Graduate Application FAQs

Graduate Applications FAQs

Is there an application deadline?

CCEE accepts applications at any time, however, the following deadlines do apply:

  1. Preapplication deadline for first consideration for assistantships for on-campus programs (MS and PhD applicants only):
    • December 15, for fall semester of the following year.
    • August 15, for the next spring semester.
  2. Preapplication deadline for Master of Engineering (on-campus or online):
    • June 1 for Fall Semester
    • October 1 for Spring semester
Is the GRE required?

The GRE is required for applicants Spring 2022 and beyond.

CCEE minimum guidelines are as follows:

  • Verbal 146
  • Quantitative = 155, Structures 160
  • Analytical Writing = 3.0

Notes about the GRE:

  • If GRE testing centers are closed, CCEE will accept scores from the GRE at Home However, applicants from Iran and China are not allowed to take this version.
  • The GRE is waived for applicants who have a bachelor’s or higher degree from a US ABET-accredited institution.
  • CCEE faculty use GRE scores in different ways when reviewing applications.
    • Some faculty do use them to accept/deny applications,
    • others use them as a guideline to advise students to improve their skills by taking certain courses after they start their program.

What English proficiency exams are accepted for international students?

International applicants must take one of the following English proficiency examinations and meet or exceed scores listed below.  Applicants with scores below those listed will not be considered for admission.

  1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    • Paper-based (PBT) = 553
    • Internet-based (IBT) = 82
    • ISU Admissions does NOT accept TOEFL “My Best” scores
  2. IELTS (International English Language Testing system) = 6.5
  3. DuoLingo English Test (DET) = 105

An exam of English proficiency will be required if English is not the official language of an applicant’s home country, even if they attended an institution where the language of instruction was English.

An exam of English proficiency will not be required if an applicant has completed a prior degree (bachelor’s or master’s) in a country where English is the only official language.  Please see the International Admissions Instructions webpage for a list.

Do I need a major professor/supervisor/advisor before I apply?

No, it is not necessary to identify/secure a major professor before applying.  However, you are welcome to communicate with faculty about your interest in graduate study in their research area.  You can use the CCEE Faculty Directory by Focus Area to check out faculty profiles, which include their contact information.  It’s better to apply and upload all your documentation to your application, than to send faculty members documents by email.

Can I apply for a direct PhD admission?

You can, however, CCEE faculty might offer a master’s admission if they feel your credentials do not support a direct PhD admission.

Where do I send application materials?

Do not send application materials to the CCEE department.  Upload all application documents (transcripts, exam scores, publications, etc. to your Admissions account, using the upload tool in the Manage Documents section.

Unofficial documents are OK for the application process.  Only if you are offered admission will you be required to submit official documents.

How soon will I find out if I am accepted for admission?

Processing applications can take several months, especially during peak periods (December-March; August-October).  It also depends on how quickly your application is complete.  If any items are missing, such as transcripts, exam scores, LOR’s, etc., you will be notified that your application is incomplete.  If any application items are not received in a timely manner, your application may or may not be considered for the term you originally applied for.

If I am accepted for admission will I be automatically granted an assistantship?

No.  You can be accepted academically for admission, but there may or may not be assistantship positions available at that time.  Assistantship positions are very competitive, and there are always more applicants than positions available.  If you are accepted for admission, but not offered an assistantship, you might be encouraged to attend with your own funding or to find another funding source.

What criteria to faculty use to make assistantship offers?

CCEE faculty do not have one set list of criteria.  Every faculty member has different criteria based on their needs, which are determined by their research projects and teaching responsibilities.  Graduate assistantship openings are filled based on application credentials.