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Vanderbilt University is a selective research institution that upholds high admissions standards for its online engineering programs. To learn how you can apply to either the master of engineering (M.Eng.) in engineering management program or master of science (M.S.) in computer science program, view our application requirements.

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Application Requirements

To apply to one of our Vanderbilt Engineering Online programs, you will need to submit a number of items prior to the final application deadline. Both the M.S. in computer science and M.Eng. in engineering management programs require the following application items:

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose: One required statement of purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three are required
  • No application fee is required
  • No GRE scores are required to apply. However, you may submit them if you feel it would strengthen your application. Scores can be sent using GRE institution code 1871.

International applicants are encouraged to visit the International Applicants page for detailed information regarding international admissions requirements. 

Receive Personalized Support:
Email us at onlinecs@vanderbilt.edu or 
onlineengm@vanderbilt.edu 


Submitting Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts from your previously attended colleges or universities are required to apply to Vanderbilt Engineering Online programs. These are needed for the admissions committee to review your application and make an admissions decision. If you are admitted, you will need to provide official copies of your transcripts prior to the start of classes. International applicants are encouraged to visit the International Applicants page for more information regarding submitting transcripts.

Official transcripts should be mailed directly from your institutions’ registrar’s office. Have official transcripts mailed to:

CDM
PMB 407833
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240-7833
United States of America

Please note: To be considered an official transcript, the transcript must be sent directly from your institution(s), through an electronic transcript vendor retained by that institution, or delivered in the original sealed envelope from the institution(s). 

Institutions that use electronic transcript services can send your official transcript to cdm@vanderbilt.edu.

Statement of Purpose

To apply to one of our programs, you are required to write a statement of purpose in response to the following prompt:

In a brief statement, outline your reasons for undertaking graduate study, your future plans, and any additional information that may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your relevant experiences and aptitude for graduate study at Vanderbilt University.

Read 4 quick tips for writing your Statement of Purpose.

Admission Qualifications

M.S. in computer science: To qualify for admission to the online master’s in computer science program, you must hold a bachelor’s degree in computing, or a computing-related field in engineering or natural science, or hold a bachelor’s degree in another subject but have significant experience in computer science and programming.

Students are expected to have strong programming experience. Experience in at least one of the following computing languages is suggested: Java, JavaScript, Python, C++, Objective C, Swift, C#, Kotlin, Clojure, Ruby, Haskell or Scala.

If interested, prospective students can gauge their programming readiness and aptitude by completing a self-assessment exercise.

To learn more about the computer science program and admissions requirements, contact our admissions team at onlinecs@vanderbilt.edu.

M.Eng. in engineering management: To qualify for admission to the online master’s in engineering management program, you must hold an undergraduate degree in a STEM field, and it is preferred that you have at least two years of professional experience in a relevant position.

To learn more about the engineering management program and admissions requirements, contact our admissions team at onlineengm@vanderbilt.edu.

Application Deadlines

Vanderbilt Engineering Online programs have rolling admissions with three cohort start dates each year for both the M.S. in computer science and the M.Eng. in engineering management online programs.

Upcoming Deadlines

Academic Year 2024

Admissions Deadlines

Fall 2024

Spring 2025

Summer 2025

   Application Opens

8/1/23

8/1/24

8/1/24

Final Submit Deadline

6/28/24

11/8/24

3/7/25

Final Complete Deadline

7/5/24

11/15/24

3/14/25

Faculty Review Deadline

7/12/24

11/22/24

3/21/25

Final Decision Deadline/ Deposit Deadline

7/26/24

12/6/24

4/4/25

Registration Opens in YES

7/9/24

10/28/24

3/24/25

First Day of Class

8/21/24

1/6/25

5/5/25

 

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M.Eng. in Engineering Management Tuition and Financial Aid

 

Tuition

Tuition for the 2024-2025 academic year is $2,349 per credit. The M.Eng. in engineering management program consists of 30 credits, so you can expect to pay at least $70,470 in total tuition.* 

*Tuition rates are set by the Board of Trust for the academic year and are subject to change.  Please visit https://www.vanderbilt.edu/stuaccts/fees/index.php to learn more.

Domestic students may be eligible for a Vanderbilt University program scholarship of up to $20,000.

Students located in the U.S. are required to attend one convening on Vanderbilt's campus in Nashville, TN, during the fall semester of their first year in the program. Domestic students will be responsible for the $800 program fee, which will be billed by the university and eligible for financial aid. Associated travel and accommodation expenses are not included in this fee. International students who are located outside of the U.S. are not required to attend this on-campus convening, but have the opportunity to attend if they choose. Visit the International Applicants page for more details about in-person learning opportunities for international students.

Additional fees for U.S. students include:

*The Vanderbilt Online Student Services & Student Health Fees was effective beginning the academic year 2022-2023 (August 2022). All students registered in an online degree program are assessed the Online Student Services & Student Health Fees, which are set by the Vanderbilt Board of Trust and billed through the Office of Student Accounts. These fees are mandatory and cannot be removed or waived. The Online Student Services & Student Health Fees provide financial support, based on the University’s needs, for student co-curricular interests, programs, and student support services and resources, including the expansion of resources and services in support of student health and wellbeing.

