How to Apply

We will be evaluating applications and issuing admissions decisions in batches, based on the cycle outlined below. If, at any time, capacity constraints prevent us from being able to enroll additional students in the August 2019 program, we will establish a ranked waitlist and will offer qualified candidates deferred admission to the August 2020 program.

First Round (for priority consideration): 2/26/2019 11:59pm

    1. All supporting documents (except GRE) must be submitted by 3/12/19.
    2. First round applicants who want/need to take the GRE after 2/26/19 should notify us of their targeted test date at the time of application. If needed, these individuals may take the GRE as late as 5/7/19 and still be considered a first round candidate.
  1. Second Round: 5/14/2019 11:59pm
    1. All supporting documents (except GRE) must be submitted by 5/28/19.
    2. Second round applicants who want/need to take the GRE after 5/14/19 should notify us of their targeted test date at the time of application. If needed, these individuals may take the GRE as late as 8/1/19 and still be considered a second round candidate (although an earlier date is strongly preferred).
  2. Final Round. We will continue to accept applications after 5/14/2019. If there is still space availability after decisions are issued for the first and second round candidates, we will begin issuing decisions on a rolling basis. If the class is full, we will offer qualified candidates admission to the August 2020 program.
    1. All supporting documents for final round candidates should be submitted ASAP after the application is submitted.
    2. The latest day that applicants may take the GRE and be eligible to enroll in the August 2019 program is 8/1/2019 (but an earlier date is strongly preferred).


The next program begins in August 2019.   For prerequisite information, please visit the Admissions Requirements page of our site. After all of your materials are received and processed, a personal interview or a telephone interview with an admissions representative may be required. If so, we will contact you to arrange a convenient time.

1. Complete the online application and submit your $30 non-refundable application fee (credit card payments require an additional $7 processing fee). Much of the content required by the application is self-explanatory, but below are some special instructions/comments.  Note that if you have previously been admitted to a graduate program at the University of Florida, you will not be required to complete all of these sections.


  • On page 3, under “Location” section, please select “Outreach Eng Management Program.”
  • On page 4, in the “Additional Information,” section, please input “OEM” in “Program Specialization,” and “Patsy Messinger” in “Department Contact Name.”
  • On page 8, upload the following supporting documents:

    a.  Résumé.  This can also be emailed to:

    b. Statement of Purpose.  When composing your 400-500 word essay, please consider the following:  (1) Why you selected the University of Florida and the OEM Program of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. (2) Which personal qualities best support your success in the OEM Program and your subsequent career.  (3) Describe a position that would be ideal for you after you complete the OEM Program.

    c.  Current Photo. Please upload a current passport-style photo saved in JPEG format.  It is not necessary to have this photo professionally taken, but the photo should be in color, have a square aspect ratio (height must be equal to the width) with minimum acceptable dimensions of 600 pixels (width) x 600 pixels (height). The photo should be taken in front of a plain white or off-white background, in full-face view directly facing the camera. This photo can also be emailed to If you are admitted, your photo will be used to create an official student ID card, and will be included in a class picture book, which will be distributed to all incoming OEM students and faculty.

    d.  Transcripts.  As explained below, official transcripts will be required, but enclosing uploaded versions (if available) is helpful for purposes of expediting your file.

  • On Page 9, please input at least two recommendors in a position to assess your ability to succeed in the program. We prefer that the recommendations be work-based.  If the recommendations are not completed by a direct supervisor or client, then they should be completed by someone at your most recent job, or a former professor who can objectively evaluate your career progress and leadership qualities.  We prefer that you use the online tool to submit your recommendations, but will also accept recommendations that come to us directly from your recommendor (i.e., not through you).  If using the online tool is not desired (or becomes problematic), your recommendors can email a traditional letter of recommendation to us ( directly from a professional/business email account (i.e., not Yahoo, Gmail, etc.). If you need to consult with your potential recommendors before including them as references, you may skip this section for now, submit your application, and then log back in later and complete it.
  • On page 10, please complete the residency affidavit.  Note that residency classification will not impact the amount of program fees that you will pay as an OEM student (nor your admissibility in any way), but as a state university, we are required to maintain residency classification records for all students.

2. Submit Official Academic Transcripts. If you attended school at the University of Florida, it is not necessary for you to have that transcript sent to us.  We will be able to access your UF record internally.  For every other college, university, or professional school which you have attended, please send us an official transcript even if you did not earn a degree there (unless all of the coursework you completed there appears on a transcript from a school at which you did earn a degree, and the grades for that coursework is reflected on the other transcript; if this is the case, then we do not need to receive the transcript from the school from which you did not earn a degree).  If you have questions about this, please email your question to us at  If your transcript does not reflect a degree that you earned from that institution, you will be required to provide us with an official diploma or degree statement for degree verification purposes.

Please request that the transcript(s) be sent to the following address:

OEM Program
University of Florida
303 Weil Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611

If your school offers the option of sending electronic transcripts, please note that the University of Florida only accepts electronic transcripts managed by the services e-SCRIP-SAFE, Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse and Faster. If sending electronic transcripts via one of these four carriers, please note that the transcripts must be emailed to  Electronic transcripts sent from other carriers will not be treated as official transcripts.  Similarly, if electronic transcripts from one of the above carriers are emailed directly to the OEM Program office then they cannot be treated as official.  They can only be accepted if emailed to  Thank you for your cooperation with this university policy.

3. Submit Official GRE Score Report. The University of Florida requires the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test for admission to graduate programs in engineering. GMAT or other similar tests cannot substitute for the GRE. More information about this computer-based test is available online ( or by calling 1-800-GRE CALL (1-800-473-2255). Please see the Admissions Requirements page for minimum score requirement information.  When reporting your official scores to us, please use institution code 5812 and department code 1301 (Industrial Engineering).  The GRE is only one of several factors that are used to determine admission to ISE graduate programs, and is rarely the primary determining factor.  If you have taken the GRE in the past five years, the Education Testing Service can provide us with the official scores upon your request. If you took the GRE more than five years ago and had your scores reported to UF at that time, please contact the OEM office to confirm if your scores are on file.  Applicants who have already earned an approved advanced degree (e.g., a master’s or doctoral degree in a technical discipline) may not be required to submit GRE scores.  Typically, applicants will not need to retake the GRE if they have a master’s degree from a regionally accredited program that requires the GRE or GMAT for admission.  It is acceptable to submit your application without yet having taken the GRE, but if you do so, please inform us of your expected timeline for taking the test.  We will not be able to process an admission without official GRE scores (or a waiver based on an existing advanced degree, as described above).

4. Notify the OEM office that you have applied.
It is important that you notify us that you have submitted your application. Please send an email that includes your full name and a phone number at which you can be reached in case questions/problems arise with your submission. If you have outstanding items (such as GRE scores or recommendor information that will need to be added later), please explain the status of those outstanding items (e.g., supply us with your intended test date) in the body of the email, so we will know what to expect.  Please send the email to:

The following application items may also be required for international students:

  • Official TOEFL Score Report: If English is not your native language and if you have not been enrolled for one year or longer at an institution in an English-speaking country, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. Residents of US territories and protectorates must submit TOEFL scores.
  • An official degree statement or diploma.  If your official academic transcripts and diploma or Certification Statement of Degree Confirmation is not in English, then you will also be required to provide us with an original certified English translation of these documents.