Domestic Applicants

Domestic students are defined as U.S. Citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and those in Asylee, Paroled in Public Interest, or Refugee status.


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

Applicants should not apply to more than one ISE program per semester. 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.

The following application materials must be submitted:

  • Online application
  • Application fee of $70
  • Academic Statement of Purpose to describe (within 1000 words): (1) your academic interests, (2) your academic background, preparation, and training, including any relevant professional experiences, (3) your reasons for pursuing graduate studies in this specific program, and (4) your professional goals.
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts (may be unofficial, but applicant name and university name must appear)
  • Highly Recommended for MS Applicants – Official GRE scores – explore the GRE General Test at Home as a potential option if you are not able to take it in person
  • Required for PhD Applications – Official GRE scores – explore the GRE General Test at Home as a potential option if you are not able to take it in person

Please keep in mind that all application materials submitted will be used to review your application. 

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.

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