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    Milwaukee School of Engineering
   
 
  Nov 20, 2017
 
 
    
2012-2014 Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduate Admission Requirements



General Requirements

Admission materials may be obtained from the Enrollment Management Department at (414) 277-6763 or (800) 332-6763 or online at www.msoe.edu. The application and letters of recommendation may be submitted online at www.msoe.edu/apply.

Upon receipt of all materials, application files are reviewed by the appropriate program director. Students will be promptly notified of their acceptance status. International graduate student applicants should refer to “International Student Applicants section for additional information.

General requirements for all graduate programs at MSOE include the following (also see program-specific requirements):

  1. Completed application and fee. An online application may be submitted for free at: www.msoe.edu/apply.
  2. Completion of a baccalaureate degree in a discipline appropriate for the graduate program to which the applicant seeks admission (see “Program-Specific Requirements” section).
  3. Official transcripts sent directly from all colleges and/or universities previously attended. Fees may be assessed for the translation of each transcript and supporting documentation that is in a language other than English.
  4. An academic record that indicates potential achievement in graduate studies. See program-specific requirements  pertaining to grade point average (GPA) and the need for standardized examinations, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  5. Letters of recommendation as required by the program to which you are applying. Online recommendation forms are available at www.msoe.edu/apply.
  6. For applicants whose native language is not English, language proficiency must be demonstrated by one of the following methods:
    1. Submit an official transcript indicating receipt of a baccalaureate or graduate degree from a United States college/university or other institution where the language of instruction is English.
    2. Submit an official test score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 79 on the Internet-based test.
    3. Submit proof of satisfactory completion of Level 109 of intensive English study at any English as a Second Language (ESL) Center in the United States.
  7. If a student is a permanent resident of the U.S., then a copy of a permanent resident’s card is a requirement for admission.
  8. International student applicants who will require immigration documents issued by MSOE must submit a certified bank statement or notarized MSOE Financial Certificate, detailing the availability of finances for the first year of study (including tuition and living expenses). If transferring from another institution that has issued immigration documents, an MSOE Transfer Form must also be submitted.

All additional materials should be submitted to:

Graduate Admission - Continuing Studies and Outreach
Milwaukee School of Engineering
1025 North Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3109

Program-Specific Requirements

Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCVE)

  1. A bachelor of science degree in civil engineering or a closely related area from an ABET-accredited university. Students who do not have an ABET-accredited undergraduate degree in civil engineering will likely have to take one or more prerequisite courses to satisfy ABET civil engineering undergraduate degree requirements prior to graduation from the MSCVE program.
  2. Test scores from the GRE General Test if an applicant’s undergraduate GPA is less than 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale).
  3. Two letters of recommendation.
  4. Prior to registering for any classes, the accepted applicant is required to meet with the MSCVE program director to plan a course of study.

Master of Science in Construction and Business Management (MSCBM)
Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM)
Master of Science in Marketing and Export Management (MSXM)
Master of Science in New Product Management (MSNP)

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in a relevant field.
  2. At least three years of professional, full-time work experience. This requirement may be waived for applicants who will be working full-time or who will be enrolled as full-time graduate students.
  3. Computer literacy, knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet software, and a personal computer (laptop recommended).
  4. Two letters of recommendation. If employed, at least one of the letters should be from the applicant’s employer or manager.
  5. Test scores from the GMAT or GRE if the applicant’s undergraduate GPA was below 2.80 (on a 4.00 scale). All international applicants are expected to submit scores from one of the exams. Test scores must be submitted prior to regular acceptance into the program. Applicants are expected to submit scores that indicate potential for success in the program.
  6. Completion of an advisory briefing within the first quarter of enrollment. The briefing may be completed in either a group session or individual conference, either by phone or in person, with the program director.

Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)

  1. A bachelor of science degree in engineering, engineering technology, or a closely related area.
  2. Specific course requirements include one year of calculus, two courses in physics, and one course in each of the following: structured programming, differential equations and chemistry. Additionally, one course in each of the following engineering topics is required: mechanics, thermodynamics, circuit analysis, and systems analysis. It is expected that the applicant has earned a letter grade of “C” or better in each of these required undergraduate courses.
  3. Two letters of recommendation.
  4. Test scores from the GRE general test if an applicant’s undergraduate GPA is less than 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). Applicants are expected to submit scores that indicate potential for success in the MSE program, including scores from the “Quantitative” test section that are in the upper 50 percentile of those tested.
  5. Prior to registering for any classes, the accepted applicant is required to speak with the MSE program director, either by phone or in person, to plan a course of study.

Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (MSEV)

  1. A bachelor of science degree in architectural, chemical, civil or mechanical engineering, or a closely related area.
  2. Specific course requirements include one year of calculus, one year of physics, two courses in chemistry, and one course in each of the following: statics, statistics, differential equations, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. A “C” or better must have been earned in each of these required courses.

    Most students entering the program who hold a bachelor of science degree in a traditional engineering field from an ABET-accredited institution are expected to have the required undergraduate courses. Students who hold an engineering degree but lack some of these courses, or students who hold other technical degrees, may need to complete deficiencies in undergraduate course work in order to meet all the admission requirements. These students may be permitted to begin course work on a conditional basis, and are generally expected to complete all such requirements within one year. Such admission decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.
  3. Test scores from the GRE general test if an applicant’s undergraduate GPA is less than 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). Test scores must be submitted prior to regular acceptance into the MSEV program. Applicants are expected to submit scores that indicate potential for success in the MSEV program.
  4. Two letters of recommendation.
  5. Prior to registering for any classes, the accepted applicant is required to meet with the MSEV program director, either by phone or in person, to plan a course of study.

Master of Science in Medical Informatics (MSMI)*

  1. Minimum undergraduate degree GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
  2. GRE or GMAT general test scores having percentiles that average 60 percent or better, or a Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) average of nine on the individual scores. (This requirement may be waived for individuals with a graduate degree.)
  3. Transcripts should show proof of undergraduate course work in college algebra, introduction to statistics, introduction to computers, computer programming and medical terminology.
  4. If your native language is not English, a score of 100 or higher on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL) with Speaking is required.
  5. Three letters of recommendation. If employed, at least one of the letters should be from the applicant’s employer or manager.
  6. A personal essay stating why the applicant wishes to pursue this degree.
  7. Prior to registering for any classes, the accepted applicant is required to speak with the MSMI program director, either by phone or in person, to plan a course of study.

*Please note that applications are evaluated in their entirety. If applicants are deficient in one or more areas, they still are encouraged to apply and we may be able to recommend ways to complete the prerequisites and requirements.

Master of Science in Perfusion (MSP)

Academic Requirements

  1. Applicants must have earned a bachelor of science degree in an appropriate discipline (biomedical engineering, biology, biomedical sciences, etc.) with an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.80 (on a 4.00 scale).
  2. At least one undergraduate course in each of the following areas: physiology (or anatomy and physiology), chemistry, mathematics and physics. Recommended coursework includes biochemistry and statistics.
  3. GRE general test scores having percentiles that average 50 percent or better.
  4. Three letters of recommendation, two of which should be from faculty who can judge the applicant’s academic abilities. The third may be from a faculty member or a supervisor/employer who can speak to the applicant’s professionalism, ability to work on a team, be responsible, etc.

Clinical Requirements

  1. Applicant must have observed at least two clinical cases under the direction of a Certified Clinical Perfusionist prior to formal acceptance into the program. If applicants cannot schedule case viewings locally, these can be done at our facilities if the applicant is invited for an interview.
  2. Successful completion of a personal interview.

Master of Science in Structural Engineering (MSST)

  1. A bachelor of science degree in an architectural, civil, or structural engineering program, or a closely related degree.
  2. Specific undergraduate course requirements include indeterminate structural analysis, structural steel design, reinforced concrete design and soil mechanics. Applicants who hold an engineering degree, but lack some of the specific course requirements, or applicants who hold closely related degrees, may need to complete deficiencies in undergraduate course work. Applicants may be permitted to begin course work on a probationary status. Such decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.
  3. Test scores from the GRE general test may be required from applicants whose undergraduate GPA is less than 2.80 (on a 4.00 scale). In such cases, test scores must be submitted prior to full acceptance into the Master of Science in Structural Engineering program. Applicants are expected to submit scores that indicate potential for success in the program.
  4. Two letters of recommendation. If employed, at least one of the letters should be from the applicant’s employer or manager.
  5. A personal essay stating why the applicant wishes to pursue this degree.
  6. Prior to registering for any classes, the accepted applicant is required to speak with the program director, either by phone or in person, to plan a course of study.

