Graduate Admission Requirements

Baseline Academic Requirements

Admission to the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering departmental graduate degree programs is contingent upon the following requirements, which will differ between degree programs:

All Degree Programs

  • Undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. Official documentation that meets the requirements of the Graduate College must be provided in the application. Students with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a restricted status.
  • Official documentation of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
  • International (non-English speaking) students need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum scores for admission are: TOEFL Paper (PBT) – 550; TOEFL Internet (iBT) – 79; IELTS – 6.5

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees

  • The requirements listed for all degree programs above, plus:
  • Bachelors of Science degree in engineering, OR Bachelors of Science degree, non-engineering with:
    • 11 semester credits in math (through differential equations)
    • 16 semester credits in basic sciences

Students who have completed a non-engineering B.S. degree and have a history of strong academic performance can be considered for admission into to the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Graduate Program on a provisional status. The ABE Graduate Admissions committee will consider the students potential to be successful within the applicant’s proposed study area within the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering graduate program when considering the admissions of applicants who do not hold a B.S. in engineering. The ABE Graduate Programs Committee will consider the applicant’s academic history, GRE scores, experience, qualifications and other relevant information when considering admission of non-engineering B.S. students into the graduate program. Applicants without a B.S. in engineering that are accepted into the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering graduate program will be admitted into the program on a provisional status and allowed to transition to full admissions status after approval from their Program of Study (POS) committee, and approval of the DOGE. The student’s POS committee may request that the student complete additional coursework deemed necessary by the committee prior to transition to full admission status. It is important to note that professional engineering (P.E.) registration is a separate process from a graduate degree, and the prerequisite qualifications for registration without an accredited B.S. in engineering vary among state licensing boards. Students, with the advice of their Program of Study (POS) committee, are responsible for ensuring that the POS meets both general departmental requirements and the particular student’s career goals.

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering M.E. Degree

  • The requirements listed for all degree programs above, plus:
  • Bachelors of Science degree in engineering

Industrial and Agricultural Technology M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees

  • The requirements listed for all degree programs above, plus:
  • Bachelors of Science degree in science, technology, or engineering

The Graduate Programs Committee, which is responsible for making decisions to admit students, will examine the complete application package, including GRE scores and GPA, when evaluating applications.

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