Admission Requirements and Deadlines

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.

Preparing for Grad School

If you are considering graduate school, researching the continuation of your education may feel like an overwhelming task. If you are not sure how to get started or what you need to consider, check out the information and resources provided on this page.



Application Deadlines, Funding, and Application Fee

Supporting Documentation

GPA Requirements, Degree Requirements, and Application Completion Tips

Contact & Additional Information

IE Graduate Program FAQ (Issues, Timeline, Funding, Decisions, & more)


Application Deadlines

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. June 1 is the final date we will consider PMP - International applications; you may or may not secure a Visa appointment in time, so be aware.
  • Professional Master’s Program is available for on campus students only and ineligible for Purdue University funded assistantships or other appointments that grant waivers of tuition and/or academic fees anywhere on campus. 
  • You are able to defer your admission up to one year, if needed. Request a deferral from the IE Graduate Office,


  • There is no separate application.
  • Competitive multi-year fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships are available, with priority given to top PhD and MSIE-Thesis applicants who have demonstrated research ability.
  • Funding reviews for the fall and spring semesters occur on December 1 and September 1 respectively.
  • Graduate student funding primarily includes fellowships, research projects, and teaching assistantships.
  • Detailed information about the funding process can be found here .
  • Industrial Engineering students should expect funding decisions during the application process, and alternative funding options should be explored if not awarded funding.


Application Fee

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.

Supporting Documentation

The following documents are required to support the application and must be uploaded to the online application. Any "extra" documents submitted - but not required - will be 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

  • Transcripts (Original language transcripts and English translations required from every institution of higher education attended regardless of degree completion.)
  • Diploma (Original language diploma (degree certificate)/graduate certification and English translation of both documents)
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Academic Statement of Purpose
  • Personal History Statement
  • Resumé (Resume Guide and Samples)
  • Test Scores
    • 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 - 3.5
        • Submit official GRE Scores; Purdue University West Lafayette's code is 1631; English proficiency Scores are recevied and linked to your application by the Purdue Graduate School,, not the School of Industrial Engineering..
        • Upload your unoffiical GRE Score Sheet into Upload Materials as a Miscellaneous Supporting Document or request the IE Graduate Office to assist you,
    • English Proficiency scores, if applicable. (TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test, or test exemption/waiver)
      • Submit official English proficiency scores; Purdue University West Lafayette's code is 1631;  official GRE Scores are recevied and linked to your application by the Purdue Graduate School,, not the School of Industrial Engineering..
      • Upload your unoffiical score report into Upload Materials as a Miscellaneous Supporting Document or request the IE Graduate Office to assist you,
      • The School of Industrial Engineering requires higher English proficiency minumum scores than the Purdue Graduate School's English Proficiency Requirement. Scores below the Graduate School minimum's will not be considered for admission.
      • The Graduate School will routinely waive the English Proficiency requirement for applicants who have received a baccalaureate degree or graduate or professional degree, within the last 36 months prior to the time of recommendation for admission, from a school where English is the primary language of instruction in a country/location where English is the native language. 

GPA Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (recommended): 3.2/4.0 or equivalent
  • Graduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (recommended): 3.5/4.0 or equivalent

Degree Requirements 

Application Completion Tips

  • You are not required to have a degree in Industrial Engineering.
  • You are not required to have a master's degree before applying to the PhD program.
  • IE does not base admission eligibility on one single criterion; your application will be reviewed in its entirety.

Faculty Preferences

  • 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
    • ‚ÄčPhD 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)
    • MS Non-Thesis
      • Master's Non-thesis (Residential)
      • Master's Non-thesis (Distance)
    • Professional Master's Program (PMP)
      • Professional Masters - Industrial Engineering

Test Scores

  • 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.
  • Your application must be submitted and paid for ETS computer-based official scores to match to your application. Score reports are sent to Purdue University electronically, approximately 10 to 15 days after your test date. Once ETS has sent your score report, it may take an additional 2 to 3 weeks or longer for your application checklist to update and show received
  • GRE Scores are recevied and linked to your application by the Purdue Graduate School,, not the School of Industrial Engineering.

Additional Information




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Who do I contact for application and admission related questions? School of Industial Engineering, iego@purdue.eduIE Graduate Program FAQ (Issues, Timeline, Funding, Decisions, & more)

Who do I contact for technical help with the application portal? For technical help please contact Purdue Graduate