Admission Requirements by Program

Graduate Studies

 

Each department has varied admission requirements. To view the requirements specific to your program of interest, please choose from the disciplines listed above. 

 

Biochemical Engineering
 

Admission Criteria: For applicants with a chemical engineering or related undergraduate degree

For both the Master’s Degree program and the Certificate programs, you must apply to be admitted, and admission is not automatic. Admission generally requires an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. If you did not receive your undergraduate degree at an accredited U.S. school, you will be required to take the GRE and/or the TOEFL exams.

Admission Criteria: For applicants without a chemical engineering or related undergraduate degree

If your undergraduate degree is not in Chemical Engineering, you will be considered for admission into the certificate programs, but admission is not automatic. Further, for admission into the Master’s Degree Program in Biochemical Engineering, you will need to satisfy the Admission Criteria for applicants without a chemical engineering or related undergraduate degree:

Requirement 1: Undergraduate GPA

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, physics, mathematics: ≥ 3.25/4.0
  • Bachelor’s degree in CE, ME, or Biomedical Engineering from an ABET accredited institution: ≥ 3.0/4.0
  • Bachelor’s degree in another biological or physical science or another engineering discipline: ≥ 3.25/4.0

Requirement 2: Completed Undergraduate courses (with a cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0/4.0)

  • Calculus I, Calculus II, Differential Equations
  • General Chemistry I, II; Physics I
  • 2 upper level science courses appropriate to the student’s undergraduate major 

Requirement 3: GRE scores

  • Quantitative Reasoning: ≥ 700/800 (old scale) or ≥ 155/170 (new scale)  
  • Analytical writing: ≥ 4.0/6.0
  • Slightly lower GRE scores will be allowed if the undergraduate GPA is higher than the minimum listed.

Requirement 4:  Chemical Engineering Background

  • Successful completion of the 3 requirements above and one of the options listed below will ensure admission into the MSBChE program on a probationary basis, once a complete MSBChE application is submitted:

  • Option 1:  Critical ChE topics covered during UG
  • Student must provide evidence of having learned critical chemical engineering topics (i.e mass balances, fluid flow, diffusive and convective mass transport mass transport, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, etc.) as an undergraduate.
  • Such evidence can include course syllabi and textbooks.
  • Applicants missing critical topic(s) may be required to take undergraduate course(s) in that topical area before beginning the MS program. See option 2 (Villanova University undergraduate courses) and option 3 (Michigan State bridging courses)

(OR)

  • Option 2:  Undergraduate Chemical Engineering courses at Villanova
  • Complete the following 6 core undergraduate chemical engineering courses with a GPA ≥ 3.0 /4.0:
  • Fall semester, 3 courses:

CHE 2031 - Intro Chemical Processes
CHE 3031 - Heat Transfer
CHE 3131 - CHE Thermodynamics II

  • Spring semester, 3 of 4 courses (to be selected based on student background, academic performance and academic advisement):

CHE 2032 - Chem Engr Thermo I
CHE 2232 - Fluid Mechanics
CHE 3032 - Mass Transfer
CHE 3332 - ChemE Reactor Engineering I

Note: these courses will not earn the student credit toward the completion of the 30-credit MSBChE degree, but will represent one of the prerequisite requirements for admission into the program.

(OR)

  • Option 3: Michigan State bridging courses
  • Complete CHE 804, 805 Foundations of Chemical Engineering I, II, offered online by Michigan State University
  • Complete each course with a GPA ≥ 3.5/4.0 (repeat if necessary until the required minimum grade is achieved.)

Note: these courses will not earn the student credit toward the completion of the 30-credit MSBChE degree, but will represent one of the prerequisite requirements for admission into the program.

 

Please Note:  Successful completion of Requirements 1, 2, 3 and 4 will ensure admission into the MSBChE program on a probationary basis, once a complete application has been submitted. 

Chemical Engineering
 

Admission Criteria: For applicants with a chemical engineering or related undergraduate degree

For both the Master’s Degree program and the Certificate programs, you must apply to be admitted, and admission is not automatic. Admission generally requires an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. If you did not receive your undergraduate degree at an accredited U.S. school, you will be required to take the GRE and/or the TOEFL exams.

