Academic Catalog
2021-2022

Admissions

To be admitted into Kettering University as a Master of Engineering Graduate Student, a prospective student must select from the available Master of Engineering degree programs, complete the appropriate online application, and arrange for all required credentials to be submitted to Kettering University.  

Admission into a graduate program is only offered after all parts of an application have been received, and have been appropriately evaluated. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Once evaluated, applicants will be notified of the admission decision. If granted program admission, the student may then proceed to subsequent steps necessary to register for classes and matriculate. Kettering does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation including gender identity or expression, disability, religion, height, weight, genetic information, or veteran status.

The Kettering University Graduate School has rolling admissions and applications may be submitted at any time. Program start dates will be determined based on the date of acceptance and program availability. Start dates may not be available every term. Admitted applicants may defer enrollment for up to one year after the initial offer of admission. 

Admission Requirements

Application

Applicants interested in the Master of Engineering program offered in Troy, Michigan (on the Walsh College campus) should complete this Master of Engineering application for Graduate Students

Applicants interested in the Master of Engineering program offered in China will first be pre-qualified by Beacon Education. Those pre-qualified will then be directed to a specific Kettering application. 

Note: these student applications are specific to the Kettering University Master of Engineering programs only. 

Grade Point Average

A Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline or closely related field from an ABET-accredited program or its international equivalent is required for acceptance into the Master in Engineering degree programs. Engineering Technology degrees do not qualify. Admission generally requires an individual to possess a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 Grading System or international equivalent. Those students whose undergraduate performance results in a cumulative GPA between 2.8 and 3.0 may be admitted based on other outstanding credentials. 

Transcripts

All students applying for admission must submit official undergraduate transcripts to Kettering University. International students may also be asked to submit English-language translations and/or a professional credential evaluation. In the case of a professional credential evaluation, the evaluating body must be a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Costs of credential evaluations and translations are the responsibility of the applicant.

GRE

GRE scores are not required for admission. However, applicants may choose to submit official GRE scores. 

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. 

Resume/CV

Applicants for the Master of Engineering degree programs must document a minimum of two years of professional work experience. Resumes/CVs should be submitted with the application.

Notification of Admission

Applicants will be notified by email of the Kettering University Admissions Committee’s decision. Once Kettering University has received an application and all supporting documents, please allow up to four weeks for processing, evaluation, and delivery of the notification. Contact information:

Dean of the Graduate School and Sponsored Research

gsr@kettering.edu

+1 (810) 762-9711

Enrollment Deposit

Admitted students in the Master of Engineering program offered in Troy, Michigan (on the Walsh College campus) must submit a $350 enrollment deposit to confirm enrollment to a Kettering University Master of Engineering degree program. This deposit will be credited toward tuition but is not refundable.  

Master of Engineering Graduate Programs

The following Master Degree programs are available:

  • Master of Engineering in Artificial Intelligence
  • Master of Engineering in Electric Vehicles
  • Master of Engineering in Autonomous Vehicles
  • Master of Engineering

International Applicants

In addition to the above criteria, applicants that are not U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States may be required to provide the below documentation. 

Professional Credential Evaluation and/or English-language Translations 

A course-by-course professional credential evaluation of undergraduate transcripts may be requested from students who obtained their Bachelor's degree outside of the United States. Kettering accepts evaluations from companies recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluating Services (NACES). Kettering University will only evaluate transcripts in English. All fees for credential evaluation and/or English-language translation are the responsibility of the applicant. Additionally, a university grading scale may be requested to facilitate grade point average conversion and application review. 

Copy of First Page of Passport

A copy of passport is not required of international applicants to the Master of Engineering degree offered via Beacon Education in China.

International applicants to the Master of Engineering program offered in Troy, Michigan (on the Walsh College campus) must provide a copy of the prospective student's passport, sent to:

graduateadmissions@kettering.edu

English Language Proficiency

Proof of English-language proficiency is not required of applicants to the Master of Engineering degree offered via Beacon Education in China.   

Proof of English-language proficiency is required of international applicants to the Master of Engineering program offered in Troy, Michigan (on the Walsh College campus). In these cases, applicants from non-English language speaking countries may be conditionally admitted based on academic merit with the understanding that English proficiency standards must be met before full matriculation into a degree-seeking program. To demonstrate English-language proficiency, students should submit at least one of the following test results: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (Kettering's code is 1246), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), MELAB/MET, or Duolingo. International applicants may have testing waived if they have earned a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution. International applicants may have testing waived if they have attended an accredited U.S. college or university for one calendar year or two academic semesters with a minimum 3.00-grade point average. Students may also demonstrate competency by completing an ESL program offered by an approved ELS center. 

​Statement of Financial Support 

A statement of financial support is not required of applicants to the Master of Engineering degree offered via Beacon Education in China.

International student applicants to the Master of Engineering program offered in Troy, Michigan (on the Walsh College campus) must provide a Statement of Financial Support. These applicants must document their ability to meet all educational expenses for the first year of study before Kettering University can issue a Certificate of Visa Eligibility (Form I-20). Evidence may include a statement from a legitimate financial institution reflecting the minimum dollar amount detailed in the Affidavit of Financial Support.

Medical insurance, including repatriation and evacuation coverage, is required for all international students studying in the United States and must be purchased through Kettering University. Students also need to provide the completed Affidavit of Financial Support. 

