There are three types of degrees in MSE: the Master of Science (M.S.) in MSE, the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in MSE through the Office of Advanced Engineering Education, and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in MSE.

Please contact the Graduate School and provide as much information as possible regarding the issue. They will provide a response with the next steps. 

Please contact the Graduate School in this case.  Note: The application's status is not immediately updated upon submission to reflect the receipt of the scores sent earlier and/or there is a normal delay (matching process between applicant score and application record) between scores being attached to the application.

Students who have received a degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. (with the exception of Puerto Rico) or a nationally recognized university in one of the countries on the subsequent list do not need to submit TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores. This exemption also applies to students who are currently studying for a degree at an institution in the U.S. or one of the countries on the list, but will receive their degree before enrolling at the University of Maryland.

Yes. A bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited institution is required for admission into the Ph.D. program.

  1. Apply for Graduation in the term you wish to graduate.
  2. If you are graduating with an MS degree, you must complete and submit this form to the Program Director.
  3. Adhere to all deadlines.
  4. Email the Program Director at the beginning of the term you will graduate. Copy your faculty advisor on the email.

Graduate research assistantships typically support qualified Ph.D. students. Graduate fellowships are available on a competitive basis to both entering and continuing Ph.D. students. Typically, only those Ph.D. students who enter the program in the fall semester are eligible for fellowships.

  1. Email the Program Director the names and titles of your Committee Members. If you include a member that is not of the Graduate Faculty, the form of Nomination of Graduate Faculty must be completed in consultation with your advisor and the department.
  2. Complete the departmental Proposal (PhD) Defense form at the end of the proposal and return the form to the Program Director.
  1. Email the Program Director one month in advance and inform her you will defend your Dissertation and include the date of your defense. Copy your faculty advisor on the email.
  2. Bring the departmental Dissertation Defense form on the day of the defense. Return the completed form with signatures to the Program Director.
  3. Bring the Report of Examining Committee form on the day of the defense. The Registrar’s office would have emailed you the form (after submission of the Nomination of Thesis or Dissertation Committee form). Return the completed form with signatures to the Registrar’s office.
  4. Announcement regarding your Dissertation Defense with the department should be emailed to the Program Director two weeks in advance. Email the Program Director with the following information: date, time, location, abstract, and committee members.
  5. Adhere to all deadlines.

If you include a committee member that is not of the Graduate Faculty, the form of Nomination of Graduate Faculty must be completed in consultation with your advisor and the department. This process can take at least six weeks for approval.

Students are to email the Program Director two weeks in advance to announce the dissertation defense. All items listed below are required for the announcement:

Defense Announcement for:

Yes, the Graduate School requires you to be registered for a course. Registration for ENMA899 must go through the Registrar’s Office which will be processed at the start of classes. The exception is if you want to register for ENMA899 during the summer. For summer registration, please contact

The Registrar's office will register you for the course prior to the start of classes.

Four steps must be taken to be advanced to Ph.D. candidacy:

  1. Passing the Qualifying Examination
  2. Completion of the four core courses with a minimum of 2 grades of A- or higher and 2 grades of B- or higher.
  3. The next steps are to select an advisor (if the student has not already done so), begin thesis research, and prepare for the Ph.D. Proposal Defense.
  4. Complete the application for Admission to Candidacy
  1. Consult with your faculty advisor about fall courses and/or permissions.
  2. Forward the Program Director the correspondence with your advisor approving the selected courses.
  3. Email should include the following information: name, UID, and term courses.
  4. Copy your advisor on the email.
  5. Please note, the hold will not be lifted or permission provided without the above information.

You must email the Professor teaching the course in question and ask for permission. If permission is granted, you can forward the email correspondence to

You will need to speak with your advisor, inform the Business Office and Program Director. Complete a Petition for Wavier of Continuous Registration form. More information about the policy can be found here.  Please note: Doctoral Candidates are not eligible for this waiver.

More information about the Ph.D. proposal defense process can be found here.

Under normal circumstances, all members of a Dissertation Examining Committee must be physically present in the examination room during the entire dissertation defense, and during the committee's private deliberations following the examination. Participation by telephone is not permitted under any circumstances. Remote participation by video-teleconferencing is permitted under the following circumstances: Permission to conduct a remote-participation defense must be obtained by the dissertation chair from the Graduate School in advance. More information can be found here.