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Apply to the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Thank you for your interest in ISE, at the University of Oklahoma!  We're excited you're here and considering joining the SOONER family!

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

Undergraduate Admissions

ISE students typically have interests in:

  • Math
  • Business
  • Psychology
  • People-oriented

High school preparation should include math and physical sciences.  Additional classes that may help are economics, psychology and statistics.


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.


In order to be admitted to the graduate program in Industrial and Systems Engineering, students must meet the following requirements of the University's Graduate College:

The applicant must hold a bachelor's degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university.

The applicant must have earned at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale over the last 60 hours of letter-graded undergraduate work at an accredited college or university or, if at least 12 hours of letter-graded graduate work have been completed, have earned at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale on all graduate work.


Copy of Transcript(s)

Applicants must submit official transcripts from every college previously attended.

Copy of Degree Certificate(s)

English Proficiency

International students for whom English is a second language must submit official Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores.  A score of 550 on the paper version (PBT) or 213 on the computerized version (CPT) or 80 on the internet based version (IBT) is required for admission to the graduate program.  Or, an official IELTS score of 6.5.  The original score report must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to the The University of Oklahoma Graduate Admissions.  For more information about the TOEFL, please visit the ETS website at  The TOEFL code for the University of Oklahoma is 6879.

The GRE General Exam

General GRE is required.  GRE is just one component in making our decision.  No minimum requirements are established for GRE.  An original score must be sent to the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering by ETS.  Copies are not accepted.  The GRE code for the University of Oklahoma is 6879.

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 of 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.

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.

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.

Applications 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.