Chapter 3: Admissions

Applications

Applications for admission and related deadlines are available on the graduate school of engineering website: www.scu.edu/engineering/graduate

Program

(See Program Details Below)

Application Requirements

(See Application Requirement Details Below)

B.S./M.S. 5 Year Program

(Current SCU Undergraduate Students)

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee Waived
  • GRE Scores Waived
Open University
  • Online Application
  • Nonrefundable Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • TOEFL/IELTS/DUOLINGO (If Applicable)
Certificate
  • Online Application
  • Nonrefundable Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • TOEFL/IELTS/DUOLINGO (If Applicable)
Master’s Degree
  • Online Application
  • Nonrefundable Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • Gre Scores
  • TOEFL/IELTS/DUOLINGO (If Applicable)
Engineer’s Degree

  • Online Application
  • Nonrefundable Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • 3 Letters Of Recommendation
  • Statement Of Purpose
  • Gre Scores
  • TOEFL/IELTS/DUOLINGO (If Applicable)
Ph.D. Degree
  • Online Application
  • Nonrefundable Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • 3 Letters Of Recommendation
  • Statement Of Purpose
  • Gre Scores
  • TOEFL/IELTS/DUOLINGO (If Applicable)

Application Requirement Details

  • ONLINE APPLICATION: To submit your online application, go to https://slate.scu.edu/apply/. Create an application with your email as the username and create a password. Use this website to view application status and official decision.
  • NONREFUNDABLE APPLICATION FEE: A completed online application for admission to engineering graduate programs, including a nonrefundable $90 application fee.
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS: One official transcript from each academic institution, indicating the degree received and date of conferral sent to:

Santa Clara University
Graduate Engineering Program
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0583
Email: GradEngineer@scu.edu

  • If you attended a university WITHIN the United States, one official transcript must be sent from EACH institution, indicating the degree received and date of conferral. Please note: we do NOT accept transcripts sent directly from the applicant, do not send us your copies of your transcript.
  • If you attended a university OUTSIDE of the United States, applicants must submit a transcript evaluation report from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES). The report must include a course by course evaluation which will verify a GPA based on a 4.0 scale, and the U.S. equivalence of each educational credential. Please refer to the ECE or WES website: www.ece.org or www.wes.org (There is no exception to this requirement.) A copy of your original transcripts will be attached to the report and you do not need to send any additional transcripts.

  • OFFICIAL GRE SCORES: Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must be sent directly to Engineering Graduate Programs by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Our institution code is 4851. For information on the GRE, please visit the website: www.ets.org/.
  • OFFICIAL TOEFL/IELTS/DUOLINGO SCORES: For non-U.S. citizens or those students who have received a degree from a university outside of the United States international students, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) exam. Our institution code is 4851. Test scores over three years old will not be accepted.
  • 3 LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION (Ph.D. Students Only): These letters should attest to the applicant’s academic preparation and capability for advanced studies.
  • STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: A 500-word statement of purpose emphasizing the applicant’s research interests and outlining the applicant’s professional and academic goals.

Program Details

B.S./M.S. 5 Year Program

  • Automatic admission into the five-year program is based on a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the major. Upon notification of acceptance into the B.S./M.S. program, students may begin taking graduate-level courses in their senior year and a maximum of 20 units can be transferred into the graduate program.

Open University

  • The Department of Computer Science and Engineering will not be accepting applications for Open University.
  • For those who want to update their skills and learn new technologies without the commitment of earning a graduate degree, Open University allows students to enroll in graduate-level classes.
  • If students wish to apply to a degree program at a later date, they must follow the same procedure and submit the same supporting documentation required of degree-seeking applicants. A maximum of 16 units may apply toward the degree if the courses are in the same discipline to which the student is accepted. The general GRE test requirement for admission to the master’s degree program will be waived if the student has completed a set of required courses in the department to which they are applying and has earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher. A list of these courses can be found on the Graduate Engineering website: www.scu.edu/engineering/academic-programs/waiving-the-gre/

Note 1: Santa Clara University does not issue F-1 visas to applicants who wish to enter directly into this program.

Note 2: Open University students are not eligible to enroll in undergraduate classes.

Certificate Programs

  • Depending on the certificate, students will complete 16-18 units of coursework. Applicants for admission to the certificate programs must submit the following materials:
  • Also please note that GRE and TOEFL scores are not required for admission. Certificate programs are not appropriate for international students, who must pursue full-time study. All certificate units in the discipline may be applied toward a master’s degree. Students who wish to pursue such a degree must submit a separate online application and satisfy all normal admission requirements. The application fee will be waived for currently enrolled certificate students. The general GRE and TOEFL test requirement for graduate admission to the master’s degree will be waived for students who complete a certificate with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Note 1: Santa Clara University does not issue F-1 visas to applicants who wish to enter directly into this program.

Note 2: The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is currently not accepting applications to the certificate programs.

Master's Program

  • Note: Students applying to the M.S. program in Applied Mathematics, and Mechanical Engineering may petition to waive the GRE requirement by completing the Petition to Waive GRE Requirement form. However, applicants must be aware that there is no guarantee that the waiver will be granted. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering DOES NOT accept GRE waiver.
  • This option is also available to applicants for the Engineering Management Program who have two or more years of working experience in the U.S. These students will also complete the Petition to Waive GRE Requirement form, as indicated above.
  • The GRE waiver option is also available to applicants for the Engineering Management Program who have two or more years of working experience in the U.S. These students will also complete the Petition to Waive GRE Requirement form, as indicated above.

Ph.D. and Engineer’s Degrees

Ph.D. and Engineer’s degrees are offered in the Departments of Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

Admission Deferrals

Any student who has been admitted and made a deposit to a degree program and wishes to defer their admission for one year must submit a request, in writing, to the Engineering Graduate Programs Admissions Office prior to the beginning of the quarter.

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