Admissions

General Procedure

All students who have graduated from a recognized high school or equivalent (GED) prior to applying for admission to Polytechnic University Miami Campus must:

  • Submit a completed application for admission with a non-refundable thirty-dollar ($30) for undergraduate or fifty-dollar ($50) for graduate application fee.  This application fee does not apply toward registration charges.
  • Request an Official GED or High School transcript or an official college or university transcript.  Transcript(s) should be sent directly from the institution(s) to the Admissions Office at Polytechnic University Miami Campus.  Student copies of transcripts will not be accepted.  Transcripts must furnish a statement of good standing.
  • Provide evidence of citizenship or legal resident status (birth certificate or U.S. passport, permanent resident card or any other document that proves legal status in the United States).
  • Provide a copy of a current driver’s license or photo identification for placement in the files for official records upon acceptance to a degree program at the University.

Entrance

Applicants must have a minimum high school grade point average depending of the program of interest:

Discipline Minimum H.S. GPA Index
Computer Science 2.00
Business/Management 2.00

Applicants who do not meet the stated high school grade point average can request, in writing, special consideration by the Admissions Committee due to extenuating circumstances.

Transfer students applying to the University must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA for undergraduate applicants and 2.5 GPA for graduate applicants. Applicants with less than the aforementioned GPA can request the Admissions Committee’s acceptance into the University on a conditional status. Final determination is at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

Polytechnic University Miami Campus grants entrance to students with consideration to:

  • Past academic performance
  • Rapport and mature intervention
  • Recognition of ability and potential
  • Evidence of personal drive
  • Desire to learn
  • Plan for obtaining a degree

Special attention and support is given to individuals as follows:

  • Talented students who, for socio cultural reasons, denote disadvantages in their knowledge and skills.
  • Individuals who, for different reasons, could not complete a previously enrolled Bachelor’s Degree program in Engineering, Computer Science, Business Administration or Organizational Management.
  • Individuals who have attained, or are on the way of attaining a college degree, but want to change their fields of specialization.
  • Professionals who strive for self-improvement and who want to continue their development, either in their own field or in a new specialization.
  • Individuals who at a mature age want to initiate university studies.  Admission is based upon educational preparation evidenced by abilities necessary for academic success, minimum GPA of 2.0 must be earned for admission.  Demonstrated personal potential to accept and commit to the rigors of academic life.  Each applicant is accorded individual consideration through an Admissions Committee review and notification process.  An Admission Application and the corresponding fee are valid for one academic year.

The institution reserves the right to admit, on a temporary status, or reject any applicant who fails to meet any criteria.

Degree students

A degree student is seeking a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in any one of the curriculum areas the University offers.  An undergraduate degree-seeking student is classified as follows:

  • First year student (Freshman) — a student who has passed between 0 and 30 credit hours.
  • Second year student (Sophomore) — a student who has passed between 31 and 60 credit hours.
  • Third year student (Junior) — a student who has passed between 61 and 90 credit hours.
  • Fourth year student (Senior) — a student who has passed between 91 and above credit hours.

Classification of all students is made by the Office of the Registrar at the beginning of each academic year.

Transfer Students

An applicant who has studied at a recognized institution of higher education may apply for admission as a transfer student.  They will be favorably considered for all academic work completed with a grade of “C” or higher at each prior institution for undergraduate programs or a grade of “B” or higher for graduate programs.

A transfer applicant will not be considered if he/she is on academic probation, suspension or dismissal from the previous institution; if he/she would be on academic probation upon return to the previous institution; or if on disciplinary probation during or following the last term at the previous institution; or within one (1) year after dismissal.

Any student applying for admission to Polytechnic University Miami Campus should know that only two thirds of the total number of credits required for the degree can be awarded as transfer credits, including no more than half of the specialization’s credit requirements. The courses and credits that will be transferred for the program a student is enrolling in will be based on the academic program requirements. Transferred grades will not be used for the evaluation of his/her Grade Point Average. All transfer students must be approved by Polytechnic University Miami Campus for no less than 65% of the credits required for graduation to be eligible for academic honors.

Graduate students requesting transfer credits from the MEM program to the MBA program, or vice versa, will be awarded with only the 18 credits of the core courses. Courses already taken and not transferred should be substituted by other program courses.

Internal Transfer Students

Internal Transfer Students (Students transferred between Polytechnic University Campuses).

