Academic Requirements for Engineering Candidates in USA

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DISCLAIMER: Nowadays, applications are accepted online and need not be mailed to the university but its recommended to look for your institutions Methods & Priorities prior to application process. Please read the detailed information portrayed in the official website and follow as per the university requirements, the following information related in this post is to give a general idea about the admission procedure for aspiring engineering candidates in US Universities and may differ to the actual process. The following adaptation is based on institutes like NYU & MIT.

Statement of Purpose

A well written, one-to two-page statement explaining in detail about your choice to pursue a graduate study in a particular program and a particular University. Make use of this opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the department about your goals, interests, and career plans and how well they relate with your intended academic pursuits. A copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae may be uploaded to the online application if required by the institute.



Official transcripts are required and must be received before a decision is released. To complete your application, official transcripts are required from all previously-attended post-secondary institutions, even if you were not a matriculated student and/or did not complete an academic program. Failure to submit all transcripts will delay the processing of your application, and failure to report all schools attended may result in admission rescission. 

If sending attested copies of your mark sheets, the attestation must be made by the informed authority (e.g. Controller of Examinations or Registrar) or as specified  by the institution applied. For any transcript that is not issued in English by the institution, an English-language translation is required. (Dual-language transcripts issued by the institution are acceptable and do not require translation.) All translations must be:

  • Complete and literal (word-for-word), replicating the original as precisely as possible with no attempts at interpretation or evaluation
  • Prepared in the same format as the original document
  • Typed on organization or school letterhead/stationery
  • Signed or stamped by an approved translator

Official translations may be provided by one of the following:

  • The institution issuing the transcript
  • A consulate or embassy of the United States or of the institution’s country
  • A professional, certified and/or accredited translation agency

Translations will not be accepted from:

  • The applicant or members of his/her family
  • Individuals not affiliated with any of the organizations listed above.

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  • GRE scores are valid for 5 years.
  • The GRE must be taken again if your scores are older than 5 years.
  • Applicants who are applying for full-time enrollment must submit official GRE scores.
  • All courses in US require clearing your GRE with the standard set by the particular university for specific candidature and courses.
  • If the GRE is required for your application, an official GRE score report must be sent electronically to the university and this can be done directly by reference with the institution code available in the University website.

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English Language

Candidates are expected to show communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension. hence, English Language Proficiency will be determined by the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced), or Pearson PTE Academic exams. At least one of these exams is required for:

  • All International applicants (those who have or will request a visa)
  • Applicants (including US citizens and US Permanent Residents) whose first language is not English and/or who have not completed a bachelor’s degree in the United States.

In certain cases, international graduate students may be required to take an ESL (English as a Second Language) placement exam and, if necessary, attend an intensive English program upon enrollment.

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Letters of Recommendation

You are required to send two Letters of Recommendation. Recommendations should be provided by professors, employers, supervisors, or others who are able to comment on your academic achievements, research potential and your professional goals (Do avoid friends or relatives please, they are not expecting your slambook!).


Financial Documentation

  • International students who will require a J-1 or F-1 visa to study at NYU will need to apply for a new I-20 or transfer by submitting financial documentation after admission.
  • Do not submit financial documents (including bank statements and affidavits of support) with your application. Instructions for applying for a new I-20 or transfer will follow your letter of admission (if applicable).

Once your application has been submitted and all required documents have been received, it will be reviewed by the department to which you applied.  When a decision is reached, you will be notified and will be able to access the decision online or via the confirmation mail sent. If you are admitted, a notification will follow, and you will receive information about how to accept/decline your admission.




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Vinay Nair likes to explore topics related to higher education and looks forward to help prospective students with queries related to their study abroad dreams.


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  14. Hi
    GRE Score 314 (Q-162 V-152 AWA-3)
    Topper’s percentage-82%
    What are my chances of getting in top 50 universities in US for MS in CS FALL2016?

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