Santa Clara University

Graduate School of Engineering

Admissions

Applications for admission and related deadlines are available on the School of Engineering website.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

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:

  • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $60 application fee
  • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral

Please note that all applicants with degrees from universities outside of the United States must also submit a transcript evaluation report from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)-accredited institution. 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. For additional information, please refer to the NACES website . (There is no exception to this requirement.)

Also please note that GRE and TOEFL 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.

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

Master of Science Degrees
Domestic applicants for admission to the master’s programs must submit the following materials:

  • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $60 application fee
  • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, which 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:

Please Note: Students applying to the M.S. program in Applied Mathematics or in Computer, Mechanical, or Software 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. That decision is at the discretion of the department chair and is final.

The form may be found on the Graduate Engineering website.

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.

International applicants for admission to the master’s programs must submit the following materials:

  • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $60 application fee
  • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral. All applicants with degrees from universities outside of the United States must submit a transcript evaluation report from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)-accredited organization. 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 NACES website. (There is no exception to this requirement.)
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, which 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 website.

Please Note: Students applying to the M.S. program in Applied Mathematics or in Computer, Mechanical, or Software 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. That decision is at the discretion of the department chair and is final.

The form may be found on the Graduate Engineering website

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.

  • Scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) exam (applies to non-U.S. citizens or those students who have received a degree from a university outside of the United States). Our institution code is 4851. Test scores over three years old will not be accepted.

Please Note: International students requiring an F-1 student visa must submit financial statements showing adequate funds for tuition, fees, and living expenses for the entire program. Accepted students will be mailed an I-20 Request Form with their acceptance letter. This form and the financial documents must be returned to the Engineering Graduate Programs Admissions Office no earlier than 90 days before classes begin.

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

Domestic applicants must submit the following materials:

  • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $60 application fee
  • A 500-word statement of purpose emphasizing the applicant’s research interests and outlining the applicant’s professional and academic goals, which must be included with the online application • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral
  • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral
  • 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 further information on the GRE, please visit the website
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. These letters should attest to the applicant’s academic preparation and capability for advanced studies. (There are no standard recommendation forms.) Please send signed and sealed letters with other supporting documents in one envelope to: Engineering Graduate Admissions, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053

International applicants must submit the following materials:

  • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $60 application fee
  • A 500-word statement of purpose emphasizing the applicant’s research interests and outlining the applicant’s professional and academic goals, which must be included with the online application
  • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral. All applicants with degrees from universities outside of the United States must submit a transcript evaluation report from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)-accredited organization. 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 NACES website.(There is no exception to this requirement.)
  • Scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) exam (applies to non-U.S. citizens or those students who have received a degree from a university outside of the United States). Our institution code is 4851. Test scores over three years old will not be accepted
  • 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. Get further information on the GRE website
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. These letters should attest to the applicant’s academic preparation and capability for advanced studies. (There are no standard recommendation forms.) Please send signed and sealed letters with other supporting documents in one envelope to: Engineering Graduate Admissions, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053.

Please Note: International students requiring an F-1 student visa must submit financial statements showing adequate funds for tuition, fees, and living expenses for the entire program. Accepted students will be mailed an I-20 Request Form with their acceptance letter. This form and the financial documents must be returned to the Engineering Graduate Programs Admissions Office no earlier than 90 days before classes begin.

ADMISSION DEFERRALS

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

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. Individuals who have applied to a degree program can get a head start by enrolling in classes while they wait for admission to a degree program.

For admission, applicants must submit the following materials:

  • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $60 application fee
  • Send a photocopy (or fax a copy) of your bachelor’s degree or diploma* to:
    • Engineering Graduate Programs
      School of Engineering
      Santa Clara University
      500 El Camino Real
      Santa Clara, CA 95053-0583
      E-mail: GradEngineer@scu.edu
      Phone: 408-554-4313
      Fax: 408-554-4323

*Please Note: All applicants with degrees from universities outside of the United States must also submit a transcript evaluation report from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)-accredited institution. The report must include a course by course evaluation which verify a GPA (based on a 4.0 scale), and the U.S. equivalence of each educational credential.

For additional information, please refer to the NACES website: (There is no exception to this requirement.)

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, except that the application fee is waived. 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.

