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Department-Level Admissions Requirements

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in our graduate program. The acronym for industrial and systems engineering is ISEN, not to be confused with INEN, which is the acronym for industrial engineering. We use the INEN acronym for our M.S., M.E. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering degrees. 

Note: If you are currently enrolled as an undergraduate, degree-seeking student, please apply to the Quick Admit program. If you are enrolled as a graduate, degree-seeking student, or the break of enrollment between the two graduate programs at Texas A&M University will be less than one calendar year, you should submit a letter of intent or petition to the Graduate and Professional Studies School

*The department will no longer offer fee waivers.

Graduate Application Checklist:

  1. View the application deadlines and save the deadline for the term you are applying to on your preferred calendar.
  2. Check to make sure you meet the minimum requirements and have all pre-requisites for admission into the department.
  3. Decide what degree program you want to apply for.
  4. Start your application on EngineeringCAS.
  5. Request a minimum of three letters of recommendation on your EngineeringCAS application.
  6. Upload your unofficial transcripts for all degrees you have completed or are completing. If admitted, you will need to submit all official transcripts and test scores.
  7. Upload your test scores. (GRE required for fall 2023; ELP required for international students).
  8. Upload your Statement of Purpose.
  9. Upload your Resume or CV.
  10. Pay application fees: $65 for U.S. Citizen/domestic applicants and $148 - Texas A&M University fee ($90) + EngineeringCAS processing fee ($58) - for international applicants. Submit your application before the department admission deadlines. Read more about the application status

Admissions Deadlines

Program deadlines expire at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Times (UTC-D) on the date provide as the deadline.

Fall and spring admission deadlines
Fall Spring
On-Campus International March 1 September 1
On Campus U.S. & Quick Admit July 1 November 15
Distance Ed International July 1 November 15
Distance Ed U.S. July 1 November 15

NOTE: All new international students must be checked in with International Student Services and enrolled before the start of the first day of classes. Your application (and offer of admission) is valid for one year from the term of original application. However, your deferral request must be made before the start of that term.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  1. All applicants MUST have a bachelor's degree in order to apply to both our master’s and doctoral programs. If you are unsure of your degree equivalency, please contact the Office of Admissions at Applicants who do not possess a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree or higher may be denied admission.
  2. GPA – A 3.0 out of 4.0 is required (3.25 preferred) for all master’s programs. A 3.0 out of 4.0 is required (3.5 preferred) for the doctoral program.
  3. GRE – Waived for Spring 2023 applicants. Required for Fall 2023. Undecided for Spring 2024.
  4. TOEFL, ILETS – Ph.D. students wishing to become teaching assistants will have different requirements. Please contact with questions regarding the TA ELP Certification.


All students must have a bachelor's to apply for our graduate programs. Most entering students have a bachelor's or master’s in an engineering field, but a degree in another discipline such as business, management or engineering technology is acceptable, provided the following course material has been taken or is taken concurrently with graduate studies. These are recommended, not required.

  • Two courses in engineering calculus
  • One course in linear algebra
  • One additional mathematics course that requires first-semester calculus as a prerequisite
  • One course in engineering mechanics or calculus-based physics
  • One course in calculus-based probability and statistics
  • One course in computer programming

Letters of Recommendation

After you start your application, request three letters of recommendation via EngineeringCAS. You will want to do this as early as possible to provide your recommenders enough time to write and submit their letters of recommendation. You do NOT have to wait for your recommenders to submit their recommendation letters in order for you to complete and submit your application. Recommenders that can speak to your academic achievements (e.g. previous professors) are preferred. If you have been out of school for a few years and have lost communication with your university professors, letters from your employers or research colleagues will suffice.


Note for Texas A&M Students: You do not need to submit a transcript from Texas A&M University. Please manually enter your GPA for TAMU degree/s in quadrant 2 in EngineeringCAS application. All non-TAMU transcripts must uploaded.

Unofficial Transcripts: You must upload your unofficial transcripts to your EngineeringCAS application. We will use these transcripts to review your application.

Official Transcripts: All admitted applicants are required to submit official transcripts from each post-secondary university or college attended (excluding US community colleges) and an official statement of the award of the degree or diploma is required for each degree completed. 

Official Test Scores

GRE Test

The GRE requirement has been waived for spring 2023 applicants but is required for fall 2023. A decision has not been made for spring 2024.

Please self-report your GRE test scores (subject tests not required) in the Quadrant 2 Academic History section of the application. We also ask that you upload copies of your unofficial test score reports in the Quadrant 4 Program section under "Documents" in the application. Use code 4119 for reporting official GRE scores to EngineeringCAS programs.

