The Catholic University of America

Admissions Criteria & Application Process & Scholarships

Admission to graduate studies is open to persons of character, intelligence, and motivation regardless of race, creed, ethnic background, or disabilities.
Admissions Criteria:
For regular admission status, students will be admitted based upon enrollment availability and their ability to meet the following entrance requirements:
  • To be considered for graduate studies in the MSE program, students will be required to have a bachelor’s degree in any engineering, mathematics, or science discipline from an accredited institution.
  • All minimum university requirements.
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.0.

Students will be selected on the basis of their GPA, professional experience and recommendations. Students not meeting the minimum admissions requirements may receive provisional admission by the recommendation of the Materials Science and Engineering Program Director and approved by the School of Engineering. Students will be required to select the required courses in consultation with a member of the faculty and/or Program Director, who will serve as the academic advisor. 

Students from non-engineering disciplines may be required to take prerequisite courses as appropriate to ensure academic success.


Application Process

The application for admission may be submitted online at:

Admission is granted only for the semester to which one applies. Application materials include the following:

  • Completed application form and non-refundable application fee.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate coursework and post-secondary studies.
  • For international students, language proficiency must be demonstrated (TOEFL exam).
  • Statement of purpose and research (500-750 words) addressing the following:
    • How would you describe your ability and commitment to undertake graduate education at this time?
    • What are your proposed career goals?
    • What areas of materials science & engineering are you most interested? Why?
    • What influenced your decision to apply to The Catholic University of America?

Admitted students are required to submit a non-refundable deposit to hold his/her place in the class. The deposit is credited toward tuition and fees upon matriculation.

Admission of International Students

In addition to the above items, the following are required of international students:

A certified, translated copy of your undergraduate record.

Evidence of competence in English language is required. This is attested by the submission of an official TOEFL score report.

Prior to issuance of the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or Form IAP-66), official documentation must be submitted that shows funding for one year of study. The amount should include tuition and living expenses. All documents should be originals (not copies or faxes) in English, with currency translated into U.S. dollars.




Students with a Bachelors degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or any other engineering degree with at least four courses in Chemistry are strongly encouraged to apply.