PhD Admissions Criteria

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Industrial & Systems Engineering graduate program. ISE's day program is intended for full-time, on-campus students.  If you are a working professional or interested in attending graduate school part-time, you must apply to ISE's Professional Masters Program. 
Eligibility Requirements:
Grade Point Average (GPA)
To be eligible for consideration to the Ph.D. degree program, applicants must have a masters degree, or be close to completing a masters degree, in engineering, mathematics, or science, with a GPA of at least 3.0.  Applicants with only a bachelors degree will be considered, but a master's degree is preferred.

Admission to the University of Washington Graduate School is a selective process. The prospective student must hold or be near completion of a masters 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 to the graduate programs should be well prepared and have a strong GPA for the last 90 quarter hours or 60 semester hours of graded course work 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. GRE General Test
    The department requires applicants to take the general portion of the Graduate Record Examination. Information is also available the Educational Testing Service. If you wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship or fellowship, the scores should be received by January 15.
  4. Letters of Recommendation (3)
    The confidential letters can be submitted electronically by recommenders indicated on the on-line application. Writers should be in a position to rank the applicant’s performance as a student and/or researcher.
  5. Statement of Objectives
    A statement of objectives 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.
  6. Resume
  7. English Language Requirements
    The University of Washington requires documented English language proficiency for students whose native language is not English. Unless students have completed a 4-year bachelor's degree in the U.S. or other English speaking country, or all university instruction was in English, they will have to take the TOEFL exam.  We will not waive the TOEFL exam requirement for students who have a master's degree from the U.S.  Students who intend to apply for teaching assistantships should take the Versant Language Test and must meet additional requirements.


International Students

International graduate students constitute an important segment of the Graduate School. The University of Washington encourages academically qualified applicants from other countries and also those noncitizen applicants who are attending, or have degrees from, other universities in the United States. 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