**The student health insurance fee may be waived with proof of coverage. The rate currently shown is for 2024-2025.

International applicants are encouraged to visit the International Applicants page for more details regarding fees and tuition payments.

Financial Aid

There are a number of ways you may consider funding your Vanderbilt Engineering Online graduate degree program. These may include employer tuition assistance or reimbursement, scholarships, federal student aid or private student loans.

Domestic students may be eligible to apply for the following student loans: 

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans: Most graduate-level students are potentially eligible to receive up to $20,500 per academic year. This federal loan does not require you to demonstrate financial need and is not income-based.

Federal Direct PLUS Loan: Graduate students can apply for this credit-based federal loan in addition to the Direct Unsubsidized Loan. If approved, the Graduate PLUS Loan can be used to cover additional education expenses up to the cost-of-attendance budget determined by the school.

Private Loans: Students who require additional assistance may apply for education loans through private lenders.

 

Applying for Federal Financial Aid

If you are a domestic student who is planning to fund your education through federal student aid, you should complete the federal aid application while applying for admission to the program. To apply, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Vanderbilt University’s school code is 003535.

If you have questions about tuition and financial aid options, do not hesitate to contact Vanderbilt's Financial Aid Office.

Start My Application

 

M.S. in Computer Science Tuition and Financial Aid

 

Tuition

Tuition for the 2024-2025 academic year is $2,349 per credit. The M.S. in computer science program consists of 30 credits, so you can expect to pay at least $70,470 in total tuition.* 

*Tuition rates are set by the Board of Trust for the academic year and are subject to change.  Please visit https://www.vanderbilt.edu/stuaccts/fees/index.php to learn more.

Domestic students may be eligible for a Vanderbilt University program scholarship of up to $25,000.

Students located in the U.S. are required to attend one convening on Vanderbilt's campus in Nashville, TN, during the fall semester of their first year in the program. Domestic students will be responsible for the $800 program fee, which will be billed by the university and eligible for financial aid. Associated travel and accommodation expenses are not included in this fee. International students who are located outside of the U.S. are not required to attend this on-campus convening, but have the opportunity to attend if they choose. Visit the International Applicants page for more details about in-person learning opportunities for international students.

Additional fees for U.S. students include:

*The Vanderbilt Online Student Services & Student Health Fees was effective beginning the academic year 2022-2023 (August 2022). All students registered in an online degree program are assessed the Online Student Services & Student Health Fees, which are set by the Vanderbilt Board of Trust and billed through the Office of Student Accounts. These fees are mandatory and cannot be removed or waived. The Online Student Services & Student Health Fees provide financial support, based on the University’s needs, for student co-curricular interests, programs, and student support services and resources, including the expansion of resources and services in support of student health and wellbeing.

**The student health insurance fee may be waived with proof of coverage. The rate currently shown is for 2024-2025.

International applicants are encouraged to visit the International Applicants page for more details regarding fees and tuition payments. 

Financial Aid

There are a number of ways you may consider funding your Vanderbilt Engineering Online graduate degree program. These may include employer tuition assistance or reimbursement, scholarships, federal student aid or private student loans.

Domestic students may be eligible to apply for the following student loans: 

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans: Most graduate-level students are potentially eligible to receive up to $20,500 per academic year. This federal loan does not require you to demonstrate financial need and is not income-based.

Federal Direct PLUS Loan: Graduate students can apply for this credit-based federal loan in addition to the Direct Unsubsidized Loan. If approved, the Graduate PLUS Loan can be used to cover additional education expenses up to the cost-of-attendance budget determined by the school.

Private Loans: Students who require additional assistance may apply for education loans through private lenders.

Applying for Federal Financial Aid

If you are a domestic student who is planning to fund your education through federal student aid, you should complete the federal aid application while applying for admission to the program. To apply, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Vanderbilt University’s school code is 003535.

If you have questions about tuition and financial aid options, do not hesitate to contact Vanderbilt’s Financial Aid Office.

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Vanderbilt Engineering Online Events

Our admissions team hosts various events to help prospective students learn more about our programs. Our live webinars are held on the online platform, allowing you to experience the online classroom firsthand.

During these sessions, you can learn more about topics such as program curricula or the student experience. You may also have the opportunity to ask faculty members or admissions representatives your questions.

To register for a webinar, choose an upcoming session below:

T​​here are currently no events scheduled. Events are added regularly, so please check back soon.

 

Take a Virtual Tour

You may request a one-on-one virtual tour of the online learning platform with an admissions counselor. To schedule a tour, please contact an admissions counselor at  admissions@engineeringonline.vanderbilt.edu.

 

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Vanderbilt Engineering Online Events

Our  admissions team hosts various events to help prospective students learn more about our programs. 

During these live sessions, you can learn more about topics such as program curricula or the student experience. You may also have the opportunity to ask faculty members or admissions representatives your questions.

To register for a webinar, choose an upcoming session below:

Online Master's in Computer Science Program Webinar

  • Date: Wednesday, May 29 at 6:30 CT
  • Topic: Gain insights about Vanderbilt University's online M.S. program from Program Director Dana Zhang in our online master of computer science webinar. Explore admissions requirements, learn about program highlights and online learning details and engage in a Q&A to determine if the program is the right fit for you.
  • Register: Please register here.

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