Application Guidelines

Application for Admission

The final section on this list describes the materials to be submitted to the Graduate College and to the department. Please apply to the Graduate College online.

Application Fee

You must submit an application fee to the Graduate College for your application materials to be processed.

Domestic Applicants

  • N​on-Degree-Seeking: $45
  • Degree-Seeking: $85
  • Certificate: $85 (waived for currently enrolled degree-seeking students)

International Applicants

  • ​Non-Degree-Seeking: $95 (Applicant must hold an eligible U.S. visa and verify eligibility with the UA International Student Services office. Current F1, J1 and B1/B2 visa holders do not qualify.)
  • Degree-Seeking: $95


Complete application dossiers from domestic and international applicants must be received no later than Jan. 15 for the fall semester and June 1 for the spring semester. However, since most SIE faculty members are not available during the summer, you are advised to send your application well ahead of the deadline.

Test Scores

The GRE is required for PhD students and MS students requesting funding from the department or the College. Only the general GRE scores are essential. Minimum entrance requirements are scores of 153 verbal, 155 quantitative and 4.0 analytical for masters programs and 153 verbal, 159 quantitative and 5.0 analytical for the PhD program.

Applicants from non-English-speaking countries must submit TOEFL scores to the Graduate College (at least 79 IBT or 550 paper-based or 7 IELTS is required), unless they already hold a degree from an English-speaking university. However, the degree must not be older than two years from the term of enrollment.

Letter of Intent

Please submit a letter addressed to the Chairman of the Graduate Committee in the department of systems and industrial engineering. The letter should be less than two pages in length and describe your personal objectives in pursuing an advanced degree in our program. This is an occasion to tell us something about yourself, your goals in life and your future career, and to provide us with information that we might not be able to obtain from official transcripts and other documents.

Letters of Recommendation

These recommendations are written by former professors or other people who have direct information about your academic background. There is no special form for these letters, which should be addressed to the Chairman of the Graduate Committee in the department of systems and industrial engineering. Ask the professors to write letters on the official letterhead of the university with which they are associated. Please send three letters of recommendation.


Applicants must submit official transcripts and official certification of degrees to the Graduate College and to the department. The minimum entrance requirement is a grade point average of 3.0 on the last 60 units of coursework.


To apply for a graduate teaching assistantship, an Application for Graduate Assistantship form must be completed and submitted, along with your application materials, to the Chairman of the Graduate Committee in the department of systems and industrial engineering. Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis after the applications of those admitted to our program are reviewed. An excellent knowledge of spoken English is required. To be awarded an assistantship, international applicants must pass the Test of Spoken English with a score of 50 or the SPEAK test with a score of 230. Those who are awarded an assistantship will be notified by letter as soon as decisions are made. Those acquiring an assistantship must register for at least 12 units each semester the assistantship is held.

Financial Guarantee

International students are required to submit to the Graduate College a financial guarantee statement (the "supplemental application") as part of their application for a visa to the United States.

Changing the Entry Term

Students who have submitted applications but who cannot begin graduate study in the semester for which they have been admitted may request to have the admission file "updated" to a later time. The Graduate College allows only one such update. If you cannot meet that second admission date, a new application and application fee will be required. If postponing the beginning of graduate study is unavoidable, it is very important that you inform the Graduate College and the department of systems and industrial engineering in writing. After a certain period of time, application materials are destroyed and the entire admissions process has to be repeated.

Non-degree Students

Under special circumstances, applicants or graduate students who do not maintain an adequate grade point average may register for courses as non-degree students. The Graduate College allows only 12 units of course work earned on non-degree status to be used toward meeting the requirements for an advanced degree from this university.

Application Process

The speed with which applications can be processed depends greatly on the prompt submission of all required materials. Once the completed application is submitted via the online application, a decision on admissions status is usually made within four to six weeks. There is NO need to send application materials to the department unless we request them. All items can be completed/uploaded to the online application on the Graduate College website.

Contact Us

Correspondence regarding admission, financial assistance and general information about the SIE graduate programs should be addressed to:

Chairman of the Graduate Committee
Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering
The University of Arizona
1127 E. James E. Rogers Way
Engineering Building #20
P.O. Box 210020
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0020 USA

University of Arizona College of Engineering