2014-2015 Academic Catalog: Admissions

UNDERGRADUATE DAY PROGRAMS

Maureen Dischino, Executive Director of Admissions
Wentworth Hall, Room 108
(617) 989-4000

Wentworth accepts applications on a rolling admissions basis, which means that applications are reviewed as soon as all required documents are received. The priority deadline for full-time day admissions is February 15. After that date, applications are reviewed on a space-availability basis.

 

All applicants for admission must present an official transcript of record from a recognized high school or a preparatory school of equal grade. The high school equivalency diploma of a state education department or of a high school may be substituted for high school graduation. Official G.E.D. scores should be sent to the appropriate admitting office.

Students applying for financial aid are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the financial aid priority filing date of March 1. For more information about financial aid, refer to that section of this catalog..

Wentworth accepts only full-time students in the day program majors, either as first-year or transfer applicants. Students seeking to study part-time should apply to the College of Professional and Continuing Education’s (CPCE) evening and weekend programs. Please see below for specific requirements for applying to first-year, full-time day transfer, and CPCE.

Wentworth accepts international students into full-time day programs only as first-year or transfer applicants. Specific requirements regarding international student admissions are found later in this section of the catalog.

Wentworth Institute of Technology reserves the right to be the exclusive judge of the acceptability of any applicant for admission to its programs of study.

A student taking day courses who is not yet admitted into a degree or certificate program is defined as a non-matriculating day student. Assuming all pre-requisites are satisfied, non-matriculating day students can take up to 16 credits. The registrar and CPCE admissions counselor will keep track of all non-matriculating students regarding credit hours earned.

Under extraordinary circumstances, a non-matriculating student may be allowed to take more than 16 credits, but no more than 16 credits can be applied to a Wentworth degree or certificate program. Written approval from an academic department chair is required for any non-matriculating student to exceed the 16 credit hour limit.

Application Requirements

High school seniors may apply any time after August 1st of their senior year. The application priority deadline for completed applications is February 15. After this date, some programs may be closed to further applications. The deposit deadline for admissions and housing is May 1st. Deposits may be accepted after May 1st if space is available.

Applicants to day academic programs must submit the following:

  • A completed application, which can be submitted online from the WIT homepage (www.wit.edu), the Common Application (www.commonapp.org), or the Universal College Application (www.universalcollegeapp.com).
  • A $50 application processing fee, due at the time the application is received.
  • An official high school transcript or G.E.D. scores
  • Official SAT or ACT scores
  • A letter of recommendation
  • A personal statement (essay)

All applicants must have completed four years of English, algebra I, algebra II, plane geometry, and one laboratory science (e.g., chemistry, physics, and biology). For students applying to Computer Science or an engineering program, pre-calculus, is also required. Students applying to the Applied Math major must have completed calculus.

International Student Application Requirements

The term “international student” refers to any student who is not a United States (U.S.) citizen or a U.S. permanent resident. Most international students obtain F-1 student non-immigrant status.

International students are enrolled at Wentworth at the beginning of the fall semester in late August of each year; mid-year (January) enrollments are usually limited to students transferring from a similar program of study. Wentworth evaluates all admission applications on a rolling admission basis. Rolling admission means that the Admissions Committee will evaluate an application when all the necessary materials have been submitted. . While there is not an application deadline, applying early is recommended for day majors because some majors and on-campus housing fill quickly. The application priority deadline is February 15. International students must submit:

