Graduate Studies Admissions

Rose-Hulman recognizes two general groups of graduate students: regular students and special students. Engineering Management and predominately evening and/or off campus students will be classified as regular students or special students based on their enrollment/admission status.

Regular Students

Regular students are those who formally apply, are admitted, and enroll to follow an approved program leading to an advanced degree. Admission as a regular student generally requires that the applicant have a bachelor's degree in an appropriate undergraduate field from an accredited educational institution and at least a B average (GPA = 3.0/4.0). Under special circumstances an applicant who does not satisfy all of the above requirements may be admitted as a regular student if additional evidence of ability is provided. An applicant must be admitted as a regular student before he or she can receive any financial assistance from Rose-Hulman.

Admission to graduate study grants a student permission to pursue a master's degree program in the program for which application was made. A change of graduate program is not recommended since it requires reapplication to, and admission by, the new program. All financial aid accompanying the admission to the original program is forfeited by a student changing programs. The student must reapply for financial aid from the remaining resources. Students admitted with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0/4.0 are automatically on probation for the first quarter of graduate work. Admission as a regular student on probation means the student must have at least a B average (GPA = 3.0/4.0) for the first 12 credit hours of graduate study in order to continue their program.

An applicant who has an academic record that cannot be readily compared to the Rose-Hulman admission standards may, upon recommendation of the major department, be admitted, subject to any conditions stated by the Associate Dean of the Faculty. An individual so admitted is considered to be on probation.

All new graduate students should report to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies in Myers Hall, M246, upon their arrival to campus.

Special Students

Special students are permitted to enroll in courses, but are not admitted to a master's degree program. The minimum requirement for admission as a special student is a bachelor's degree in engineering, mathematics, or natural science from an accredited educational institution.

If a special student formally applies for admission as a regular graduate student and is admitted, courses taken as a special student may be included in the plan of study for a master's degree subject to the following conditions:

  1. Each course must be from the approved list of graduate courses and must be completed with a grade of B or better.
  2. No more than twelve credit hours taken as a special student can be included in the plan of study.
  3. The plan of study is prepared in consultation with the student's advisor and with the approval of his or her advisory committee.
  4. Special students are not eligible to receive tuition discounts until they have completed the application review process and are officially admitted into the graduate program.

Special students who wish to pursue a master's degree are urged to apply for regular student status before completing twelve credit hours as any additional hours may not be applied to meet graduation requirements.

If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Studies office at 812-877-8589.