Degree programs admission and requirements

Admission Acceptance

After an application has been submitted, the application materials are reviewed, an admission decision is made, and the student is notified via email that a change has been made to the application status at the online application site. Applicants are prompted to check the site for the update and, if offered admission, may accept their admission offer online. Once the official acceptance is made through the application site, the applicant becomes a degree-seeking student with the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science. Prospective students who are interested in taking a class before officially applying to a degree program may do so. Those who choose this path are encouraged to apply to a degree program before completing two courses that may count towards the degree.

Grades and Grade Point Average (GPA)

Only courses in which a grade of C or better is achieved can be applied toward the degree. GPA calculation includes all grades, however. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 must be maintained at all times. A student is placed on academic probation should his or her GPA fall below 3.0. If the GPA cannot be raised to 3.0 or higher, the student will be subject to dismissal from the program. These cases are monitored by the Engineering School.

Required Hours

30 credit hours, or ten 3-credit courses, is the general requirement by all UVA online master’s degree programs. The exception is Systems Engineering; the requirement for the Systems Engineering masters degree is 32 semester hours.

Plan of Study

A plan of study should be completed and submitted to the Engineering School Graduate Records Office. The plan can be altered later if program changes are made.   Only courses on an approved Plan of Study will be accepted toward the Master of Engineering degree.   See additional information pertaining to requirements for the Masters of Engineering Degree as published in the Graduate Record. Note that there is a special section devoted to CGEP within that section.

Transferring Courses

A transfer form should be submitted with the plan of study if classes taken at other participating universities are to be applied toward a University of Virginia degree. Check individual degree programs for number of hours which may be transferred. Courses to be transferred should be approved by the appropriate faculty advisor and/or UVA Engineering School instructor (for equivalent course review) before they are taken. Courses to be transferred cannot be taken in the same term one is graduating; the transfer form must be processed at least two weeks prior to the graduation date, including receipt of official transcript with final grade. Transfer forms can be found on the UVA SEAS Graduate Enrolled Student Forms page.

Program Assessment Forms

The School of Engineering and Applied Science requires three program outcome assessment forms for all graduate Master of Engineering students. There are five program assessment forms in total, but only three will be completed for each student before degree completion. A faculty member from one’s department should complete the forms. Often this is done in one’s last semester.

Engineering Analysis Assessment

Engineering Design Assessment

Engineering Oral Communication Assessment

Engineering Plan of Study Assessment

Engineering Technical Writing Assessment

Degree Application

Students apply to graduate via the only Student Information System (SIS). If you are not registered for a course at UVA during your final semester, you are required to register in some capacity so that your student status will be active (check with Graduate Office for assistance as this must be arranged administratively).  Deadlines:  For the Fall semester (December graduation), Degree applications are due by October 1.  For Spring semester (May graduation), the deadline is February 1. For summer term (August graduation), applications are due by June 1.


Contact for Application Status:
UVA Engineering Graduate Admissions Office – 434-924-3734

Contact for Application Status and Graduation Information:
UVA Engineering Graduate Student Office – 434-924-3897

Contact for General Program Information and Other Related Assistance:
Office of Educational Innovations – 434-924-4051 or cgep@virginia.edu

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Graduate Record represents the official repository for academic graduate program requirements. This publication may be found at www.virginia.edu/registrar/catalog/grad.html.