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What We Look For

Graduate admissions

We are looking for the well-rounded individual with proven academic accomplishment as well as demonstrated personal character and ambition. Our decision is based on careful evaluation of each applicant's complete record, including an online application, statement of purpose, TOEFL or IELTS scores if applicable, transcripts and letters of recommendation. Some of our programs require Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores—check with your program of interest. For full consideration you must submit all application materials before the application deadline for each program.
Vanderbilt is a comprehensive research university and holds the highest designation of research universities in the Carnegie classification system. Preference is given to students interested in pursuing the doctoral degree; however, all applicants for both the master and doctoral degrees are considered on the basis of merit.


M.S. and Ph.D. applicants

August 1st
Date by which most programs begin accepting Fall applications. If you have further questions, please directly contact the office of your program of interest.

Application Deadlines

Deadline for receipt of completed application form and all supporting credentials for a decision about fall semester admission.

December 1st
Environmental Engineering
January 1st
Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
January 15th
Civil Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Interdisciplinary Materials Science

Admission decisions:

March 31st
Target date by which admission offers for fall semester will be mailed to all applicants whose files are complete by the deadline of the program you chose.

Response to admission offers:

April 15th
Deadline for applicants to respond to offers of admission. If your reply is not received by April 15th, the department may reallocate any offer of financial award.

Application deadlines vary for M.Eng. and online degree programs