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

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

READMISSION

An application for readmission is required of students whose enrollment in the School of Engineering lapses for three consecutive quarters. Applicants for readmission must submit transcripts of the latest graduate work completed in other university programs, together with official transcripts of study completed elsewhere since their previous enrollment.

After successfully completing advanced degree requirements at Santa Clara University, a student must reapply if interested in taking graduate engineering courses. None of the courses used to satisfy requirements for the first degree can be applied to any other subsequent degree.

The form may be found on the Graduate Engineering website.

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.

International applicants for admission to the master’s programs must submit the following materials:

  • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $60 application fee
  • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral. All applicants with degrees from universities outside of the United States must submit a transcript evaluation report from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)-accredited organization. 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 NACES website. (There is no exception to this requirement.)
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, which 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.

Please Note: Students applying to the M.S. program in Applied Mathematics or in Computer, Mechanical, or Software 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. That decision is at the discretion of the department chair and is final.

The form may be found on the Graduate Engineering website.

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.

  • Scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) exam (applies to non-U.S. citizens or those students who have received a degree from a university outside of the United States). Our institution code is 4851. Test scores over three years old will not be accepted.

Please Note: International students requiring an F-1 student visa must submit financial statements showing adequate funds for tuition, fees, and living expenses for the entire program. Accepted students will be mailed an I-20 Request Form with their acceptance letter. This form and the financial documents must be returned to the Engineering Graduate Programs Admissions Office no earlier than 90 days before classes begin.

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

Domestic applicants must submit the following materials:

  • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $60 application fee
  • A 500-word statement of purpose emphasizing the applicant’s research interests and outlining the applicant’s professional and academic goals, which must be included with the online application
  • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral
  • 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 further information on the GRE, please visit the website: www.ets.org/
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. These letters should attest to the applicant’s academic preparation and capability for advanced studies. (There are no standard recommendation forms.) Please send signed and sealed letters with other supporting documents in one envelope to: Engineering Graduate Admissions, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053 International applicants must submit the following materials:
  • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $60 application fee
  • A 500-word statement of purpose emphasizing the applicant’s research interests and outlining the applicant’s professional and academic goals, which must be included with the online application
  • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral. All applicants with degrees from universities outside of the United States must submit a transcript evaluation report from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)-accredited organization. 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 NACES website: www.naces.org/members.htm (There is no exception to this requirement.)
  • Scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) exam (applies to non-U.S. citizens or those students who have received a degree from a university outside of the United States). Our institution code is 4851. Test scores over three years old will not be accepted
  • 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 further information on the GRE, please visit website: www.ets.org/
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. These letters should attest to the applicant’s academic preparation and capability for advanced studies. (There are no standard recommendation forms.) Please send signed and sealed letters with other supporting documents in one envelope to: Engineering Graduate Admissions, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053.

Please Note: International students requiring an F-1 student visa must submit financial statements showing adequate funds for tuition, fees, and living expenses for the entire program. Accepted students will be mailed an I-20 Request Form with their acceptance letter. This form and the financial documents must be returned to the Engineering Graduate Programs Admissions Office no earlier than 90 days before classes begin.

ADMISSION DEFERRALS

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

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. Individuals who have applied to a degree program can get a head start by enrolling in classes while they wait for admission to a degree program.

For admission, applicants must submit the following materials:

  • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $60 application fee
  • Official transcript from every university attended* to:

Engineering Graduate Programs
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0583
E-mail: GradEngineer@scu.edu
Phone: 408-554-4313
Fax: 408-554-4323

*Please Note: All applicants with degrees from universities outside of the United States must also submit a transcript evaluation report from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)-accredited institution. The report must include a course by course evaluation which verify a GPA (based on a 4.0 scale), and the U.S. equivalence of each educational credential.

For additional information, please refer to the NACES website. (There is no exception to this requirement.)

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, except that the application fee is waived. 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.

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

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

READMISSION

An application for readmission is required of students whose enrollment in the School of Engineering lapses for three consecutive quarters. Applicants for readmission must submit transcripts of the latest graduate work completed in other university programs, together with official transcripts of study completed elsewhere since their previous enrollment.

After successfully completing advanced degree requirements at Santa Clara University, a student must reapply if interested in taking graduate engineering courses. None of the courses used to satisfy requirements for the first degree can be applied to any other subsequent degree.

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