Admissions Criteria


Only applicants who will have completed, by the program start date, a degree program in engineering or in a related discipline that requires a strong mathematics background will be considered for admission.

Specific materials required for admissions consideration to the Master of Supply Chain Engineering and Management program include the following:

Completed Application Form

Applicants must complete a personal statement described describing their background and specific interest in this program.  See the Application Process page to download the form.


This program requires a grade point average (GPA) in previous academic programs of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Applicants must provide official transcripts from all previous academic institutions they have attended.


The MSCEM program requires recommendations from three individuals.  At least one of these letters should be from the applicant’s former professors.

Test Scores:  GRE, TOEFL and IELTS

The MSCEM program requires applicants to submit official test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  Target minimum scores are:

  • Verbal: 150
  • Quantitative: 153
  • Analytical: 3.0

Note: The NCSU Institution Code for standardized test scores is 5496, and the Department Code is 1301 or 1399

While the GRE is strongly encouraged, GMAT scores will be considered as an alternative.

Applicants for whom English is not the native language are required to submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Internet-based Test (iBT). The minimum acceptable total score is 80. Minimum acceptable scores for each section are:

  • Listening: 18 points
  • Reading: 18 points
  • Writing: 18 points
  • Speaking: 18 points

Alternatively, non-native English speakers may submit scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  The minimum acceptable overall band score is 6.5. Minimum acceptable scores for each section are:

  • Listening: 6.5
  • Reading: 6.5
  • Writing: 6.5
  • Speaking: 6.5

Notes on test scores

  • If you have successfully completed one year of full-time study in a degree program at a four-year US college or university, then you are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. But you may still choose to do so as these scores can be helpful in the review and evaluation of your application.
  • The TOEFL or IELTS test date must be no older than two years (24 months) prior to the beginning of the requested entry term.
  • For the TOEFL exam, the NCSU Institution Code is 5496 and Department Code is 67.
  • For the IELTS exam specify “North Carolina State University, Raleigh – Graduate Admissions” (any other, abbreviated version of our name may result in an error message when you attempt to make the request).

General note on admissions criteria

Admissions criteria for this degree program are more stringent than those of the Graduate School.