Admissions Requirements

Admission into the School of Computing and Engineering graduate programs is competitive. Review the admission requirements below based on the degree you are interested in.

MS Civil Engineering

The following is required for admission to the MSCE program:

Baccalaureate degree: Civil engineering or related discipline
GPA in last 60 hours of undergraduate engineering coursework: 3.0 or better

Pre-program requirements may be specified in case the bachelor’s degree is in a discipline different to which the candidate is applying.

The applicant must also include:

  • Application for admission
  • Official transcripts of all college coursework
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors at previous institutions or mentors at places of employment are highly encouraged.
    • Recommendation letters must come directly from the reference and can be sent to the department: Civil Engineering Graduate Program, 352 Flarsheim Hall, 5100 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110.
  • Official results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
    • A cumulative score of at least 302 (verbal + quantitative) and a minimum of 158 on the quantitative portion of the examination is required.
    • GRE requirements may be waived by applicants with a baccalaureate from an ABET-accredited program who have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. A copy of the FE pass letter, EIT license, or PE license should be sent to the department: Civil Engineering Graduate Program, 352 Flarsheim Hall, 5100 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110.
  • International Students – TOEFL scores are required for international students without prior U.S. degrees.  The minimum required score is 80.
    • TOEFL requirements may be waived for applicants with a baccalaureate degree from an ABET accredited program  in the United States.
    • Additional requirements may be needed for international applicants.
    • Contact the International Student Affairs Office for more information.
MS Computer Science

The following is required for admission to the MSCS program:

Baccalaureate degree: Computer science or related discipline
Cumulative GPA in all coursework: 3.0 or better
Computer Science GPA: 3.0 or better

Pre-program requirements may be specified in case the bachelor’s degree is in a discipline different to which the candidate is applying.

The applicant must also include:

  • Application for admission
  • Official transcripts of all college coursework
  • Official results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
    • The applicant must score in at least the 75th percentile on the quantitative portion of the GRE.
  • Statement of purpose
    • One to two pages in length in which prospective students indicate their career objectives.
  • International Students – A minimum score of 80 on the TOEFL exam or a minimum 6.5 on the IELTS is required for international students without prior U.S. degrees.
MS Electrical Engineering

The following is required for admission to the MSEE program:

Baccalaureate degree: Electrical engineering or related discipline
GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate engineering coursework: 3.0 or better*

*If GPA is below 3.0 but more than 2.75, and if other indicators promise success in the program, rules may still allow probationary admission.

Pre-program requirements may be specified in case the bachelor’s degree is in a discipline different to which the candidate is applying.

The applicant must also include:

  • Application for admission
  • Official transcripts of all college coursework
  • Graduate engineering supplemental application
  • Official results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
    • The applicant must score in at least the 75th percentile on the quantitative portion of the GRE.  Admission to our degree programs is competitive and a higher score is recommended.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors at previous institutions or mentors at places of employment are required for students with a GPA less than 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  • International Students – A minimum score of 80 on the TOEFL exam or a minimum 6.5 on the IELTS is required for international students without prior U.S. degrees.
MS Mechanical Engineering

The following is required for admission to the MSME program:

Baccalaureate degree: Mechanical engineering or related discipline
GPA in last 60 hours of undergraduate engineering coursework: 3.0 or better

Pre-program requirements may be specified in case the bachelor’s degree is in a discipline different to which the candidate is applying.

The applicant must also include:

  • Application for admission
  • Official transcripts of all college coursework
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors at previous institutions or mentors at places of employment are highly encouraged.
    • Recommendation letters must come directly from the reference and can be sent to the department: Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program, 352 Flarsheim Hall, 5100 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110.
  • Official results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
    • A cumulative score of at least 302 (verbal + quantitative) and a minimum of 158 on the quantitative portion of the examination is required.
    • GRE requirements may be waived by applicants with a baccalaureate from an ABET-accredited program who have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. A copy of the FE pass letter, EIT license, or PE license should be sent to the department: Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program, 352 Flarsheim Hall, 5100 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110.
  • International Students – TOEFL scores are required for international students without prior U.S. degrees.  The minimum required score is 80.
    • TOEFL requirements may be waived for applicants with a baccalaureate degree from an ABET accredited program in the United States.
    • Additional requirements may be needed for international applicants.
    • Contact the International Student Affairs Office for more information.
Ph.D. Computer Science

The following is required for admission to the doctoral CS program:

GPA: 3.5 or above
GRE score: quantitative percentile in the mid-80s or higher
TOEFL score (International students only): 213 or above (550 in paper-based system)
Degrees held: MS in Computer Science*

*In exceptional cases, we consider applicants with just baccalaureate in Computer Science or graduate degrees in related fields. 