Students with an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering who are admitted into the M. S. Ch. E. degree program will need to complete 30 credits (10 courses) at the graduate level, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. To earn a degree, a student will be required to complete a minimum of 7 8000-level (or higher) courses (21 credits) and will only be allowed to apply a maximum of 3 7000-level courses (9 credits) towards degree completion.

Admission Criteria: For applicants without a chemical engineering or related undergraduate degree

If your undergraduate degree is not in Chemical Engineering, you will be considered for admission into the certificate programs, but admission is not automatic. Further, for admission into the Master’s Degree Program in Chemical Engineering, you will need to satisfy the Admission Criteria for applicants without a Chemical Engineering or related undergraduate degree:

Requirement 1: Undergraduate GPA

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, physics, mathematics: ≥ 3.25 / 4.0
  • Bachelor’s degree in civil or mechanical engineering from an ABET accredited institution: ≥ 3.0 / 4.0
  • Bachelor’s degree in another biological or physical science or another engineering discipline: ≥ 3.25 / 4.0

Requirement 2: Completed Undergraduate courses (with a cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0 / 4.0)

  • Calculus I, Calculus II, Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
  • General Chemistry I, II; Physics I, II (An additional upper level science course can substitute for Physics II)
  • 2 Upper level science courses appropriate to the student’s undergraduate major 

Requirement 3: GRE scores

  • Quantitative Reasoning: ≥ 700/800 (old scale) or ≥ 155/170 (new scale)
  • Analytical writing: ≥ 4.0/6.0
  • Slightly lower GRE scores will be allowed if the undergraduate GPA is higher than the minimum listed.

Requirement 4: Undergraduate Chemical Engineering course content

To satisfy Requirement 4, select 1 of the 2 options below.

  • Option 1: Villanova University undergraduate course

Complete 6 core undergraduate chemical engineering courses with a GPA ≥ 3.0 /4.0:

Fall semester, 3 courses:

CHE 2031 - Intro to Chemical Processes
CHE 3031 - Heat Transfer
CHE 3131 - CHE Thermodynamics II

Spring semester, 3 of 4 courses (to be selected based on student background, academic performance, and academic advisement):

CHE 2032 - CHE Thermodynamics I
CHE 2232 - Fluid Mechanics
CHE 3032 - Mass Transfer
CHE 3332 - ChemE Reactor Engineering I

Note: these courses will not earn the student credit toward the completion of the 36-credit MSChE degree, but will represent one of the prerequisite requirements for admission into the program.

(OR)

  • Option 2: Michigan State bridging courses

Complete CHE 804, 805 Foundations of Chemical Engineering I, II; offered online by Michigan State University; complete each course with a GPA ≥ 3.5/4.0 (repeat if necessary until the required minimum grade is achieved.) Note: these courses will not earn the student credit toward the completion of the 36-credit MSChE degree, but will represent one of the prerequisite requirements for admission into the program.

Please Note:  Successful completion of Requirements 1, 2, 3 and 4 will ensure admission into the MSChE program on a probationary basis, once a complete application has been submitted.

For applicants admitted without an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering or a related undergraduate degree, the MSChE degree will require the completion of 36 credits at the graduate level with a minimum GPA of 3.0. (This is different than the 30 credit requirement for those who have an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering.) To earn a degree, a student will be required to complete a minimum of 8 8000-level (or higher) courses (24 credits) and will only be allowed to apply a maximum of 4 7000-level courses (9 credits) towards degree completion.

Civil Engineering


Departmental Admission Criteria

  • The applicant must demonstrate the ability to master graduate-level studies. The evaluation is based on a review of the formal application submitted, transcripts from all previous colleges attended, and letters of recommendation.
  • All International applicants (unless he/she has earned a degree from a 4-year US college or university) must also provide evidence of adequate proficiency in the English language determined by:
    • TOEFL or IELTS examination scores
    • GRE (General Test) scores – A minimum score of 305 (combining verbal and quantitative sections) is required for admission. The minimum acceptable GRE quantitative score is 155.   

