Graduate Student Handbook

Admission Requirements

Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required for admission to the graduate program in industrial engineering at Penn State. Requirements listed here are in addition to general Graduate School requirements stated in the General Information section of the Graduate Bulletin.

In order 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. A minimum grade-point average of 3.00 is required for admission. 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. All international applicants must submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), with the exceptions noted below. The minimum acceptable score the TOEFL is 550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test, or a total score of 80 with a 19 on the speaking section for the Internet-based test (IBT). The minimum composite score for the IELTS is 6.5.

International applicants who have received a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a college, university, or institution in any of the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL requirement: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the United States, or Wales.

Graduate Degrees

Two degrees are offered in industrial engineering: the Master of Science (M.S.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

The students seeking the M.S. degree with thesis track or the Ph.D. degree will be admitted in fall or spring semesters; however, students seeking the M.S. degree with non-thesis track will be admitted only in the fall semester each year.



Home of the first established industrial engineering program in the world, the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) at Penn State has made a name for itself in the engineering industry through its storied tradition of unparalleled excellence and innovation in research, education, and outreach.

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The Harold and Inge Marcus Department of
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

310 Leonhard Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-7601

FAX: 814-863-4745