Applications for Admissions

Applications for 2024 will open in October 2023.




Application Fees

Application Fees:

A $50 application fee is charged all MS program applications

We do not charge application fees for PhD programs and Graduate Certificate programs.  

For all programs, you must have earned your bachelor's degree prior to applying to the graduate program.

General Application Information

Click on the View Graduate Program Application Deadlines to get information on current open application deadline information.

Before you click on the Apply Button, you will first need to create an account on the application website. Once you start the application, please review the list below:

1) Personal Statement: All of the graduate applications for the School of Science and Engineering require a Personal Statement. Please read the prompt provided within the application before writing your personal statement.

2) References/Recommenders: All applications require you to provide information for your references.  Make sure that you have the correct contact information for each of your references.  An incorrect email address for your references will delay your application from being reviewed by the admissions committee.  Recommendation Letters should be sent directly from the reference using the special link that is provided for them within the Slate application.  If a reference is having an issue connecting to Slate using their special link and/or  uploading their recommendation letter, they can contact

* Please note that the application deadline is for your to submit your application on time.  Recommenders can submit their recommendation letters after you submit your application and after the application deadline.

3) Transcripts: Student copies (unofficial copies) of your transcript are acceptable during the application process.  If admitted into the program, then an official transcript must be received by the Dean's Office from the sending institution prior to beginning your program of study.  Minimum GPA of a 3.0 is required for admission to both MS and PhD graduate programs within the School of Science and Engineering.  You will be required to have completed your bachelors degree prior to beginning your graduate program. 

4)  GRE: The School of Science and Engineering does not require GRE scores in order for you to submit your application for review by the department.  If you have taken the GRE, please include the score on your application.

Common Questions:

Can you apply to more than one program?  Yes, you can apply to more than one program.  You will need to complete an application for each program.

Do I need to send you official copies of my transcript? No, we do not require official transcripts to apply to a program.  If you are accepted into the program, you will have to request official transcripts to be sent to Tulane School of Science and Engineering before you register for your graduate coursework.  The address and information required to submit official transcripts is included in the letters of admission.

Can I use my undergraduate transcript if my Bachelor's Degree has not been posted on it as I will be graduating in the near future?  Yes, you can use your current transcript.  You must submit your transcript with the degree posted prior to beginning your graduate program.  If you have not graduated with your bachelor's degree, your admission will be revoked as you cannot work on your graduate degree unless you have already earned your undergraduate degree.

Can I submit my application if the recommenders have not uploaded their recommendation letters?  Yes, you need to submit your application.  The application deadline applies to the applicant and not the recommenders/references.  Your references/recommenders will be able to respond and upload their recommendation letters to your application after the deadline date.

Can I submit my recommendation letters from my recommenders? No, recommendation letters should come from the recommenders themselves.  If they have any issues or concerns with the emailed link, they can email their recommendation letter to and it will be uploaded to your application.  Make sure they include your full name within the email so that the correct application will be updated.

Do I need a potential advisor before I submit my application?  No, but the department should have at least one faculty member who has a background and research in the area in which you are most interested in studying.

Do I need to take the GRE?  The GRE is optional.

Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS?  These test score reports are optional.  If you do not have a test score, please include in your personal statement how you meet the ESL proficiency requirement.

ESL Proficiency Requirement:  TOEFL - Score 90  OR IELTS - Score 7 OR Undergraduate Degree Education taught at English Speaking University

Do you accept other ESL test scores?  You can report other ESL test score reports, but TOEFL and IELTS scores are the only scores that are accepted by Tulane School of Science and Engineering Graduate Programs.

We do not accept Duolingo test results.

Should I review the department websites? Yes, you should take time to review the information regarding the graduate programs and admissions requirements that can be found on the department websites. Departments may have additional information that they require during the application process.

When is the deadline for applications?  Deadlines for each program are different.  Make sure to check the application deadline schedule.  The deadline time is 11:59 PM Eastern time zone on the date that is given for the program

When will I receive an updated status on my application?  You can check your status using the status portal that is created once you submit your application.  Applications are typically reviewed after the application deadline date.  Most graduate admissions decisions are made on or before April 15th.  

For any questions, or problems with the admissions process, please contact 


Admission and Testing Information

Admission to the graduate programs in the School of Science and Engineering is highly selective and competitive. 

