Santa Clara University


Open University

Engineers who wish to update their skills or learn new technologies without pursuing a specific degree may enroll in the School of Engineering’s Open University program.

Open University allows the students to:

  • Examine a field of study before enrolling in a degree program
  • Enhance your professional training
  • Attend on a regular or noncontinuous basis, depending on your own needs
  • Get a head start by enrolling in classes while waiting for admission/transfer to a degree program

Transfer to a Degree Program:

If you would like to apply to a degree program later on, you will need to follow the same procedures required of the degree-seeking applicants, except that you will not need to pay the application fee again. The general GRE test requirement for admission to the master's degree program can be waived if the following two conditions are satisfied, effective winter 2008:

  • The student has completed a set of required courses in the department to which they are applying.
  • The student has achieved a GPA of 3.5 or above in these courses.

PLEASE NOTE: Official transcripts will still be required as part of the admissions process.

In general, up to 16 units taken in the Open University program can be transferred into the M.S. program. However, students who wish to do so should make sure that these courses conform to the departmental requirements in their chosen area of specialization.

Required Courses for Waiving the GRE, by department:

  • Applied Mathematics

    Any set of AMTH courses for a total of 8 units are acceptable.

  • Civil Engineering

    A minimum of 12 units of course work in either of the two option tracks detailed below; all course work must be completed in one of the two specified optional tracks:

  • Structural Engineering
    CENG 205, CENG 206, CENG 222, CENG 233, CENG 234, CENG 236, CENG 237, CENG 239, CENG 246

    General Civil Engineering
    CENG 218, CENG 219, CENG 237, CENG 242, CENG 249, CENG 250, CENG 251, CENG 260, CENG 269

  • Computer Engineering

    Computer engineering requires three specific 4 unit courses for each of its degrees:

  • M.S. Computer Engineering Degree (12 units)

    1. COEN 210: Computer Architecture (4 units)
    2. COEN 279:(Cross-listed as AMTH 377) Design and Analysis of Algorithms (4 units)
    3. COEN 283: Operating Systems (4 units)

    M.S. Software Engineering Degree (12 units)**

    1. COEN 260: Truth, Deduction and Computation (4 units)
    2. COEN 275: OO Analysis, Design and Programming (4 units) or COEN 359: Design Patterns (4 units)
    3. COEN 285: Software Engineering (4 units)

    **The above only waives the GRE requirement and not other requirements of admission. A student applying to the MSSE program who does not hold a B.S in a computing-related field is required to take the GRE subject test. That requirement cannot be waived by the taking the above three courses and earning a GPA>=3.5

  • Electrical Engineering

    Four courses must be chosen from the following set (for a total of 8 units):

    1. Electromagnetic field theory (ELEN 201 or 202)
    2. Control systems (ELEN 232, 236, or 333)
    3. Electronics (ELEN 252, 261, 264, or 270)
    4. Networks (ELEN 211)
    5. Digital systems (ELEN 500 or 603)
  • Engineering Management

The completion of 2 Engineering Management courses and 2 technical courses (total 8 units) with a minimum GPA of 3.5 is required for GRE waiver consideration; however, the final decision will be made by the department chair.

  • Mechanical Engineering

    The admission requirement for the transfer to the Master's Program is a total of 8 or more units with a GPA of 3.5 or above from the courses and course sequences listed under each topic area. Most of the offerings in ME are 2-unit courses. All courses considered must be in one topic area, and sequences as listed must be completed for the units to count towards the total. MECH 202 must be one of the courses applied to computing the GPA.

  • Dynamics & Controls

    • MECH 202, Mathematical Methods in Mechanical Engineering
    • MECH 214-215, Advanced Dynamics I and II
    • MECH 217, Introduction to Control I
    • MECH 218, Guidance and Control I
    • MECH 305, Advanced Vibrations I
    • MECH 323-324, Modern Control Systems I and II


    • MECH 202, Mathematical Methods in Mechanical Engineering
    • MECH 256, Introduction to Biomaterials
    • MECH 281, Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue
    • MECH 330, Atomic Arrangements, Defects, and Mechanical Behavior
    • MECH 331, Phase Equilibria and Transformations
    • MECH 332, Electronic Structure and Properties
    • MECH 333, Experiments in Materials Science
    • MECH 345, Modern Instrumentation and Experimentation


    • MECH 202, Mathematical Methods in Mechanical Engineering
    • CENG 205-206-207, Finite Element Methods I, II, and III
    • MECH 275, Design for Competitiveness
    • MECH 285, Computer-Aided Design of Mechanisms
    • MECH 325-326, Computational Geometry for Computer-Aided Design and Manufacture I and II
    • MECH 415, Optimization in Mechanical Design


    • MECH 202, Mathematical Methods in Mechanical Engineering
    • MECH 207-208-209, Advanced Mechatronics I, II, and III
    • MECH 218-219, Guidance and Control I and II
    • MECH 315-316, Digital Control I and II
    • MECH 323-324, Modern Control System Design I and II
    • MECH 337-338, Robotics I and II


    • MECH 202, Mathematical Methods in Mechanical Engineering
    • MECH 225, Gas Dynamics I
    • MECH 228, Equilibrium Thermodynamics
    • MECH 238, Convective Heat and Mass Transfer I
    • MECH 266, Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics
    • MECH 270, Viscous Flow I