Alternative Graduate Admissions
Master of Engineering and the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Program
Both the Professional Master of Engineering Program and the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Program are practice-oriented, part-time graduate programs designed to assist engineers in the development of their professional careers, as well as to provide the technical expertise needed in business, government, and industrial environments. For more information on both programs, visit the Office of Advanced Engineering Education webpage.
Non-Degree Admissions or Advanced Special Student Status
Although the primary mission of the Graduate School is to conduct programs of graduate instruction leading to advanced degrees, the Graduate Faculty will admit qualified students who have no degree objectives as advanced special students, to the extent that resources allow. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted with the application for evaluation purposes, but the student must submit official copies of all required documents before the end of the first semester of enrollment. Official transcripts must be submitted from all institutions except the University of Maryland, College Park.
The Advanced Special Student status is not available to students in F-1 or J-1 status. These students should consult with the Office of International Education Services if they have questions about exceptions in this category.
Applicants for admission to Advanced Special Student status must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a cumulative 3.0 grade point average, and:
- Submit official transcripts covering all credits used in satisfying the baccalaureate degree requirements, or
- If the applicant holds a master's or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution, submit an official transcript showing the award of a master's or doctoral degree, or
- Achieve a score that places the applicant in the upper 50th percentile of appropriate national standardized aptitude examinations including the Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test, the Miller Analogies Test, and the Graduate Management Admissions Test, (Where different percentiles are possible, the Graduate School will determine which score is acceptable), or
- Provide a strong letter of support from the Graduate Director of the program in which the applicant plans to take a course.
Admission to Advanced Special Student status will continue for five years. If there is no registration in two consecutive academic semesters (Fall and Spring), the admitted status will lapse and a new application will be required.
Advanced Special Students must maintain a 2.75 grade point average. Advanced Special Students whose grade point average falls below 2.75 will not be permitted to register.
Advanced Special Students must pay all standard graduate fees. Students in this status are not eligible to hold appointments as Graduate Teaching or Research Assistants or Fellows, or to receive other forms of financial aid. All other services available to them (e.g., parking, library privileges) are the same as those accorded to other graduate students.
Successful completion of courses taken as an Advanced Special Student does not guarantee admission to a graduate degree or certificate program. Each program may accept such courses in satisfaction of program requirements to a maximum of twelve (12) credits, contingent on admission to the degree or certificate program and on the approval of the faculty in the program. For consideration of admission to a degree program at a later time, the student must submit a new application, and may apply online.