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MS/PhD Admissions

Admission to the MS and PhD programs is through:

Graduate Admissions
Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth
14 Engineering Drive
Hanover, NH 03755
+1 (603) 646-2606

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Please read the application instructions carefully before starting your application.

Program Options

Application Deadlines

For MS, and PhD programs, the deadline for Thayer School to receive ALL application materials is January 1. Only complete applications will be considered for admission. In most cases the Admissions Committee will render decisions by April 30.

Matching Interests to Faculty

MS and PhD students typically are funded through a professor’s sponsored research or a fellowship throughout their studies at Thayer School. Therefore, MS and PhD applicants interested in pursuing particular areas of research should contact Thayer School faculty for an initial conversation about research opportunities. During the application process, applicants should indicate all areas of interest in order to be considered for the widest possible range of opportunities.


Interviews are encouraged for applicants to all programs, but are not required. To schedule an appointment, call (603) 646-2606 or email


Applicants must submit an online application through ApplyYourself, 3 letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and test scores (see complete application instructions (PDF) for details).

Graduates of programs other than the Dartmouth AB and the Thayer School Dual-Degree program must submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Students whose native language is not English must also submit test results for TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

Students admitted with engineering deficiencies must complete required undergraduate engineering courses. Students who need more than three courses will enroll initially as a special student. Students with insufficient engineering background may want to apply to the Bachelor of Engineering (BE) program.

Part-Time/Special Students

Part-time studies are available for residents of the Upper Valley who can meet the requirements for admission. Special and part-time students are ineligible for Thayer School financial aid.

More Information

Information and advice on applying to graduate school is available through Thayer School Career Services as well as Dartmouth Career Services.