M.S. Admission Requirements

To undertake graduate work in SIE, students are expected to have undergraduate training in mathematics, physics, computing, and mathematical modeling.  Specifically, all incoming students are expected to meet the following fundamental requirements:

  • At least four semesters of mathematics, beginning with a two-semester sequence in calculus (e.g., Math 125a, 125b, 223, and 254 or SIE 270)
  • At least three semesters of calculus-based physics and general engineering science (e.g., Physics 141 and 241)
  • At least one semester of computing (e.g., an introductory course using a high-level language such as FORTRAN, Pascal, C, or Java, with significant computational work)

Most undergraduate programs in science and engineering provide the required background.  Students deficient in one or more of these areas may be admitted into the MS program on Provisional Status.  Advancement to Regular Graduate Status will not be considered until all deficiencies have been completed (see here).

In addition to the fundamental requirements, all students who enter the MS program must also demonstrate satisfactory understanding of the following SIE course requirements:

SIE 305 Introduction to Probability and Statistics

and at least two of these three courses:

SIE 321 Probabilistic Models in Operations Research

SIE 340 Deterministic Models in Operations Research

SIE 350 Modeling and Analysis of Systems Dynamics

Where appropriate, graduate-level courses may be taken to remove SIE undergraduate course deficiencies.

Admission is based on evaluation of the applicant's letter of intent, undergraduate transcript, GRE scores, TOEFL score (for international students), letters of recommendation, and professional experience.  Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on the last 60 units of course work, and GRE scores of 500 verbal (or 575 TOEFL), 700 quantitative, and 650/4.5 analytical.

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