School of Engineering Graduate Programs - FAQs

Q. When are applications due?

A. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee.

Q. Do I need to take the GREs?

A. The GREs are not required.  We do look closely at your academic record and other application materials. Generally, we like to see that you have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. If your GPA is lower than 3.0 but you would like us to consider your application, you may include with your application a statement that explains your GPA and why you are confident you will be able to maintain the required 3.0 GPA in your graduate studies.

Q. How much does it cost?

A. Tuition and fees for Fairfield's graduate programs

Q. Do I have to be a full-time student?

A. Our programs are designed to accommodate students who want to attend either on a full-time or part-time basis. Students who are fully employed will find the scheduling of our courses compatible with their work requirements.

Q. When are courses offered?

A. Most of our courses are offered in the evening and a few are offered on the weekends. Weekday courses generally meet once a week for three hours. Weekend courses tend to be full day courses that meet for four or five weekends or weekend days over the semester.

Q. What is the average class size?

A. We keep our classes small.  The typical maximum class size is 20, but class sizes range from less than 12 to 20.

Q. Do I need to have earned an undergraduate degree in engineering to be eligible for admission?

A. Our students come from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds, which adds to the richness of our interactions in class. An undergraduate degree specifically in engineering is not required, but exposure to technology through employment is useful.

Q. How long does it take to complete the degree?

A. For students who attend part-time, the time will vary based on how many courses are taken at a time. Students who attend full-time take 9 credits each semester and can complete the program in 2 years. All students are required to complete their degree within 6 years after they begin their first course.

Q. What financial aid is available?

A. To be considered for financial aid, Fairfield University requires students to complete a FAFSA form. For further information on financial aid, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

Q. Are graduate assistantships available?

A. A limited number of part-time assistantships are available to assist promising and deserving students