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Industrial and Management Systems Engineering


M.S. in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering

Grade Point Requirements

Admission with full standing requires a grade point average (GPA) for all undergraduate work of at least a 3.00 point (on a 4.00 scale). Applicants with a GPA below a 3.00 or with deficiencies will be evaluated on an individual basis, and admission may be granted on a provisional basis until proof of an ability to complete graduate level work satisfactorily, as established by the Graduate Committee, has been demonstrated. No coursework used in the MSIE program can be taken Pass/Fail, including prerequisite requirements.

Prerequisite Requirements

To enter the Industrial Engineering M.S. program, the following minimum entrance requirements, in the area of mathematics, statistics, and computer science, engineering science, and industrial engineering, will be required:
Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science:
  • Analytical Geometry and Calculus III
  • Differential Equations
  • Introductory Statistics (Calculus-based)
  • At least one programming language: FORTRAN, BASIC, C, or Pascal.

Engineering Science (minimum of 3 courses):

  • Statics
  • Dynamics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Measurements
  • Strength of Materials
  • Electrical Engineering

Industrial Engineering:

  • IMSE 206 or a first course in Engineering Economics
  • IMSE 428/828 or a first course in Operations Research
  • For other deficiencies that exist in Industrial Engineering, proficiency in the following areas must be demonstrated to the Graduate Committee: work measurement, production control, and manufacturing processes (may be satisfied by a 3-hour directed study course, IMSE 898).
NONE of the above courses may be used in the student's M.S. program of study.

Master's program requirements:

Program core course requirements:

A student must complete the coursework and exhibit through written examinations a knowledge in at least three of the five areas listed below:
  • Operations Research (IMSE 829 or 830)
  • Human Factors (IMSE 812, 815, 816, or 817)
  • Management (IMSE 805, 806, or 905)
  • Manufacturing (IMSE 870, 871, 875, 876, 877)
  • Statistical Analysis (IMSE 821 or 822)

Written Examinations:

All M.S. candidates must demonstrate proficiency in each of their selected areas of the M.S. Core Requirement (above). In each area the candidate may fulfill this requirement by one of the following methods:
  • Successfully completing coursework in the area (grade of "B" or better), or
  • Passing a written examination in the area.

Options for Master's Degree:

The Graduate Committee offers the degree, Master of Science, under three options. In choosing his/her option a student should be guided by the type of training he/she desires.
  1. Option One (24 hours of coursework and a six hours of thesis)

    Thesis requirements:

    Before a student may enroll for thesis hours, he or she must:
    • Select a thesis adviser and a supervisory committee,
    • Select an acceptable thesis topic, and
    • Present a prospectus of the thesis research area to the supervisory committee for approval.
    The thesis format must follow the American Psychological Association Publication Manual. All theses must be defended at an oral examination. It is expected that every thesis will be prepared into publishable form within one year of graduation. If this step is not completed within the year, the department has the prerogative to publish the material. Bound copies of the thesis must be presented to the department and adviser either before graduation or within a reasonable time period.
  2. Option Two (36 hours of coursework)

    The master's degree under Option Two is offered upon the advice and with approval of the student's adviser. This option encourages a wider range of courses than is permissible under Option One. Option Two requires a minor in a single minor field consisting of at least nine, but not more than 18 hours. At least 12 hours in the M.S. program of study must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students.

    Seminar Option:

    • A candidate must register for 3 hours of IMSE 991 Seminar.
    • A candidate must attend Industrial Engineering departmental seminars.
    • A candidate must prepare a written technical paper.
    • A candidate must conduct at least one seminar.
    • The written comprehensive examination requirement is waived.

    Comprehensive Examination Option:

    A candidate must successfully pass a written examination, as established by the faculty, over the fundamentals of Industrial Engineering.
  3. Option Three (36 hours of coursework)

    The master's degree under Option Three is designed especially for the student who plans to continue scholarly work in his or her chosen field past the master's level. Requirements for Option Three are the same as Option Two with the exception of the minor.

Additional Program Requirements:

In addition to the program requirements published in the graduate school bulletin and before the completion of 15 semester hours, a student must:
  • Select a major adviser, and
  • Submit a M.S. program of study for approval to the Industrial Engineering Graduate Committee.
Prior to the selection of a major adviser, the chairperson of the Industrial Engineering Graduate Committee shall be responsible for advising.

Applications are NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED for the following programs:

  • B.S. in Industrial Engineering
  • M.S. in Industrial Engineering
  • M.S. in Manufacturing
  • Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering

Graduate students interested in the IMSE area can pursue the university's online Master in Engineering (M.Eng.) degree program.