The UVA Engineering Graduate School Advantage

The UVA Engineering Graduate School Advantage


Here are just a few of the reasons why UVA Engineering is the top choice for students from around the world:

We are one of the nation’s oldest and most respected engineering schools, in the midst of a top-ranked, comprehensive university, offering rich opportunities for interdisciplinary research, collaboration and student life. Click here to learn more about the University of Virginia.



Our internationally recognized research programs are focused on developing interdisciplinary solutions to society’s greatest challenges, while educating the next generation of engineering leaders. Watch this video to learn more about the exciting work going on at UVA Engineering:

Our size is a strategic advantage. We have high-impact research and educational programs to fit most students’ career interests, in an environment known for close, collegial, professional relationships among faculty and students. Our profile includes:

9 graduate programs

744 on-Grounds graduate students, with 67 percent in a Ph.D. program

155 tenured/tenure-track faculty

$49 million in sponsored research

Pam Norris, with students in her Laser Lab, UVa School of Engineering. Nov 2015

Our research reaches across disciplinary boundaries to make real change for the benefit of society. Research strengths at UVA Engineering include:

  • Creating a sustainable future: There is a need to better manage our natural resources while providing sufficient energy for improved life.
  • Engineering improved health: Technology and quantitative understanding of living systems can be used to enhance the diagnosis and treatment of disease and to improve the human condition.
  • Advancing the cyber and physical infrastructure: Although the current cyber and physical infrastructure allows society to function in ways that would have been unknown in the not-too-distant past, there are many challenges to reinvigorating and expanding the reach of this field.
  • Providing cyber security: The need for advances in protecting personal privacy and societal security has become increasingly important as more personal and societal functions rely on technology.

Read more about UVA Engineering’s many exciting research and educational programs.




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