Apply to the M.S. Systems Engineering Track

Admission Prerequisites

  1. A Bachelor’s degree in engineering or in a closely related discipline from a recognized institution of higher learning in the United States or a foreign equivalent.
  2. Applicants with non-engineering majors must have completed (or show proficiency in) coursework in mathematics and statistics.
  3. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a four-point scale is the preferred standard for admission.
  4. At least two years of professional work experience in a technical field. Promising candidates with less experience will be considered under exceptional circumstances.
  5. The GRE General Test is not required for students applying to the Systems Engineering track.
  6. English language test scores from either the TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS proficiency examination are required for applicants whose native language is not English.


Application Deadlines

Applicants for fall semester admission to the MS Systems Engineering Track should submit their applications by February 15 of the year planned for fall enrollment. Applications received after February 15 will be reviewed for admission if space is available. The application deadline for spring semester admission is October 15 of the previous year.

Application Materials

All application materials should be submitted directly to the Online Admissions System. Please do not send us any materials in the mail. We cannot review your application until all of the required materials have been submitted successfully. All of the following materials are required unless otherwise stated:



Submit your application once you have gathered all of the required materials by following the link above.


Application Fees

You will pay your application fee as the final step in the submission of your application. A separate application fee must accompany each program admission application. Application fees cannot be waived or deferred, and are non-refundable.


Personal Statement

The Personal Statement should be uploaded in the "Materials" tab of the Online Admissions System. In the "Materials" tab of the Online Admissions System, the following items are optional: Diversity Statement, Extenuating Circumstances Statement, Resume/CV, Writing Sample, Description of Research.



Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application through the "Academic History" tab. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts, there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review. If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies.


Three Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required for the Systems Engineering Track of the MS program. Paper copies can be accepted, but you are strongly encouraged to submit letters via the Online Admissions System. If you choose to submit paper copies, they should be mailed to: Alyssa Benson, 207 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA.


English Language Test Scores

Scores should be entered in the "Test Scores" tab in the Online Admissions System. Your scoresheet (or a screenshot) should be uploaded directly to the Online Admissions System under the "Materials" tab as "Graduate Program Additional Material". Please do not mail in paper copies of your scoresheet. ETS does not send copies of the scores to the program. If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies.

Graduate Application FAQs

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What funding opportunities exist within the ISyE Department for graduate students?

Typically, all of our Ph.D. students receive financial support in the form of graduate assistantships (RA or TA appointments). Assistantship appointments include a stipend and also cover tuition costs as well as provide eligibility to enroll in the Graduate Assistant Health Plan. All admitted Ph.D. students are automatically considered for these positions; there is no separate application required. 

We do not typically have internal department fellowship or scholarship opportunities for ISyE Master's students at this time, though there may be other University or external fellowships that you could seek out at the M.S. level ( You could also seek out on-campus employment outside of the department:

Do I need to submit TOEFL/English language test scores?

English language test scores are typically required for international applicants, as well as for domestic applicants whose first language is not English. Test scores are not required for those who have completed at least 16 semester credits of post-secondary coursework (not including ESL coursework) within the past two years in the United States and/or select other English-speaking countries. For the full explanation of the Graduate School’s English language proficiency requirement, please see their webpage here (the “Coursework” tab lists coursework requirements):

What are tuition costs for the ISyE Department?

Tuition rates for our department follow the tuition costs listed here under "Graduate and professional" (full time registration of 6 to 14 credits qualifies students for a flat rate of tuition at the price listed in the table):

There is also additional information on the One Stop website regarding cost of attendance (our program would follow the basic "Graduate" rates):

I attached unofficial copies of my transcripts/GRE/TOEFL score reports to my application, but the application status still shows “Awaiting” for the scores. What should I do?

As long as an applicant attaches the unofficial copies of their transcripts/GRE/TOEFL scores to their application, that is all that our department needs in order to assess the application. If an applicant is accepted into the program, then we will need to make sure that the official copies get uploaded. Until then, no need to worry about the "Awaiting" status or the “X” in your application checklist for transcripts/scores.

Can the application fee be waived?

Unfortunately, we are unable to waive the application fee. We look forward to receiving your application.

I’ve been admitted to the ISyE Master’s program. When do I need to confirm whether or not I intend to enroll?

Our department does not have a strict deadline for confirming your intent to enroll in the program. As long as you confirm your enrollment before your semester of entry begins (and in enough time to take care of the visa process, for international students), you will be able to enroll in the program.

Questions? We’re here to help.

For assistance with applying or clarification on our graduate program tracks and details, please contact Graduate Program Coordinator Alyssa Benson at or (612) 625-4909.


Questions relating to the admission process should be directed to the Office of Graduate Admissions through their Request Information portal or by calling (612) 625-3014.


More information about the admissions process can be found by visiting: