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Master of Science Admissions
Ready to apply to Dartmouth's Master of Science (MS) program? To help students prepare a strong application, this page provides important information about the admissions process, including deadlines, eligibility requirements, and application and financial aid instructions.
In most cases the Admissions Committee will render decisions by April 30.
At least two terms prior to admission
How to Apply
The following instructions are a guide for completing the application for the MS program at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth (Dartmouth Engineering). Please read them carefully. Only complete applications will be considered for admission.
Required Application Materials
Applicants must complete an application for admission online. It is not necessary to send us a hard copy. Online applications open August 1 of each year.
Updating Your Materials
Your test scores and mailing address can be updated at any time through your application status page. After submission, other components (resume, statement of purpose, essays, etc.) cannot be updated. Please be sure you have entered the most accurate information at the time of submission. Due to the volume of applications received, we cannot update these materials after submission.
After submission, you will receive an email acknowledgement through the application system.
To see the status of your application, visit your online application status page. Please note that it may take a few days for application materials to be processed.
Application materials and supporting documents become the property of the Admissions Committee and are not returnable.
False Statements/Materials: If a candidate for admission to Dartmouth makes a false statement or submits falsified material in connection with his or her application, and the misrepresentation is discovered after the candidate has been admitted, the offer of admission ordinarily will be withdrawn. If the misrepresentation is discovered after a student arrives on campus or at any time during their enrollment, the student will be subject to loss of credits earned and disciplinary action that could include separation from the College. If the discovery occurs after a degree has been awarded, the degree normally will be rescinded.
Equal Opportunity: Dartmouth Engineering actively supports equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race or ethnic background. No student will be denied admission or be otherwise discriminated against because of sex, handicap, religion, sexual orientation, race, color, or national origin.
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A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required of all applicants, except for Dartmouth College or Dartmouth Engineering students and alumni. The fee must be paid by credit card. Applications will not be processed until this fee is received.
Letters of Recommendation
Three (3) letters of recommendation must be completed and submitted online directly by your recommenders. Please have your recommenders complete the evaluation form that will be emailed to them and submit a signed letter on their official institutional letterhead. If your recommender’s company or institution has a policy against letterhead they must provide a copy of this policy with the recommendation letter.
Letters of recommendation should ideally come from your college professors using their official school email address. Applicants with work or military experience, or currently in another graduate program, should submit a recommendation from their immediate supervisor, a current or former employer, or someone who knows them well through some other professional or community activity.
Applicants are required to submit academic transcripts from each undergraduate or graduate institution from which you obtained your degrees (eg. your bachelor’s degrees or other advanced degrees.)
You may scan and upload a copy of your academic transcript (not diploma) issued by the institution(s) from which you obtained your undergraduate degree(s) and any advanced/graduate degree(s) directly to the online application.
For grading scales other than 4.0 grading scales: Please include documentation indicating the scale.
Applicants with international transcripts are encouraged to submit a transcript evaluation from WES (World Education Services) along with their Dartmouth Engineering application. While a WES evaluation is not mandatory for admission, it can help expedite the application review process. If you are admitted, you will need to submit official academic transcripts for all your international coursework and credentials. WES evaluations can be used instead of official transcripts, but they must be sent directly to Dartmouth Engineering by the evaluation service provider, and they must include a copy of the official transcripts that were evaluated.
Non-degree coursework: If you attended institutions other than those from which your degree(s) were granted, you are required to scan and upload your academic transcripts from these institutions (transfer coursework, domestic or study-abroad programs, postgraduate non-degree coursework, etc.).
If you have more than three undergraduate transcripts or three graduate transcripts to upload, please combine them by uploading a file that contains more than one transcript.
- Scan BOTH sides of your transcript (provided the second side is not blank).
- Depending on the scanner and software, you may either insert individual images (.jpg) into a single word processing document for upload, OR if your software produces a .pdf, simply upload that file.
- The file must be less than 1 MB, in a standard format, WITHOUT password protection or macros. Any of these problems will cause the upload process to fail.
- A diploma is not a transcript.
If you upload a scan of your transcript, you do not need to send a hard copy. The scanned copy fulfills the requirement for the application process. Upon admission, you will be required to supply an official hard copy of your transcript.
Admitted students: If admitted, you will be required to request that ONE official, original hardcopy transcript mailed to Dartmouth Engineering (mailing address below) directly from each college and/or university you have attended in a signed, sealed envelope. We will accept a transcript via email if that is your prior institution’s method of transcript delivery.
International applicants must make arrangements to have their academic records translated and sent along with originals. Where American-style transcripts are not used, the applicant must include all available records including courses, grades, degrees, and rank-in-class. The appropriate university officials must certify these records. Evaluations from WES (World Education Services) can be used instead of official transcripts, but they must be sent directly to Thayer by the evaluation service provider, and they must include a copy of the official transcripts that were evaluated.
Upon admission, supporting materials such as transcripts should be mailed to:
Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth
15 Thayer Drive
Hanover, NH 03755
Supplemental Form: Research Area, Identifying Faculty, Statement of Purpose/Essay & CV/Resume
Research Area: Engineering MS students typically are funded through a professor’s sponsored research or a fellowship. Students interested in applying to the MS program are encouraged to reach out to individual faculty members to discuss potential projects.
Through the MS program, students may elect one of the six program areas to be reflected as a "concentration." In the application, you will be prompted to select which track you are interested in pursuing. Applicants should indicate all areas of interest in order to be considered for the widest possible range of opportunities. Students can switch program areas after starting the program.
Identifying Dartmouth Engineering faculty members of interest: The supplemental form of the application will be used to match your area(s) to those of faculty or to determine your focus. You must select at least one and may choose up to three faculty from the drop-down list in the application.
Fill this out carefully and list your top faculty interest first. We strongly encourage you to review research by program areas and contact Dartmouth Engineering faculty for an initial conversation about research opportunities.
Statement of Purpose/Essay: You will be prompted to write a brief essay describing your research interests and career goals and the reasons you wish to pursue graduate studies at Dartmouth. Include any information that does not appear elsewhere that will help us evaluate your application. If possible, keep your essay to 1–2 pages.
CV/Resume: Upload your most recent CV or resume.
Optional Essay: Dartmouth Engineering is committed to a climate that acknowledges and embraces diversity of perspectives and backgrounds, supporting a culture that fosters inclusion and actively pursues equity. In this optional essay, applicants are encouraged to share how their personal perspectives and unique life experiences will contribute to Dartmouth and the Dartmouth Engineering community.
TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo (International Applicants)
Non-US citizens must submit language proficiency test scores, with the exception of those who are earning or have earned a degree from institutions in the US or Canada, or who are from the following countries: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Slovenia, and Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the US.
For all graduate programs, Dartmouth Engineering accepts the following English proficiency tests: TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo. During the application process, self-reported scores are acceptable. However, once admitted, students will be required to submit official test results directly from the testing organization.
IELTS scores should be sent to "Dartmouth College" with the ETS code 3360.
GREs (Not Required)
GREs are optional for all Dartmouth Engineering graduate programs. If you would like to include GRE scores to give the admissions committee a better understanding of your qualifications, we accept self-reported scores at the time of application. If you enter self-reported scores, you will be required to provide official scores if admitted. Visit the ETS website and use code 3360.
MS candidates must hold a bachelor’s level degree in engineering or in one of the physical sciences from an accredited institution. Admitted students who require additional engineering coursework may need to complete additional undergraduate engineering courses prior to beginning their MS studies.
Language proficiency test scores are required for non-US citizens, with the exception of those who are earning or have earned a degree from institutions in the US or Canada, or who are from the following countries: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Slovenia, and Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the US.
While all applications are looked at holistically, we recommend the following score ranges:
- TOEFL scores of 100 or higher
- IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher
- Duolingo scores of 135 or higher
Dartmouth Engineering initiates the visa process. For information about the visa and immigration process, visit Dartmouth's Office of Visa and Immigration Services.
Need-based financial aid is available to all eligible full-time domestic and international students in the form of partial-tuition scholarships. To be considered, prospective students must request financial aid at the time of application.
Part-time studies are available for local residents who can meet the requirements for admission. Part-time students are ineligible for financial aid from Dartmouth Engineering .