Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions

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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 their admissions page.

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 ( kbursic@pitt.edu ) 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).  

The Department of Industrial Engineering's programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org



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:  

  • TO APPLYhttp://www.engineering.pitt.edu/Admissions-Academics/Admissions/Graduate/Admissions/
  • 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: http://www.ets.org/gre.  
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (Required for international applicants): The Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL) is required for all applicants whose native language is not English,except for those who have recently received a degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or any other English speaking country. It is the policy of the University of Pittsburgh to admit only those students with a TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper-based test), 213(computer-based test) or 80 (internet-based). Please refer to the following web site for further information on the TOEFL and registration forms: http://www.ets.org/toefl. International English Language Testing System ( IELTS)  scores must be sent directly from IELTS to your admitting department. It is the policy of the University of Pittsburgh to admit only those students with an IELTS score of at least 6.5.  

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 or IELTS.    










U.S. Applicants  


March 1  


July 1  


February 1  


International Applicants  


March 1  


July 1  




ALL applicants who wish to also be considered for fellowships or graduate assistantships  


January 31  







The IE department will accept and review applications on an ongoing basis.  

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.    

For more information, contact: gradie@pitt.edu.  

Graduate Admissions  



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.