Iowa State University’s Office of Admissions application portal is a fantastic resource for all applicants. Please make sure you visit their website to make sure you fulfill all of their requirements to ensure you submit a complete application. You can visit the application portal by clicking on the following link: Office of Admissions application portal.
The Industrial Manufacturing and Systems Engineering (IMSE) Department also has program-specific requirements that must be fulfilled before your application can be considered complete. Please visit the following link to make sure you are submitting all of the required documents: IMSE Graduate Program Requirements.
*** These two terms have been highlighted throughout this FAQ in order for you to better understand the difference.
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- Why do you wish to pursue graduate studies in industrial engineering at ISU?
- What are your career goals after completing your degree?
- How have your background, education, and/or experiences prepared you for graduate study?
- What are your research interests for a thesis or dissertation? (for M.S. and Ph.D. applicants only).
If you are an international student you are not eligible for student aid because one of the requirements for admittance to ISU is verification that you have sufficient resources to support yourself financially while you are here.
However, both domestic and international students are eligible to apply for a graduate assistantship. These assistantships are part-time jobs at the University that provide a monthly stipend and can reduce tuition cost to one half of in-state tuition. Assistantships are assigned based on availability and student performance. You can apply for an assistantship but there is no guarantee that you would receive one while you are here. In addition there are a limited number of fellowships available to supplement the stipend. If you wish to apply for an assistantship, you must formally request to be considered for an assistantship by emailing the Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your résumé/C.V. is one of the documents that the Department requires so you can apply for an assistantship and email your résumé/C.V. in the same email. If you do not wish to apply for an assistantship, you must still email a copy of your résumé/C.V. as part of the application process.