Admission to the Program requires a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in science, engineering, or mathematics. Applicants must submit test scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). International students whose native language is not English must submit evidence of their proficiency in the English language. The applicant may use the results (no more than two years old) from one of the following standardized tests to satisfy this requirement: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); the International English Language Test System (IELTS); or the PTE test. A minimum required TOEFL score is 79 (electronic test) or 550 paper based). A minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS or 53 on the PTE is required.
Nearly all full-time Ph.D. students in the program receive financial aid in the form of fellowships and graduate assistantships supported by the state, industry and the federal government. These stipends are, on average, higher than those of similar programs at other universities and are based on the applicant’s prior academic experience and credentials. The 9-month stipend for the 2016-17 academic year is $22,242.87 for a student with a bachelor’s degree and $23,404.49 for a student with a master’s degree. Most students receive additional support for the summer period as well. The amount of the stipend normally increases on completion of the course requirements for the M.S. degree and again on passing the general examination for the Ph.D. In addition to the stipend, graduate assistantships include a tuition waiver and highly-subsidized health insurance. In general, all applicants are automatically considered for an assistantship by the program.