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Admission, Financial Aid, and Degree Requirements


The Graduate School Bulletin specifies the general admission requirements for graduate school. For study at the Solar Energy Laboratory, applicants must have a bachelor's degree in engineering or its physical science equivalent, have a strong undergraduate record and be admitted to either the mechanical or chemical engineering department. Three letters of recommendation are required. The GRE examination is recommended.

Financial Aid

Research assistantships are available for students during their course of study. The assistantships are usually on a half-time basis and provide financial support that is competitive with other major universities. An assistantship permits out-of-state students to pay in-state tuition.

Degree Requirements

Students receive their degrees in either mechanical or chemical engineering and must meet the following requirements:

  • For an MS degree, 24 credits are required. This comprises at least 18 course credits with the remaining as thesis research credits. The MS degree usually takes three semesters plus one summer semester.
  • For the PhD degree, six semesters in residency and a thesis are required. The PhD degree usually takes between three and five years after the MS.

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