  • A completed international application, either online via the WIT homepage (www.wit.edu), the Common Application (www.commonapp.org), or the Universal College Application (www.universalcollegeapp.com).
  • Academic records attesting to the applicant’s secondary and (if applicable) post-secondary education. These records must be mailed directly by the attended institution(s) to the Wentworth Office of Admissions. The records must have an original signature, in ink, from the appropriate certifying official (such as a registrar or keeper of records) and bear the institution’s seal. If originals cannot be sent, exact copies certified as such by the appropriate official may be submitted. If the documentation is not in English, they should be accompanied by official English translations.
  • Evidence of proficiency in English, if the applicant’s first language is not English. Acceptable evidence of proficiency includes:
    • a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 71 or higher on the Internet-based exam or 525 or higher on the paper-based exam.
    • an International English Testing System (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 or higher, with no subscore below 5.5
    • A “C” (2.0) or higher grade in English I and English II on an official transcript from a U.S. college or university
    • Successful completion of the highest level of a Wentworth-recognized intensive English program and a recommendation from that program’s director. A list of such programs is available from the Admissions Office
  • Proof of financial support to cover the cost of tuition, books, supplies, medical insurance and living expenses for the first year of study at Wentworth. For the 2014-15 academic year, the estimated cost of twelve months for commuter students is $54,390, and for resident students is $53,190. Proof of support must be provided in one of these formats:
    • Completed Wentworth Declaration and Certification of Finances form, signed by the student’s parent or sponsor, with an attached certified bank letter from the sponsor’s bank.
    • Original signed letter of support from a recognized sponsoring embassy, agency or organization
    • Form I-34, Affidavit of Support with appropriate affirmation or notarization and supporting evidence
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an academic advisor or teacher.
  • A personal statement (essay) of 250-500 words.
  • A copy of the identity page from the applicant’s passport.

When these items are received, an evaluation is made of the applicant’s eligibility for admission. If all requirements are met and the applicant is determined admissible, a letter of acceptance will be mailed to the student.

Once accepted, a tuition deposit of $250.00 (and a housing deposit of $500.00 if the student chooses to live on campus) is required to guarantee enrollment. The deposit deadline is May 1. Deposits will be accepted after May 1 on a space available basis. Once the deposit(s) are made, a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) is issued for visa purposes. All remaining charges and monies due to Wentworth must be paid by one of these methods:

  • A bank draft in United States dollars drawn on a correspondent bank with offices in the United States. Checks must be in U.S. dollars and payable in the United States
  • A wire payment sent to: Citizens Bank, indicating the swift code CTZIUS33XXX, ABA# 011500120 for credit to account number 1312878107, to be credited to Wentworth Institute of Technology in the applicant’s name and Wentworth ID number. If paying by wire, please notify the Admission Office.
  • Credit card

Payment of $250.00 tuition deposit and $500.00 housing deposit reserves the student’s place in the entering class and on-campus housing. Payments may be made by peerTransfer at wit.peertransfer.com. These deposits are refundable for the fall semester provided that a written request for a refund is sent to the Admissions Office postmarked by May 1 and the original I-20 Form is returned to the Admissions Office. For spring semester admission, the tuition and housing deposits are non-refundable. It should be noted that payment for each semester’s tuition, room, and board charges must be paid by the due date, as failure to pay may lead to the cancellation of classes and/or housing.

Each student accepted for admission to Wentworth must submit completed immunization records and enroll in the Wentworth Health Plan upon enrollment. Failure to provide complete immunization and physical examination records may lead to the cancellation of classes and/or housing.

Transfer Application Requirements

Transfer students may apply at any time, with a recommended deadline of February 15th for application completion. After February 15th, some programs may be closed to further applications due to space availability. The deposit deadline for admissions and housing is May 1. Deposits will be accepted after May 1 on a space available basis.

Students are encouraged to submit their application online from the WIT homepage (www.wit.edu), the Common Application (www.commonapp.org), or the Universal College Application (www.universalcollegeapp.com). A $50.00 application processing fee will be charged for students applying; payment is due at the time the application is received.

In addition to the official high school transcript or G.E.D. scores, applicants must submit a letter of recommendation, the Transfer Report (available at www.wit.edu/transferreport) from the most recent college attended, a personal statement (essay), and transcript(s) from every prior college attended. Transfers who are within a year of graduation from high school must also submit the results of SAT or ACT scores.

