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Admissions Information

First Year Admission

Requirements for admission as a first year student are uniform for the entire Swanson School of Engineering. For additional information, please see First Year Admissions

Transfer Students

In general, transfer students are required to have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. However, each application is considered on its individual merit. For additional information please see the transfer student guidelines here.

Additional Information

Please contact Dr. Karen Bursic at 412-624-9837 or via e-mail ( ) for additional information on the undergraduate IE program.

Official admissions must be conducted through Pitt's Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (412-624-7488).  

More information on Tuition Rates and Fees can be found at

The Industrial Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Industrial Engineering and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Program Criteria.

Expectations of Applicants:  

  • Possess an undergraduate or graduate degree from an ABET-accredited program in any engineering discipline, or a degree in a complementary technical discipline,such as mathematics, physics, or computer science.  
  • Undergraduate knowledge of probability and statistics, calculus, linear algebra, and proficiency in computer programming is required.    
  • Students who cannot demonstrate these skills but are otherwise qualified will be required to complete the appropriate undergraduate courses; these undergraduate courses do not count towards a graduate degree.    


To apply to Graduate School at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering:  

  • LETTERS OF REFERENCE: Applicants must have at least two reference letters submitted electronically as part of the on-line admissions application process.    
  • INTERVIEWS: It is recommended that PhD applicants have an interview with a faculty member; however, this is not a requirement for admission.    
  • TRANSCRIPTS: Applicants are required to upload academic records from each academic institution(undergraduate and/or graduate) attended. Official, original academic credentials that are issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. These will be considered unofficial copies.    
  • GRE SCORES: GRE scores are optional only for applicants to the part-time Master's program who have an undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. university.  In all other cases, they are required.  Official GRE test scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Using the institution code of 2927 for the University of Pittsburgh is sufficient. Please refer to the following web site for further information on the GRE and registration forms:  
  • ENGLISH PROFICIENCY (Required for international applicants): All international applicants whose first language is not English must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service with a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test)/213 (computer-based test)/80 (internet-based test), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam with a minimum Band of 6.5 (taking the academic writing and reading modules of the test), or theDuolingo English Test with a minimum score of 105. You can upload copies of your score reports (if available) when submitting your online application.   This uploaded version is not considered "official" and will be used for preliminary review until your official scores are received from ETS/IELTS/Duolingo.
  • TUITION AND FEES: Learn more about tuition and fees associated with a graduate education at the Swanson School of Engineering.  
  • FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Find out how scholarships, fellowships, traineeships, and grants can help pay for education excellence.
  • HOUSING: The Off-Campus Living Office can help you find an apartment, connect you with other students looking for roommates, and provide information on Pittsburgh's neighborhoods.  



PhD Applicants:

If you wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship your application must be complete by January 31 for the Fall term or September 30 for the Spring term. If you are funding yourself or have some other source of financial support these deadlines can be relaxed.

MS Applicants:

We accept applications on an ongoing (i.e., rolling) basis. However, you must allow at least 2 to 4 weeks for an admission decision to be rendered and for completing the related paperwork.

International applicants must allow another month for the Office of International Services (OIS) to process the paperwork for your visa application, and as much additional time as might be required in your country of origin to obtain a visa from the US Consulate. 

For the fall term, we suggest that the application package be complete no later than July 15 for US applicants and no later than April 15 for international applicants. This will allow enough time for your application to be processed and for you to arrive in time for the start of the term.

Please do NOT send hard copies of materials that have been submitted electronically. Original documents are NOT required until you are admitted and decide to attend the University of Pittsburgh.    

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Special student status is a category that will allow individuals who are not students in any school in the University to take courses within the program. Although there can be a number of reasons why such cases might exist, the primary use of this status is for students who are enrolled in engineering programs at other Universities who may wish to complete one or a very few courses at Pitt. Applications for Special Student Enrollment are available in the Office of Administration, 151 Benedum Hall. Each of these applications are individually evaluated relative to course prerequisites, the home institution of the student, GPA, etc.