Program Admission

Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering/Industrial Engineering

Applicants who have completed degree requirements in an accredited engineering program or its equivalent are eligible to apply for admission. A minimum grade point average of 3.25 (A = 4.00) for the last two years of undergraduate study is required.

Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test are required of all applicants. Based upon the previous preparation of the student for either program, prerequisite courses may be specified by the advisor, but the credit may not be applied toward a degree.

All applicants whose native language is not English must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 103 (iBT), 257 (CBT), or 613 (PBT); or minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic exam scores of 7.0 overall and in all subsections. Applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL if certain criteria are met. Full admission status is granted for those meeting the minimum requirements and having taken the TOEFL or IELTS since the scores required for admission to ISE are above the minimum scores demonstrating an acceptable level of English language proficiency.

Formal application must be made and application fee paid in order to be considered for graduate study.

Although ISE applications are open for submission all year, for full consideration, all application materials must be received by January 15 for the following summer and fall semester and September 15 for the following spring semester. If your application is incomplete on these dates, it is recommended that you ask for your application to be recoded to the next available semester. The application fee for domestic student is $70, international students $90.

ISE participates in two programs in which we bring underrepresented domestic students to campus for a visit.

  • ASPIRE is a diversity recruitment initiative designed to increase the pool of students from populations historically underrepresented in graduate programs at Illinois. This campus visit program provides talented underrepresented students from across the nation with the opportunity to visit our campus early in the application process, while simultaneously allowing departments at Illinois to showcase the quality and strength of their programs.

  • The Multicultural Engineering Recruitment for Graduate Education (MERGE) program invites promising students to visit campus for an all-expense-paid, in-depth view of the outstanding programs and facilities available for graduate study in the top-ranked fields of engineering, computer science and physicsat Illinois. Previous MERGE programs have hosted over 570 students from 85 universities across the United States and Puerto Rico.

Eligibility Criteria:Candidate must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident, currently enrolled or recently completed an accredited curriculum in engineering, physics. Preference will be given to individuals who will be graduating in the coming year, with a GPA of 3.2 or higher (on a 4.0 point scale), and individuals whose cultural background will increase the diversity of the graduate student body.

ISE participates in the Sloan Scholars and Illinois Sloan Scholars programs.