Types of Acceptance

Full Acceptance

A student who has satisfied all requirements for admission will achieve full acceptance.

Probationary Acceptance

Probationary acceptance is used in cases where (a) there are academic deficiencies that need to be fulfilled, or (b) there is some uncertainty in the applicant’s ability to succeed in the program. Until full acceptance, probationary students may have restrictions imposed on the graduate courses they are permitted to take. Students on probation must consult quarterly with their respective graduate program director prior to registering for the next quarter’s classes. Failure to meet the terms of probation may result in termination from the program.

Nonmatriculated Student Status

Applicants who have not yet completed the application process may be eligible to register as a nonmatriculated student. The nonmatriculated student status allows a student to begin course work without being accepted into a graduate program. Students are limited to this status for one quarter for up to three courses (nine credits). To be eligible for nonmatriculated student status requires completion of an application form, official transcripts confirming receipt of a bachelor’s degree and approval of the program director whose program is offering the course(s). Students should contact the Enrollment Management Department to inquire about eligibility.

Registration as a nonmatriculated student is no guarantee of subsequent acceptance into a graduate program. After the three-course (nine credit) or one-quarter limit is reached, subsequent registrations must be under full or probationary acceptance status.

Nondegree Status

Nondegree status is available for those who wish to take graduate courses but not pursue a degree. Applicants should submit a graduate application marked “Nondegree” and an official transcript showing receipt of a bachelor’s degree. Nondegree students are expected to meet the same requirements that are expected of regular graduate students in the courses they take, receiving grades and graduate credit for courses completed.

Students who are under the nondegree status may apply for official acceptance at any time. Registration as a nondegree student is no guarantee of subsequent acceptance into a graduate program. Credits earned while under the nondegree status will be reviewed to determine if they will be counted toward satisfying program requirements. No more than three courses (nine credits) taken as a nondegree student are transferable to a degree program.

International Student Applicants

Nonimmigrant international students holding the F-1 visa are required to take a course load of at least nine credits as a condition of their visa. The student must document that he or she has sufficient funds for tuition, fees and living expenses. Additional funds must be available for dependents.

MSOE has a very limited number of research assistantships and does not provide other financial aid or scholarships for nonimmigrant graduate students, nor does it employ teaching assistants. All classes are taught by MSOE faculty only.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS - formerly INS, Immigration and Naturalization Services) does not permit off-campus employment of F-1 visa students during their first year of school under any circumstances. Permission to work part time (up to 20 hours per week) after the first year can be granted only by the Bureau of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS), and only after application based on a verifiable change in financial circumstances that would make it impossible to continue in school without income from part-time employment.

Prior to the release of the Immigration Form I-20, a deposit of $175 is required from all accepted international applicants who are not sponsored by a corporation or their government. The deposit is refundable if the student does not enter the United States on a F-1 visa obtained by using the I-20 form issued by MSOE. If the student enters the United States by using MSOE’s I-20 form, but does not enter MSOE, no refund is made, and MSOE is obligated to report this occurrence to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services within 30 days after the expected date of enrollment.

International students should have a firm and demonstrable command of both written and spoken English. Language proficiency must be demonstrated by achieving a core of 79 or higher on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL)*. Admission to the master’s degree program in medical informatics requires a minimum TOEFL score of 100 or higher on the Internet-based TOEFL with Speaking. International graduate student applicants should submit all application materials at least 90 days prior to the start of the academic term in which they wish to enroll.

MSOE offers conditional admission based on the completion of courses taken at the English Language Institute (ELI) at MSOE. Program directors, along with the ELI director, will determine when a student is ready to engage in full-time academic study based on their performance in the English-as-a-Second-Language program. Please contact the MSOE Admissions Office for more information about the ELI and conditional admission.

* We also accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of 6.5 or higher.