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Master of Engineering admission criteria

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Industrial & Systems Engineering's part-time or full-time graduate program. The Master of Industrial and Systems Engineering is for working professionals or full-time students who are interested in attending graduate school and qualified international students who are interested in furthering their engineering careers.

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. 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.

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.

Academic history

Each transcript is individually reviewed for the quality and difficulty of courses taken and universities and colleges attended. The department recognizes that some academic institutions are more competitive and high grades are more difficult to obtain.

Undergraduate degree

Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree in engineering, science or math.  Applicants with strong grades in related disciplines may be considered.

Completed courses

Applicants must have completed one year of calculus and one probability and statistics course (e.g. IND E 315).

Letters of recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. 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.

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 interests if applicable.


Applicants must have some work experience in a technical environment.

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. International students will be accepted for online study only, and you must take the TOEFL even if you plan to take courses online from your home country.

International students

International students who plan to take courses online from their home country can chose either part-time or full-time study. International students are not eligible to study in residence at the University of Washington. TOEFL scores must be submitted with your application. Minimum TOEFL iBT: 92. Please see Graduate School Policy 3.2 for more information on language requirements.