Applying to Graduate School

Information and advice on applying to graduate school is available through Thayer Career Services as well as the Dartmouth Center for Professional Development.

Also, check out these lists of questions you can ask yourself (PDF) when thinking about attending graduate school, as well as general considerations (PDF) for deciding between programs.

Identifying and Selecting Programs

Similar to the undergraduate admissions process, universities offering graduate-level engineering courses have unique deadlines, programs and admissions requirements. While there are several websites that allow you to search for graduate programs (Peterson's, Princeton Review,, it is difficult to find comprehensive information on programs without paying a fee or looking at the websites of individual programs.

The Thayer Career Services Library has the following general directories to help you identify programs:, originally created by Geoff Davis, a former Assistant Professor in Dartmouth's Math Department, contains an interactive graduate school ranking system.

Thayer faculty can be an invaluable source for recommendations on where to apply. U.S. News and World Report also releases rankings of engineering schools and specialty programs on an annual basis. (Note: we recommend that rankings should only be considered as one factor in the process of looking at programs.)

If you would like to reach out to Thayer graduates who are pursuing degrees outside of Thayer School please stop by our office (135c).

You may also find helpful: Graduate School Choices of Thayer School Students


Many graduate programs require test results for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The General GRE is offered in computer-based testing format only. The testing location center closest to Hanover is located at Lebanon College, and is offered six days a week. Call Lebanon College (603-448-2445) to register for testing; the best time to call is Monday through Saturday between 8 and 10 am.

We recommend that you take a practice test prior to taking the GRE. GRE review guides generally contain software that you'll need to take a practice test. These review guides are available at local bookstores and online.

Similar to the SAT, the GRE has both General and Subject tests. The Engineering subject test has been eliminated, and is, therefore, no longer required by for graduate programs in engineering. Subject tests are still offered in the Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics; you may have to take a subject test if you are applying for graduate school in one of those disciplines. Subject tests are paper-based and only offered on one date in October, November, and April so you will need to plan ahead if programs that you are applying to require a subject tests. These must be registered for well in advance.

The following test preparation resources are available for checkout through our office:


Dartmouth's Career Services office offers comprehensive assistance to undergraduates applying for graduate school. Learn more about their services.

You may also want to see Don Asher's Graduate Admissions Essays: Write Your Way into the Graduate School of Your Choice, available in Thayer Career Services.

If You Plan to Continue Your Education at Thayer...

As graduate study at Thayer School is a popular course of study for many Dartmouth A.B. students, the following information is presented to assist you with your academic planning. Please do not take this information as "the final word" on this subject. As always, we recommend that you consult with your academic advisor and communicate with Daryl Laware and Candace Potter in the Admissions office regarding your plans.

Bachelors Degree Program

Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.)

Advanced Degree Programs

Thayer School offers two graduate programs at the Masters degree level, the Master of Science (M.S.) and the Master of Engineering Management (M.E.M.)

Master of Science (M.S.)
Master of Engineering Management (M.E.M.)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Special thanks to Matt Therian '05, Tia Hansen '05 BE '06, and Professor Eric Hansen for assistance.