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Industrial Engineering

Thank you for your interest in our graduate program!

The School of Industrial Engineering has advanced courses and conducts research in human factors and ergonomics, optimization and simulation, manufacturing and materials, and production and service systems. See our web page ( for detailed information regarding our faculty and their research interests.

The School is in a growth phase that will continue for the next several years with the significant addition of new faculty and graduate research students, and the evolution of new programs in areas such as healthcare engineering, service sector engineering, micro/meso/nano manufacturing, large-scale complex systems and IT-tools for enabling systems and technologies. In addition, the School is participating aggressively in a variety of new initiatives in the six interdisciplinary centers of Purdue's Discovery Park, which are focused on areas such as nanotechnology, advanced manufacturing, biosciences and technology, entrepreneurship and e-enterprise, and energy. Details on Discovery Park can be found at  

Before you continue with the electronic application for admission, we wish to ensure that you are familiar with the minimum requirements for admission to the graduate programs in Purdue's School of Industrial Engineering.  It is important to recognize that although satisfying these basic requirements does not guarantee admission, failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to automatic denial of admission.

To Apply

  • Submit online application through the Graduate School
  • Submit all supporting documents to the Industrial Engineering Graduate Office (address below)

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be uploaded to the online application or mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying, as directed below. Click the links below for details. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the requirements sections of this page:

    • One set of original transcript and if not in English, a certified English translation in sealed envelope from your institution must be mailed to Industrial Engineering Graduate Office for formal admission. See mailing address below.  Note:  If you wish to have your transcript back, 1) if mailed, include a letter reqeusting your transcript back and pick it up from the Office of Graduate Admissions in the Graduate School when you arrive at Purdue, or 2) if brought in person, request to have your transcript back before you hand it over during your visit to the Office of Graduate Admissions in the Graduate School.
    • A scanned original transcript and if not in English, a certified English translation must be uploaded to the online application system (scanned copies only, no photographing).
    • Transcripts that are clearly marked unofficial will be discarded.
  • Recommendation letters: three official letters of recommendation.  Recommendation letters must be submitted through the online application system.  We cannot accept recommendation letters through email.  If your recommender must write a paper letter, it must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the writer's signature over the flap.
  • Copy of official diploma of each degree already completed, in native language and English
  • Fellowship Essay: required for U.S. citizens only,  who wish to be considered for the Purdue Doctoral Fellowship or the George Washington Carver Fellowship
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • GRE: required for all applicants. The GRE is valid for 5 years, and it should be valid at the time of your admission, not application submission.
  • English Proficiency: required for international applicants whose native language is not English.  (To be valid for admission, English proficiency test scores must be no more than two years old at the time the recommendation for admission is received at the Graduate School.)

Additional Information

  • Recommendation letters can be submitted in hardcopy form by mail or online.
  • Both original language transcripts and English translations are required for international applicant
  • Copies of all completed degrees must be submitted, in both original language and English
  • Once your application is submitted, no additional information can be added
  • Please submit only the documents required and listed above.  Any 'extra' documents submitted, but not required, will be destroyed.

Application Deadlines:  Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below:

  Fall Spring Summer
All Applicants January 5 September 15 No Entry

Multi-year fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships are available on a competitive basis, with higher priority given to top Ph.D. applicants who have demonstrated research ability through publication and/or M.S. thesis. Review for financial aid will start on January 1 for the Fall semester and September 15 for the Spring semester. For the Fall semester applications, the applicants selected for admission and/or financial aid will be notified on or before April 13. For the Spring semester applicants will be notified by November 15.

Contact Information Mailing Address
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Name: Cheryl Barnhart
Phone: (765) 494-5434

Name:  Anita Park
Phone:  (765) 494-0680

Graduate Office

Industrial Engineering

Grissom Hall

315 N. Grant Street

West Lafayette, IN 47907-2023



Current master's students wishing to move to a doctoral degree program in this same graduate program will not be required to submit a new application.

Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

The School of Industrial Engineering offers both “applications track" (without thesis) and “research track” (with thesis) master’s degrees. The applications track is for students whose intent is to complete the degree and go into industry. The research track is for students who are considering pursuing, or who have decided to pursue, a career in research and/or a Ph.D.

All master’s program applicants are reviewed by the faculty in at least one of our areas, as specified on your application. For this reason, please specify your primary area of interest on the on-line application; it does not commit you to that area exclusively but assists in our review of your application. Research-track students must, in addition, be at least tentatively matched to a faculty member who has agreed to serve as major professor and advisor. We therefore admit a smaller percentage of research-track students than applications track students. However, research students may be eligible for funding, depending on availability of funding from the matched faculty member.

For M.S. students, it is important for you to carefully consider and clearly specify whether you wish to be considered an application or research track student. As noted, research track students have to be matched with faculty, making it more difficult to be recommended for admission, but may be able to receive funding. Not specifying for which track you wish to be considered may result in your application being denied. There is a question in the online application for this purpose, so please pay close attention to it and ensure it matches your intention and is not left blank.

Doctoral Degree Program Basic Requirements

It is recommended, but not required, that students have a master’s degree before entering the Ph.D. program. The procedures for review of Ph.D. students are the same as for research track M.S. students, which are indicated above. Ph.D. students must be at least tentatively matched with a faculty member who has agreed to serve as major professor and advisor. It is therefore recommended that you contact individual faculty members whose interests align with your own prior to applying to the Ph.D. program.

Basic Requirements and Recommendations

For international applicants whose native language is not English, the Graduate School requires the following. Note that the English proficiency test scores must be no more than two years old by the time the student is admitted. Your your application will be denied if you do not meet these requirements. (Please do not submit an application if your English proficiency scores do not meet these minimum requirements.)

  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers: 
        Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 85 
        With the following minimum section requirements:
        Reading: 20 
        Listening: 20 
        Speaking: 20 
        Writing: 20                      
  • IELTS (Academic Module) - An alternative to the TOEFL
        Required minimum: 7.5 

In addition to the English proficiency requirements listed above, the following guidelines may be useful in determining your chances of a successful application to our program:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (recommended):
    3.2/4.0 or equivalent
  • Graduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (recommended): 3.5/4.0 or equivalent (if applicable)
  • Graduate Record Examination:
    151 Verbal, 155 Quantitative, 3.5 Analytical

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