English Language Proficiency Test

Proof of English Proficiency: If your native language is not English you are required to submit proof of English proficiency to be eligible for review. If you are a citizen of one of the following countries, you will be exempt from the English proficiency requirement for admission and considered English Language Proficiency (ELP) Verified:         

American Samoa Cayman Islands Liberia
Anguilla Dominica New Zealand
Antigua and Barbuda Federated States of Micronesia Nigeria
Australia Gambia Saint Kitts and Nevis
Bahamas Ghana Saint Lucia
Barbados Gibraltar Trinidad and Tobago
Belize Grenada Turks and Caicos Islands
Bermuda Guyana United Kingdom
British Virgin Islands Ireland
Canada (except Quebec) Jamaica

 English proficiency can also be demonstrated by:

  • A minimum TOEFL i-BT score of 80 from a test date within two years (Texas A&M University does NOT accept the MyBest TOEFL score), or
  • A minimum TOEFL Essentials score of 8.5, or
  • A minimum IELTS Academic test score of 6.0 overall band (Texas A&M University does NOT accept the IELTS General test), or
  • A GRE Verbal Reasoning score of at least 146 (subject to departmental approval), or
  • A GMAT Verbal Score of at least 22 (subject to departmental approval), or
  • Acquiring alternative verification during the admission process from the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) via a departmental request. An international graduate student holding a master’s degree, or completing all years of a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution located in the U.S., qualifies for alternative verification. Please see the  GPS-ELP Verification and Certification Requirements . It is your responsibility to provide the department with diplomas and transcripts as documentation to support alternative verification, and to request ELP verification to the department.

NOTE: Only doctoral students that are granted Teaching Assistant positions will need to get certified. Please see the English Language Proficiency certification page. It is the student’s responsibility to contact our department and request alternative certification.

  • Duolingo English Test and English3: Texas A&M University is temporarily accepting both the Duolingo English Test and English3 online assessments from applicants where TOEFL and IELTS exams are impacted due to COVID-19 concerns. Applicants from affected countries may submit a Duolingo English Test (105 minimum) or English3 scores (67 minimum) to satisfy English proficiency requirements for Spring 2022 admission only.

NOTE: Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to be considered official. Tests should be taken at least eight weeks prior to the appropriate application deadline to ensure timely receipt and processing of results.

To report TOEFL scores: Use code B887 for reporting TOEFL for engineering programs (Engineering CAS).

To report IELTS scores: Texas A&M University only accepts scores submitted electronically by the IELTS test center. No paper test report forms will be accepted. Please contact the test center where you took the IELTS test and request that your test scores be sent electronically to Texas A&M University - College Station. Please note that there may be multiple instances of Texas A&M University.

Statement of Purpose

Your Statement of Purpose, also known as a personal statement, should be limited to one or one and half pages using 12-point Times New Roman font. Upload your statement of purpose to EngineeringCAS.

The statement of purpose should include the following details:

  1. Your interest in the field of study.
  2. Your reasons for applying to one of our specific degrees.
  3. How you would contribute to diversity and inclusion if admitted.
  4. Your post-graduation career plans.
  5. Other aspects of your background and interests that could help the admissions committee evaluate your potential for graduate study.

NOTE: You can also use this opportunity to explain any low grades, test scores or GPA, and what you did or are doing to overcome it.

NOTE: If you are a master's or doctoral student interested in completing a thesis, please answer the following in addition to those previously mentioned:

  1. Who do you want to work with and why?
  2. What specialization are you most interested in? (data science, health and human systems, operations research, advanced manufacturing)
  3. Include details regarding your qualifications, your research experience, academic and research interests.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

We require that our applicants submit a resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) as part of their application to our program. Although there are not any specific formatting requirements, please be sure to use a font and font size that is easy to read.

I’ve Applied. Now What?

Now that you have applied, the wait for an admissions decision begins. This can be nerve-racking, but rest assured that silence is not a bad thing. It means that we are working hard to sort through all our applications. We receive on average 1,000 or more applications and it can take a while to get through all of them.

Updates on Application Status
We do not provide updates on the status of applications. When our graduate program has decided on your application you will receive an email from our graduate program with our decision and what your next steps are if you are admitted.

Your application and offer of admission are valid for one year from the term of the original application. However, your deferral request must be made before the start of that term. 

I’ve Been Admitted. Now What?

Newly Admitted Incoming Graduate Students:
Congratulations! We look forward to meeting you all and working with you during your time as a graduate student in industrial and systems engineering.

Your Next Steps:

  1. You will receive a letter from the Office of Admissions providing you with your university-issued Universal Identification Number (UIN), and a prompt to activate your NetID. Please note that this is not a letter of admission.
  2. You will use the UIN provided to you to activate your NetID by clicking Activate NetID
  3. Log into your AIS portal and check to see if you have any holds.
  4. The decision on your application for admission will be viewable in the Applicant Information System no sooner than 24 hours after this communication. 
  5. Roughly 24 hours after creation, your NetID will also allow you access to the Howdy Portal as well as other online services at Texas A&M.
  6. Complete the  Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Requirement.
  7. Work on submitting all official transcripts and documents to the Office of Admissions.
  8. Complete your SBS To-Do List.
  9. If you are an international student you will need to complete your student check-in with International Student Services  AFTER you have arrived to the United States. Please see the  Initial Check-In (F-1) for more details. 

Additional Steps for International Students

  1. Read the Applying for a Visa directions from International Student Services.
  2. Read the Arrival Information directions from International Student Services. 
  3. Connect with International Student Services.

For More Information

For admission questions that are specific to the industrial and systems engineering department, please send an email to All correspondence with industrial and systems admissions should always include your EngineeringCAS ID, as well as your name as you listed it in your application.

For more general information on admission requirements applicable to all programs, please see the Office of Admission’s How to Apply Domestic Students and How to Apply: International Students webpages. You can email the Office of Admissions at for general queries about admissions. As a reminder, all correspondence with Texas A&M should always include your UIN as well as your name and birth date.