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IE Graduate Program FAQ


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Do I need to upload my transcript and/or mail a hard copy?
When you upload the transcript to your online application, it is used for review purposes only. Once you've been admitted, the Graduate School will require official (paper) transcripts and/or academic records. Read Transcript Requirements for more information.

Can I send as eTranscript instead of a hard copy?
Some universities issue eTranscripts. If this is the case, the official eTranscript must be sent directly to Do not send the eTranscript to IE Graduate Office.

Can I use an unofficial transcript?
No, unofficial transcripts are not acceptable, and there are no exceptions.

My GRE/TOEFL/IELTS score hasn’t been uploaded to the online application yet.
Reported scores are delivered to the Purdue central system, not to the individual department, taking up to five weeks. If your score was sent in more than five weeks ago, the most common problem is mismatched names. The name used on your GRE must be exactly the same as the name on your online application. Otherwise, the system will not recognize it and will fail to upload your score to the matching application. For score reporting issues, please contact with your application ID (reference ID) and the full name used on both GRE and online application. 

Can my TOEFL requirement be waived?
Please read the English Proficiency Requirements policy.

What code should I use for GRE, TOEFL, and IELTS?
Purdue University West Lafayette's code for the application is 1631. If you have taken IELTS, have scores sent to "Purdue University - Office of International Students and Scholars."  Note:  IELTS scores can also be sent digitally. For more information, see the IELTS instructions.

What is the score requirement for TOEFL?
Minimum overall score requirement is 88 with a minimum of 20 on each section: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. If you receive lower than 20 on one of the sections, it does not satisfy minimum requirements.

Can I submit my GRE/TOEFL/IELTS score after the deadline?
No, your application must be complete by the deadline, Jan. 5. Otherwise, it is not considered as complete.

My Statement of Purpose is longer than 500 words or shorter than 300 words. Is this acceptable?
No, please stay with the range of minimum 300 words to maximum 500 words. Do not exceed 500 words.

I would like to change my recommender.
If your recommender has changed, add a new recommender and notify the IE Graduate Office to "hide" the former recommender.

My recommender is having trouble receiving Purdue email.
Spam filters may recognize Purdue email as commercial mail and block the email automatically. Please ask your recommender to add the domain to the safe senders list. If the problem continues, please have your recommender email the letter directly to iego@purdue.eduWe strongly encourage the recommender to use an email address affiliated with an academic institution or professional organization.

Is diversity essay required?
No, it is optional, and if you did not from graduate high school in the U.S.A., do not submit.

Should I submit extra documents to increase the chance of admission?
No, please stay with our admission requirements only. All of your accomplishments can be listed in your resume or be stated on your Statement of Purpose. Any documents found that are not listed in our requirements page will be discarded.


Do I need a separate Fellowship application?
No, you do not need a separate application for Fellowships. 

How do I apply for an Assistantship? I would like to know about the assistantship opportunities.
Assistantships are assigned at the discretion of professors and you will be automatically considered during the application review process.

What other funding opportunities are available?
You may find funding opportunities across the campus. See Student Employment or Searching for Funding.


How can I get in to Purdue Industrial Engineering (IE)?
Your GRE scores and GPA are important, but are not the sole criteria for being admitted to the Purdue University School of Industrial Engineering (IE). We are looking for bright, hard-working students who not only do well academically but who fit with our faculty, students and program. Our best advice to you is to find out early what your interests are – look at our faculty websites and our faculty’s research, identify your interests and strengths, and see where you might fit in our program. Check Purdue University’s Graduate Program Requirements, then apply and follow up.

What kinds of graduate degrees does Purdue IE offer?
We offer an application/applied Master’s non-thesis option to help those in industry who are returning to school to advance their skill set and career. This track results in an MSIE but does not usually provide research funding. Our program is more applied than many other top IE programs.

We have a research-oriented track, including a Master’s Thesis option and a PhD option. In both of these cases, a student should consider well which advisor might best match her/his interests. Research funding is often more available for these students.

What is our IE graduate program like?
We offer a “full-service” IE program, which includes but is not limited to an emphasis in Operations Research. We are one of the few IE programs in North America who continue to offer a Manufacturing emphasis with fundamental materials and experience in a machine shop. We also offer an emphasis in Production Systems, using logistics beyond factory applications, including environmental, healthcare, and other industries as well. We also have faculty teaching and researching various aspects of Human Factors.

Along with the traditional IE emphases of Operations Research, Manufacturing, Production Systems, and Human Factors, our faculty are branching out into new areas to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Some of these diverse areas include: Aviation Human Factors, Digital Human Modeling, Distributed Control, Energy Systems, Ergonomics, E-work, E-business, E-service Systems, Financial Engineering, Global Systems, Group Work and Communications, Health Care Engineering, Human-Robot Interaction, Intelligent Systems, Information Visualization, Machining Processes, Materials Processing, Nano-Manufacturing, Nonlinear Optimization, Safety Engineering, Service Engineering, and Simulation Optimization.

How long will it take me to finish my graduate degree?
It’s possible to finish a Master’s non-thesis degree in three to four semesters (summer not required). Master’s thesis degrees may take longer depends on progress of the research. Graduate internships are allowed. A PhD degree may be finished within four years after completing a Master’s degree, including two semesters of Graduate School requirements. There is no written exam requirement.

How flexible is the IE graduate program?
We realize that the first year of graduate school should allow our students time to explore their field. Choosing a major advisor, deciding on an applied or research orientation, or considering whether to head for industry or academia are all valid reasons to take your time exploring before settling on a firm graduate studies direction.  A Plan of Study (POS) is strongly encouraged, and is required prior to completion of MS and PhD requirements; however, students are encouraged to explore options (including draft Plans) throughout their first year in the program.

How will I choose my major advisor?
Get to know the IE faculty by looking through their websites and learning about their research areas. Interact with them at seminars, conferences and other venues.

All thesis students are admitted with a pre-assigned advisor. Students should use their first semester to confirm that they and their advisor are comfortable with the arrangement. If students want to change advisors, it is their responsibility to seek out a new advisor and initiate the change.

What resources will I have to help me?
Various student organizations exist to help you gain knowledge in the field and to network. Getting involved in groups like the IE Graduate Student Organization (IEGSO) or the new IE Graduate Women’s Group (IEGWG) may be a good fit for you to feel more at home at Purdue IE. For more information, please contact the IE Graduate Program.

What should I do when I receive an admission offer?
See the guidelines for Accepting Admission.