Prepare to work in practically every industry, from manufacturing and transportation systems to health care, business administration and scientific and technical services. Industrial engineers also shape new fields such as nanomanufacturing, 3D printing, and biomedical manufacturing.

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The department offers a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSE) program and a combined B.S.E./M.S.E. program, both of which offer a thesis and a non-thesis option. 

The masters degree requires a minimum of thirty credit hours of acceptable graduate work, including nine credit hours of research for the thesis option or nine credit hours in an acceptable out-of-department minor for the non-thesis option.


All MSIE degree candidates must satisfy the following requirements:
  1. Core courses (four three-credit courses)
  2. In addition to the core, each student must complete either a thesis or non-thesis track.

Thesis Track

  • Nine (9) credit hours of thesis research, nine (9) credit hours of coursework approved by the thesis advisor, and at least one semester of the 0 credit research seminar.
  • M.S. students on the thesis track will design a student-specific curriculum sequence of twelve credit hours of coursework (in consultation with the thesis advisor and approved in writing by the student and their thesis advisor) within the first semester of graduate study. The contract will be sent to the graduate coordinator and to the Registrar's office.

Non-Thesis Track

  • Six (6) credit hours of course work in an Industrial Engineering Concentration and twelve (12) credit hours of course work approved by the graduate coordinator.
  • In their first year students must submit on a non-thesis track must submit a plan of study to the graduate coordinator and obtain his/her approval. Any change to the submitted plan requires the approval of the graduate coordinator.

Industrial Engineering Concentrations

  • Analytics and Operations
  • Ergonomics and Safety
  • Health System Engineering
  • Manufacturing and Automation

For more information on the curriculum including course listings and degree pathways, visit the Graduate Catalog.

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