Application Requirements and Instructions

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We are delighted that you are considering furthering your education with us. Our graduate programs in Industrial Engineering offer a dynamic environment for learning and research. As you navigate through the admissions process, we are here to assist you at every step. 

A thorough guide to navigating the application process, which details the essential requirements and procedures, is provided below.  Should you have any questions or need assistance, our dedicated staff is here to help, please contact us at: 

Now, let's get started on the path to your academic and professional future!

Application Process

To apply you will need to upload the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Test Scores
  • Transcripts (You may apply with unofficial transcripts, official transcripts will be required before enrollment will be granted.)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Note: You will be able to provide the email addresses for your recommenders in the application portal. The portal will automatically notify the recommender you need a letter. If the letter is delayed, you may send a reminder to the recommender through the application portal.
    If you have hard copy letters you may mail them to the Graduate School at the address below:

Industrial Engineering
Graduate School and International Education
340 N. Campus Dr, Gearhart Hall 213
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

To begin the online process, you will connect with the Graduate School and International Education.

Once you have completed the online application process, you will receive an email from (Check your junk or spam folder if the email is not received.) This email will provide a PIN number for you to establish an application portal.

You will be able to upload your documents and provide your recommender emails in the portal.

Continue to monitor your portal to check for updates and requests for additional information. This is key to prevent any delays in the progress of your application.

When the Graduate School and International Education has completed their review of your application, they will notify you they are moving it to department review.

  • Review in the department is done by a committee of faculty members.
  • It is not necessary to email the faculty for admission.
  • Applications accepted by the committee will be made available for review by all faculty members.

The preferred method to send an official transcript is to have your university submit electronically at

If online submission is not feasible, official paper transcripts can be sent to:

Industrial Engineering
Graduate School and International Education
340 N. Campus Dr, Gearhart Hall 213
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

  • If your degree is in-progress at the time of application: You must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA on the last 60.0 credit hours of coursework.
  • If your degree is completed: Must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA on the last 60.0 credit hours of coursework from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A conferred post-baccalaureate degree, master's degree or doctoral degree (excluding professional degrees) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • The Department of Industrial Engineering requires GRE scores for all doctoral applications.
  • There is no GRE requirement for Master’s applicants.

Students whose native language is not English are required to submit 'official' valid TOEFL/IELTS scores.
However, if a non-native English-speaking student has received a degree from a US or UK institution, this TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived.

The Graduate School and International Education publishes a list of countries where English is considered the native language.

(Please see English Proficiency for more information.)

Students without a master’s degree may be admitted to the PhD program in Industrial Engineering. Those students must complete an additional 30 hours of coursework comparable to the requirements of a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering.

We have a limited number of research assistantship (RA) and teaching assistantship (TA) positions.
The TA positions are handled centrally by the department and the RA positions typically depend on individual faculty members’ ongoing research program and research funding.

There is no separate application for the RA and TA positions. All currently unfunded and newly accepted students are considered for these positions.

A committee of faculty evaluate applications for funding considering many factors including GPA, GRE scores, English proficiency, research and teaching experience and interest, etc.

Funding decisions will be made by April 1 for fall, and November 15 for spring.

Because funding offers are made on a rolling basis, it is important to apply as soon as possible.
Acceptance into the program does not guarantee an Assistantship will be awarded.

You can find information about the costs associated with graduate programs at the U of A by visiting the Graduate School and International Education's page, "Financial Aid and Cost of Attendance".

  • Fall semester: August 1
  • Spring semester: December 1

We evaluate complete applications until we run out of time at the end of each semester. Then we stop and defer remaining applications to the next semester.

The doctoral fellowship process requires the department to nominate a candidate. These candidates are selected from the accepted applicants. To ensure full consideration for fellowships, applications must be complete and to the Department of Industrial Engineering before February 1 for fall, and October 1 for spring.

You can find more information and read the terms and conditions for doctoral fellowships here.

The International Admissions Office provides a great resource to answer many of the most asked questions. Please take a moment to review their Frequently Asked Questions page.