Send information to:

graduateadmissions@kettering.edu

Admissions Office

Kettering University

1700 University Avenue

Flint, MI 48504-6214

Immigration Information: F-1 Student Visa Applicants

An F-1 student visa will not be processed for applicants to the Master of Engineering degree offered via Beacon Education in China.

Admitted international students to the Master of Engineering program offered in Troy, Michigan (on the Walsh College campus) will receive an I-20 form with their official letter of admission. These students are required to present the I-20 when applying for a student visa and again at their port of entry into the United States. Applicants enrolled at another U.S. institution with a student visa must complete Kettering's Transfer-In form and be released from the Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS) by their current institution before Kettering University can issue a new I-20 form.

Financial Aid 

Some financial aid programs may exist for U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. Students who wish to apply for financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office for more information at: 800-955-4464 ext. 7859 or finaid@kettering.edu.

Financial Aid Eligibility

  • Must be at least half-time or more to be considered for aid
  • U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents must complete a FAFSA to be considered for federal financial aid. 
  • International students do not qualify for U.S. federal financial aid

Cost of Attendance (COA)

  • COA values are based on assumed enrollment for the academic year.

Federal Direct Loan (for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents)

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans This loan is available to domestic students through the government’s loan program. This loan has a fixed interest rate and can be deferred while the student is enrolled at least half-time. An origination fee is deducted from the approved loan amount before disbursement. This fee is determined each year and is subject to change. Repayment on these loans begins six months after graduation or when the student ceases to be enrolled at least half-time. These loans have a 10-year repayment plan.

Federal Direct PLUS Loans  This loan is available to a domestic graduate student enrolled at least half-time in a program leading to a graduate or professional degree.  A credit check will be performed during the application process. The maximum PLUS loan you can borrow is the cost of attendance (determined by the school) minus any other financial assistance you receive.

To qualify for the Direct Loan, students must first complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and submit all requested documents to the Financial Aid Office.

Private Student Loan Programs  Private student loans offered by various lenders are another source of financing educational costs. These loans are based on credit approval, and interest begins accruing upon disbursement of the loan. Each loan has different terms, borrowing limits, interest rates, and other special criteria. The maximum private loan you can borrow is the cost of attendance (determined by the school) minus any other financial assistance you receive.

 Additional information about private loans available in the United States can be found on this website.

Graduate Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

To receive Student Financial Aid under the programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act, as amended, a student must maintain satisfactory academic progress in the course of study that he/she is pursuing.

Minimum standard requirements:

  • Qualitative Measure (Cumulative GPA): Graduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Maximum time frame for degree completion: For degree completion, students who exceed 150% of the normal period to complete their academic programs are not eligible for additional Title IV assistance for the period that is in excess of 150% of the academic period normally required to complete the program of study.
  • Credits Attempted are defined as all classes for which a student received a passing grade ("D" or better), or an "F", "FN", "W", "WN" or "I"
  • Repeated courses count as credits attempted during each term the student is enrolled in the course; however, they will be counted only once as credits completed the first time a passing grade is received for the course.

Financial Aid Warning

Graduate students will be evaluated at the end of each academic term to determine if the student is meeting the standards described above. Graduate students who fail to meet the minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average standard will be placed on Financial Aid Warning for the subsequent semester/period of enrollment. Financial aid can be received during the semester/term of warning. 

Financial Aid Suspension

The Financial Aid Office will review the records of students who are on financial aid warning at the end of the term that are placed on warning. If the student is still not meeting the minimum cumulative grade point average (3.0), the student will forfeit eligibility for all federal and institutional financial aid programs.

Financial aid will be suspended until the student successfully meets the cumulative grade point average standards. The student is responsible for paying his/her own expenses, such as tuition, books, etc. and will not be reimbursed for the period(s) of financial aid suspension.

Right to Appeal

Students have the right to appeal any decision of ineligibility to continue to receive financial assistance unless they have previously been granted an appeal. Appeals must be filed within 30 days of notification that aid eligibility has been lost. An appeal should be based upon some unusual situation or condition which prevented the student from passing courses, or which necessitated withdrawal from classes. Examples of possible situations include documented serious illness, severe injury, or the death of a family member.

Withdrawing from Courses

Financial Aid is based on the number of credits for which students are enrolled at the end of the refund period.  Students are encouraged to meet with a financial aid advisor before making withdrawal decisions.

Withdrawing from Kettering

For financial aid purposes, there are two types of withdrawals: complete and unofficial.

  • Complete:  Official withdrawal from the university by the student
  • Unofficial:  Federal financial aid regulations consider a student to be an unofficial withdrawal if the student receives all fail (F) grades or a combination of all fail (F) and withdraw (W) grades for the term.

Student Fails to Earn a Passing Grade in any Class

Never AttendedIf a student receives a grade of F due to not attending class, Federal Title IV aid will be adjusted for those classes never attended.

Why do we monitor students receiving all 'F' grades?

The University is obligated by federal regulation to review aid recipients receiving all 'F' grades.  The assumption behind the law is that a student receiving all 'F' grades walked away from the semester without properly withdrawing from the University.  Schools must identify students with 'F' grades within 30 days from the date final grades are posted.