Master Science Industrial Engineering

The MS Industrial Engineering degree is offered on-campus and online. Student may choose to pursue the thesis or non-thesis option in the program. As a general guideline, students who do not wish to pursue a PhD program should enroll in the non-thesis option; students who plan to pursue a PhD must complete the thesis option.

Degree requirements are the same for online and on-campus students. Students pursuing the thesis option will complete 24 hours of coursework and 8 hours of thesis research, for a total of 32 hours. Students pursuing the non-thesis option will complete 32 hours of coursework and 4 hours of independent study, for a total of 36 hours.

Thesis Option

  • 32 Total Hours
  • IE 599 Thesis Research (min-max applied toward the degree) — 8 hours
  • IE 590 Seminar (registration for 0 hours every term while in residence)*—0 hours
  • Elective courses chosen in consultation with advisor—24 hours (subject to Other Requirements and Conditions below) 

Other Requirements and Conditions (may overlap)

  • A minimum of 12 500-level credit hours applied toward the degree, 8 of which must be IE.
  • A maximum of 4 hours of IE 597 (or other approved independent study) may be applied toward the elective course work requirement. This course does not count toward the IE 500-level requirement.                                                                                                                                 
  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

Non-Thesis Option

  • IE 590 Seminar (registration for 0 hours every term while in residence)* — 0 hours
  • IE 597 Independent Study—4 hours
  • Elective courses chosen in consultation with advisor (subject to Other Requirements and Conditions below)—32 hours
  • Total Hours—36

Other Requirements and Conditions (may overlap)

  • A minimum of 12 500-level credit hours applied toward the degree, 8 of which must be IE.
  • The non-thesis option is for students terminating their studies with the MS degree.
  • For students in the non-thesis option, 4 hours of IE 597 are required (4 hours maximum allowed towards the MS degree), because each student must show evidence of the ability to do independent research.  This course does not count toward the IE 500-level requirement
  • 3.0 Minimum GPA
  • *IE 590 requirement is modified for online students.

This video outlines requirements for the online Master's Degree.