For complete details, refer to the Application Requirements for all graduate level applicants in the College of Engineering.


MSCE Admission Criteria

  • To earn the MSCE degree, the candidate would normally hold a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) degree from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited program or its equivalent. A candidate with a degree in another engineering or related field is eligible provided he/she can present evidence of proficiency in:
    • Mathematics
    • Basic and engineering science
    • Computer literacy
    • Engineering design consistent with ABET's Criteria for Basic Level Programs
  • In the absence of such evidence, the candidate will be required to complete the undergraduate engineering design courses and their appropriate undergraduate prerequisites, including mathematics and basic science courses consistent with the BSCE program at Villanova. Engineering technology courses cannot be used to fulfill undergraduate prerequisites. The undergraduate courses will be in addition to the graduate courses required for the MSCE degree.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Are undergrad prerequisite courses offered online via Distance Learning?
    We do not offer the undergraduate classes via Distance Learning. These courses are typically day classes.
  2. Are the application requirements the same if a student is only applying for an individual course?
    Yes.
  3. How do I know if a prerequisite course is sufficient?
    If the course is required at another institution’s ABET-accredited BSCE program, then it is sufficient. Otherwise, the student can refer to the Villanova University Course Catalog to match course descriptions or consult with the CEE Department. 

Computer Engineering
 

Admission Criteria for Applicants with a BSCpE from an accredited US university:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.00
  • Two recommendations
  • GRE required for full-time applicants for TA or RA positions: minimum GRE (quantitative reasoning plus verbal) of 1200 (old scale) and 305 (new scale).

Admission Criteria for International Applicants with a BSCpE from a non-US university:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.25 out of 4.00 or equivalent.
  • Minimum GRE (quantitative reasoning plus verbal) of larger than 1200 (old scale) and 305 (new scale).
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 90 or IELTS score of 7.0
  • Two recommendations

Admission Criteria for Applicants with undergraduate degrees from a US university in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Math, Electrical Engineering Technology:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.25 out of 4.00
  • Two recommendations
  • GRE required for full-time applicants for TA or RA positions: minimum GRE (quantitative reasoning plus verbal) of 1200 (old scale) and 305 (new scale).
  • Satisfy the required BSCpE courses or their equivalent (see below). The graduate equivalent of the following courses can be taken:
    • ECE 2042 - Fund Computer Engineering I
    • ECE 3445 - Computer Architecture
    • ECE 2620 - C++, Algorithms & Data Struct
    • ECE 4470 - Computer Networks

If taken at the graduate level, a maximum of two of these courses can be transferred toward the MSCpE degree (Provided no other courses from other institutions have been previously transferred)

Applicants with BS degrees in other engineering disciplines may also be considered on individual bases.

Cybersecurity


Admission Criteria:

Admission to the Master of Science in Cybersecurity degree program will be granted to qualified students who hold a Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, or applied sciences from an accredited and/or reputable institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to the College of Engineering.

Applicants with a Bachelor's degree in other fields of study, with a GPA of 3.0 or better, and with relevant work experience and industry certifications, will also be considered.  Undergraduate course prerequisite requirements include Villanova ECE 4470, Computer Networks, or equivalent. In some cases, students will be admitted on a provisional basis (non-matriculated), and will need to complete two (2) courses with at least a B or better in each course, before being considered for full admission (matriculated).

 

International Student Admission Requirements:

The GRE is required for all individuals receiving their Bachelor's degree outside of the United States. A minimum GRE score of 314 (combining verbal and quantitative sections) is required for admission. The TOEFL or IELTS Examination is required of all students whose native language is not English.

Electrical Engineering
 

Admission Criteria for Applicants with a BSEE from an accredited US university:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.00
  • Two recommendations
  • GRE required for full-time applicants for TA or RA positions: minimum GRE (quantitative reasoning plus verbal) of 1200 (old scale) and 305 (new scale).

