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Undergraduate Admissions

Admission to our undergraduate ISE programs is granted through the Admissions Office at the University of Oklahoma

To come visit the College of Engineering and the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, contact the University's Prospective Student Tours.

Graduate Admissions


Applicants are expected to have sufficient formal academic training in mathematics (through advanced calculus) and engineering principles to qualify for enrollment in graduate engineering coursework. No program-level prerequisites are included, only course-level prerequisites. Students are responsible for completing course-level prerequisites before enrolling in graduate courses.

The application process requires that you submit materials to the University of Oklahoma's Office of Graduate Admissions within the Graduate College.  This process is described with the following steps.

Note: The School of Industrial and Systems Engineering does not directly admit students into the program. OU's Graduate College is the university body that governs the admission process. The School of ISE can only recommend a student's admission to the Graduate College.

For graduate program applicants applying online, visit the Graduate College's online application page. Navigation of the application page is logical, but make sure you read the selections clearly. An online application requires the applicant to pay the application fee online via credit card. The application fees for U.S. citizens and for international applicants are provided on the online application page.

For all applicants certain materials must be mailed to the OU Office of Admissions and Records. These materials are:

Copies of official transcripts from all schools previously attended. This is required for all applicants. A minimum grade point average of 3.00 is required.

Report of TOEFL score. This is required for all international applicants. English Proficiency Requirements

The above material should be sent to the following address.

Office of Admissions and Records
University of Oklahoma
1000 Asp Avenue, Room 127
Norman, Oklahoma 73019-4076

More information about the Graduate College admission process can be obtained here.

In addition to the application, transcripts, and other materials submitted to the OU Graduate College, the OU School of Industrial and Systems Engineering requires that several supporting document be submitted online along with the Graduate College Application. These additional supporting documents are as follows.

  • Statement of purpose. This is a document wherin applicants describe their educational, research, and career goals in 500 or fewer words. Focus should be placed on why applicants are pursuing a graduate degree, e.g., what their research interests are, why their research and degree will prepare them for the field they want to eventually pursue.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae. Such a document should list the applicants educational and work history, any publications or conference presentations, honors and awards, among other educational and research traits.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Three references should be identified by the applicant to submit letters of recommendations. References should comment on your knowledge of engineering and scientific principles, analytical abilities, experimental abilities, initiative, communications skills, and any other comments that would be beneficial in reviewing your application. These letters of recommendation will be submitted online by the references who are prompted by an email from the application website.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. GRE scores should be sent directly to the School of ISE from ETS.
  • Master's thesis abstract. This is required for Ph.D. applicants only.

We prefer that the above supplemental materials be submitted electronically through the OU Graduate College Application website. However, we can accept these materials at the following address:

School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
University of Oklahoma
Attn: Graduate Programs Coordinator
202 W. Boyd, Room 124
Norman, OK 73019-1022 USA

Applications and all credentials required for admission must be received by the following dates to be considered for financial aid:

Applying forFall SemesterSpring Semester
U.S. Citizens and Permanent ResidentsJune 1
November 1
Other ApplicantsApril 1
September 1

Applicants should apply earlier than these dates when possible.

Applicantions from U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents will be accepted after these dates. However, in this case the applicant should be aware that financial aid decisions may already have been made.

Applications from international students require additional time for processing and applications must be received by the given dates to allow enrollment in the intended semester.

Should you need any further assistance, contact the School of ISE by email or by phone at (405) 325-3721.

  1. Office of Graduate Admissions receives application and academic credentials
  2. Office of Graduate Admissions evaluates and verifies academic credentials
  3. Application and credential evaluation are reviewed by gradaute academic unit
  4. Graduate academic unit returns recommendation to the Graduate College for review and approval.
  5. Office of Graduate Admissions processes decision and notifices applicant

Only the Office of Admissions is authorized to notify applicants of their acceptance by the University. If you are outside the U.S., this office issues a Certificate of Eligibility (United States Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Form I-20) when you are officially admitted. If you are inside the U.S., the Form I-20 is issued by our Office of International Student Services. You should interpret no statement made in correspondence with any University faculty member to mean that you have been accepted, unless you have received official notification of admission from the Office of Admissions. Upon receiving the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20), you should take it to the appropriate U.S. consulate to complete your application for a U.S. visa.

To request express mailing of your Admission packet and enclosed I-20, please visit the eShipGlobal website (works best with Internet Explorer & Mozilla Firefox browsers). You must use this website – do not access the DHL or FedEx website directly.

  • All communication will go through the eShipGlobal service, who will notify us that you are requesting your documents to be sent by express mail.
  • You will be required to create your own user name and password in order to create an account.
  • To request shipment, you will need your OU Student ID number, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number and credit card information.
  • You may request shipment either to your foreign address, or to a U.S. contact address. If your documents are going to be sent to a U.S. contact address, please include the name of the person who lives at that address.
  • Please pay close attention to the information submitted, as errors in the credit card information or submitting incorrect or incomplete address information will result in a delay in the mailing of your documents.

Please make the following selections when beginning your shipping request:
University Selection
- University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
Select Department
- Office of Admissions

Applicants are strongly encouraged to wait until notification of admission has been received before registering with eShipGlobal or completing a shipping request. The University of Oklahoma is not responsible for refunds for any express mail costs completed through eShipGlobal.

If you experience any difficulty in registering and processing the shipment, please use the “Help” link in the eShipGlobal site for step by step instructions. If you have additional questions about how to use this service, please e-mail

When you submit an application for admission, you are applying for a specific term. If you wish to be considered for a term later than the one for which you initially applied, you must submit a new application for admission and application fee. Transcripts and other documents already submitted will be kept on file for one year. You should also let us know if you have been attending school elsewhere and submit official transcripts for any work that you had not previously submitted.


Please remember that TOEFL scores must be less than two years old by the beginning of the term you wish to attend, and your financial support documentation must be less than three months old.

For a PDF of the ISE graduate programs guide, please click here.