The authority to admit students to PhD graduate programs in Science and Engineering is Janarthanan Jayawickramarajah - Associate Dean for Research, Faculty Affairs and Graduate Studies.  The authority to admit students to the MS graduate programs is Marie Dahleh - Associate Dean, EDI and Strategic Innovation and Masters Programs 

All admission decision will be made through the application status portal. The information on where to send required official documents will be included in the offers of admission. 

Do I need to take the GRE?  The GRE is optional.  If you have a GRE score, you can report that score using the Testing tab within the application.

Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS?  These test score reports are optional.  If you do not have a test score, please include in your personal statement how you meet the ESL proficiency requirement.

ESL Proficiency Requirement:  TOEFL - Score 90  /OR/ IELTS - Score 7 /OR/  Undergraduate Degree Education taught at English Speaking University

Do you accept other ESL test scores?  You can report other ESL test score reports but TOEFL and IELTS scores are the only scores that are accepted by Tulane University.  TOEFL and IELTS score reports can be uploaded in the Testing tab within the application.  Other ESL testing information can be included in your personal statement.  You can upload a copy of other ESL proficiency report/letter by using the status portal after you submit your application.

Tulane School of Science and Engineering ETS Institution Code is 6173

* Because TOEFL and IELTS are not required, all international students who are accepted into a School of Science and Engineering PhD program must complete an online summer ESL Evaluation Course during the month of July.  The 10 hours (2 week) assessment course will determine which students must take additional ESL courses during their first year of graduate studies (no exceptions).

Graduate Student Financial Aid

PhD Student Support

The School of Science and Engineering offers Teaching Assistantships and/or Research Assistantships to all incoming PhD students.  PhD students are typically admitted with a full tuition waiver, 50% support toward the purchase of a T-SHIP health insurance plan and a stipend that is associated with either a Teaching Assistantship or Research Assistantship.  Incoming PhD students are expected to pay the academic service, student activity and recreation center fees that are billed during the fall and spring semesters.

MS Student Support 

The MS Programs are tuition based programs and students are required to pay tuition and all required fees. Tulane Accounts Receivable has the latest information regarding tuition rates and fees.

The tuition for 2023-2024 academic year is $1930 per credit hour (this rate does not include the required fees) - Tulane Accounts Receivable Tuition Information

4+1 MS Graduate Programs for Tulane Students - Tulane students need to speak with their Tulane department advisor regarding the admissions requirements and tuition for the 4+1 MS Program.

The School of Science and Engineering offers a few partial scholarships for graduate student Masters Programs.  Masters Programs are tuition based programs with the average tuition of $57,000 per year (which does not include the required fees).  Students can receive a discounted tuition rate based on the recommendation of the department.  

We do not offer teaching or research assistantships to students in the MS programs.  We do not have separate applications or forms for tuition assistance or support.

If you are offered a scholarship or special financial support, it will be included in your offer of admission that will be posted in your status portal. 

Any Special Tuition Rates and/or Special Scholarships that are included in your letter of admission for a MS program within the School of Science and Engineering are not transferrable to another program.  Any support offered is program specific and not transferrable (including assistance provided within the same department and similar program).

Tulane Financial Aid has resources for School of Science and Engineering graduate students seeking information on FAFSA and Student Loans.  International students do not have FAFSA as an option, but may qualify for student loans.

US residents can apply for federal student loans and other support by completing the (Free Application for Federal Student Aide) FAFSA.  

Tuition and Fee information - Tulane Accounts Receivable - Tuition and Fees

Important Information:

Your undergraduate degree must be posted on your official transcript prior to enrolling in graduate program coursework. 

For Tulane 4+1 students, once you are officially enrolled as a 4+1 MS graduate student, you will no longer be eligible for your undergraduate financial aid scholarships.  Tulane 4+1 students must graduate with their undergraduate degree from Tulane prior to formally being enrolled in the 4+1 Masters program.  

Students who receive financial support and/or special tuition discounts will have this information included in their award/admission letter. 

You are required to notify the Tulane Financial Aid Office of your receipt of school/program awards, as they will need this information to determine your eligibility for any federal assistance (US Residents).

All Undergraduate tuition scholarships and awards are not applicable toward the tuition for the 4+1 MS / MS or PhD programs within SSE

The Tulane Louisiana Promise is only for the undergraduate programs and does not include the 4+1/MS or PhD programs within the School of Science and Engineering. 

Not Ready to Apply

If you are not ready to apply or the application for the program you wish to apply to is not available, please click on REQUEST INFO and someone will respond back to your request for more information.


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