An applicant to the Master of Science in Engineering degree program should possess a bachelor's degree in engineering from an accredited program. Alternatively, a bachelor's degree in a science or other discipline, combined with professional experience pertaining specifically to the technical aspects of engineering, may be acceptable. A person with engineering or engineering management experience, whose bachelor's degree is in other than one of the above, may be accepted to the program with some prerequisite engineering course work. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is desirable.

The certificate program is designed for an applicant who does not wish to pursue a degree in Engineering Management. A candidate pursuing a certificate must show proof of an appropriate bachelor's degree from an accredited program.

International students must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). To be admitted as a regular student to the School of Engineering, the applicant must achieve 580 (paper test) or 237 (computer-based test); and 92 Internet. Students taking the TOEFL should have at least 20 out of 30 in each of the TOEFL subcategories. If the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) process is chosen, the minimally accepted IELTS score is 7. Individual IELTS test module scores are also reviewed in addition to the overall IELTS score. However, unlike the applied math based curriculum of most graduate engineering programs, the courses in this program are strongly language based. Good English speaking and comprehension skill is ESSENTIAL for these courses.

Also, if you are enrolled in an Intensive English Program, you will need to submit a letter from the director of the IEP stating that you will be completing the highest level and the expected date of completion. In addition, the letter needs to state that you are recommended for graduate level course work.

Application Check List

  • A completed Graduate Application for Admission. Application to the Engineering Management Program should be submitted online at 
  • Official transcripts (with institutional seals) from each college or university you have attended
  • Two letters of references using the School of Engineering Confidential Recommendation Form Statement of purpose: in 500 - 700 words, describe your ability and commitment to undertake graduate study, proposed career goals, and why you chose Catholic University.
  • $60 nonrefundable application fee: submit your check or money order, payable in U.S. currency, to The Catholic University of America. Do not send cash.
  • Additional credentials required for international applicants: official TOEFL score report and Confirmation of Financial Support.