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Industrial Engineering

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.

To Apply

Application Deadlines

Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines.  Any application received after January 6 for fall admissions, and September 1 for spring admissions will not necessarily be considered for admission.  

  Fall Spring Summer
Applicants requesting funding  December 15 September 1 No Entry
All others January 5 September 1 No Entry

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. Review for financial aid will start on December 15 for the fall semester and September 1 for the spring semester. For fall semester applications, the applicants selected for admission and/or financial aid will be notified on or before April 13. For spring semester applicants will be notified by November 15.

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

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

Contact Information

Please carefully read the IE Graduate Program FAQ for your admission inquiries.  If you still have questions, contact:

Contact Information Mailing Address
Web Sites of Interest

PhD & Master's Thesis (Research Track):

Master's Non-Thesis (Application Track):

Cheryl Barnhart
(765) 494-5434,

Anita Park
(765) 494-0680,


Master's and PhD Degree Program Basic Requirements

All Applicants:

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

International Applicants:

The minimum Internet-based test scores required for admission to the Purdue University School of Industrial Engineering are the following:

  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:  
        Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 88 
        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 

Effective for those seeking Spring 2019 admission and beyond:

Minimum Paper-Delivered Test - no overall score reported
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 19
Listening: 14
Writing: 18

IELTS (Academic Module):
Minimum overall score required: 7.5
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 6.5
Listening: 6.0
Speaking: 6.0
Writing: 5.5

Pearson Test of English (PTE):
No longer accepted

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