Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering

The PhD degree is usually a four year program which requires rigorous study and a high degree of emphasis on original research. Recent graduates have obtained positions in academic institutions, manufacturing, services, and consulting companies.

1. Admission Requirements

Following are the minimum requirements for admission to the Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering program. Please note: as of spring 2024, GRE is not required. 

  1. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit official, acceptable scores for either the TOEFL, the Academic Module of the IELTS examination, or the PTE-Academic test. Please visit the Graduate School website (, to check English proficiency requirements;
  2. Applicants must have (or be nearing the completion of) a master’s degree in engineering, physical science, or other related disciplines with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.250 (on a 4.000 point scale) in all graduate coursework;
  3. A statement of purpose indicating applicant's research interests, and evidence of the ability to carry out independent research and present it in written English is highly desirable;
  4. Submission of two letters of recommendation or support letter from departmental graduate faculty is required; and
  5. Prerequisites:
    1. Completion of the following or equivalent courses:
      Course Title Hours
      IME 255 Engineering Economy 3
      MATH 344 Calculus III (students deficient in this are considered for admission only in nondegree status) 3
      A natural science course equivalent to that of the undergraduate engineering requirement  
    2. Programming competence in at least one of the following languages: C, C++, or Visual BASIC.

Direct Admission of BS Graduates in Industrial Engineering

The department of industrial, systems and manufacturing engineering (ISME) offers direct admission for truly exceptional students to its PhD program. Applicants must have consistent and exceptional credentials throughout all their academic career, including:

  • An undergraduate degree in engineering, physical science, or other related discipline;
  • A minimum GPA of 3.500, on a 4.000 scale, during the final 60 credit hours of coursework; and
  • A letter of endorsement for admission from an ISME graduate faculty member. (This requirement reflects the willingness of an ISME graduate faculty member to serve as the research advisor for the applicant upon admission.)

All other minimum requirements for admission into the PhD in Industrial Engineering program must be met.


2. Doctorate Degree Requirements

  • Please see the following: Link

Application process and deadlines

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