Master of Science in Industrial Engineering


Program Description

The graduate program in industrial engineering is designed to provide the student with fundamental knowledge in the various areas of industrial engineering and with the opportunity to emphasize in a particular area. A student pursuing a master's degree may specialize in any area of industrial engineering, such as general industrial engineering, operations research and applied statistics, manufacturing systems, logistics, enterprise systems, enterprise management, and ergonomics.

The Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering is a research-oriented program which consists of a thesis option, thesis-substitute option, and a non-thesis option.

The M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering requires 30 hours of coursework beyond the baccalaureate degree for the non-thesis option. The program includes such courses as:

  • Statistics
  • Regression Analysis
  • Operations Research
  • Engineering Economy
  • Quality Systems
  • Simulation and Optimization
  • Metrics and Measurement
  • Production and Inventory Control Systems
  • Metrics and Measurement
  • Human Engineering
  • Facilities Planning and Design

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the M.S. programs must hold an appropriate baccalaureate degree and must meet the unconditional admission criteria described below. Applicants not meeting all criteria may be given a probationary or provisional admission.

Unconditional Admission Criteria

Unconditional Admission into the M. S. programs is granted if all of the following conditions are met.

  • A GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • A GPA of at least 3.0 in all prior graduate work.
  • A minimum score of 155 on the GRE Quantitative section and 146 on the GRE Verbal section.
  • A minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL iBT, or equivalent, if English is not the applicant's native language.
  • Adequate preparation in mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • Preference is given to students with appropriate work experience.

For applicants with no prior training in engineering, the same minimum admission criteria will apply. In addition, their records will be reviewed in relation to the intended program of study, and specific remedial work may be required.

The acceptance of applicants who have already received a master's degree in engineering, other than industrial engineering, will be based on the above-mentioned minimum criteria and results of graduate work.

Performance on the GRE will not be the sole criterion for admitting applicants or denying admission to the master's program. In cases where GRE performance does not meet the minimum requirements, all other qualifications presented by the applicant will be carefully evaluated for evidence of potential for success.

Additional information on Admission Requirements

Degree Requirements

Students with degrees in other engineering disciplines may qualify for graduate study in industrial engineering after the completion of prescribed deficiency courses. Entering graduate students who are not proficient in engineering economy, probability, and statistics, operations research, or industrial engineering design and analysis may be required to take deficiency courses to provide an appropriate background for graduate study in industrial engineering. For applicants with no prior education in engineering, the same deficiency courses will apply. In addition, courses in mathematics, physics, computer science, and basic engineering may be required.

Each IE graduate student will be required to take six courses as part of an industrial engineering core curriculum. The rest of the student's program will be elective, subject to the approval of the student's supervisory committee. The core curriculum is as follows:

  • Three hours of coursework in engineering statistics approved by the graduate advisor.
  • Three hours of coursework in operations research approved by the graduate advisor.
  • Three hours of coursework in engineering economy approved by the graduate advisor.
  • Nine hours of industrial engineering design approved by the graduate advisor.

A final examination is required for each master's candidate. The non-thesis final examination will be written.

In order to continue in the program toward graduation, each graduate student must:

  • Maintain at least a 3.0 overall GPA in all coursework taken as a graduate student and in their program, and
  • Demonstrate suitability for professional practice.

If questions are raised by graduate faculty regarding either of the above, the student will be notified and will be provided the opportunity to respond to the Committee on Graduate Studies in the Department. The Committee on Graduate Studies will review the student's performance and make a recommendation concerning the student's eligibility to continue in the program. An appeal of a decision on continuation may be made through normal procedures outlined in the section of this catalog entitled "Grievances Other than Grades."

Tuition and Affordability

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Priority Application Dates

Fall | March 15
Spring | August 15
Summer | February 15

Applications are accepted after the published priority date for each term, but for guaranteed consideration of admission please submit the application and associated materials by the priority date. However, it is important to apply well in advance of your intended start date to be eligible for program-specific funding opportunities such as assistantships and fellowships. Keep in mind that departmental application processing times vary greatly and some programs require applications up to one year in advance.

Last updated Dec 2019

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