Admission Requirements for Future Graduate Students
Thank you for your interest in the Purdue University School of Industrial Engineering graduate program. It offers advanced courses and conducts research in human factors and ergonomics, optimization and simulation, manufacturing and materials, and production and service systems. (Read more about Purdue Industrial Engineering)
Before you continue with the electronic application for admission, please ensure that you understand the minimum requirements for admission to the Industrial Engineering graduate degree program. Please note that although satisfaction of these basic requirements does not guarantee admission, failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to automatic denial of admission.
Statement of Equality
Purdue's School of Industrial Engineering reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran. We encourage applicants from all individuals.
IE Graduate Program FAQ (Issues, Timeline, Funding, Decisions, & more)
Applications and all supporting documents must be received on or before the deadlines.
- December 1 is the PhD applicants' deadline for priority consideration for financial support. January 5 is the final fall admission deadline for PhD, master's thesis, and master's non-thesis.
- Professional Master’s Program is available for on campus students only.
- Multi-year fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships are available on a competitive basis, with higher priority given to top PhD applicants who have demonstrated research ability through publication and/or a Master's thesis. The funding review applies to December 1 for the fall semester and September 1 for the spring semester.
The Graduate School application fee is $60 (U.S. dollars) for domestic applicants and $75 (U.S. dollars) for international applicants. For more information, visit Graduate School Application Fee, Payment, and Waiver. The School of Industrial Engineering does not have the authority to waive fees as the Purdue Graduate School Requires this.
The following documents are required to support the application and must be uploaded to the online application. Any "extra" documents submitted - but not required - willbe excluded from the review. If you are an international applicant, you must provide original language and English translations for transcripts and diplomas.Documents Required by Each Country
- Recommendation Letters
- Acadmic Statement of Purpose
- Personal History Statement
GRE is required; not waived*. (General GRE). Recently admitted students typically have had average scores of GRE in the following sections:
- Verbal Reasoning – 154
- Quantitative Reasoning – 165
- Analytical Writing
- *GRE requirement currently waived for any applicant residing in Iran. If applicants residing outside of Iran are unable to submit GRE scores due to conditions of civil unrest or COVID lockdown emergency, they are encouraged to contact the graduate office at email@example.com to request a GRE testing exception for the ‘23/’24 application season. Requests for an exception should include documentation of the inability to access a testing center.
- Purdue University West Lafayette's code for the GRE application is 1631.
English Proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test, or test exemption).
- Due to long delays for score submissions, upload a copy of your PDF score report and attach it as a miscellaneous document to your application. It will be manually marked receive copy.
- Resumé (examples)
- Personal History Statement
- Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (recommended): 3.2/4.0 or equivalent
- Graduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (recommended): 3.5/4.0 or equivalent
- You are not required to have a degree in Industrial Engineering.
- IE does not base admission eligibilty on one single criterion; your application will be reviewed in its entirety.
- The application fee is non-refundable.
- The School of Industrial Engineering cannot waive this fee.
- PhD and Master’s with thesis applicants should complete the faculty preferences information on their application.
- MS Non-thesis and PMP applicants do not complete the faculty preferences section.
Area of Interest
- Your Academic Statement of Purpose must match the IE area of interest:
Select the appropriate Area of Interest
PhD or MS Thesis only
- Human Factors (PhD or MS Thesis only)
- Manufacturing (PhD or MS Thesis only)
- Production Systems (PhD or MS Thesis only)
- Operational Research (PhD or MS Thesis only)
- Master's Non-thesis (Residential)
- Master's Non-thesis (Distance)
Professional Master's Program (PMP)
- Professional Masters - Industrial Engineering
- PhD or MS Thesis only
- The Purdue Graduate School receives all official test scores and links to the application; your application must be submitted.
- The timing of linking official scores to your application is dependent upon the Graduate School's timeline.
- The School of Industrial Engineering does not receive nor link your official test scores; you may upload your unofficial scores sheet.
- New test submissions will be received; your highest overall will be considered.
How do I check on the status of my application? You may log into the application portal for real time status.
Does IE have rolling admissions. No.
How long does review? There are several factors; targeted dates are 4-8 weeks, depending upon overall volume. Your patience is appreciated.