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Admission Requirements

Industrial and Systems Engineering Programs (ISE Graduate Student Handbook)

For general guidelines about admission to OSU, refer to the OSU Graduate School Handbook.

A. Criteria for Admission

  • Preference is given to applicants who are graduates of accredited colleges and universities in the U.S. with undergraduate degrees in engineering, mathematics, statistics or natural sciences with a GPA of 3.2 or greater.
  • Applicants who are engineering graduates of non-U.S. institutions and are clearly outstanding may be accepted as resources and faculty loads permit.
  • GRE General Test is required of all applicants.
  • TOEFL test is required for any international students from countries on the OSU Admissions Office list (typically where the primary language is not English), unless a bachelor’s degree was earned in an English speaking country.
  • The above requirements apply to all students who apply to transfer from another graduate program at OSU to ISE. Requests for transfer to ISE are reviewed and decided upon by the ISE GSC; they are not automatically granted.
  • Graduate non-degree admission is generally not granted, but may be granted to qualified students under special circumstances. If a non-degree seeking student later decides to seek regular graduate student status, they must re-apply through the standard admissions procedure. Credit taken in the non-degree program is not automatically accepted for the regular graduate programs. Any credits sought must be petitioned to the ISE GSC on a course-by-course basis up to a maximum of 7 semester hours.

B. Reasons for Denial of Admission

    Within the guidelines above, applicants may be denied admission for any of the following reasons:
  • Undergraduate point hour ratios less than 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.*
  • Previous graduate point hour ratio less than 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.*
  • Undergraduate mathematics and statistics grades less than 3.0.*
  • Lack of preparation in mathematics equivalent to an OSU undergraduate engineering program.
  • Letter of recommendation which expresses reservations about the student’s ability to perform graduate work at the level sought.
  • Undergraduate degree from a program which in the view of the committee lacks sufficient rigor to adequately prepare the student for academic work in the ISE graduate program.
  • GRE Quantitative score less than 166, Verbal score less than 153, or Analytical Writing score less than 4.5.*
  • For those applicants required to submit the results of the TOEFL; a score below 550 on the paper-based (213 on the computer-based) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 82 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), 7 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, or 79 on the Internet Based TOEFL Test.*
  • Inadequate ISE departmental resources and/or excessive faculty loads.
    *These scores represent a recommendation of what the ISE program is looking for in a prospective graduate student. Students who fall slightly below these scores will not be automatically denied admission. The review committee will evaluate your application as a whole, in conjunction with your GRE scores, personal statement, and letters of recommendation.

C. Deadlines

    Autumn semester is the primary semester of admission. The ISE graduate program deadlines for completed applications are shown in Table 1. Applicants seeking admission for semesters other than Autumn will be considered, but only applicants with exceptionally strong credentials are likely to be admitted. Financial aid is generally not available for non-autumn semester applicants.

    Table 1. ISE Application Deadlines

    Applicant Spring Semester (General Admission) Summer Semester (General Admission) Autumn Semester (Funding Consideration) Autumn Semester (General Admission)
    Domestic Student October 1 February 1 December 15 March 1
    International Student October 1 February 1 November 30 March 1

D. Conditional Admissions

    Conditional and special student admissions to the ISE graduate program are generally not encouraged. Rules relating to these and other categories are listed in the Graduate School Handbook.


For additional information, including online admissions application, please go the OSU Graduate Admissions site.

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