Graduate Conditional Admission

Are you an academically competitive international student interested in pursuing graduate studies at North Carolina State University? Do you need additional time and support to strengthen your academic English skills?

Then you may be considered for graduate conditional admission through the North Carolina State University Intensive English Program.

Advantages of Conditional Admission through the IEP

  • Strengthen your English without affecting your GPA
  • Study with experienced instructors who understand the needs of international students
  • Learn American culture and study skills
  • Receive tutoring at no extra cost
  • Prepare yourself for the expectations of the American classroom
  • Meet other international students

Graduate Programs Offering Conditional Admission

  • Electrical Engineering – MS
  • Computer Networking – MS
  • Computer Engineering – MS
  • Electrical Power Systems Engineering – MS
  • Electrical Engineering – Ph.D.
  • Computer Engineering – Ph.D.

Fast Facts

  • Distinguished faculty include 20 IEEE Fellows and 13 National Science Foundation CAREER award winners
  • Over 90 graduate courses covering all major ECE sub-disciplines
  • Over 300 externally funded research projects with over $45M of research funding
  • MS programs ranked 5th and 23rd (


  • #10 Globally in Electrical Engineering (Shanghai Rankings Global Ranking, 2018)
  • # 24 in Engineering Graduate Programs (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)

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  • Master of Industrial Engineering (MIE)
  • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering (Ph.D.)

Fast Facts

  • A history of more than 86 years of academic excellence
  • More than 95% of students have a job at graduation – many even before the start of their final semester.
  • Participate in the College of Engineering Career Fair where over one-third of 300+ companies are looking for industrial engineers.


  • 21st in Industrial/Manufacturing/System Engineering Degrees Awarded (American Association of Engineering Education, 2015
  • 12th Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering Graduate School (U.S. News & World Report, 2017)

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  • Computer Science – MS (thesis)
  • Computer Science – MR (non-thesis)
  • Computer Science – Ph.D. (thesis)
  • Computer Networking – Computer Science – MS (thesis)

Fast Facts

  • Distinguished faculty include 21 recipients of the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER award given to outstanding young faculty and six IEEE Fellows


  • #12 in All U.S. Engineering Colleges in Number of Degrees Awarded to Foreign Nationals (American Association of Engineering Education, 2015)
  • #14 in Computer Science degrees awarded (American Association of Engineering Education, 2015)
  • #43 in Computer Science (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)
  • #17 in the nation in research expenditures and #14 in the nation in industry support

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  • Master of Materials Science and Engineering  (non-thesis)
  • Master of Materials Science and Engineering  (thesis)
  • Master of Nanoengineering (on-campus option only)
  • Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering

Additional requirements to fulfill terms of conditional admission:

Take and submit GRE scores while in the IEP.

Fast Facts

  • Nationals (American Association of Engineering Education 2015)
  • Subdisciplines in computational materials science; electronic, optical and magnetic materials; energy materials; materials characterization; soft and biomaterials; and structural materials
  • Innovative curriculum, state-of-the-art resources, and graduate-research mentorship with emphasis on leadership skills, global engagement and entrepreneurialism


  • #7 globally in Materials Science, Textiles (Center for World Rankings, 2017)
  • #51 in Materials Science (U.S. News & World Report- Global, 2018)
  • #12 in All U.S. Engineering Colleges in Number of Degrees Awarded to Foreign

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  • New Literacies and Global Learning Master of Education

Fast Facts

  • Home of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
  • Focus on improving the teaching of reading, social studies and English language arts
  • Explore new literacies from text messaging and social media to participating in virtual worlds
  • Engage in project-based inquiry by exploring real-world problems
  • Complete the program full-time in one year (10 courses, 30 semester hours).


  • Top 12% national ranking among colleges of education (U.S. News & World Report- Graduate 2018)
  • #1 producer of master’s-level literacy specialists in North Carolina (NCDPI)

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Eligibility for Conditional Admission

  • Have at least a TOEFL iBT 60 or IELTS 6.0
  • Meet all of the Graduate School and program-specific academic requirements
  • Take and submit GRE scores while in the IEP if required by your graduate program

Fulfill Terms of Conditional Admission

Complete the IEP OR resubmit TOEFL/IELTS scores that meet the Graduate School and graduate program’s minimum scores after at least one semester of study in the IEP.

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Frequently Asked Questions

No, you may not. An offer of conditional admission is only valid beginning the semester indicated on the offer letter.

You will take courses in different skill areas: writing/grammar, reading/vocabulary, conversation/presentation skills, and listening/note-taking.

You will be integrated in classes with other IEP students.  If there is a sufficient number of graduate students, you will be placed in a section with other graduate students only.

No, you may not.  Students on F-1 visas are required to study full time in the IEP.

No, you may not. The IEP does not permit students to take credit courses while in the IEP.

Students do not apply for graduate conditional admission.  They are considered for graduate conditional admission after applying DIRECTLY to the Graduate School.

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It will depend on the results of the placement exam, but generally students spend one to three semesters in the program.  There are three levels in the IEP, and it usually takes one semester to complete a level.   You may also fulfill your English language proficiency requirement by submitting new TOEFL scores that meets the minimum for the Graduate School and your specific program.  However, you must attend at least one semester of the IEP.

The placement exam is given on campus several days before classes begin.

There is no set way to study for our placement test, however, students have found that the more they surround themselves with the English language, the more comfortable they are when taking the placement test.

Some suggestions include:

  1. Read in English on any topic of interest to YOU; read as much as you can – magazine articles, newspapers, novels, etc.
  2. Watch English language TV – the international news, American TV shows , movies, etc.
  3. Listen to English podcasts
  4. Speak and write in English as much as possible.  Practice sharing your opinions on a variety of topics.  Be sure to support them with relevant details and examples

If you have questions about anything related to the Intensive English Program, email   If you have questions about your status as a conditionally admitted student, contact the Graduate School and your specific program.