      • Any student requesting a transfer from one campus to another should request from the campus of origin the following documents:
        — Complete an Authorization for Internal Transfer and forward to the transferring campus.
        — Official transcript.
        — The student’s academic file from the Registrar’s Office to the campus where the student is transferring.
      • If the student has previously studied at the campus transferring to, he should apply for readmission.
      • If the student has not previously studied at the campus transferring to, he should apply for an internal transfer at the Admissions Office.
      • The student must complete a minimum of 36 credits of the Bachelor’s Degree or 12 credits of the Master’s Degree in the Miami Campus to be considered for admission.

The courses and credits that will be transferred to a student for the program they are enrolling in will be based on the academic program requirement.

An internal transfer student will not be considered if he/she is on academic probation, suspension or dismissal from the previous institution; if he/she would be on academic probation upon return to the previous institution; or if on disciplinary probation during or following the last term at the previous institution; or within one (1) year after dismissal.

International Students

All instruction and written work at Polytechnic University Miami Campus is in English.  Students whose primary language is not English must provide proof of English capacity.  The standard measure of this ability is a score on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).  The applicant should provide a minimum score of 79 (Internet-based test), 213 (computer-based test), or 550 (paper test) to enter the regular program courses. If TOEFL is not provided or does not comply with the minimum score, an English proficiency test will be given by the Admissions Office to assess his/her abilities and prepare a development plan.

The University is approved by the Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) to issue a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant (F-1) Student Status for qualified international students.  Following admission acceptance, the applicant must submit all documentation required by the INS.  Upon approval, the Student and Faculty Services Department will issue the I-20 to qualified applicants following receipt of all required documents and paid registration fees for the first academic term of full-time enrollment.

Applicants who are not United States of America citizens or permanent residents must petition Polytechnic University Miami Campus to issue official forms required by the Bureau of Immigration and Citizenship Services (BICS).  Upon completion of these forms and acceptance, these applicants will be classified as international students.

An applicant desiring to enroll as an international student must submit the following documents:

International Applicants with Form I-20
  1. Complete the Application for Admission.
  2. Pay a $150.00 Admission Fee (non-refundable).
  3. Submit an official transcript certified by the education institution and validated by the Ministry of Education of the applicant’s home country as well as a USA academic equivalence certification for that degree certified by an accredited evaluation firm (Josef Silney, World Education Services, etc.).  The academic equivalence certification must include the equivalent USA degree with a detailed evaluation, course by course, of an official transcript from the education institution in the candidate’s home country.  The document must be sent directly from the institution to the Admissions Office of Polytechnic University Miami Campus.
  4. Submit three letters of recommendation.
  5. Demonstrate financial capacity to complete the required program, if personally by means of a funds availability certificate from the candidate’s banking institution or:
    • Submit a sworn statement by the person that will cover the costs of the studies, indicating the annual amount assigned for this purpose; and
    • Submit a copy of the income tax return of the person, residing in the U.S. that will cover the cost of the studies or, if self-financed, submit a letter from the applicant’s banking institution, certifying availability of funds to cover the studies.

6.   Applicants may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL).

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Applicants completing requirements from another institution of higher education and having authorization to enroll in a course(s) at Polytechnic University Miami Campus are classified as non-degree seeking students.  Also, applicants who are not interested in obtaining an academic degree or receiving a grade from Polytechnic University Miami Campus except for use as professional development are classified as non-degree seeking students.  Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid.

  • Submit a completed application form for admission including a non-refundable thirty-dollar ($30) application fee for undergraduate courses and fifty-dollar ($50) application fee for graduate courses that is not applied to the registration charges.
  • Submit an authorization as a Non-Degree Seeking Student.

Non-Degree Seeking Students to Regular Student Status

If a non-degree seeking student would like a classification change, all requirements from the Admissions Office must be met and a grade of “C” or better must be earned in the enrolled course.  A non-degree seeking student qualifies for financial aid only when the classification to a regular student is official.

 

Net Price Calculator

The Net Price Calculator is a tool for first year undergrad students and their parents. This calculator will provide an estimated cost to attend the Polytechnic University Miami Campus. It is important to know that:

  • These are only estimated expenses. Total cost can vary by program, degree and could change from one year to another.
  • Financial Aid is also estimated and does not represent actual amounts.
  • This calculator is not an official application for financial aid. All students have to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  • This calculator does not include loan amounts. Students who complete the FAFSA, could be eligible to apply for loans from the Federal Direct Loan Program.