Applications for admission to graduate standing may be obtained by
writing to the Ofﬁce of Research and Graduate Studies, Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Indiana 47803. Applications
should be ﬁled well in advance of the time set for registration, and
it is strongly advised that foreign students apply at least one year
Admission to graduate study permits a student to pursue a Masterís
degree program. Students admitted with an undergraduate GPA below
3.0/4.0 are automatically on probation for the ﬁrst quarter of
graduate work. Admission on probation means the student must have at
least a B average (GPA = 3.0/4.0) for the ﬁrst twelve credit hours
of graduate study in order to continue.
An applicant who is either a graduate of a program of uncertain
quality or has an academic record that cannot be readily compared to
the Rose-Hulman admission standards, may, upon recommendation of the
major department, be admitted as a special student, subject to any
conditions stated by the Ofﬁce of Research and Graduate Studies. An
individual so admitted is considered to be on probation.
All new graduate students should report to the Ofﬁce of Research and
Graduate Studies upon their arrival on campus.
TUITION AND FEES
Tuition and fees are generally the same as for undergraduate students and
are described elsewhere in this Bulletin.
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to well-qualiﬁed
students of demonstrated ability and interest. Assistantships
require approximately 20 hours of work per week. In addition, a
tuition grant is also awarded to graduate assistants.
A limited number of tuition grants are available for graduate
students. These grants effect the remission of all tuition.
Students on probation are not eligible for assistantships or tuition
MASTER OF SCIENCE
The degree of Master of Science is identiﬁed with a major ﬁeld of
interest. Programs are authorized in biomedical, chemical, civil,
electrical, environmental, mechanical and optical engineering, as
well as physics, and engineering management. Applicants are
currently being accepted only for work leading to M.S. degrees in
biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering,
electrical engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical
engineering, optical engineering, and engineering management.
Contact the Ofﬁce of Research and Graduate Studies for further
A thesis is considered to be a normal part of the Masterís degree
program. A student who wishes to take course work in lieu of a
thesis must obtain the permission of the Graduate Studies Committee.
The graduate student, in consultation with their adviser, will
prepare a plan of study for the approval of the Graduate Studies
Committee. A minimum of 51 quarter hours and an average grade of B
are required. Grades below C are not accepted. A maximum of 12
quarter hours credit earned by thesis research are applicable to the
51 quarter hour requirment.
Advisory Committee Chairperson and Advisory Committee
An Advisory Committee Chairperson and advisory committee are
selected according to the procedures established by the Graduate
There is no residence requirement for the M.S. degree.
All requirements for the Master of Science degree are to be fulﬁlled
within ﬁve academic years from the time of entrance as a regular
student in the graduate program. If studies are interrupted by
military service, the time will be extended by the length of such
Regular, full-time students are expected to complete their program
within 6 quarters (2 years). It is recognized that many off-campus
students are not able to take full loads each quarter so their
completion may exceed 6 quarters but they are still expected to
complete their program in a timely fashion, normally within 12
quarters (4 years). All on-campus students must request an extension
to continue their program for any term beyond the 6th quarter,
off-campus/part-time students beyond the 12th quarter. This
extension request must be submitted to the Associate Dean of Faculty
at least four weeks prior to the end of the 6th [12th] quarter or
previously approved extension quarter. The extension request must
include a discussion of progress toward completing your program
(updated discussion if not the ﬁrst extension request), an
anticipated completion date, a statement of support from your
advisory committee and department chair. The Associate Dean of
Faculty will approve or deny the requests within one week of
receipt. Any requests denied will automatically be forwarded to the
Graduate Studies Committee for reconsideration. The Graduate Studies
Committee may request the student to appear before the committee
prior to their making a ﬁnal decision.
A maximum of 12 quarter hours of graduate course credit completed at
other graduate schools may be counted toward completion of the
Masterís degree at Rose-Hulman with the approval of the studentís
advisory committee. Graduate courses (5xx) completed at Rose-Hul-man
with a B or better grade and not required toward the undergraduate
degree may be accepted as transfer credit under the same 12 quarter
hour limit. Transfer credit will not include a grade, and as such,
will not impact the GPA.
Alternatively, Rose Hulman undergraduate students may elect to have
both the credit hours and grade included as part of their graduate
transcript by adhering to the following procedure.
The courses must be identiﬁed in the graduate bulletin as approved
for graduate credit.
The courses must not be used to satisfy the requirements for a
They must fulﬁll requirements in his/her plan of study to be
included in the required hours for the graduate degree program.
[Those not included on the plan of study would still appear on the
graduate transcript and impact the overall GPA.]
request permission to receive graduate credit
to enrollment in the course. See GRADUATE COURSES section of the
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Academic Rules and Procedures
for detailed procedures.
Exceptions to the allowed transfer credit as outlined above must be
approved by the Graduate Studies Committee.
There is no foreign language requirement for the Masterís degree at
Candidates, unless exempted, must submit a satisfactory thesis which
demonstrates their ability to apply scientiﬁc principles to speciﬁc
research problems. Procedures and appropriate deadlines are
established by the Graduate Studies Committee.
Candidates must demonstrate knowledge and present a thesis (if
applicable) during a ﬁnal oral examination, not based on any
particular course, and conducted by an examining committee. An
additional written examination may be required at the discretion of
the examining committee.
Further information on graduate programs at Rose-Hulman can be
obtained from the current