Transfer students must have completed four years of high school English, algebra I, algebra II, plane geometry, one laboratory science (e.g., chemistry, physics, biology). For students applying to Computer Science or an engineering program, pre-calculus, is also required. Students applying to the Applied Math major must have completed high school calculus or a college level equivalent.

Transfer students may be required to take Wentworth’s English placement examination, unless transfer credit is granted for courses equivalent to ENGL100 or ENGL115.

Students seeking to transfer into the Electromechanical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering program must have completed similar course work at an accredited college or university (NEASC and/or EAC-ABET accreditation or equivalent), and have a minimum of 2.5 out of a 4.0 GPA for all mathematics and physics courses.

Students seeking to transfer into the Interior or Industrial Design program must present a portfolio of work to receive credit for courses with visual content. Contact the department for specific guidelines.

Transfer Credit

Please see the section “Transfer Credit” for information and policies about awarding academic credit based on courses taken at another institution, Advanced Placement and other exam results, and professional or other experience.

COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL AND CONTINUING EDUCATION

College of Professional and Continuing Education Admissions
Keith Lewandowski, Director of Admissions and Marketing
Dobbs Hall Room 107A
(617) 989-4300

Associate and Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

Summary:

  • Complete online application
  • Official high school or GED transcript
  • Official transcript(s) from any college(s) attended
  • Current resume
  • Math placement exam (if necessary)
  • $50 application fee

Applicants for admission must submit an official transcript of record from a recognized high school, except in cases where the applicant possesses an associate degree.  The high school equivalency diploma of a state education department or of a high school may be substituted for high school graduation.  Students can submit official G.E.D. scores to the College of Professional and Continuing Education office.

Applicants who have attended college must submit an official transcript of their final record from each college they have previously attended.

Applicants can also be admitted on a non-matriculating basis to take individual courses.  Acceptance to take a course is based on an evaluation of the student’s previous academic experience. Non-matriculating students may not take more than 16 credits without special permission of the Dean.

CPCE program applicants must complete an online math placement test no later than one full week prior to the start of the semester and before registering for MATH225, College Mathematics A. Applicants who receive transfer credit for MATH225 or who have been advised to enroll in Basic Algebra (MATH120) are not required to complete the test. Each section of the exam will only be given to a student once a semester.

The exam consists of three sections:

Section I College Mathematics A

Section II College Mathematics B

Section III College Mathematics C

All students must take Section I of the exam unless they have been awarded transfer credit for MATH225 or have been advised to enroll in Basic Algebra (MATH120).  Students are not required to take the other sections unless they are seeking placement into a higher level of mathematics.  A student who passes both sections of the exam will be awarded advanced standing credit for College Mathematics A and advised that he/she may advance in the sequence of mathematics courses. Students requiring remediation will be advised of their options regarding preparatory course work available. If a student in College Mathematics A, B, or C feels that he/she could test out of a mathematics course, he/she should contact the College of Professional and Continuing Education to arrange to take a comprehensive mathematics placement exam.

Applications are accepted for the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Graduate Certificate Requirements

Summary:

  • Complete online application
  • Official transcript(s) from any college(s) attended
  • Earned bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution
  • Current resume
  • $50 application fee

Applications are accepted for the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Professional Certificate Requirements

Summary:

  • Complete online application
  • Current resume
  • $50 application fee

Applications are accepted for the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Professional Land Surveying Certificate Requirements

Summary:

  • Complete online application
  • Official transcript(s) from any college(s) attended
  • Current resume
  • $50 application fee
  • Minimum of one (1) year of land surveying work experience
  • Completed coursework in: English I and II and Pre-Calculus

Applications are accepted for the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Workforce Training Program Requirements

Summary:

  • Complete online application

Applications are accepted for the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Specific Program Requirements

 

Applicants must also fulfill specific requirements, depending on the program to which they are applying. Please refer to the CPCE academic programs section to see if your program has specific requirements.