Admission Criteria for International Applicants with a BSEE from a non-US university:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.25 out of 4.00 or equivalent.
  • Minimum GRE (quantitative reasoning plus verbal) of larger than 1200 (old scale) and 305 (new scale).
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 90 or IELTS score of 7.0
  • Two recommendations

Admission Criteria for Applicants with undergraduate degrees from a US university in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Math, Electrical Engineering Technology:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.25 out of 4.00
  • Two recommendations
  • GRE required for full-time applicants for TA or RA positions: minimum GRE (quantitative reasoning plus verbal) of 1200 (old scale) and 305 (new scale).
  • Satisfy the required BSEE courses or their equivalent (see below). The graduate equivalent of the following courses can be taken:

ECE-3220, Signal Processing:  ECE-8231
ECE-3500, Electronic Materials & Devices: ECE-7500
ECE-3690, Engineering Electromagnetics : ECE-8675 or ECE-8670
ECE-4290, Energy System Models & Control: its EGR equivalent

If taken at the graduate level, a maximum of two of these courses can be transferred toward the MSEE degree (Provided no other courses from other institutions have been previously transferred)

Applicants with BS degrees in other engineering disciplines may also be considered on individual bases.

Prerequisites for MSEE

MAT 2500 – Calculus III : Parametric equations; polar, cylindrical, and spherical
coordinates; vectors and the geometry of space; vector functions (derivatives, integrals, curvature, etc.); partial derivatives; optimization; multiple integration and its applications; vector calculus (line integrals, vector analysis). Continued use of a computer algebra system.

MAT 2705 - Differential Equations: First order and linear second order differential equations, matrices and linear equation systems, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and linear systems of differential equations.

PHY 2402 - Physics II Electricity & Magnetism: Electrostatics, DC Circuits, magnetism, and AC circuits. Designed for students in the College of Engineering.

ECE 2052 – Fundamental of Electrical Engineering I: Basic electrical concepts; dc circuit analysis; diodes and applications; signals and amplifiers; BJT transistor and switching circuits; energy storage devices. Required first course for CPE and EE majors. Three lecture hours and a two-hour practicum per week. (also EE 2053, Electrical Engineering I Lab)

ECE 2054 - Fundamental of Electrical Engineering II: Transient circuit analysis; ac circuit analysis; ac power; frequency response; resonance; complex frequency. Three lecture hours and a two-hour practicum per week. (also EE 2055, Electrical Engineering II Lab)

ECE 3500 - Electronic Materials & Devices: Physics of crystal structures, energy bands, Fermi level, charge carriers, the pn junction, and excess carriers. Devices: diodes, bipolar junction transistors and field effect transistors. Three lecture hours and a two-hour practicum per week.

ECE 3690 - Engineering Electromagnetics: Maxwell's equations, plane waves, dissipative media, reflection and transmission of waves at an interface, metallic and optical waveguides, transmission lines, linear and array antennas. Practicum includes computer projects, laboratory demonstrations and problem solving. Three lecture hours and a two-hour practicum per week.

ECE 3220 - Signal Processing: Signal representation, Fourier series, Fourier transform, discrete-time systems, convolution, discrete-time Fourier transform, Z-transform. Practicum includes MATLAB exercises on transform properties and their use in modulation and filtering. Three lecture hours and a two-hour practicum per week.

ECE-4290-   Energy System Models & Control: Modeling and analysis of electrical, mechanical, and electromechanical systems; open-loop and feedback systems; frequency domain models; state equations;   linearization; time response; steady-state error; block diagrams and signal flow graphs; stability criteria; root locus method. Practicum includes laboratory experiments involving actual engineering systems. Three lecture hours and a two-hour practicum per week.

Mechanical Engineering


Admission Criteria:

  • The applicant's undergraduate record and letters of recommendation must indicate the ability to undertake graduate studies.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0.
  • Applicants should ideally hold an accredited bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or its equivalent. Applicants not possessing an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering may be required to take additional undergraduate courses prior to admission. Specific courses will be determined in consultation with the Graduate Chair and must be completed prior to official acceptance.
  • Scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are required for International applicants and graduates of institutions not accredited by ABET. A Quantitative GRE score of at least 700 (old scale) or 155 (new scale) is required. 
  • International applicants must give evidence of adequate proficiency in the English language by achieving a score of at least 80 (internet based test), 600 (paper based test), or 250 (computer based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). IELTS scores may be substituted for the TOEFL.

