Cal Poly Graduate Education
About the Program
The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) program is designed to prepare students for a successful career in industry as well as a further study in a Ph.D. program, building on its strength in learn-by-doing and project-based engineering education and focusing on applied research. Through the MS IE program, students will sharpen both technical skills and non-technical skills required for success in their careers.
The graduate programs in the IME department are designed to prepare students for a successful career in the industry as well as a further study in a Ph.D. program, building on its strength in learn-by-doing and project-based engineering education and focusing on applied research.
Key learning outcomes for the MS IE program are that students can
- Design and improve manufacturing and business operations;
- Design experiments, analyze data, and solve real-world problems independently;
- Communicate effectively and practice strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.
Students typically work closely with industry to solve real-world problems. The IME graduate programs help students sharpen both technical skills and non-technical skills required for success in their careers. A large fraction of our recent graduates has landed positions in high-tech, manufacturing, services, and consulting companies to design and improve business operations.
The MS IE program has flexible curriculum allowing the student a wide choice in course selection. The program requires a minimum 45 quarter credits of coursework at the 400 or 500 level. Of the 45 units, 22 are technical electives. Students can choose technical elective courses from the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) department as well as outside the IME department. Flexibility is emphasized so that the student and his/her advisor can structure a degree plan tailored to the individual needs of the student. Only those letter-graded courses count toward satisfying the total unit requirement for the degree. Courses on a credit/no credit basis are not allowed in the formal study plan. No audit credits are permitted.
The MS IE program requires a thesis; the student’s thesis topic must be approved by his/her graduate committee, consisting of three committee members. Both an oral defense and a written thesis are required. The thesis will be reviewed by the Graduate Education Office and published at the Digital Commons.
IME 503 Applied Statistical Methods in Engineering 4
IME 507 Graduate Seminar 2
IME 556 Technological Project Management4
IME 580 Manufacturing Systems 4
IME 599 Design Project (Thesis) 9
Select from the following**** 22
IME 417 Supply Chain and Logistics Management
IME 418 Product-Process Design
IME 420 Simulation
IME 427 Design of Experiments
IME 430 Quality Engineering
IME/MATE 458/CPE 488 Microelectronics and Electronics Packaging
IME 470 Selected Advanced Topics
IME 500 Individual Study (up to a maximum of 6 units)
IME/AERO 510 Systems Engineering I
IME/AERO 511 Systems Engineering II
IME 541 Advanced Operations Research
IME 542 Applied Reliability Engineering
IME 543 Applied Human Factors
IME 544 Advanced Topics in Engineering Economy
IME 545 Advanced Topics in Simulation
IME 570 Selected Advanced Topics
IME 577 Engineering Entrepreneurship
STAT 416 Statistical Analysis of Time Series
STAT 418 Analysis of Cross-Classified Data
STAT 419 Applied Multivariate Statistics
STAT 530 Statistical Computing with SAS
STAT 531 Statistical Computing with R
Total units 45
*Students with a B+ or better grade in IME 326 or IME 327 may substitute IME 503 with another statistics related course such as IME 427, STAT 416, STAT 418, or STAT 419 upon approval of the graduate coordinator.
**Students with a B+ or better grade in IME 303 may substitute IME 556 with another approved technical elective course.
***Course cannot be taken by students who have already received credit for IME 410. Another course may substitute, with the approval of the graduate coordinator.
****Students may take other 400 or 500 level courses after consultation with and approved by advisor and the graduate coordinator.
The MS IE program requires a minimum 45 quarter credits of course work in 400 or 500 level courses, including nine quarter units of thesis/project. The MS IE program requires a thesis and your thesis topic must be approved by your graduate committee consisting of three committee members. Both an oral defense and a written thesis are required. The thesis will be reviewed by the Graduate Education Office and published at the Digital Commons. Students considering eventual admission to a PhD program are strongly advised to select the MS IE program.
- Applicants should have completed a four-year college course of study and hold a bachelor's degree in any engineering or related discipline, the mathematical, physical, or computer science disciplines from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association.
- Students must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (based on 4.00 scale). Exceptions will be considered if the applicant is in the top 25% of his/her graduating class.
- The GRE (Graduate Record Examination).
- The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required for all applicants whose native language is not English. If the applicant received a degree in the United States, this test is waived. TOEFL test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was taken. Please refer to Cal Poly admission website for English language proficiency requirements at http://admissions.calpoly.edu/applicants/international/checklist.html.
Please refer to the Cal Poly graduate application process at http://admissions.calpoly.edu/applicants/graduate/process.html
Two key steps are:
Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering department must file a complete graduate application online at www.csumentor.edu. The procedure for graduate applicants can be found on the Admissions website athttp://admissions.calpoly.edu/applicants/graduate/. Contact the Cal Poly Admissions Office if you have questions about the application process.
- The following materials must be submitted through the Interfolio links: http://apply.interfolio.com/30484.
- Cover letter. If you are interested in being considered for a Teaching Associate or Graduate Assistant position, please indicate in the cover letter as well. Other financial support including non-resident tuition waiver is available as well. Details please refers to Cal Poly Graduate Education website at http://www.grad.calpoly.edu/
- Three letters of recommendation
- Resume: list in reverse chronological order education, employment, extracurricular/community activities, publications if any, and membership.
- Statement of purpose: provide a summary of your career objectives and work experience with reference to the chosen field of graduate study in one page.
Deadlines for application and file completion deadline for domestic applicants are available at Cal Poly's admission website at http://admissions.calpoly.edu/applicants/graduate/deadlines.html.
Deadlines for international applicants are available at http://admissions.calpoly.edu/applicants/international/deadlines.html. International applicants can apply for fall quarter only.
Cost & Fees
- California Undergraduate On/Off Campus: $9,075
- Non California On/Off Campus: $20,235
- Undergraduate International On/Off Campus: $22,116