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Case Western Reserve University’s online engineering programs accept students on a rolling basis. With three starts per year for most programs, you don’t need to wait long to get started on the next step in your career!

We are delighted to share a scholarship* toward these degrees when starting your program in 2018. Visit our tuition page to learn more.

Program Dates Application Deadline Program Start
Master of Engineering August 6th August 27th
MS in Biomedical Engineering August 6th August 27th
MS in Mechanical Engineering August 6th August 27th
MS in Systems & Control Engineering August 6th August 27th

Applicants for admission to any program are considered based on the overall strength of their application. Most candidates meet the following criteria:

Undergraduate major and pre-requisite coursework:

  • Bachelor of Science in engineering is sufficient for admission
    • Applicants with a non-engineering degree are required to demonstrate proficiency in calculus and differential equations
    • Applicants are strongly encouraged to work with the program leaders to assess their level of competency in other specialty areas as each program may have unique expectations
  • GRE is required for the Master of Science programs, but not required for the Master of Engineering program. Successful program students have strong quantitative skills, often evidenced by scores near the 80th percentile on the quantitative section of the GRE, which is generally consistent with a score of 160 or better.
  • Master of Science program applicants can pursue an exception to the GRE exam requirement through a waiver process that recognizes achievement of at least one of the following:
    • Five years of engineering-related work experience
    • Passing an FE exam/EIT exam
    • PE licensure
    • Awarded master’s degree in any discipline
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Two letters of recommendation must be submitted from a professional or academic source (non-family) who can assess your academic preparation, abilities and accomplishments.
  • TOEFL Scores (for international students)
    • International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate English Proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and earn a minimum score of 577 if paper-based, or 90 if Internet-based. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also accepted. The minimum acceptable score is 7.0. Some departments may require higher scores. International applicants cannot be admitted without receipt of an acceptable official TOEFL score. The TOEFL is valid for two years after the test date.
  • 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, and the program faculty director. The programs are highly competitive; we encourage you to apply early! Completed applications are due 4 weeks prior to the start date for classes each term. Please check with your Admissions Counselor to confirm the next application due date and find out how to get started today.

Transcripts must submitted in sealed, signed envelopes and mailed directly from the college or university to one of the following addresses:

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

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

Official electronic transcripts may be emailed to: gradtranscripts@case.edu

For the MS in Biomedical Engineering:

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

Official electronic transcripts may be emailed to: bmedept@case.edu

Application requirements

Complete a CWRU online application

Application Steps

  • Begin Application
  • Create an account
  • Login
  • Confirmation email is sent to applicant
  • Main screen to start application
  • Start application
  • Enter personal data
  • Enter enrollment information
  • Enter personal contact information
  • Enter emergency contact information
  • Enter additional information
  • Enter educational history
  • Upload CV/Resume and Personal Statement
  • Enter test scores for GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, etc.
  • Recommendations
  • Add a recommendation provider
  • Enter recommendation provider information
  • Recommendation provider information is displayed
  • Check the application and submit at any time
  • Application instructions/deadlines are given at the end
  • Check box stating the information is understood and click continue
  • Click on Credit Card button to pay application fee
  • Enter credit card information
  • Thank you email sent to applicant

FAFSA

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). This will get your application considered for available aid at Case Western Reserve University and through federal sources.

To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Enroll in at least 6 credit hours of instruction
  • Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify.
  • FAFSA eligibility is based on U.S. Department of Education criteria and is determined from data submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Please apply right away for a FAFSA PIN
  • Case Western Reserve University’s School of Engineering’s code is: E00680

Veterans Military

Case Western Reserve University recognizes and honors the experiences of our veterans and members of the military. For specific questions, please visit: www.case.edu/registrar/veterans

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 US Department of Veterans Affairs Office toll-free at 1-800-827-1000 or go to the US Department of Veterans Affairs web site.

International Applicants

Who is considered an “International Applicant”?

International applicants are citizens or permanent residents of a country other than the United States.

IMPORTANT: Since the engineering programs are 100% online program, candidates who are considered international applicants would not qualify for an I-20 visa. (Usually, these candidates reside abroad and are looking to relocate to United States to pursue their studies.)

In some cases, candidates may already have a visa, such as employment 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:

  • English Proficiency is required for all international student applicants from non-native English speaking countries. The English Proficiency requirement can be waived for students from countries whose government language is English and whose education has been in English.

  • The TOEFL is valid for two years after test date. Official, approved test scores and minimum scores are accepted from the following testing agencies:
    • 90 TOEFL (Internet-based)
    • 577 TOEFL (Paper-based)
    • 7.0 IELTS
  • 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.
  • 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. For a full list of NACES members, please visit: http://www.naces.org/members.htm. 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 on the Transcripts page of this site.

English Proficiency

English Proficiency is required for all international student applicants from non-native English speaking countries. The English Proficiency requirement can be waived for students from countries whose government language is English and whose education has been in English.

The TOEFL is valid for two years after test date. Official, approved test scores and minimum scores are accepted from the following testing agencies:

  • 90 TOEFL (Internet Based)
  • 577 TOEFL (Paper Based)
  • 7.0 IELTS

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

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

* Applicants may be eligible to waive the GRE if they have professional experience such as: another master’s-level degree, PE licensure, a passing grade in the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, proof of 5- years of professional experience in an engineering-related field, etc. To complete the waiver petition process, applicants should submit a letter of petition outlining the reason(s) the applicant believes he/she is eligible for a waiver and any relevant proof of experience along with the statement of objectives/purpose required with the application. This additional information will be evaluated in the context of the complete application package.