FAQs, Engineering Graduate Program
What type of degree is required for admission?
A graduate candidate should hold a bachelor of science degree in engineering from an EAC/ABET-accredited undergraduate program. Candidates who hold undergraduate degrees in closely related areas are also considered.
How long does the program take to graduate?
The MSE program is 30 credits for either the thesis or non-thesis track. Full time graduate students take 9 credits a semester, so 3-4 full semesters (Fall and Spring) to complete.
On which Widener campus are classes held?
All courses are held on Widener University's main campus in Chester Pennsylvania.
What is the minimum GPA needed to apply?
Admission into a graduate program as a full-time student is predicated on a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.8 (based on a 4.0 system) from an EAC/ABET-accredited undergraduate program.
What is the minimum GRE score needed to apply?
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all full time applicants and although the GRE is optional for part time students, it may be helpful in the evaluation of credentials. The Quantitative Score on the GRE should be in the top 40% as noted on the score results.
What are the application deadlines?
The School of Engineering Graduate Program reviews applications on a rolling admission basis, but suggests 4 weeks prior to the start of a semester as a tentative deadline for application, to allow for any follow-up or additional information.
What is the tuition cost?
Tuition cost can be found on the Bursar's information page.
What are the requirements for international students?
An online application must be completed for application evaluation. Admission into
a graduate program as a full-time student is predicated on a cumulative grade point
average (GPA) of at least 2.8 (based on a 4.0 system) from an EAC/ABET-accredited
undergraduate program. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants.
The Quantitative Score on the GRE should be in the top 40% as noted on the score results.
A TOEFL score that is at least a 95 (IBTS) or 213 (computer) or an IELTS band score
of 7. A WES or A2Z translation and GPA calculation of original foreign university
undergraduate transcripts is required. 2 letters of recommendation and completion
of requirements by the International students should consult the International Student Services for student guidelines or contact the Office of International Student Services at:
One University Place,
Chester, PA 19013
Can I take a single course or do I have to apply for a degree?
You can take a single course (A maximum of 9 credits may be accepted toward degree requirements.) or a 4 course certificate program that can lead to a graduate degree.
Is there any financial assistance available if accepted into the program?
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available. Assistantship appointments require service to the School of Engineering via participating in research projects or assisting faculty in executing teaching assignments. The assistantships are awarded by the dean upon recommendation of the department. The amount of service does not ordinarily exceed 20 hours per week. Most students who accept assistantship appointments complete their course of study within two years. International students must complete one academic year of studies prior to applying for a graduate assistantships position.
How do I apply to the MSE program?
Apply online at through the Graduate Admissions office.
How do I apply to the dual MSE/MBA program?
The dual MSE/MBA requires separate applications for each degree program. Acceptance into both programs is prerequisite to acceptance as a dual MSE/MBA candidate. Apply online at through the Graduate Admissions office.