International Student Application Requirements

Prospective students seeking part-time study who can study in the United States without the institution’s support for a student visa are encouraged to apply.  International Student applicants must provide to the CPCE admissions office:

  • A copy of the applicant’s current 1-94 card (front & back)
  • A copy of the applicant’s current passport
  • A copy of the applicant’s current Visa

All other admissions requirements for CPCE undergraduate students also apply to international students.

GRADUATE PROGRAM ADMISSIONS

Master of Architecture

Application Process

Wentworth Institute of Technology offers a Master of Architecture (M. Arch) degree, a first professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB). Students who have completed a four-year NAAB-based pre-professional Bachelor of Arts or Science in Architecture degree or its international equivalent may apply online at www.wit.edu.

 A fifty dollar ($50) nonrefundable application fee must be submitted with the application. Applications are accepted for the fall semester only. The deadline for receipt of a complete application packet is January 15. The minimum overall GPA for admission to the program is 3.0 or permission of the Department.

Students graduating from Wentworth’s Bachelor of Science in Architecture program and who achieve a minimum departmental GPA of 3.2 will automatically be accepted into the M. Arch program for the following year. These students need only submit an application, statement of intent and official transcript(s). Automatic acceptance applies only to applicants currently enrolled in Wentworth’s Bachelor of Science in Architecture program.

International students should refer to the section of this catalog regarding international student admission. All transcripts of course work completed outside the United States must be evaluated by an approved evaluation service.

The Department of Architecture offers three variants of its M. Arch. program, differing in length. The appropriate variant depends on a student’s background. An Internal Candidate currently enrolled in Wentworth’s Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree program, or who has graduated from this program within one year of the application deadline, normally will complete the program in one academic year (two semesters).

An External Candidate who received the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from Wentworth more than one year prior to the application deadline, or an applicant from a four-year NAAB-based pre-professional Bachelor of Arts or Sciences in Architecture degree or its equivalent, normally will complete the program in two academic years (four semesters). A Change of Discipline candidate who holds a bachelor’s degree in a field other than architecture normally will complete the program in three academic years (six semesters).

Application Requirements

All application materials must be completed in English and the candidate should keep a copy of all application materials. The following application materials must be delivered to the Admissions Office by January 15 as a complete application packet:

1. Official transcripts from all institutions attended after high school graduation, along with a statement of your rank in the class, and in your department, if available. If you are currently enrolled in a program, ask the registrar of the Institute to include a list of classes in which you are currently registered. The transcript(s) must be sealed in an envelope from the registrar’s office; loose or opened transcripts will not be accepted.

2. GRE general test scores for external candidates only. They are not required for internal candidates.

3. Completed online application (www.wit.edu) and a $50.00 non-refundable application fee.

4. Submit a statement of intent detailing your interest in studying architecture on the graduate level and your intended career/professional goals.

5. References/letters of recommendations:

a. Internal candidates must include on the application form the names and contact information (address, phone, e-mail) for two people who may be contacted as references (in lieu of letters of recommendation). References should be individuals who can judge your potential success in the study of architecture on the graduate level. Letters of recommendation should not be submitted by internal candidates.

b. External and change of discipline candidates must submit two letters of recommendation with their application, using the recommendation form available for download with the online application. Recommendations should come from individuals who can judge your potential success in the study of architecture on the graduate level. Each recommender must return the recommendation to you in a sealed envelope with their signature across the back flap of the envelope; loose or opened letters of recommendation will not be accepted.

6. Professional portfolios should contain work that demonstrates your proficiency in architecture and reflect the full range of your creative, research, and technical skills. Please observe the following requirements when creating your portfolio:

  • May be no smaller than 6x9 inches and no larger than 9x12 inches
  • Must lay flat; attached objects, foldouts, and unbound pages are not permitted
  • Must have a front and back cover
  • Applicant’s name must be clearly printed on the front cover
  • May not contain more than 15 interior pages (15 pages equals 30 sides)
  • Must be bound on one side using professional quality binding techniques
  • May not include CD’s, DVD’s, or other non-printed materials

Note that portfolios will not be returned. Electronic portfolios will not be accepted. Change of discipline candidates need not include architectural work, but should include some evidence of design ability as well as creative, research and technical skills. For more information on portfolios, please contact the department.

