Graduate Programs


Intelligent Systems Engineering


We require that you submit your application online. If you need to submit additional materials by mail, send them to the appropriate address below.  International applicants should submit materials to this address, not to the Office of International Services.

Intelligent Systems Engineering Graduate Office
700 N Woodlawn Avenue
Bloomington, IN  47408-3901


We want to know if your interests and abilities match the program you are applying for and if you seem likely to benefit from an education in the department.  If you think it is helpful, you can supplement the required application materials with other information that sheds light on your capabilities.  A resume or curriculum vitae is ideal for including citations or links to any published work, hardware artifacts, or software artifacts you have produced.

Items that are important in the evaluation process include:


We do not require a bachelor’s degree in computer science, informatics, or a related field, but we are looking for a background in key engineering disciplines. Students in this program need to have a solid foundation in STEM coursework; specifically, they should have experience in the following:

  • Programming languages (examples: C++, C, Java, Python)
  • Calculus I and II
  • Statistics


Except in special cases, references should be from academic faculty, who are experts in your major or any other areas relevant to our graduate programs.  We ask for three letters but you may submit more.  Accelerated MS students need only provide one letter of recommendation.


We require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)  scores for all MS applicants and cannot process your application until we receive them.  We do not have cut-offs for GRE scores, preferring instead to use the full information available in your application to evaluate.  IU's institution code for reporting your GRE score is 1324 and the department code for ISE processing is 1699.

Accelerated MS applicants may apply for a GRE waiver.  Please contact the ISE Graduate Office at for eligibility requirements.


The most important information to include in your statement of purpose concerns your academic goals.  Tell us which research areas you are interested in and which Indiana University faculty you would like to work with.  You may also use your statement of purpose to explain any anomalies in your record.


You must submit a transcript from each previous undergraduate or graduate institution other than Indiana University that you have attended.  We are most interested in the grades you received in courses that are relevant to your graduate programs.


If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you must submit the following with your application for admission:

  • Financial Documentation:  Federal regulations require every admitted international student to demonstrate that the student has current resources available to support himself/herself during their first year of study in the United States. This financial documentation is not part of your application. The Office of International Services strongly recommends that applicants submit their financial documentation using iStart after the application is submitted. By having your financial documentation uploaded into your iStart account, it will expedite the processing of immigration documents in the event you are admitted to our program and accept the offer of admission.  Once the application is submitted, the Office of International Services will send you an email with instructions on how to set-up your iStart account and how to submit your Financial Documentation.  Immigration documents will not be issued until the required financial documentation is received by the Office of International Services.  If you have any questions about how to set-up your iStart account or questions about the required financial documentation, email the Office of International Services,
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): All applicants who are not native speakers of English or who did not receive an undergraduate or graduate degree from a university in the United States must submit these scores.  IU's institution code for reporting TOEFL scores is 1324, and the department code for ISE is 1699.  We normally expect a minimum TOEFL score of 90 on the internet-based test.  We may make exceptions when there is other evidence of English ability.  IELTS scores and other types of TOEFL scores are accepted on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact to see if you qualify.


If you have applied here in the last two years and are applying again, contact us for instructions at


We have rolling admission but suggest that students apply on or before January 15th for fall admission and September 15 for spring admission.


We evaluate applications for fall semester after the suggested deadlines.  We will let you know as soon as we have reached a decision.

Occasionally students who are not admitted contact us for an explanation.  Unfortunately, we receive several hundred applications per year, and we do not have the staff to explain admission decisions on a case-by-case basis.


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