Graduate Admissions Requirements & Procedures

Graduate Admissions Requirements & Procedures

A requirement for all acceptances into the Office of Graduate Admissions is the possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or the equivalent from a foreign institution. Exceptions are granted to eligible Stevens undergraduates who have maintained an appropriate grade point average and have elected to participate in the Deferred Graduate Credit or Dual Degree Programs. Stevens undergraduates must submit an approved Study Plan signed by the appropriate faculty member in the department to the Registrar's Office.

After admissions application materials are submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions, accompanied by an application fee of $60, representatives from the appropriate academic department will review the material. A complete application includes official transcripts of your complete scholastic record (both undergraduate and graduate) and two letters of recommendation resume, statement of purpose. International applicants must also include a Financial Verification Form and results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable paper-based TOEFL score is 550. The minimum acceptable computer-based TOEFL score is 210 and 79 on the Internet based test. We also accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with a score of 6.5. In addition, PhD students must submit a written statement and resume evidence of written work, 3 letters of recommendation.

Applicants will be evaluated based on several criteria: undergraduate class standing (upper third is desirable); performance in major field; grade-point average; professional experience, where appropriate; and, for some programs, performance on standardized examinations. GRE or GMAT scores are required for academic programs.

Newly-admitted students can meet with an advisor and complete a plan of study before the student can enroll for courses. Courses not included in your Study Plan may not count toward your degree. Continuing students will receive course registration information online each semester. Most students now enroll online via Web for Students. A late fee will be charged for enrollment after the enrollment deadline.

A student who wishes to change to a different department after an initial acceptance is treated as a new student applying for admission. A program change form must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions, and the student's file is then sent to the new department for a separate admission decision. The student completes a new study plan and registers as a new student. Credits for courses already taken are handled as if the student were transferring from another institution. Acceptance of such credits is entirely at the discretion of the department and must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Academics.

Students who have not enrolled for less than two years and are requesting re-admission to the same department/program need to meet with their advisor or department director, complete a new study plan, and submit this study plan to the Office of the Registrar. Students who have not enrolled for less than two years and are requesting re-admission to a different department or program need to submit a program change form to the Office of Graduate Admissions. The student's file will be reviewed and a decision letter will be sent to the student. Students who have not enrolled for more than two years generally need to re-apply.