Master of Engineering Admissions Criteria

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Industrial & Systems Engineering's part-time graduate program.  The Master of Industrial and Systems Engineering is for working professional who are interested in attending graduate school and qualified international students who are interested in an engineering career. 
Eligibility Requirements:
To be eligible for consideration to the Master of Engineering degree, applicants are expected to have a bachelor's degree in engineering, mathematics, science or equivalent, with a GPA of at least 3.0 and two years of work experience in a technical environment. Admission to the University of Washington Graduate School is a selective process. The prospective student must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in this country or its equivalent in a foreign country. The primary criterion and the priority for admission of new applicants into a graduate program is the applicant's ability, as decided by the University, to complete the graduate program expeditiously with the highest level of achievement in the student's career. Admission to the department is competitive, and all components of a student’s application will be considered in evaluating his or her eligibility for admission.
  1. Grade Point Average (GPA)
    Applicants should have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits to be considered for admission. 
  2. Quality and Difficulty of Courses Taken and Universities and Colleges Attended
    Each transcript is individually reviewed.  The department recognizes that some academic institutions are more competitive and high grades are more difficult to obtain.
  3. Completed courses.  You must have completed one year of calculus and one probability and statistics course (e.g. IND E 315). 
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation (2)
    The confidential letters are submitted electronically by recommenders indicated in the on-line application.  Writers should be in a position to rank the applicant’s performance as a working professional or student.
  5. Personal Statement
    The personal statement should be written providing the department with information about the applicant not found in his or her transcripts and other official documents.  For example, statements can include personal histories, professional and academic goals, and specific research interests if applicable.
  6. Resume
  7. English Language Requirements
    The University of Washington requires documented English language proficiency for students whose native language is not English.  Unless you have completed a 4 year bachelor's degree program in an English speaking country or your higher education was conducted entirely in English, you will need to take the TOEFL exam and receive a score of 92. You must take the TOEFL even if you plan to take courses online from your home country. 
  8. Undergraduate Degree
    Prospective students should hold an undergraduate degree in engineering, science or math.  Applicants with strong grades in related disciplines may be considered. 


Information for International Students

There are two courses of study available for international students: part-time and full-time. TOEFL scores must be submitted with both applications. Minimum TOEFL: 580; Minimum TOEFLiBT: 92;  Minimum TOEFLC: 237; Minimum IELTS:  7; Minimum MLT: 90.

Part-time study is for international students who plan to take courses online from their home country.  Part-time students are not eligible to study in residence at the University of Washington. TOEFL scores must be submitted with your application even if you plan to take courses online from your home country. 

Full-time study is for international students who will take classes on a full-time basis in residence at the UW until the degree is completed.  The deadline for full-time students is January 1 for enrollment Autumn Quarter.  International applicants must be prepared to provide evidence that they will have available approximately $56,000 for each year of study. Frequently Asked Questions for International Students at the UW.