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.

Application Deadlines

Mandatory Documents

Other Requirements

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.
  • 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.
  • Professional Master’s Program is available for on campus students only.

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.

Mandatory Documents

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 excluded from the review. If you are an international applicant, you must provide original language and English translations for transcripts and diplomas. See each link below for more details:

  • Transcripts
  • Diploma
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Statement of Purpose
  • GRE is required. Recently admitted students typically have had average scores of GRE in the following sections:
    • Verbal Reasoning – 154
    • Quantitative Reasoning – 165
    • Analytical Writing – 3.5
    • 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 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.
  • English Proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test, or test exemption)
  • Resumé (examples)
  • Diversity Essay (U.S. high school graduates only)

Other 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
  • Only professional master’s applicants should select “Professional Master’s” in the Area of Interest on their application. All other degree objectives must leave the “Area of Interest” question blank.
  • PhD and Master’s with thesis applicants should complete the faculty preferences information on their application.
  • All applicants must choose one of the following IE specializations in the IE questionnaire page for the admission review. Your Statement of Purpose must match the IE specialization:

    Human Factors and Ergonomics (Human Factors Engineering) 

    Manufacturing and Materials (Manufacturing Systems Engineering)

    Optimization and Simulation (Operations Research)

    Production and Service Systems (Production Systems Engineering)

Additional Information



Please carefully read the IE Graduate Program FAQ first.

If you still have questions, contact: