Admission information may be obtained online at https://www.msoe.edu/admissions-aid/graduate-admissions/.
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 the “International Student Applicants” section for additional information.
General requirements for all graduate programs at MSOE include the following (also see Program-specific Requirements):
- Completed application. An online application may be submitted for free at: www.msoe.edu/apply.
- Completion of a baccalaureate degree in a discipline appropriate for the graduate program to which the applicant seeks admission (see “Program-specific Requirements” section).
- 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.
- 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).
- Letters of recommendation as required by the program to which you are applying. There are online recommendation forms available for your use.
- For applicants whose native language is not English, language proficiency must be demonstrated by one of the following methods:
- An average score of 7.0 must be obtained on the IELTS (our preferred test). The band score in each IELTS test component must be 6.0 or higher.
- We will accept a TOEFL exam. The total score must be 90 and the level in each test component must be 21 or higher.
- We will waive the IELTS/TOEFL requirement if:
- You have successfully completed the English as a Second Language program from MSOE or one of our approved partners.
- Your undergraduate degree is from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education that utilizes English as the primary language (official transcript required).
- There are additional application requirements for international students.
- 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.
- International student applicants who will require a SEVIS Form I-20 issued by MSOE for visa application purposes 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:
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Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM)
Master of Science in Marketing and Export Management (MSXM)
Master of Science in New Product Management (MSNP)
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
- Computer literacy, knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet software, and a personal computer (laptop recommended).
- Two letters of recommendation. If employed, at least one of the letters should be from the applicant’s employer or manager.
- 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.
- Three years of full time work experience is preferred.
Master of Business Administration in Education Leadership (MBAEL)
- Receive a reference from the applicants’ principal, superintendent, headmaster or charter organization officer stating support for the applicant’s ability to progress into a vice principal or principal role within three years.
- Submit one other letter in addition to above of recommendation, from an employer or supervisor who can describe the candidate’s leadership potential.
- Admitted students must work full time during completion of the program as a teacher or school leader in a Wisconsin K12 setting.
- Applications are rolling throughout the year each year. With admittance twice yearly in January and July.
- Have earned a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA in an undergraduate or graduate program completed at an accredited institution; If applicant does not have a 3.5 GPA they may instead take a GRE or GMAT examination. Official GRE or GMAT scores be sent directly to MSOE must indicate sufficient preparation for graduate study.
- Have completed a Wisconsin DPI approved educator preparation program, or a Wisconsin approved educator preparation program in another state or country.
- Hold, or be eligible to hold, a Professional Educator License in teaching or pupil services.
- Have three years of successful, fulltime classroom teaching experience, or three years of successful experience as pupil services professional including 540 hours of classroom teaching experience.
- Submit a current resume that details all professional and teaching experience.
- Be willing to participate in an in-person interview.
Master of Business Administration in Education Leadership (MBAEL) (Non Principal Track)
- Submit two letters of recommendation, from an employer or supervisor who can describe the candidate’s leadership potential.
- Work as an administrator or leader in a K12 environment.
- Have earned a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA in an undergraduate or graduate program completed at an accredited institution; If applicant does not have a 3.5 GPA they may instead take a GRE examination.
- Request that official GRE or GMAT scores be sent directly to MSOE must indicate sufficient preparation for graduate study.
- Submit a current resume that details all professional and K12 experience.
- Be willing to participate in an in-person interview.
Master of Business Administration in STEM Leadership (MBAST)
To qualify for admission to the MBA in STEM Leadership program, prospective students must:
- Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
- Qualify for and complete participation in the Project Lead The Way teacher education program or Center for BioMolecular Modeling science outreach program; or have program director approval.
- Have at least three years of professional, full-time work experience as a PK-12 teacher or a community college/university instructor in a STEM field.
- Computer literacy, knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet software, a high-speed Internet connection, and a personal computer (laptop recommended).
- Test scores from the GMAT or GRE if the applicant’s undergraduate GPA is below 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). All international applicants are expected to submit scores from either the GMAT or GRE. Test scores that indicated potential for success in the program must be submitted prior to regular acceptance into the program.
Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCVE)
- A bachelor of science degree in civil engineering or a closely related area from an ABET-accredited university. Students may be required to take one or more undergraduate prerequisite course to satisfy prerequisites for graduate courses. 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.
- Test scores from the GRE General Test if an applicant’s undergraduate GPA is less than 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
- Two letters of recommendation.
- 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 Architectural Engineering (MSAE)
- A bachelor of science degree in architectural engineering or closely related area from an ABET accredited program.
- Students may be required to take one or more undergraduate prerequisite course to satisfy prerequisites for graduate courses.
- 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.
- Test scores from the GRE General Test if an applicant’s undergraduate degree is not from an ABET accredited program or if applicant’s undergraduate GPA is less than 3.00 on 4.00 scale.
- Two letters of recommendation.
- Prior to registering for any classes, the accepted applicant is required to meet with the MSAE program director to plan a course of study.
Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)
- A bachelor of science degree in engineering, engineering technology, or a closely related area.
- 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.
- Two letters of recommendation from professors. If employed, one could be from an employer.
- 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 60th percentile of those tested. All international applicants are expected to meet this GRE requirement irrespective of their GPA.
- 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 Nursing (MSN)
The admission criteria for the MSN are aligned with the admission criteria for graduate programs. In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to MSOE graduate study, prospective students must have:
- A bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited university. Official transcripts from prior course work must be submitted
- Current unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse. A copy of the license must be submitted at the time of application.
- GPA of 3.00 from an undergraduate nursing program. An applicant with a GPA between 2.50 and 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) may be considered for admission following a writing assessment and formal interview with the program director and graduate program faculty.
- Statistics grade of C or higher in a three credit, level 300 or higher statistics course that has been taken within the last five years of date of application. If the course level was less than 300, a syllabus may be submitted to be reviewed for acceptability.
- Previous and/or current work experience as a professional nurse is recommended.
- Two letters of recommendation from professional sources.
- A formal written statement of your personal goals.
- A criminal background check and urine drug screen will be done on all students entering the program.
Master of Science in Perfusion (MSP)
- Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.00 scale).
- At least one undergraduate course in each of the following areas: physiology (or anatomy and physiology), chemistry, mathematics and physics. Recommended course work includes biochemistry and statistics.
- GRE general test scores having percentiles that average 50 percent or better.
- Three letters of recommendation, if possible, two 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, and related professional characteristics.
Applicant must have observed at least two clinical cases 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. Applicants should note in their application essay any previous exposure to the field of perfusion.
Because there is a limited capacity in this program, meeting the requirements does not ensure acceptance. The most highly qualified applicants will be invited for interviews, and acceptance decisions will be made after interviews are completed. A criminal background check and urine drug screen will be conducted for all students entering the program.
Types of Acceptance
A student who has satisfied all requirements for admission will achieve full 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 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.
MSOE offers conditional admission based on the completion of courses taken through the MSOE Intensive Academic ESL Program. Program Directors, along with the Intensive Academic ESL Program 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 Intensive Academic ESL Program and conditional admission.