Frequently asked Questions about MSE application process
The entire process is completed online except the submission of your official transcripts, GRE and TOEFL test scores.
May I apply to the MSE graduate program if I don't have an undergraduate degree in Materials Science & Engineering?
Yes, we accept students from other science and engineering disciplines to our graduate programs. We have had students from chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, and other engineering disciplines enroll in our graduate programs.
When is the deadline to apply for graduate studies?
Application submission cycles open and close as follows:
Fall Term of Entry
Ph.D.: October 1 – December 15
M.S.: October 1 – January 15
Spring Term of Entry
Ph.D.: July 1 – September 26
Do you review my documents and scores (CV, GRE, TOEFL, publications, and/or any unofficial admissions information) before I submit my online application?
The Admission’s office does not prescreen any application materials prior to the submission of your application. Also, the office will not advise applicants to whether they should or should not submit an application.
May I defer payment of the application fee until after I am admitted?
The nonrefundable application fee is required for us to process your application. We cannot waive or defer the fee.
What supporting documents should I mail in?
Your transcripts, statement of purpose, affidavit of support (if applicable) and resume should be uploaded into the application, so it is not necessary to mail in these materials. You should request ETS to send official GRE and TOEFL score reports directly to the department -- this is the only supporting document that needs to be mailed. We encourage letters of recommendation to be uploaded by your provider via the ApplyYourself online application.
I have uploaded a copy of my transcripts directly into the application and sent a hard copy of my transcripts, why are they marked “unofficial”?
The Admissions Committee will review the unofficial transcripts that have been uploaded directly. Since the unofficial transcripts are already available, the Admissions Office will not rescan and re-upload as part of your application at this time. It is not necessary to mail in a hard copy of your transcripts until you have been requested to do so.
May the supporting documents be received after the application deadline?
Yes, it is acceptable for your letters of recommendation and GRE and TOEFL score reports to arrive after the application deadline. Receipt of these reports a week or two after the deadline will not affect your chances of being admitted.
Do my recommendations need to be from Professors? … in engineering or science?
The most informative recommendations are written by those for whom you have done technical work or research similar to the type you will do as a graduate student in our program. Most often, this will be a professor in engineering or science with whom you have taken a course with a significant project component, an undergraduate (or MS) thesis advisor, etc. It may also be a professor in the social sciences or humanities. Supervisors or even co-workers in current or recent jobs are also often able to provide useful insights; however, we may be less likely to know them. Depending on how long it has been since you have been out of school, some combination of one or two (usually two) professors and one or two work supervisors (usually one) is the most common choice. Recommendations from people with whom you have not worked are generally not considered informative.
May I ask my recommenders to mail in paper letters of recommendation instead of giving uploading the letter online? And is there special recommendation form to download?
In order to sufficiently process your application, the Admissions Office suggests applicants request the provider submit the letter of recommendation online. Paper letters that are mailed in will delay the processing of application materials. Since it is recommended that all letters be submitted online, there are no forms to submit with the letter.
What are the minimum English proficiency exam scores required for admission?
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What school/institution code should I use when requesting score reports from ETS? What is the department code for GRE and TOEFL?
The school/institution code is 2074
The GRE department code is 1402
The TOEFL department code is 73
Do I have to take an English proficiency exam? Can the requirement be waived?
As an applicant, an English proficiency exam is required for non-native English speakers. The department accepts TOEFL, IELTS and DuoLingo scores (must be sent electronically to the university from the company). Applicants who are non-native English speakers can receive a requirement waiver if they have or will complete a four-year undergraduate program at a university within the United States before the start of the first term they are enrolled.
What address should I request my IELTS test score sent to?
431 Hamerschlag Drive
Ansys Hall Suite 250
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
How important is the essay section of the application?
What is the status of my application?
What are my options if not admitted?
Your completed application may be reconsidered for the next concurrent semester after your original application semester. If you would like your application to be reconsidered, send email to email@example.com stating your intentions. You may also send additional information if you wish; for instance, additional transcripts from other schools you may attend prior to admissions.