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Systems & Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Technology Center
Room Q128
678-915-3060
1100 South Marietta Pkwy
Marietta, GA 30060

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Admissions

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Science Program with a major in Systems Engineering must submit the following to the Admissions Office no later than the published deadline date for the semester in which the applicant plans to enroll:

  • An application for graduate admission to SPSU.You can set up an online account and apply over the internet, a $50 non-refundable application fee is required.
  • Official transcript to be sent from each college or university attended,
  • Certificate of Immunization. Download this form and sign the waiver at the bottom for distance only students.
  • An official copy of scores from the “General Test” of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or a request for a GRE waiver (see Admissions Criteria below),
  •  At least three (3) recommendation forms completed by former or current supervisors, professors, or professional colleagues,
  • A 1 – 2 page Statement of Purpose describing your career and educational goals, and
  •  A current resume.

Applicants to a Graduate Certificate Program must submit the following:

  • An application for graduate admission to SPSU.You can set up an online account and apply over the internet, a $50 non-refundable application fee is required.
  • Official transcript to be sent from each college or university attended,
  • Certificate of Immunization. Download this form and sign the waiver at the bottom,
  • At least three (3) recommendation forms completed by former or current supervisors, professors, or professional colleagues, and
  • A current resume.

International students who do not possess a baccalaureate degree from a college in the United States must also submit  the following:

  • An official English-translated transcript of college-level education,
  • TOEFL scores, and
  • An affidavit indicating financial security.

 Admission Criteria

Graduate applicants shall have the following qualifications.

  • An undergraduate degree in engineering, engineering technology, computer science, physical science, or other technically oriented major from an accredited college or university. Interested students from other disciplines may be admitted to the program, but may be required to complete additional courses.
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (on the 4.0 scale). Applicants with a GPA of 2.75 or better may be considered with strong work experience and letters of reference.
  • Official GRE scores meeting the current admission profile: 150 (450 on old scale) Verbal and 148 (600 on old scale) Quantitative. Applicants with lower scores may be accepted provisionally requiring additional preparatory course work. Test scores may be waived, if (1) an applicant has 4 or more years of relevant work experience earned after receiving their first baccalaureate degree or (2) a 3.5 undergraduate GPA or better. To request a GRE waiver, send a letter outlining your work experience or a current resume.
  • For international students, a 79 on the TOEFL Internet version or an IELTS score of 6.5 is required.

 Admission Status

The Systems Engineering Program Coordinator in conjunction with the graduate admissions committee determines the student admission status.

  1. Full Graduate students have met all the criteria shown above.
  2. Provisional Graduate students are graduate students who have not fully met the above criteria. They are limited to designated courses, either graduate or undergraduate, during which they will be evaluated to determine their likelihood of success. Provisional students are not guaranteed full graduate status.
  3. Graduate Certificate students are accepted for any of the certificates offered. Certificate students are limited to certificate courses or preparatory courses approved by the Program Coordinator. Certificate students may apply for Full Graduate status. After being accepted into the Masters Degree Program, all hours earned as a Certificate student can apply toward the Masters Degree.