Graduate Application

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the admission requirements? 

Requirements listed here are in addition to general Graduate School requirements stated in the General Information section of the Graduate Bulletin. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are valid up to five years from the date of examination.

To be admitted into the program, an applicant must have received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Graduates in engineering, physical sciences and mathematics will be considered for admission to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs. The best-qualified applicants will be accepted up to the number of spaces that are available for new students. Exceptions to the minimum 3.00 grade-point average may be made for students with special backgrounds, abilities, and interests.

What about the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) requirements? 

The TOEFL requirements for admission can be found under Admission Requirements here

Information about the TOEFL can be obtained by visiting the TOEFL website or writing to the Educational Testing Service, Box 6155, Princeton, NJ 08541-6155. Local administration at University Park campus of the TOEFL is handled by the Intenive English Communication Program.

Information about the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) can be obtained by visiting the IELTS website or writing to IELTS International, 100 East Corson Street, Suite 200, Pasadena, CA 91103.

How do I apply?

Applications to Penn State's Graduate School, and by extension to this department, must be submitted electronically.Click here for more information.

What GRE scores are necessary to be accepted?

The IME department has no absolute requirement. Nonetheless, excellent scores are expected in at least one more specific GRE section. To submit a competitive application, you should consider that: 75 percent of our graduate students have GRE scores of at least: Verbal Reasoning - 153 (500 on old scale), Quantitative Reasoning - 163 (750 on old scale) and Analytical Writing – 3.5.

How can I take the GRE or TOEFL exam?

For information on the GRE exam, visit the GRE website. For information on the TOEFL exam, see the TOEFL site.

What are the university and department codes for sending GRE scores?

GRE Department 1301, GRE Institution 2660

What are the university and department codes for TOEFL scores?

TOEFL Department 67, TOEFL Institution 2660

How can I find out the status of my application?

Applicants may use the Graduate School's Graduate Admissions Decision System system to check the status of their application materials. Please use the Friends of Penn State (FPS) student ID number provided to you and the password you used to log in.

How will I find out if I've been accepted?

When our graduate committee reaches a decision on your application, a letter or email will be sent to your permanent address informing you of the committee's decision. Please note that our department will not provide information on acceptance or rejection over the telephone.

Can I obtain financial assistance from your department?

Financial aid in the form of assistantships and fellowships is available. Priority is given to students with the strongest academic/research credentials. Students who are offered admission without financial aid should make arrangements for sufficient funds to pay for their studies through completion.

When does the faculty committee on graduate admissions make financial aid decisions?

A student must be admitted to the graduate program in order to be considered for financial aid. In many cases, the student is informed of the committee's financial aid decision in the same letter offering admission. In some cases, these decisions are conveyed through different letters. Most financial aid decisions are made by March 31 for fall semester admissions and by October 15 for spring semester admissions.

What are tuition rates for The Graduate School at Penn State?

The Penn State Bursar's Office website contains current tuition information.

If you have any additional questions that have not been answered here, contact the Graduate Program Office.

Please note: The M.S. and Ph.D. industrial engineering programs receive far more qualified applicants than we can admit each semester. If for any reason you wish to defer your admission, you will need to contact us as soon as possible. Your application will be placed back into the applicant poll for the semester that you request. Since placement is limited, there is no guarantee that a deferred application will be admitted in a later semester. Only one deferral will be granted for up to a maximum of one year beyond the original application semester. Note that additional application documentation may be required due to policy changes or changes in student records.

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