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Hollins University – Virginia Tech Directed Admission Partnership

Master of Engineering (MEng) in Computer Science and Applications (CSA)

The Virginia Tech College of Engineering is partnering with Hollins University to help position students for mid-level and advanced positions in industries related to computing technology. By establishing an accelerated pathway of foundational courses at partner universities, currently enrolled students can be prepared for early admission to Virginia Tech’s Master of Engineering (MEng) degree in computer science as early as spring of their junior year. 

By outlining a clear pathway and course equivalencies, liberal arts students are able to participate in Virginia’s Tech Talent Pipeline. Matriculation (enrollment) to the MEng in computer science and applications degree program would take place after the Hollins student’s bachelor’s degree is conferred.

How to Apply

Access to the program is limited to those currently enrolled at Hollins. Completion of the bachelor’s degree will be according to the requirements of Hollins and completion of the MEng computer science and applications degree will be according to the requirements of Virginia Tech. Interested Hollins students may apply to Virginia Tech’s computer science and applications program as early as the second semester of their junior year and receive an admit. Admission decisions will be made within a month for any given admission cycle. Matriculation would take place after the student’s bachelor's degree is conferred. Applications must be submitted online, and fee waiver instructions will be provided as part of the online application process prior to submission. This allows all MEng applicants from Hollins to apply without an application fee. Application to the MEng computer science and applications degree does not require GRE scores. Further application requirements include:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of bachelor's coursework completed.
  • Statement of purpose, including career objectives.
  • A resume.
  • Three letters of reference.
  • Transcripts, including official transcripts of all non-Virginia Tech coursework.
  • Completion of one of the approved pathways below:

Pathway

Hollins students may be eligible to apply in their junior year and be accepted into the MEng computer science and applications program by completing a set of computer science courses while at Hollins.  To be successful for admission, Hollins and Virginia Tech recommend that Hollins University students complete the following courses by the second semester of their junior year and maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.0.  The course pathway is outlined below:

HU Course VT Equivalent
CMPS 160
Applied Computing with Google I
AND
CMPS 360
Applied Computing II:
How to Think Like a Data Scientist
CS1114
Introduction to Software Design
CPSC 217
Data Structures
CS2114
Intro to Software Design and Data Structure

For questions or more information regarding the Virginia Tech MEng degree program, contact Virginia Tech MEng computer science and applications admissions. For questions or more information regarding what courses to take at Hollins University to be prepared for admission into the Virginia Tech MEng degree program, please contact Giancarlo Schrementi, faculty in Hollins’ math, statistics, and computer science department

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