MS in Industrial Engineering

Program description

The M.S. program in industrial engineering is built on a core designed to provide breadth of experience in systems modeling, analysis, and applications common in industrial engineering and operations analysis.

Building upon this common foundation, the student constructs a concentration in one of the following five areas:

  • General option (Plan C)
  • Thesis option (Plan A)
  • Lean systems (Plan C)
  • Analytics (Plan C)
  • Systems engineering (Plan C)

Program objectives

Graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate, model, continuously improve, control, and if necessary redesign, enterprise activities
  • Perform data analysis and optimization for enterprise decision making
  • Develop business cases for justifying process, organizational and technological projects
  • Support enterprise performance, quality, efficiency and productivity enhancement activities
  • Facilitate systems engineering and project management
  • Communicate effectively (written, verbal and presentation) across all levels in the enterprise
  • Develop an ability to grow through life long acquisition of knowledge

Plan of Work

The Plan of Work is intended to assist the student in structuring the course work for the MS degree. Students are urged to discuss their program with the appropriate program coordinator (identified along with the program description). The Plan of Work should be filed in DegreeWorks by all students in the program before completing 12 credits. Students will be notified by the Graduate School regarding the acceptance of the plan. The Plan of Work is a contract that describes all requirements to be met for the degree. The Plan of Work should be treated as a living document. If there are any changes to your program, you must file a revised Plan of Work and receive approval from department graduate program director. Failure to keep your Plan of Work updated can delay graduation. Please choose the appropriate Plan of Work from the list below.

  • General option (Plan C)
  • Thesis option (Plan A) -  view deadlines
  • Concentration: Lean systems (Plan C)
  • Concentration: Analytics (Plan C)
  • Concentration: Systems engineering (Plan C)

MS admission requirements

Attention must be paid to any restrictions established in the admission process. Such restrictions often deal with the requirements to take courses above the 30-credit minimum in the case of MSIE and MSME programs and above 36-credit minimum in the case of the MSEM program to make up for background deficiencies. Occasionally, there is reason to change these stipulations made in the admission process. The only way to change any requirements established in the admission process is through a "Memo of Change" initiated by the appropriate program coordinator (identified along with the program description). If such a change memo has not been processed, the student will be required to satisfy all requirements established in the admission process. This may impact the ability of the student to graduate on time. Apply to the program via the Graduate School application.

Admission to the M.S. Industrial Engineering program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. These are the additional requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree in engineering from an institution accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
  • Honor point average of 2.8 in the upper division of their undergraduate program
  • The GRE is NOT required for applicants. However, high GRE scores will be considered as an incentive for the evaluation process.

In addition, students who have an undergraduate degree in a STEM field may be considered for admission. Applicants whose undergraduate education is deficient in prerequisites for graduate classes may be required to take background courses that will NOT count toward the 30-credit degree requirement.