MSCE Application Process
Hello, this is Trish Plutz, I’m an advisor for the
Online Master of Science in Civil Engineering Program. Thank you for joining us today.
This webinar is designed to help applicants with the application process and know the qualifications
And help you guide you through our application.
Thank you again, for joining us and we will be
having question and answer at the end. You can also type in your questions as we go through the
we will go through the questions and answer them in the order they were received.
briefly, we’ll go through who are qualified applicants,
what documents you will need, and how to submit your application with your fee.
As far as the online program
applicants will have a Bachelor of Science and civil engineering from an ABET accredited program, a
minimum of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
in a cumulative of undergrad GPA and there are other
caveats of people who can be accepted to the program which we’ll discuss now.
who may not have
Bachelors in Civil Engineering
can review this
list of other
pathways or additional pathways to acceptance. There are a lot of folks to apply to the program who have a
degree background or
relevant work experience
and I encourage you to read through these different
scenarios to see if you may be eligible.
But what I also encourage you to do is call in and talk with your advisor and we can do
pre-qualification for you with your resume and transcripts. So if you do feel like you have
suitable qualifications and a background that maybe make you eligible. Please work with your advisor.
All right, as far as our application materials it’s fairly simple.
We would need your transcripts from all the schools you previously attended and that would include community colleges.
transcripts that you upload yourself, but we would need your official transcripts
before the end of the first semester in order to register for the second semester.
So I always encourage students to go ahead and request their
transcripts and e-transcripts are considered official. They’re usually cheaper and faster and if you go on to
Google and Google your school name and transcript request
it’ll pull you up to your school’s page and you can have them sent to us directly
The resume, it would be an up-to-date resume,
detailing your work roles and responsibilities. And of course we would want you to highlight
internships or things that you’ve done, you know as an undergrad in the civil engineering
And always do try to send an updated resume.
I have a lot of applicants who send me resumes without their latest job on there and it’s always
important to see you know where you’re working currently.
Your personal statement, will be detailed in a later side.
But, usually it’s one or two pages and we really want to know a little bit more about your educational and work background.
What you’re hoping to achieve with your degree and why you think our program is a good fit for you?
recommendations, can come from professional references.
They don’t necessarily have to be academic references unless you’ve recently graduated.
Usually it’s best to have a current or past work supervisor or
colleague engineers who have worked with you on a team and that would be suitable
recommendation. What I want to add here regarding recommendations
is that it is a seamless process when you enter your recommenders names and email addresses in your application .
They will get sent a request for their letter of recommendation from our graduate college.
So what you would want to do is tell your recommenders to,
after you ask them for their letters,
just tell them they’ll be receiving an
email and they just click through that email and fill out a short form and add their comments or upload their
letter there. So it’s really easy for you and for your recommenders and last but not least your application fee is
$50 and we always ask that you don’t submit your application until you’re certain of the term that you are
starting. If you’re kind of on the cusp and are not sure just wait to submit your applications so
you don’t have to change it at the end.
Which means you have to go through another process, so it’s easier for you
And then also check on the program code which we will mention later on as well. And here is the link to start your application
within this presentation.
Now when you start your application you’re going to be
selecting from the following,
pick list and what you do want to pick is a degree seeking applicant
then when you get into that application you want to make sure
that you are checking those boxes and I just highlighted this because it is
to get through the application is very long-winded
as it were so I just wanted to make sure I highlighted these two areas for you.
you would be selecting at this point that apply online.
So that’s the section that you would go to next
And this is the area when you will be adding your application materials; you’ll upload your resume,
you will also upload your personal statement of goals, and
any references that you may have. And if for example
there’s any issue at all with uploading documents
please know that I can upload those for you or your advisor can do that. If you’d simply email us your
documents and we would be able to do that for you.
As far as your resume again,
just going through making sure it’s current and up-to-date.
And it’s just very standard your listing of positions and time frames.
Make sure you include your education on there.
Just clear and concise work history. I know we all have
resumes out there
But just know that this is something that your professors,
who are looking at this to accept you into the program, are looking for your work history, the type of work that you’re doing, and
So just think about that when you’re
revising your resume.
