How to Apply to the ISyE Ph.D. Program

Admission Prerequisites

1

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

2

The GRE General Test is required for students applying to the Ph.D. program. We do not impose a specific minimum GRE score.

3

English language test scores from either the TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS proficiency examination are required for applicants whose native language is not English. Information about minimum score requirements can be found at the Graduate School’s English Language Proficiency page.

Application Deadlines

Applicants for fall semester admission to the Ph.D. program should submit their applications by December 15 of the previous year if they wish to be considered for financial aid. All applications received after the December 15 deadline will be reviewed for admission if space is available. For spring semester admission to the Ph.D. program, the application deadline is October 15 of the previous year.

Required 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:

Application

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, and Description of Research.

 

Transcripts

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 of this material.

 

Three Letters of Recommendation

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, Mechanical Engineering, 100 Union Street SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA

 

English Language Test Scores

Required for applicants whose native language is not English (TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS)
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 of this material.

 

GRE Scores

The Ph.D. program requires GRE General Test scores for admission. 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. Even if you had your scores sent, you must upload your scoresheet or screenshot directly to the online application. If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material.

Questions? We’re here to help.

For assistance with applying or questions about the PhD program, please contact Graduate Program Coordinator Alyssa Benson at bens0617@umn.edu 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: