Admissions Criteria

Admission to the graduate program depends on performance in undergraduate studies, GRE scores, recommendations, and evidence of research potential. Below we provide some guidelines to help you decide if you wish to apply. We emphasize that the following numbers are only guidelines for admission to the graduate program.

  • BS GPA (minimum): 3.0/4.0 for engineers (In India, first class); 3.2/4.0 for others
  • MS GPA (minimum): 3.5/4.0 for Ph.D. applicants
  • GRE scores (average): Verbal 159; Quantitative 159; Analytical Writing 3.5
  • TOEFL for International students (minimum): 557/220/writing 22, speaking 23, reading 21, listening 17.  Also we accept IELTS and the minimum score is band 7.

Below you will find a list of the required prerequisite undergraduate courses.  The courses are described in detail in Section 14 of this handbook.

  • Four semesters of calculus including differential equations and linear algebra
  • High level computer language (C++ for example)
  • A basic course in Linear Optimization – could be a course in Operations Research (equivalent to Rutgers ISE course 540:311 or math course 640:453 or 711:453) 
  • Probability - calculus based (equivalent to Rutgers ISE course 540:210) 
  • Engineering Economics (equivalent to Rutgers ISE course 540:343)

If you are missing one or more of the prerequisite courses you may be admitted to the graduate program conditionally; that is, you are accepted with the requirement that you take the prerequisites within the first year and receive a grade of B or better. If these conditions are not satisfied you may be dropped from the program.  Part-time students are given additional time. 

If you have not taken the calculus-based course in probability you must take 960:580 (or 960:582) and you will receive credit.  However, MS students in the Manufacturing Systems option will be permitted to take 960:379 for credit. 

If you have not taken Deterministic Methods or Operations Research, you may take 540:311 or 640:453 or 711:453 for NO credit.

If you have not taken Engineering Economics, you could either take 540:343 Engineering Economics for NO credit or take Adv. Eng. Eco 540:575 for credit.    

Sometimes it is difficult for the admissions committee to judge the content of a course from its title on the transcript.  If you believe you have studied material in a course that is an admission condition, discuss it with the Graduate Director. Prepare yourself with a catalog description or course outline to show that you have already studied the required material.