And then as far as the personal statement,
here’s some clearer guidelines and it’s just mainly just remembering to put your name at the top of the page. And
the essay should be two to four pages,
as we had mentioned before, it should start with an educational section.
Talking about your undergrad studies and then graduate studies you may have completed.
This is a
time if your grades were not fabulous to kind of highlight what may have made things come off the tracks.
Don’t go into huge detail, but do let us know if there was some extenuating
circumstances. Also, you should cover your professional work experience
and if your degree is not in engineering
just really highlight any areas or aspects of your
occupation that do relate to engineering. And that would be helpful information for our committee when they’re reviewing your application.
just go ahead and talk about your career goals and how you think this program would help you achieve your goals.
This is where your due diligence and doing research on the programs that are available,
looking at the different programs that you are considering and making a
determination, and highlighting here in this section of your goal statement or personal statement.
Why you think our program is going to be a good fit for you? What competencies you hope to
achieve from our program and how you think that we’re going to help or strengthen that.
And then when you’re doing your request for transcripts,
we do require, as I said, that in the end of your official transcripts, you can upload your
unofficial transcripts for review purposes
but if you’re going to go through the application process, you might have might as well request those transcripts at the
beginning and have them loaded into your applications. So you’re not
fumbling around and trying to get that done in the eleventh hour
Then as they say here in a sealed envelope, but in the New Age who are doing everything
electronically and I strongly recommend you do things electronically
because it’s quicker and cheaper and it’s seamless. It’s easy for you to do, in just a couple of clicks and
undergrad community colleges that might appear on your bachelor’s transcripts,
we would need those. And any relevant
Graduate studies you’ve done that would be helpful for us to see and for you to list in your application as well
And then sometimes you can get online and pull up
academic record or grade report and that’s not considered official and stall out your application.
When requesting your
references, as I said before put your name of your recommender, their email address, and an option to attach a
the request form is emailed to your recommenders when you save and close this page, so this is a really
important aspect. If you get up to this section, this is usually one of the most time-consuming
processes of the
process, so you really want to give your recommenders that deadline as well when you’re talking to them. Ask them
would you be able to
submit your recommendation by the fifteenth of the months and if they look
conflicted and they’re not thinking that they can make it. Just keep going and ask for other
Recommendations, you know, I’m just using the 15th as an example, but you know, realistically you would want to give them two weeks
before the actual deadline, so if they have to push it out a bit, you know
It’ll it’ll still work out to your advantage
We need a minimum of two letters of recommendation,
but we always have you asked for three just for that reason in case one of them get busier can’t
recommendations because of extenuating
So when you get to the final part,
this is where you double-check the program code and it is listed here the MS
, it’s online civil engineering programs. Just want to make sure you’re using online. And then as far as
submitting your fee, you’ll be doing that electronically as well, and once your application
is sent in I get notified and I will help and track this
throughout the whole application process and stay in close contact with you to make sure you know where you’re at in the process.
please go ahead and email me. I am the Senior Enrollment Advisor for the Civil Engineering Online Program
And that’s my contact information. You may be working with your own advisor as well,
but you know as a fallback, please always feel free to contact me if needed.
And now we’ll go through any questions you might have.
And I am getting a question about
the actual deadlines and I’m going to speak in broad terms, since this is a
webinar we will be using going forward. We have three terms
we have fall,spring, and summer. The fall semester classes begin at the end of August.
So you would want to get everything in a month earlier or the end of July?
The spring semester is the second week of January
so a month earlier would be the second week of December. And then the fall or I’m sorry, summer semester would be
the second week of May so you would want to get your documents in the
second week of April a month prior. And feel free to finish your application earlier than that,
it’s always a good idea because there is always a rush of the end to submit applications.
Then as far as any other questions go, please contact your enrollment advisor.
Contact me. I’m here to help you help you. Help you go through the whole process and work with you on your application.
Do let me know if there’s anything we can do to help them. Thank you again for joining us today.