Admission Process and Requirements

Full-time employees of the University of Illinois will be admitted only as on-campus students and may complete this program on a part-time basis.

Current University of Illinois graduate students may seek transfer options by contacting the ISE Graduate Programs Office (ise-grad@illinois.edu; 111 Transportation Bldg.)

The following admission requirements are for all degree programs in ISE.

Eligibility

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline (mathematics acceptable) from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a comparable degree from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad to apply to the MS or Ph.D. program. Students do not have to have a Master’s degree to apply to the Ph.D. program.

Applicants who already hold a master’s degree may not apply for a second master’s degree in the same field.

Application Requirements

All application materials may be uploaded online during the application process. Please DO NOT send official copies of transcripts, diplomas, reference letters, or scores. Applicants will be contacted if additional materials are required.

SIMPLE ENTRY PROGRAM

DOMESTIC

INTERNATIONAL

The simple entry program is for ISE undergraduate students who wish to enter one of the MS programs in ISE. REQUIRMENT: 3.5 UIUC GPA in IE or SED beginning with the Junior year (3rd year) forward.

U.S. Citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and those in Asylee, Paroled in Public Interest, or Refugee status.

Citizens and permanent residents of a country other than the United States. If you are in the process of applying for lawful U.S. Permanent Residency, you should choose Adjusted Status as your citizenship type.

  • Confirm eligibility if needed via email to ise-grad@illinois.edu
  • Online application (fee will be paid by ISE; contact ise-grad@illinois.edu after submission)
  • DARS report (wait for fall or spring grades to post). Name must be on report.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation from an ISE faculty member
  • Passport (international only)
  • Evidence of financial resources (international only)
  • On-line application
  • Application fee-$70
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts (may be unofficial, but applicant name and university name must appear)
  • Official GRE scores
  • On-line application
  • Application fee-$90
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts in English and native language (may be unofficial, but applicant name and university name must appear)
  • Certificate of degree in English and native language (if earned)
  • Official GRE scores
  • Official TOEFL scores*
  • Passport
  • Evidence of financial resources (may be submitted after admission)

* Graduate applicants may be exempt from providing an English proficiency score if one of the following criteria is met:

  • Completion of at least two years of post-secondary full-time study, as defined by the home institution, in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary medium of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Completion of at least two years of professional work experience in a country where English is the primary language within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Completion of a post-secondary degree in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment.

IMPORTANT: Please note that this exemption is for admission purposes only. This may not necessarily provide an exemption for international teaching assistants. For more information, please see the English Proficiency Requirement for International Teaching Assistants.

Please click here for a list of countries that qualify for an exemption from the admissions requirement.