Apply to the M.S. Systems Engineering Track

Admission Prerequisites


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.


Applicants with non-engineering majors must have completed (or show proficiency in) coursework in mathematics and statistics.


A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a four-point scale is the preferred standard for admission.


At least two years of professional work experience in a technical field. Promising candidates with less experience will be considered under exceptional circumstances.


The GRE General Test is not required for students applying to the Systems Engineering track.


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 Ms. Alyssa Benson, 100 Union 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.

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: