University of Pennsylvania
School of Engineering and Applied Science
111 Towne Building
220 South 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6391
Even if the question does not specifically ask for it, articulate why the particular program makes sense for you given your unique professional and personal goals. To do this well, you must spend the necessary time in introspection and also research the school. When you understand the schoolâs program and positioning, use what you have uncovered only if you can apply it to yourself. Do not write what you think they want to hear. Admissions officers can spot this kind of insincerity from a mile away. They also seek a heterogeneous mix of backgrounds and experiences. Therefore, trying to fashion yourself after your conception of a typical applicant can hurt you even if you do it well. The truer you are to your real motivations and desires, the better your essay will be.
The application website (see link below) is available on September 15, 2017 for students who wish to apply for graduate admission in September 2018. The deadline for submitting completed applications is December 15, 2017.
International students from countries where English is not the primary language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Students who achieve score of 580 or higher on the paper-based test or 237 or higher on the computer-based test will be given regular admission provided their academic background is satisfactory. All international students whose TOEFL scores are lower than 580 on the paper-based test or 237 on the computer-based test will be given provisional admission provided their academic background is satisfactory. Prior to registration for courses, they will be evaluated for English language skills by CUA's Intensive English Program. Depending on the results, students may be required to take intensive classes in English to strengthen their skills. Subject to the approval of their academic adviser, students can take intensive English classes concurrently with a reduced number of School of Engineering graduate engineering courses. Upon satisfactory completion of any required intensive classes in English, students will be given regular admission.
Admission to the School of Engineering follows the general university regulations. Presented below are general admission regulations pertaining only to the graduate degree programs of the School of Engineering. Information on admission for graduate study may be found at , and general information about graduate study at CUA can be found at (links to the online application are at both sites). There may be specific requirements for admission to particular programs, which can be further discussed by the department offering the program. Admission to all graduate degree programs is made by the Dean of the School of Engineering upon the recommendation of the chair/director of the appropriate graduate program.
Since this is usually the first question asked, this essay will be the first one the officers see when they get your file. Let it create your first impression. It is similar to the moment in an interview when you shake the interviewerâs hand and smile. Similarly, your first essay needs to be confident, direct, and to the point. The admissions committee uses this question to ascertain your motivation, maturity, and focus. While undergraduate application essays are understandably fuzzy about career choices and goals, graduate essays should, in contrast, be crystal clear. If you have vague reasons for pursuing an M.B.A., you need to reconsider your decision to apply. Giving a vague response to this question is akin to having a weak handshake and not looking the interviewer in the eye.
The priority application deadline for freshman for Fall is November 1. The complete application and all supporting application materials must be submitted by November 1 to meet the priority deadline.
For best consideration, we highly encourage students to submit their completed application to the Undergraduate Admissions Office by the priority deadline.
The minimum requirement for admission to the M.S.E. degree program is a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. The minimum requirement for admission to the master's degree program of a particular department is an undergraduate degree from an accredited engineering program. Additional requirements may apply based on undergraduate performance. The minimum GPA required from regular admission to master's degree programs is 3.0 for bachelor level courses. Provisional admission can be granted to students with a GPA less than 3.0. Provisional admission will be converted to regular admission after the student passes a set of approved graduate level courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
If you have questions about the transfer process, evaluation of credits, or admission criteria please email . If you have questions specific to the application or your admission status, please contact the Limited Enrollment Advisor/Representative of Undergraduate Admissions at .
Candidates are notified by email of admissions decisions by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Financial awards to Ph.D. students are announced by the ESE Admissions Chair. Please note that decisions cannot be revealed by telephone.
On this site, we have tried to take the intimidation out of the essay-writingprocess by providing step-by-step guidelines that we and our friends founduseful in our own application processes. While we concentrate on Statementsof Purpose for graduate schools, this site will also be of some use toundergraduate applicants and to those writing essays as part of the applicationprocess.
The UCLA should be used to apply for all programs with the exception of , , , and MBA and MFE programs in the Anderson Graduate School of , which have separate admission application processes.
Admission requirements vary depending on the specific degree you pursue. Follow this guide to learn about the graduate programs offered at the Cockrell School, and the specific requirements for each.