Graduate Admission Requirements

Baseline Academic Requirements

Admission to the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering departmental graduate degree programs is contingent upon the following requirements, which will differ between degree programs:

All Degree Programs

  • Undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. Official documentation that meets the requirements of the Graduate College must be provided in the application. Students with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted in some cases, with permission of the Graduate College.
  • Official documentation of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
  • International (non-English speaking) students need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum scores for admission are: TOEFL Paper (PBT) – 550; TOEFL Internet (iBT) – 79; IELTS – 6.5

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees

  • The requirements listed for all degree programs above, plus:
  • Bachelors of Science degree in engineering, OR Bachelors of Science degree, non-engineering with:
    • Math through differential equations
    • College-level physics, chemistry, and biology
    • Documented competence in engineering sciences, for example: statics, mechanics of materials, dynamics, fluids, thermodynamics

For applicants with a non-engineering BS degree, the ABE Graduate Programs Committee, in concert with the ABE Engineering Curriculum Committee, will review an applicant’s academic record and transcripts with respect to above requirements.

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering M.E. Degree

  • The requirements listed for all degree programs above, plus:
  • Bachelors of Science degree in engineering

Industrial and Agricultural Technology M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees

  • The requirements listed for all degree programs above, plus:
  • Bachelors of Science degree in science, technology, or engineering

The Graduate Programs Committee, which is responsible for making decisions to admit students, will examine the complete application package, including GRE scores and GPA, when evaluating applications.