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Case Western Reserve University Admissions Requirements

Case Western Reserve University’s online engineering graduate programs accept students on a rolling basis. With three starts per year, you can begin when it’s most convenient for you. Review the engineering degree requirements for your desired program below.

Are you ready to transform your engineering career with coursework that prepares you to launch into leadership? Start your application today.

More Than $19K Scholarship Opportunity

We are delighted to share a scholarship* to offset the cost of tuition for our online graduate programs. To be eligible, you must begin classes in 2019. Visit our tuition page to learn more.

Application Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Start Date
Spring 2020 December 10, 2019 January 13, 2020
Summer 2020 April 13, 2020 May 11, 2020
Fall 2020 July 27, 2020 August 24, 2020

Admissions Requirements

View our How to Apply guide for detailed instructions on how to navigate the online application.

How to Apply Guide (PDF)

To be considered for admission into the online graduate engineering programs, applicants must possess the following:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in an engineering discipline

OR, for those with bachelor’s degree in a non-engineering discipline:

  • Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in calculus and differential equations. Contact an Admissions Advisor at 855-500-3840 to learn more about how to prove proficiency

You are strongly encouraged to work with the program leaders to assess your level of competency in other specialty areas, as each program may have unique expectations.

If you meet one of these requirements, you must submit the following as part of the online application:

  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Two letters of recommendation must be submitted from professional or academic sources (non-family) who can assess your academic preparation, abilities and accomplishments.
  • Personal statement (1–2 pages; required for all programs)
    • A note for online Master of Engineering applicants only: Your statement must identify your first and second choices of technical areas from the four concentrations listed below:
      • Biomedical Engineering (EBME)
      • Engineering Innovation, Management and Leadership (EIML)
      • Mechanical Engineering (EMAE)
      • Systems and Control Engineering (SCS)
  • GRE scores (required for MS applicants only)
    • GRE waivers may be available (but not guaranteed) if you meet the following criteria:
      • Graduated from an ABET-accredited engineering program within the past 7 years
      • Passed an FE exam/EIT exam
      • Earned PE licensure
      • Awarded master’s degree in any discipline
    • To complete the waiver petition process, submit a letter of petition outlining the reason(s) you believe you are eligible for a waiver and any relevant proof of experience in the Upload Documents section of the application. This additional information will be evaluated in the context of the complete application package. Contact Admissions at 855-500-3840 for more information
  • International Students Only: TOEFL or IELTS Scores
    • International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate English Proficiency by submitting Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. See our Requirements for International Applicants section below for details

How Are Admissions Decisions Made?

Admissions are granted on a rolling basis. Students are evaluated for admission into the program by a committee composed of faculty representatives from the participating departments in the Case School of Engineering as well as the program faculty director. The programs are highly competitive, and we encourage you to apply early!


Once you are officially admitted to Case Western Reserve University, you must submit official transcripts from all past universities attended. These transcripts must be emailed or mailed directly from the college or university to one of the following addresses:

For the online Master of Engineering, MS in Mechanical Engineering, and MS in Systems and Control Engineering:

Case Western Reserve University
School of Graduate Studies
Tomlinson Hall 203
10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106-7027

Official electronic transcripts may be emailed to:

For the MS in Biomedical Engineering:

Case Western Reserve University
Department of Biomedical Engineering
319 Wickenden Building
10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106-7207

Official electronic transcripts may be emailed to:

Financial Aid

All U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. may be considered for federally funded programs. International students may be eligible for financial support from the government of their home country or other agencies; however, they are not eligible for funding from the U.S. federal government.

For U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the U.S., the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA eligibility is based on U.S. Department of Education criteria and is determined from data submitted on the FAFSA application.

The Case Western Reserve University School of Engineering FAFSA code is E00680. By completing the FAFSA, you will be considered for available aid at Case Western Reserve University and through federal sources. To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen and be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours of instruction.

Veterans and Military

Case Western Reserve University recognizes and honors the experiences of our veterans and members of the military. For specific questions, please visit our Veterans Education Benefits page.

It is important to keep in mind that any veterans education benefits you receive must be reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you have specific questions, please contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office toll-free at 1-800-827-1000 or visit the VA website.

International Applicants

We define an “international applicant” as a prospective students who is a citizen or permanent resident of a country other than the United States.

IMPORTANT: Since these graduate engineering programs are 100 percent online, international applicants would not qualify for an I-20 visa.

In some cases, candidates may already have a visa, and they will be allowed to apply for the degree; however, they may be required to provide copies of their documents.

U.S. citizen or permanent resident candidates whose degree is from a country other than the United States will be considered domestic applicants. These applicants may have to provide further documentation for their academic achievements.

Requirements for International Applicants

1. English Proficiency: Demonstrated English proficiency is required for all international student applicants from non-native English speaking countries. Official, approved test scores are accepted as proof of English proficiency from the following testing agencies:

  • TOEFL (internet-based): 90 minimum score
  • TOEFL (paper-based): 577 minimum score
  • IELTS: 7.0 minimum score

The TOEFL/IELTS can be waived if one of the following is true:

  • The student comes from an English speaking country
  • The language of instruction at the student’s foreign university is English—must have documentation
  • The student has earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. college/university
  • The student is a U.S. permanent resident

Note: To be considered official, test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency, either electronically or delivered in an unopened envelope that has been sealed by the testing agency. TOEFL scores are valid for two years after the test date.

2. Evaluation of Foreign Studies: Academic records in languages other than English must be accompanied by a course-by-course evaluation and certified translation in English. You may request an evaluation of your foreign studies from any NACES member. Each member will hold an independent application process and fee. After selecting a NACES member, be sure to contact the member agency to learn about their credit evaluation application steps (as they are completely independent from Case Western Reserve University’s application steps). When completing your request, please have the evaluation sent directly to the CWRU program department at the address listed in the Transcripts section above.

*Scholarship funds are not payable directly to recipient. $19,170 of the scholarship will be applied in a prorated manner over the duration of the student's program of study. The remaining scholarship amount corresponds to a charge of $0 for taking and passing the last required course in the curriculum and will be applied after the final drop/add period for this concluding course. If a student receives other forms of financial assistance, then the student's financial assistance may require modification to account for the scholarship by preventing any 'over-award,' such that the total financial assistance received does not exceed the cost of attendance, as defined and determined by the Office of Financial Aid of Case Western Reserve University. Recipients of the scholarship must remain continuously enrolled in the program through completion. Exceptions may be granted for students who obtain a university-approved leave of absence. Students receiving the scholarship must maintain satisfactory academic progress at all times for the scholarship to remain in effect. This scholarship offer may be revised, rescinded or terminated at any time. All admissions and scholarship decisions of Case Western Reserve University are final.