA 15261.
Q. Do I need to provide high school transcripts?
Q. I am a foreign student. Is there additional material required? Do I need a TOEFL score? My country doesn't give the TOEFL exam, can I use something else?
A. In addition to the regular application material,
international students are also required to submit the International
Graduate Student Supplemental Application Packet and are encouraged to
submit all application materials well in advance of the normal
application deadlines. The TOEFL exam must be taken if the applicant’s
native language is not English. However, foreign students who possess a
degree from an accredited institution within the United States are not
required to submit TOEFL scores. The Swanson School of Engineering
requires a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (213 computer based, 80 internet
based). Applications with scores below this minimum are automatically
rejected. International applicants from countries that do not offer
the TOEFL may submit their IELTS score (minimum score 7.0). NOTE: if the
TOEFL is offered, it must be the test used to document proficiency in
Q. What are the Department and Institution codes for submitting the GRE and TOEFL scores?
A. The Department Code for submitting GRE and TOEFL scores is 1603, and the Institution Code is 2927.
Q. I do not have a BS in engineering. Will I still be considered and will I have to take remedial courses?
A. While the vast majority of applicants have a BS
in an engineering field, a key factor is the applicant’s research
interests and how their background prepares them for that area, and
matching them with particular faculty members in our program. We will
consider applicants with non-engineering backgrounds whose degrees are
in the physical or life sciences. However, if admitted, such students
normally require additional course work to make up deficits in their
Q. Can I apply to the MS and PhD programs in one application form?
A. In order to pursue a PhD, you need to apply and
be admitted to the PhD program. You can earn a MS degree along the way
if you decide after matriculating that you want to do that.
Alternately, if you apply for the MS and decide after matriculating that
you want to continue on for a PhD, you can apply to the PhD program.
Q. I am an international applicant who applied
by the deadline, but the "Apply Yourself" website indicates that my
application is incomplete or has not yet been received. Can you please
check on the status of my application?
A. Due to the large number of international
applications received, many of which need to be processed and entered
into the database manually, the Apply Yourself website may indicate that
your materials and scores have not yet been received. While the volume
of applications received precludes us from responding to every
individual query on the status of your application, please be assured
that the website will be updated and your application for admission will
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