The university’s application and selection procedures for its programs include the following requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree Programs
Admission Directly from High School
Exceptionally qualified high school graduates who have fewer than 40 credit hours of college credit may be granted admission. These students must submit the high school official transcript showing a minimum GPA of 1.75 (or its equivalent such as GED), and copy of the diploma for admission.
Maximum Transfer Requirements
The maximum number of 72 credit hours can be transferred prior to enrollment at SVU from another accredited institution towards a Bachelor degree at SVU.
Lower Division Requirements
Applicants who have not met all of the lower division requirements upon application (see section on Undergraduate Programs) may be accepted pending completion of those requirements before graduation. An individual evaluation of accepted transfer credits as well as general education deficiencies will be provided by the university at the time admission is offered.
Lower division courses that are not yet taught at the university must be taken at local community colleges or otherwise approved accredited institutions in order to successfully meet the program requirement.
Master’s Degree Programs
All applicants to a Master’s degree program must hold a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Science, or an equivalent degree from an accredited or approved college or university to be admitted to a Master’s program at SVU. An official transcript with the student’s baccalaureate degree must be submitted to the university. Students must also demonstrate adequate proficiency in mathematics and English. Students lacking this proficiency may still be admitted as conditional students; however, students must take the appropriate courses required to achieve the proficiency.
All applicants to a Master’s degree program must have a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
All applicants to a Master’s degree program must submit previous transcripts for evaluation.
Doctor of Computer Engineering (DCE)
General Admission Requirements
All applicants of Silicon Valley University (SVU) whose native language is not English must demonstrate an established level of English language proficiency through either the TOEFL® (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the academic format of the IELTSTM (International English Language Testing System), or the ￼￼￼￼TOEIC® (Test of Communication).
The test must have been taken within two years of the first trimester of enrollment. The original test scores are required to be submitted to SVU by applicants, either in person or by mail.
The following table explains the TOEFL®, IELTSTM, and TOEIC® requirements at SVU. Note that there is no separate essay score on the internet-based TOEFL® as essay scores are included in the writing score. Although the internet-based TOEFL® includes a speaking component, a minimum score on the speaking section is not required.
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Applicants are strongly encouraged to take the test prior to coming to SVU. Those applicants who did not take the TOEFL® , IELTSTM, or TOEIC® test, or those who did not pass the proficiency requirements stated above, will be required to take the English Placement Test during the first week at SVU. The students can either take the official TOEFL® , IELTSTM, or TOEIC® at certain test centers or the Institutional TOEFL® administered by SVU. Applicants will be on conditional admission until English proficiency is demonstrated.
If an applicant does not qualify for provisional admission as indicated above, the applicant will have to arrange to have an English language evaluation upon arrival and will be recommended, if necessary, any required steps for remediation. This may include passing one or more English classes or retaking the TOEFL® /IELTSTM/TOEIC® or equivalent proficiency test. Also note that the applicant has the option to retake the TOEFL® /IELTSTM/TOEIC® prior to arriving at SVU and if the new scores exceed the minimum required, the applicant will not have his/her English evaluated upon admission.
International applicants who have earned Bachelor’s or higher degrees from English-speaking accredited institutions in the United States, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand do not have to submit TOEFL® /IELTSTM/TOEIC® scores.
The TOEFL® /IELTSTM/TOEIC® requirement may be waived on a case-by-case basis for students who have earned a degree from a foreign institution where the language of instruction was English. Documentation that the school’s language of instruction was English must be provided.
English Placement Test