Ph.D. in Engineering


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Admission Requirements

You may be admitted to the Ph.D. in Engineering program after satisfying the admission requirements set forth by the Graduate School, including a record that indicates the potential for a career in engineering research as evaluated by the program's admission committee. You should come to the program with a good understanding of engineering fundamentals.

To be considered for admission into the Ph.D. in Engineering Program, a student must first satisfy the admission requirements of the Graduate School. The student is also expected to meet the requirements for admission into the Program as described below:

  • B.S. degree in Engineering from an ABET-accredited program or equivalent, with a minimum 3.0 grade-point average; or an M.S. degree from an engineering program, with a minimum 3.5 grade-point average.
  • Minimum GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) requirements: Verbal ≥ 145 and Quantitative ≥ 156 and Analytical Writing ≥ 3.0; or Combined Verbal + Quantitative ≥ 301 and Analytical Writing ≥ 3.0.  
  • Statement of Objectives including the research focus area of interest, the research that was performed during undergraduate or graduate studies, and the name of the potential WSU DQF with whom the student will conduct his dissertation (but only if this has been mutually agreed upon)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • For international students only: proof of English proficiency minimum requirements: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) ≥ 79; or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) ≥ 6.0; or Pearson PTE (Pearson Test of English) ≥ 57; or students who show proof of successful completion of an Intensive English Program from an accredited Institution or program accepted by international admissions are exempt from the requirement to take an approved English Proficiency exam.
  • Letter of support from the potential dissertation advisor: Applicants are required to provide a letter of support signed by the WSU DQF with whom the student would like to do research. The letter should include a statement of support describing the commitment of the faculty member to advise the student and all funding sources that will be used to support the student throughout his doctoral training. 


  • GRE requirements are waived for applicants who received their engineering degree from WSU unless the test scores have expired
  • Applicants who do not meet GPA and GRE criteria but are strongly supported by an advisor will be reviewed by the Program Committee


Transfer Credit

Refer to the Graduate School's Graduate Policies and Procedures Manual for complete details. The student's dissertation advisor and focus area chair must review the transfer of credit request and recommend the course(s) to be accepted for transfer credit.

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