Admissions Decisions

Completed applications for the M. Arch program are reviewed by the Architecture Department. Notification on the outcome of the admissions process occurs by April 1 for admission to the following fall semester. Accepted students must indicate their decision to enroll in writing by no later than May 1, accompanied by a $200.00 tuition deposit and a $500.00 housing deposit. The tuition and housing deposits are nonrefundable after May 1. Admissions decisions are mailed to the address provided on the application form. Acceptances may not be deferred.

Wentworth Institute of Technology reserves the right to be the exclusive judge of the acceptability of any applicant for admission to its programs of study. Admission decisions for the M. Arch program are final. All acceptances are contingent upon successful completion of the specified undergraduate degree program and maintenance of the minimum GPA standard.

Master of Science Part-Time Programs

Summary:

  • Complete online application
  • Official transcript(s) from any college(s) attended
  • Earned bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution
  • Two (2) professional recommendations
  • Current resume
  • $50 application fee

Applications are accepted for the fall and spring semesters and are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Admissions Requirements

All application materials must be completed in English and the candidate should keep a copy of all application materials.

Official transcripts from all institutions attended after high school graduation are required.  If you are currently enrolled in a program, ask the school’s registrar to include a list of classes in which you are currently registered. The transcript(s) must be sealed in an envelope from the registrar’s office; loose or opened transcripts will not be accepted.

A recommended undergraduate GPA of a 3.0.  The admissions committee may request the GRE or GMAT exams if the GPA is below a 3.0.

Admissions Decisions

Completed applications for the Master of Science programs are reviewed by the Master of Science program director and the academic department.  Notification on the outcome of the admissions process occurs on a rolling basis for admission to the following semester.  Wentworth Institute of Technology reserves the right to be the exclusive judge of the acceptability of any applicant for admission to its programs of study. All acceptances are contingent upon successful completion of the specified undergraduate degree program and maintenance of the minimum GPA standard.

The decision of the graduate committees related to all aspects of admissions is final.

Master of Science in Construction Management

Wentworth Institute of Technology offers a part-time Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM) through the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE).  Students must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.  An undergraduate degree from an American Council of Construction Education (ACCE) accredited program in construction management is a plus.   Candidates must also demonstrate competencies in three (3) areas; construction estimating, construction scheduling, and management. Competencies can be demonstrated either through prior class work, testing, architectural/engineering/construction (AEC) employment, and/or documented work experience in the field. Qualifications and competencies are assessed on a case-by-case basis.  Competencies can also be acquired through CPCE’s Managing Construction Projects professional certificate.

The Master of Science in Construction Management is available in both a hybrid delivery format as well as 100% online. 

Master of Science in Facility Management

Wentworth Institute of Technology offers a part-time Master of Science in Facility Management (MSFM) through the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE).  Students must possess an undergraduate degree in one of the following areas of study: facility management, architecture, engineering, construction management, business or interior design.  Students should also be able to demonstrate one (1) year of verifiable full-time work experience in the facility management field or be able to exhibit competency in the following areas: accounting or finance, real estate, project management, operations, and general management.  Competencies can be demonstrated either through prior class work, testing, architectural/engineering/construction (AEC) employment, and/or documented work experience in the facilities management field.  Qualifications and competencies are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Facility management competencies can also be acquired through CPCE’s Facilities Management professional certificate.

The Master of Science in Facility Management is available in both a hybrid delivery format as well as 100% online. 

Master of Science in Technology Management

Wentworth Institute of Technology offers a part-time Master of Science in Technology Management (MSTM) through the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE).   Students must possess a BA or BS degree from an accredited college or university and at least one (1) year of professional experience in a technical role and/or technical organization. Familiarity with Accounting and Finance is a plus but is not required for admission. 

The Master of Science in Technology Management is available in a 100% online delivery format.