University FAQs

Pass/Fail Option

  • Ordinarily, students in the School of Engineering may not satisfy degree requirements if they elect to take a course Pass/Fail. For the Spring 2020 semester, because of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting mid-semester switch to remote education, undergraduate students in the School of Engineering may request to switch courses to Pass/Fail.
  • The Pass/Fail option is not available for graduate students. Undergraduate students enrolled in graduate-level courses may request Pass/Fail for such courses, but such courses cannot then be used to satisfy any graduate degree requirements. Sourse that will be counted towards a graduate degree or certificate must be taken for a letter grade.
  • The deadline to request Pass/Fail for any course is April 22, and it can be done using this online form. (Students who previously submitted paperwork using the form on the Enrollment Services website do not need to apply again using the online form).
  • Before choosing Pass/Fail, students should consult with the course instructor about their current performance in the course.
  • Students should consider any possible impact on financial aid (some sources of financial support, such as SACM, VA benefits, etc., may have rules regarding taking courses Pass/Fail). Please also consider that certain graduate programs (for example, medical schools) may wish to see letter grades in certain subjects.
  • A course that is taken Pass/Fail will have no effect on a student's semester GPA or cumulative GPA, regardless of its outcome (neither P nor F affects the GPA for such courses). For Spring 2020 courses only, the School of Engineering will accept "P" grades as counting towards degree requirements and counting towards meeting the prerequisite requirements for future courses.
  • To be eligible for Dean's List for the Spring 2020 semester, a student must complete at least 12 credits for a letter grade, and earn the usual required minimum semester GPA of 3.5.

Software Access

  • Technology Services has created online instructions for using VPN and Remote Desktop to access software resources on campus. Note that VPN and Remote Access are needed both to access the software available at apps.cua.edu (available to all School of Engineering students), and to access specific machines in Pangborn Hall if you have been granted access to a specific machine. To request access to a specific machine, please contact the instructor of the course for which the software use is required.

Graduate School Applications & Accelerated Bachelors/Masters Program

  • The deadline for applications for graduate school for Fall 2020 enrollment is July 1 for international students and July 15 for domestic students (apply online). Graduating Catholic University seniors are eligible for a waiver of their graduate school application fee (please begin an application, then email your application number and student ID number to engineering@cua.edu to request a waiver).
  • If you are an undergraduate student in the School of Engineering with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2, you are eligible to apply for the Accelerated Bachelors/Masters program. To accommodate students who may be reconsidering their post-graduation plans due to the coronavirus pandemic, we will accept applications for the Accelerated Program from graduating seniors through the last day of classes this semester, May 4 (ordinarily, students must submit this paperwork prior to their final semester). Note that to participate in the Accelerated Program, a student must both complete the approval form found here apply for graduate school through the normal process.
  • The School of Engineering offers master's degrees in all of the same fields in which it offers bachelor's degrees. We also have additional master's programs in Engineering Management, Materials Science & Engineering, and Data Analytics. For those interested in increasing their professional preparation without committing to an entire master's degree, we offer graduate certificates (typically requiring 4 or 5 courses) in the following areas: Cyber Security & Privacy, Data Analytics, Engineering Management, Management of Information Technology, Power Electronics, Program Management, Systems Engineering, and Additive Manufacturing.