The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering routinely recruits both full-time and part-time students into the Ph.D. program. Full-time students are often recruited for participation in ongoing research and academic projects.  

University requirements

Applicants should ensure that they meet the following minimum university requirements for admission to a doctoral program. These requirements apply to both domestic and international students.

  • Baccalaureate and master's degree from an accredited institution or a degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. baccalaureate from a college or university of recognized standing. 
  • G.P.A. of 3.5 or international equivalent for the upper division of the undergraduate course work.
  • Undergraduate major or specialized work in the proposed doctoral major field.  

International students - English proficiency & transcripts

  • As an international student, you are required to meet the university's English proficiency requirement and must be no more than two years old.
    • TOEFL minimum score: A minimum score of 550 TOEFL (PBTT). If you take the Internet-based TOEFL (IBTT), a minimum score of 79 is required. The Wayne State University code for the TOEFL test is 1898.
    • Duolingo English Test minimum acceptable score is 125
    • IELTS minimum score: a 6.5, overall band score, is required. Our Institution Reporting Code is 1898.
    • PTE Academic minimum acceptable PTE score is 58.
    • Michigan English Test (MET) minimum acceptable score is 64.
    • Provisional admission through the English Language Institute (ELI) - International students who meet the admissions requirements for an academic program (such as standardized test scores and minimum grade-point average) but do not meet English language proficiency requirements may be eligible to receive provisional admission to Wayne State through ELI. Students will study full time in the ELI program until they meet the university's English proficiency requirements. Visit for more information, or email ELI Director Bruce Morgan, at
  • All international applicants for the Winter 2020 term and beyond, the Graduate School will now accept credential evaluations from any of the following service providers:

To prevent fraud and inconsistencies in evaluations, any other international transcripts will be considered unofficial and can only be used for an application review/temporary admission status. Admitted students who enroll and attend Wayne State University will get a cost reimbursement. See full instructions here:

By expanding credential evaluation services, international applicants will be able to choose the agency that best fits their needs when requesting their official transcript report. Note: as previously required, credential reports still remain the official transcript for bachelor degrees conferred at non-U.S. institutions.

In addition, the Office of Graduate Admissions has implemented deadlines for receipt of credential evaluation reports:

  • Fall – July 31
  • Winter – November 30
  • Spring/Summer – April 30

Additional departmental requirements

Applicants should also ensure that they meet the following additional requirements from the department. Along with your application, you need to submit a Statement of Purpose, GRE and TOEFL (for international students) Scores, Transcripts, Resume/CV, Copies of publications, and 3 Recommendation Letters. Students with a track record conducting research, publishing papers (Journals, Conferences etc.), and industry experience will be given a priority.

  • Graduate degree in engineering or a related discipline (e.g., operations research, MBA, information systems or mathematics)
  • G.P.A. of 3.5 or international equivalent for the graduate course work.
  • GRE test scores (there are no set limits or minimum scores; applicants are evaluated based on their overall credentials). For reporting your GRE scores, the institution code for Wayne State University is 1898.
  • Exceptions to these requirements may be made under special circumstances such as with strong academic & publication record (Journals, Conferences).

Important 2020-2021 information:

Due to the global pandemic and challenges with scheduling official testing, we will not require GRE scores for Spring/Summer or Fall semester applications in 2021. We encourage anyone who has GRE scores or anyone that is able to take the GRE exams before the end of February to still submit them with your application.

English Language Proficiency is still required and an option listed above must be met. We can review your application without test scores, but if selected for admission a valid option listed above must be met before we can process your application.

We can use unofficial copies of GRE, English Language Proficiency, and Transcripts during the review process. If your application shows that your official document has not been received or you have not sent them yet, it will not delay the review of your application provided unofficial documents are uploaded into the proper sections. If selected for admission you will be required to make sure all official documents are sent to the University (including Transcript Evaluations). 

Application Fees have also been waived for the Spring/Summer & Fall 2021 semesters.

Please visit our COVID-19 response page for additional details that may impact applications, admission, and the department.

Selecting Advisor 

While it is not it necessary to find a supervisor before starting application process and mention the name of him or her in the application process through the statement of purpose, you are expected to clearly articulate your strengths, compatibility with the program, and research interests.

Funded positions

In most cases, Ph.D. applications for funded positions are only considered for Fall term admission. Students seeking financial support must submit completed applications for Fall term admission by February 1. The financial support can be in the form of fellowships, research and teaching assistantships. The decisions regarding financial support will be made by the end of April. This is a highly competitive process.  We typically receive some 100 applications every year and only admit 5 to 6 PhD students with full financial support from the department.  Students with industrial experiences and a record of accomplishment conducting research and publishing papers (Journals, Conferences etc.) will be given a priority.  We normally do not admit many students for Winter and Spring/Summer terms (except for students not seeking financial support) but is possible.

There is no need for submitting any additional forms for requesting financial support. All students will be considered for departmental funding (mostly graduate teaching assistantships (GTA)) by default (unless student explicitly indicates that he/she has other support/scholarship/fellowship or is seeking admission for part-time PhD studies given full-time local employment). Students are also welcome to contact specific faculty directly for graduate research assistantship (GRA) positions funded directly by faculty grants. Please review our Coursework Funding Policy for Doctoral Students.

Unfunded positions

Current university tuition rates are available through the Office of Records and Registration.

  • Domestic applicants, who are not seeking financial support, will be considered for each term.
  • International applicants, who are not seeking financial support, will only be considered for the Fall term.

Scholarship and other funding information

Deadlines for funded and unfunded applications:


Apply before

Classes begin

Fall (domestic and international applications)

February 1

Early September

Winter (domestic only and occasionally international applications)

Sep. 1

Early January

Spring/Summer (domestic only)

Jan. 2

Early May

We review all applications seeking funded positions following the submission deadline.

Applying online

  • Students must apply for graduate admissions online via the Graduate Admissions site.
  • Admission is applicable only for the semester requested. If an admitted student does not register for classes within the requested semester, a Doctoral Renewal Application must be completed.  

Prospective students should contact Dr. Alper Murat, Chair, Doctoral and Research Programs, for further information regarding admission to the industrial engineering Ph.D. program.