Plan your degree from start to finish

Plan for success using the timeline and graduation requirements for your degree. The Office of Graduate Programs helps navigate school-level degree requirements as well as the correct forms pertaining to required assessments, thesis and dissertation committee formation, proposal and defense completion and submission guidelines.

Ph.D. Students

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M.S. Students

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Engineering Graduate Student Degrees

Master’s:  Master of Science (M.S. - with thesis) and Non-thesis Master’s (M.E., M.C.S., M.M.S.E.)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


Fall and Spring: Full-time students are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 credits (maximum of 15 credits) in the spring and fall semesters. Part-time students are to enroll in up to 6 credits.

Summer: Summer semester enrollment is not required unless the student receives student funding by the University in the summer (GRA, GTA, or fellowship) or is graduating in August. Funded students must enroll in 6 credits for full-time status.

If not being paid, degree candidates may be eligible to enroll in affiliated status ($211 fee as of fall 2022) – conditions apply. For further information on affiliated status enrollment, contact:

Degree Programs

  • Biomedical Engineering

    UVA Engineering's Biomedical Engineering Department is distinguished by its emphasis on biology and its close relationship with UVA’s School of Medicine. Our dual perspective has enabled our faculty members and students to make groundbreaking discoveries in systems biology and biomedical data science, medical imaging, and cellular and tissue engineering. Through partnerships with major corporations and startups, they are actively applying these breakthroughs to advance human health.

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  • Chemical Engineering

    Drawing on expertise in areas like catalysis, electrochemical systems, transport properties of biological systems and polymers for membranes and biomaterials, the Chemical Engineering Department's faculty bridge time and length scales between molecular-level interactions and real-world application. Using advanced molecular engineering strategies, the departments faculty and students are driving innovation in fields as varied and as important to society as solar energy and battery technologies, natural gas to chemical conversions, water purification, pollutant remediation tissue engineering, and pharmaceutical processing and drug delivery.

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  • Civil Engineering

    Whether the challenge is more efficient transportation, rising sea levels, modernizing the built environment or clean water, our students, staff and faculty create resilient systems that meet the needs of our communities. In the process, we advance the limits of current technology, whether it’s cyber-physical systems for smart cities or nanotechnology for low-cost water purification. To ensure our solutions are fully responsive to community needs, we actively collaborate across disciplines, including public policy, business, public health and architecture.

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  • Computer Engineering

    A student in Computer Engineering can choose to study with any faculty in the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering. The program allows faculty from both departments to collaborate with one another and to co-advise students in areas that cross traditional curricular lines. Computer engineers design, program, produce, operate and maintain computer and digital systems. They generally apply the theories and principles of science and mathematics to the design of hardware, software, networks and processes to solve technical problems. Areas of research include energy, medical, networks and security.

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  • Computer Science

    With its significant strengths in the three core areas of computer science—computer systems, theory and artificial intelligence—the Computer Science Department fosters highly productive collaborations that have led to breakthroughs in cyber-physical systems, cybersecurity, machine learning and high-performance computing among other areas. The department is applying these discoveries to address some of the most critical society challenges of the 21st century, in fields such as healthcare, neuroscience and sustainability.

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  • Electrical Engineering

    Students in this program benefit from a highly collaborative culture as well as faculty's core strengths in areas like terahertz and photonic devices, low-power digital systems, signal and image processing, and advanced controls. Thanks to our extensive partnerships with researchers around the University and the world, we are at the forefront of innovation in such emerging fields as cyber-physical systems and multifunctional materials integration as well as neuroscience, smart and connected health, and medical imaging.

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  • Materials Science and Engineering

    Students and faculty work across disciplines to address complex societal challenges, from more efficient jet engines to new electronic materials that extend the limits of Moore's law. With recent faculty hires, the department has reinforced its expertise in corrosion, high-temperature materials, surfaces and interface science, electronic materials and computational materials science. And the department is firmly established in such emerging fields as two-dimensional materials, soft and/or biological materials, and functional thermal material systems.

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  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    This department brings together world-class expertise in energy, propulsion, autonomous systems, biomechanics and manufacturing. This cross-cutting environment and new partnerships have resulted in levels of student awards, publications and research funding that place us among the nation’s elite mechanical and aerospace engineering programs. We are equipping a generation of leaders to apply mechanical and aerospace engineering to solve society's challenges.

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  • Systems Engineering

    Systems Engineering at UVA pushes the boundaries of knowledge in three core areas—human interaction, optimization and secure control, and information modeling—to improve performance across the range of human activity. Newly developed approaches have produced advances in domains as varied as aviation safety, juvenile diabetes, manufacturing, precision medicine and surgery. Through all our work, we seek to benefit society by fostering safety, efficiency and sound decision-making.

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  • Graduate Programs for Working Professionals

    UVA Engineering offers two programs for working professionals looking to earn their master's degrees: the Accelerated Master's Program in Systems Engineering and Virginia Engineering Online (Online Professional Master's Degree Program).

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