It is expected that the applicants already have at least upper division undergraduate level core courses in a typical computer science program. All applications will receive careful and diligent consideration. Our admission decision is based on looking at the whole student and his/her experience (more than the numbers), and the willingness of a faculty to be the interim advisor.

Full admission requirements and co-discipline options can be found on the School of Graduate Studies website.

Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

Minimum Recommended ECE PhD Admission Requirements:

1) GPA (Bachelor or equivalent Degree): 3.5 in the scale of 4 (or equivalent)

2) GPA (MS or equivalent Degree if any): 3.5 in the scale of 4 (or equivalent)(Preferred)*

3) GRE (Quantitative) minimum score = 85%

4) TOEFL iBTS minimum Score = 89 or IELTS minimum score = 6.5

5) Prior Projects or Publications (Preferred)**

6) Internationally Acceptable Accreditation of the Prior Degree Awarding Institutes

*In exceptional cases, we consider applicants for admission into our Direct PhD Program with just a baccalaureate degree in Electrical/Computer Engineering or related fields.

** Prior research project and/or publication record is not required for admission into ECE PhD program. However, doctoral faculty members give very high value to the students with such backgrounds.

Direct or Expedited PhD Program

It is not required to have an MS or equivalent degree to apply to ECE PhD program. We accept well-qualified and motivated students with a Bachelor degree directly into our PhD program. We actively encourage students in the Direct PhD Program to try to complete the doctoral study within 4 or 5 years after the Bachelor degree. To complete the PhD degree in an expedited timeline, first, the student has to be dedicated and well qualified. Second, the student must make a comprehensive plan at the beginning of the doctoral study to complete all the relevant steps within a strict timeline, which is challenging but not impossible.

It is expected that the applicants already have at least upper division undergraduate level core courses in a typical electrical or computer engineering program. All applications will receive careful and diligent consideration. Our admission decision is based on looking at the whole student and his/her experience (more than the numbers), and the willingness of a faculty to be the interim advisor.

Full admission requirements and co-discipline options can be found on the School of Graduate Studies website.

Ph.D. Engineering

The following is required for admission to the doctoral Engineering program:

GPA in last 60 hours of undergraduate engineering coursework: 3.0 or better
GPA in all post-baccalaureate coursework:
 3.5 or better
GRE cumulative score: 1100 (verbal + quantitative)
GRE ranking: Minimum of 85th percentile on quantitative portion of the examination
TOEFL score (International students only): 213 or above (550 in paper-based system)

*GRE requirements may be waived if the applicant has passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.

Pre-program requirements may be specified in case the bachelor’s degree is in a discipline different than that to which the candidate is applying.

Full admission requirements and co-discipline options can be found on the School of Graduate Studies website.

Ph.D. Telecommunications and Computer Networking

The following is required for admission to the doctoral Telecommunications and Computer Networking program:

GPA: 3.5 or above
GRE score: quantitative percentile in the mid-80s or higher
TOEFL score (International students only): 213 or above (550 in paper-based system)
Degrees held: MS in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering*

*In exceptional cases, we consider applicants with just baccalaureate in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering, or graduate degrees in related fields.

It is expected that the applicants already have at least upper division undergraduate level courses in data structures and operating systems. All applications are carefully and diligently evaluated. In this evaluation, we examine and consider applicant’s academic performance, research experience (if any), a personal narratives and recommendation letters. Our admission decision is based on this evaluation and the willingness of a faculty to be the interim advisor.

Application packets for doctoral study in Telecommunication and Computer Networking can be requested from the School of Graduate Studies or International Student Affairs Office (ISAO).