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Admission Categories
Full Admission
The requirements for admission with “full” graduate standing are as follows:
1. Submit a completed graduation application along with application fee. Have original transcripts submitted directly from the institution to Mercer University School of Engineering. International students must have their foreign academic credentials evaluated by an International Transcripts Evaluator such as World Educational Services (WES) or JS&A (Silny) and have the evaluation company submit the evaluation directly to the School of Engineering Graduate Programs Office. The School of Engineering cannot accept transcript evaluations mailed by the student.
2. Submit a minimum of two and preferably three letters of recommendation for admission into the Master of Science in Engineering and Master of Science programs. The letters must come from a professor or supervisor under whom you have studied, taught, or worked, and who is able to comment on your qualifications for graduate study.
3. Hold a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field of study from an ABET-accredited program (Engineering Accreditation Commission), but applicants will be considered with an undergraduate degree from a nationally accredited institution or its equivalent internationally.
4. Have an earned undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 overall.
5. Recommend to submit GRE score on the general section of the test. A combined score of 300 or higher for the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE is expected for admission into the Mercer University Graduate School of Engineering. Mercer University undergraduate students applying for the combined degree (4+1) program are exempt from this requirement. Students applying for the MS program in technical communications management are also exempt from this requirement.
6. Meet all additional specific departmental requirements, if any.
Conditional Admission
Applicants who fail to satisfy all the conditions for full admission may be accorded “Conditional” standing upon recommendation of the concerned department review committee. Upon admission, appropriate conditions will be defined, and must be met, to achieve “Full” standing. Once the defined conditions are satisfied, the student must petition the Graduate Program Director for advancement to “Full” standing. Students must attain “Full” graduate standing to be graduated with the MSE or MS degree.
Conditional admission into the combined degree (4+1) program cannot be granted to active undergraduate students with a cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.2. In addition, students in this program must maintain a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
Provisional Admission
Applicants to the graduate program may be admitted provisionally until all application materials are received in the Graduate Programs Office. Once materials are received, the student’s file is reviewed for appropriate acceptance status.
Nondegree Status
Students who do not wish to pursue an advanced degree in the School of Engineering, but whose undergraduate record indicates that they are otherwise qualified for admission, may take graduate courses as nondegree students. Such courses will not normally apply toward a Mercer degree.
Transient Admission
Students in good standing at other universities may enroll in the School of Engineering as “Transient” graduate students. Such students must file an application for admission and provide verification of good standing status from their own graduate dean. Work undertaken in this status will not normally apply toward a Mercer degree.
Students who interrupt the continuity of their graduate programs by failing to register for two consecutive terms (summer term excepted) must seek readmission by filling a Request for Readmission by August 1 for Fall Semester, December 1 for the Spring Semester, and May 1 for Summer term. Students admitted to the School of Engineering graduate program who do not enter in the term for which they applied, and subsequently wish to be considered for a later term, must reactivate their application for the new semester by notifying the Graduate Programs Office in the School of Engineering at least two weeks before the beginning of that term.