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College-level Graduate Admission Requirements

All graduate engineering applications will be submitted using EngineeringCAS, a centralized application service.

College-Level Graduate Admissions

Admission Requirements

NOTE: The Texas A&M University College of Engineering has general graduate admission requirements that apply to all departments and programs within the college. This includes the application process, Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) requirements, English proficiency requirements and the transcript submission process.

How to apply to the College of Engineering

Please also check the industrial and systems engineering department requirements lower on this page. Each program sets its own deadlines and requires submission of materials specific to the department.

Admissions Deadlines

Applications for the fall 2022 terms will open on September 9, 2021. 

Fall 2021 Admission

On campus

  • March 1 - international students - CLOSED
  • June 1 - U.S. students - CLOSED

Distance learning

  • July 1 - international students
  • Aug. 1 - U.S. students

Spring 2022 Admission

On campus

  • Oct. 1 - international students
  • Dec. 1 - U.S. students

Distance learning

  • Nov. 20 - international students
  • Dec. 20 - U.S. students

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.

Questions to Address in your SOP

  1. Why do you want to study industrial and systems engineering? 
  2. What motivates you to pursue a graduate degree in industrial and systems engineering? 
  3. What do you hope to accomplish after obtaining your degree?
  4. What are your goals for after graduate school? 
  5. Why do you think you will be successful in this program? 
    1. Tell us about a time you overcame an adverse situation. 
  6. If you are a Ph.D. or master's student interested in completing a thesis, please answer the following:
    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, additive manufacturing)


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

Admissions Guidelines

Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy Programs

  • A bachelor's is required for both master’s and Doctor of Philosophy programs.
  • GPA – A 3.0 out of 4.0 is required (3.25 preferred) for master’s programs; a 3.0 out of 4.0 is required (3.5 preferred) for Doctor of Philosophy programs.
  • For both master’s and Doctor of Philosophy programs, completion of the GRE test will not be required for spring 2022, fall 2022, and spring 2023.

Because of differences in grading systems, international applicants will be considered on an individual basis. GPAs are calculated by the Office of Admissions and are based on the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework or the last graduate degree (of at least 30 credit hours) obtained.

Our Department’s Specific Application Requirements


When you have collected your documents, you will then need to use EngineeringCAS. 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. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all documents are received by EngineeringCAS by the specific graduate department/program deadline.

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


Unofficial transcripts: You must upload your unofficial transcripts to your EngineeringCAS application. We will use your unofficial transcripts when reviewing your application.

Official transcripts: All official university, Test of English as a Foreign Language and International English Language Testing System transcripts and scores must be submitted prior to registering for courses. Applicants who have been accepted into our program and fail to submit their official transcripts to Texas A&M’s Office of Admissions will have a hold placed on their account. The hold on a student’s account will prevent the student from registering. If you register late, you will be subject to a $200 late fee to Student Business Services. 

Transcripts sent by the student in a PDF or Word document will not be accepted. For details about how to submit official transcripts, learn about U.S. and English-Canadian transcripts or foreign and French-Canadian transcripts.

Official Test Scores

Due to COVID-19, official GRE test scores will not be required for the spring 2022, fall 2022, or spring 2023 semesters. Required test scores should be sent directly from the testing agency. Scores expire after five years. Use code 4119 for reporting GRE scores to EngineeringCAS programs. Learn more about submitting GRE scores.

NOTE: Students who have had their official GRE test scores sent to the Texas A&M Office of Admissions prior to submitting their application through EngineeringCAS will not be required to send the official scores again to EngineeringCAS, but please self-report your general Graduate Record Examinations test scores (subject tests not required) in the Quadrant 2 Academic History section of the application and upload copies of your unofficial test score reports in the Quadrant 4 Program section under Documents in the application. See more information about the GRE exam.

Statement of Purpose

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

Master’s Applicants

The statement of purpose should include details regarding:

  1. Your interest in the field of study.
  2. Your reasons for applying to one of our specific programs.
  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.

Doctor of Philosophy Applicants

The statement of purpose should describe your reasons for applying to a specific area within the doctoral program and/or to work with a particular faculty member(s). This document should include details regarding your qualifications, your research experience, academic and research interests, future career plans, and how you contribute to diversity and inclusion. Please also include any other aspects of your background and interests that could help the admissions committee evaluate your potential for graduate study.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

We require that our applicants submit their resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) as part of their application to our program. We do not have any specific requirements as to the formatting, but please ensure that you use a font and font size that is easy to read.

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.