Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective Graduate Student FAQs

  • How do I apply for admission into one of your graduate programs?

    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 at least a B average for admission into graduate studies.

    Each candidate must complete the Application for Admission. The application includes:

    • The ON-LINE APPLICATION.
    • Transcripts of all academic work.
    • Three letters of recommendation.
    • Applicant’s Statement of Purpose essay.
    • $85 fee paid with VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express
    • GRADUATE RECORDS EXAM (GRE) general test scores (Institution code 5820).  NOTE: All programs have made the GRE optional for the 2021 applications. You may submit scores if feel they enhance your application, but there is no penalty for not submitting them.
    • TOEFL or IELTS scores for applicants whose native language is not English (institution code B875). If you are a Permanent Resident of the U.S. or if you have a bachelor degree entirely at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, you do NOT need to provide these scores.

    Official transcripts and test scores are NOT required for the review process but applicants should be sure to upload unofficial transcripts and indicate your unofficial test scores in your application. All materials including your resume, essays, unofficial transcripts, unofficial test scores and other supplemental materials should be submitted electronically as part of your application. We have no set minimum scores. If you are offered admission and choose to accept, we require official transcripts (either submitted electronically directly from your University Registrar or paper transcripts in envelopes sealed and signed by the University Registrar) and official test scores reported from ETS to institution code 5820 (GRE) and B875 (TOEFL) before you can enroll and before a Form I-20 can be issued (for international students).

    If you wish to apply to a second program, please note you must pay an additional application fee for each submitted program and degree application.However, you will be able to use your same login information.

    Applicants who believe they may qualify for an application fee waiver should first review the APPLICATION FEE WAIVER INFORMATION and then submit their request within their application.

    We strongly discourage applicants from mailing in any items that can be uploaded, to avoid delays in your application review and we ask that you not send duplicate copies of previously uploaded materials.

    For US Postal:

    Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science Admissions

    P.O. Box 401103

    Charlottesville, VA 22904

    For UPS/FEDEX:

    ATTN: Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science Admissions

    Room 232

    1001 North Emmett Street

    Charlottesville, VA 22903

  • Does the Civil Engineering and Systems Engineering graduate program belong to STEM scheme?

    Yes, these programs belong to STEM scheme.

  • Where can I find the curricula for the Civil Engineering and Systems Engineering programs?

    The Civil Engineering and Systems Engineering graduate programs curricula can be found in the ESE Graduate Student Handbook.

  • What are the application deadlines for graduate programs?
    • Fall Term: PhD and MS Applications deadline is January 1.
    • Spring Term: PhD and MS Applications deadline is October 1.
    • Fall Term: ME Applications for US citizens and permanent residents’ deadline is August 15.
    • Spring Term: ME Applications for US citizens and permanent residents’ deadline is February 1.
    • Fall Term: ME Applications for Non-US citizens deadline is April 1.
    • Spring Term: ME Applications for Non-US citizens deadline is October 1.
  • When can I expect a decision to be made on my graduate admissions application?

    You can expect a decision to be made within 30 days after the application deadline.

  • How many credits can be transferred into the Civil Engineering and Systems Engineering graduate program?

    UVA Engineering grants transfer of credit based on an analysis of the content, level and comparability of the courses taken, the applicability of the courses to the student’s intended degree program, the quality of the student’s performance in the course, and the institution where the work was completed. All requests for transfer of credit must be approved by the student’s academic program and the Office of Graduate Programs using the Request Approval of Transfer Credits Form. For any degree, a program may require additional courses to satisfy their specific academic requirements beyond the course credits transferred. Students can request the transfer of a UVA Engineering graduate-level course taken while a UVA undergraduate student, given that is was not used toward the undergraduate degree, using the UVA Engineering Graduate Course Approval Form.

    M.E., M.C.S., M.M.S.E. Students These students may transfer a maximum of 12 graduate course credits into their program of study (a maximum of 15 credits for VEO students). These graduate courses must have been completed with a grade of B or better and cannot have been used to satisfy requirements toward another degree. VEO students may transfer in graduate courses with a grade or C or better. See more information in the VEO section.

    M.S. and Ph.D. Students These students may transfer a maximum of 6 graduate course credits into their program of study. These graduate courses must have been completed with a grade of B or better and cannot have been used to satisfy requirements toward another degree. Ph.D. students who have earned a master’s degree in a STEM field will receive an automatic bulk transfer of 24 graduate course credits toward the school’s total graded coursework credit requirement. Ph.D. students who have earned a master’s degree in a non-STEM field will receive an automatic bulk transfer of 12 graduate course credits toward the school’s total graded coursework credit requirement.

  • Can I apply to the Civil Engineering and/or Systems Engineering Master’s program if I do not have a Bachelor’s in Civil and Environmental Engineering?

    Yes, you can apply to the programs without having an undergraduate degree in same program. You may be required to take articulation courses before you can start taking the required courses of the degree program.

  • What is the tuition for the Master of Engineering program?

    The approved tuition and fees information is located here

  • What’s the deposit and acceptance deadline for the Master of Engineering program?

    The Master of Engineering program does not have a definitive acceptance deadline. You should accept the admission offer before the semester starts and if you are an international student, you should accept it in a timely manner that will allow you to complete the visa process.

  • How can I find a graduate student roommate?

    Graduate student housing information can be found here. If you have any questions about leases, rent, or general housing information, please feel to call 434.924.3736, or email housingassignments@virginia.edu.

Prospective Undergraduate Student FAQs

  • What are the required courses to transfer into the undergraduate program in the School of Engineering?

    Transfer students are admitted to the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), and are not admitted directly into an academic major at the admission phase of this process. Transfer students will be contacted by the Engineering Registrar to declare their major as promptly as possible after their admission deposit is paid.

    In every case, an applicant for transfer admission must be in good academic standing at any college which he/she is currently attending or has previously attended, and must be eligible to return there. A transfer student is expected to have a better than average academic record and, in considering this record, the Committee on Admission will give special attention to the performance in mathematics and science, fields in which an aptitude for a science-based curriculum should be shown.

    DEGREE PROGRAMS

    The Degree of Bachelor of Science is granted with the following majors:

    Aerospace Engineering

    Biomedical Engineering - specific course prerequisite requirements, contact the department for more information

    Chemical Engineering – This program may take three years to complete, even for incoming third-year transfers.

    Civil Engineering

    Computer Science

    Computer Engineering

    Electrical Engineering

    Engineering Science

    Mechanical Engineering

    Systems Engineering

    Each student is required to write a thesis in the last undergraduate year. This is done under the guidance of a technical advisor and an instructor in the STS program within the Department of Engineering and Society. Writing the thesis constitutes a major portion of two required courses, STS 4500 and 4600, and is the culminating experience for the undergraduate program in SEAS.  The thesis represents a significant, challenging, yet rewarding effort on the part of the student.

    Course Requirements for Transfer (required course credits in parentheses):

    • Calculus (8 credits)
    • Physics (8) - Two courses in calculus-based college physics
    • Chemistry (4) - At least one course in calculus-based college chemistry
    • Computer Science (3) - A course in introductory computer programming, preferably in PYTHON
    • English Composition (your school’s full course sequence)
    • Other Requirements - Remaining courses may be in any area.
  • Where can I find the curricula for the Civil Engineering and Systems Engineering programs?

    The Civil Engineering undergraduate program curricula is located here and the Systems Engineering undergraduate program curricula is located here.