Admission Requirements


Students can be accepted with a BS or BA degree in engineering, physics, mathematics, psychology, and other science areas. At a minimum, students with non-engineering bachelors degrees are expected to have a good knowledge of calculus. Preliminary coursework may be required for students without an industrial engineering bachelors degree.

The minimum requirements for admission into the Industrial and Systems Engineering graduate program are:

  • Minimum GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts only required if accepted)
  • Statement of purpose
  • **GRE scores: Combined V+Q = 305; 4.5AW
  • TOEFL if English is not your first language: 600 PBT (equivalent to 250 CBT; 100 IBT).  Alternatively, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score 7.

**As of Fall 2023, GRE is required for PhD admissions. GRE is not required for MS admissions.  

Official transcripts should be mailed to:

The University of Iowa
Graduate Admissions
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA  52242-1396

Some of the above requirements can be waived in select cases when other components of the application are particularly outstanding. 

Graduate Application Procedure

Information regarding the procedure for applying for graduate studies can be obtained from the website of the Graduate Admissions Office.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester--April 1st
Spring Semester--September 10th
Summer Session-- not applicable

*all requirements must be fulfilled by deadline dates

Financial Support

Many Industrial and Systems Engineering graduate students receive financial support through a combination of research and teaching assistantships and fellowships. Decisions about research assistantships are made by the individual faculty members and decisions about teaching assistantships are made by the Department. Questions about availability of financial support should be addressed to faculty in your primary area of study. Awards and reappointments are highly competitive and are based upon the student's academic record, prior performance, the ability to serve, and upon an assessment of the candidate's potential contribution to the research and teaching goals of the program.

Financial support is available through research and teaching assistantships on either a semester or academic year basis. Stipends currently are approximately $20,000 (half time or 20 hours per week) for an academic year of graduate study. Other levels of support are also possible. If an award is made, nonresident students usually also qualify for resident tuition fees, and this is worth approximately $10,000 per academic year. Normally stipends are not immediately awarded to international applicants, but, after admission and enrollment, an application can be made. Preference for graduate student support is given to PhD students.

Visits / Questions

We are always happy to arrange a campus visit for prospective graduate students. Please contact our director of graduate admissions Dr. Xuan Song at to set up your visit or if you have questions about the process.