Intelligent Systems Engineering (ISE)

The application directions below pertain only to the Intelligent Systems Engineering (ISE) Ph.D.  and MS program.

Prospective students may be interested in exploring ISE People and ISE Research encompassing

Educational Background:

We do not require a bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, informatics, or a related field, but we are looking for backgrounds in related areas.

How to Apply:

All programs require submitting an online application with all supporting materials. Only applications received that are complete and paid, will be routed to the Intelligent Systems Engineering Graduate Studies Office (ISE GSO) for processing. All items listed above must be submitted electronically with the online application. 

Application Deadline:

  • ISE MS: Accepting applications for Spring and Fall 2019 admissions.
  • ISE Ph.D.: Accepting applications for Spring and Fall 2019 admissions.
  • Suggested International Student Application Deadline for Fall 2019 is January 15th.

Application Checklist:

An instruction guide for completing the application can be downloaded or printed, and we strongly recommend that you either have this document open in a separate window on your desktop, or print this document out so you may refer to it as you are working through the application. Applications which are submitted incorrectly cannot be reviewed if incomplete.

Printable Application Checklist (right click and click open in a new tab)

Applications are not processed until all of the following items have been received.

  1. Complete online-application (Select "Engineering PhD" or "Engineering MS" for Academic Program)
  2. Application Fee (non-refundable)
  3. GRE General test report
    • A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past five years is required of all applicants.
    • Submit general examination scores only to institution code 1324 and department code 1699.
    • Please note: If your name on the test report differs from the name on the online application, please list test score name in the comment section of the application.
  4. English Proficiency
  5. TOEFL report - international or non-native English speaking applicants only (institution code 1324, department code 69)
    • Submit scores to institution code 1324 and department code 69.
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all non-native English speaking applicants.
    • Scores must be less than two years old by the date of enrollment. Scores of 100 or higher on the Internet-based test (iBT), 250 on the computer-based test or 600 or higher on the paper-based test are recommended, but there are no formal minimum requirements.
    • Please note: If your name on the test report differs from the name on the online application, please list test score name in the comment section of the application.
  6. Statement of Purpose
    • Submit essay length of approximately 500 words.
    • Explain why our program is the right fit for your academic/career goals.
    • List research topic areas and the faculty with whom you would like to work. In particular, highlight which of 6 specializations, computer engineering, cyber-physical systems, bioengineering, molecular and nanoscale engineering, environmental engineering, and neuro engineering, interest you.
    • Describe any experience doing research and courses or projects that you have been involved with to show your preparation.
  7.  Official academic records (transcripts and degree certifications)
    • Please have the registrar or record-keeping official from each institution at which the work was completed send us your official transcripts and degree certifications. Our mailing address is:

      Indiana University
      Intelligent Systems Engineering
      700 N. Woodlawn Avenue
      Bloomington, IN 47408 USA

      You can scan and send a copy of your transcript as an attachment to isegrad@indiana.edu. Scanned copies are marked as unofficial. If you are admitted to the program, you will be required to submit official final transcripts and degree certifications.
  8. Three letters of recommendation
    • Register your recommenders email for online submission when you apply.
    • Submit references from academic faculty, including at least some in informatics and computing.
    • If you have experience as a teaching assistant, a letter from your teaching supervisor attesting to your teaching could help your application for aid.
  9. Departmental Questionnaire
    • Follow the link to departmental questions via the online application. This allows you to specify program of interest.
  10. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    • Submit with your online application. Please make sure to include any awards or publications on your cv/resume.


All submitted complete applications received by the deadline will be processed by the ISE GSO will be recommended for evaluation. The admissions committee will take several weeks to evaluate all complete applications and render a final admission decision.

Admission Status

The Intelligent Systems Engineering Graduate Office will contact applicants via emails with their admissions status at or before late October or April.

Accepting Admission Offer

Applicants will be given till April 15th to accept the admission offer and pay their enrollment deposit or decline offer. This is in spirit of the Council of Graduate School Resolution. In addition, students will be required to pay an enrollment deposit (non-refundable) to reserve your space.

Admission and Visa Eligibility

International students will have their application forwarded to the Office of International Service (OIS) for processing and approval. They will provide information on iStart registration and how to complete the financial documentation forms. OIS notifies international students regarding admission and visa eligibility certification (Form I-20 or DS-2019).

Offers to international students are contingent upon final approval by both OIS and the Dean of the University Graduate School.

Please note: The Intelligent Systems Engineering Graduate Office does not issue any visa documentation. All inquiries regarding I-20, DS-2019, supporting financial documentation and iStart should be sent to newtoiu@indiana.edu.


All other inquiries about Intelligent Systems Engineering Ph.D. and MS Degrees should be emailed to isegrad@indiana.edu.

Will ISE GSO keep my information on my application status?

We do not routinely acknowledge receipt of applications or supporting documents. Applicants can go back and review their online application and check for the number of recommendations that have been received.

When will I receive my decision on notification?

Admissions decisions are emailed by April 1st. Applicants have until April 15th to notify ISE GSO of their decision to accept and pay their enrollment deposit or decline the offer of admissions.

Information and a list of schools agreeing to adhere to this decision date can be found on the Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants, or by searching the Council of Graduate Schools website http://www.cgsnet.org.

How do I apply for financial support?

Decisions on support are made after decisions on admission and are based on the information supplied in the application for admission. Any newly admitted student will automatically be considered for available fellowships and assistantship support. Newly admitted students are also encouraged to apply to outside government and private agencies for fellowship support. Research assistants are chosen by faculty who are seeking students who share their research interests. Prior to admissions, some interviews via Skype will be arranged in order to determine the level of shared interest between the student and faculty.

Is feedback available about decisions?

Occasionally students who are not admitted contact us for an explanation. Although we send the notification on behalf of the Admissions Committee, all decisions are made by our faculty members, rather than the Graduate Office. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide explanations on a case-by-case basis due to the hundreds of applications received and limited staffing.