Disclaimer: Please note that meeting the above criteria does not automatically guarantee admission to graduate mechanical engineering programs. 

Sustainable Engineering

The applicant's undergraduate record and letters of recommendation must indicate the ability to undertake graduate studies.


Admission Criteria:

  • The Master of Science in Sustainable Engineering may be pursued by the non-engineering degree holder, provided he/she can present evidence of proficiency in:
    • Mathematics: Calculus through, and including, Differential Equations
    • Basic Science: Two semesters of college Chemistry, including one Chemistry lab
    • Engineering Science: One semester of college Calculus-based Physics (no lab required)
       
  • In the absence of such evidence, the applicant may be admitted provisionally, but will be required to complete undergraduate prerequisite courses that will depend on the applicant’s background and intended track. These undergraduate courses will not count towards the degree. Upon completion, the candidate can then be granted regular admission status into the program.

  • Please refer to the College of Engineering’s Graduate Application Requirements for information which applies to all graduate engineering applicants.


Admission Criteria for International Applicants with a degree from a non-US university:

  • Minimum GRE (quantitative reasoning plus verbal) score of 305 (1200 old scale)
  • A Quantitative GRE score of at least 155 (700 old scale) is required. 
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 90 or IELTS score of 7.0
  • Minimum GPA of 3.25 out of 4.00 or equivalent
  • Two recommendations

Water Resources and Environmental Engineering

 

Departmental Admission Criteria

  • The applicant must demonstrate the ability to master graduate-level studies. The evaluation is based on a review of the formal application submitted, transcripts from all previous colleges attended, and letters of recommendation.
  • All International applicants (unless he/she has earned a degree from a 4-year US college or university) must also provide evidence of adequate proficiency in the English language determined by:
    • TOEFL or IELTS examination scores
    • GRE (General Test) scores – A minimum score of 305 (combining verbal and quantitative sections) is required for admission.  
  •  For complete details, refer to the Application Requirements for all graduate level applicants in the College of Engineering.

MSWREE Admission Criteria

  • A candidate is eligible to pursue the MSWREE degree provided he/she can present evidence of proficiency in:
    • Mathematics
    • Basic science
    • Engineering science
  • In the absence of such evidence, the candidate will be required to complete the following undergraduate prerequisites at proficient levels:
    • Four semesters of mathematics through Differential Equations
    • Two semesters of Chemistry
    • One semester of Newtonian Physics
    • Statics/Dynamics
    • Fluid Mechanics

*For comparison purposes, you may review descriptions of undergraduate Engineering courses here.

  • The undergraduate prerequisites for the MSWREE degree may be completed at Villanova or their equivalent taken elsewhere. Departmental pre-approval of undergrad prereq courses taken elsewhere is encouraged to ensure the courses are sufficient. Engineering technology courses cannot be used to fulfill undergraduate prerequisites. The undergraduate courses will be in addition to the graduate courses required for the MSWREE degree. It is recommended that applicants requiring undergraduate prerequisite courses begin their graduate study in the Summer term.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Are undergrad prerequisite courses offered online via Distance Learning?
    We do not offer the undergraduate classes via Distance Learning. These courses are typically day classes.
  2. Are Statics and Dynamics one or two courses?
    Statics and Dynamics are commonly taught as two separate classes. The dynamics course requirement is waived IF the Fluid Mechanics course does not require it, but most Fluid Mechanics courses do require Dynamics.
  3. Are Chemistry or Physics labs required to meet prerequisites?
    No.
  4. Are the application requirements the same if a student is only applying for an individual course?
    Yes.
  5. How do I know if a prerequisite course is sufficient?
    If the course is required at another institution’s ABET-accredited BSCE program, then it is sufficient. Otherwise, the student can refer to the Villanova University Course Catalog to match course descriptions or consult with the CEE Department.