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Admission Requirements

Application to the doctoral program is an extremely competitive process.  The following requirements are minimal, in that they are required for consideration.  As only a limited number of applicants are accepted each year, one should not assume that meeting the minimal requirements will guarantee admission. In fact, scores of admitted students typically are far above these minimum requirements.

To qualify as a student, the student must meet the UF Graduate School requirements, and then the ISE Graduate program requirements. To qualify for admission to the UF Graduate School, the student must have maintained at least a 3.0GPA (B) average during undergraduate study at an accredited college or university and must have satisfactory GRE scores.

To qualify for the ISE doctoral program, the student must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Meet all UF Graduate School requirements as listed above
  2. Students are expected to have completed undergraduate courses in the following areas:
    • Calculus
    • Probability and/or statistics
    • Matrix methods
    • Computer programming
    • Note, these prerequisites topics are generally covered in an undergraduate degree program in one of the engineering disciplines or in mathematics, statistics, physics, quantitative management, computer science or similar fields
  3. Satisfactory GRE scores (additional scores required for International Students, see below)* In certain cases, students with outstanding prior academic performance may be admitted despite not meeting the department’s GRE score guidelines; in other cases, students who meet these requirements may be denied admission based on deficiencies in other areas. The guidelines for GRE test scores required for admission to the Ph.D. program are:
    • Quantitative: Minimum 155
    • Verbal:Minimum 146
    • Analytical:Minimum 4.0
    • Note– Accepted students’ Quantitative scores are typically closer to 170
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Transcripts

*International Students: In addition to these requirements, foreign students whose native language is not English are required to provide proof of language proficiency by taking one of the follow tests: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a score of at least 550 (paper) or 80 (web); the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), with a score of at least 77 or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with a minimum score of 6. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) must send the GRE and TOEFL test results directly to the Graduate School. More information on the language proficiency requirements is accessible here.

For further questions regarding admissions requirements, please contact the ISE Academic Advising representative at

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When you are ready to apply, remember that the graduate application process involves two offices, the Office of Admissions and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. To apply, click here!

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