ISE MS Degree Guide

Degree Options

All MS degrees offered can be pursued with the thesis or non-thesis option.

Most of the students admitted into our degree programs are admitted without an advisor. Students should:

  • research the advisors in their research area
  • learn what the faculty in their research area is currently working on via their faculty webpage
  • meet with faculty members they are interested in working with
  • submit an advisor agreement via the my.ise portal no later than Reading Day of their first semester in the program. The student will officially choose the thesis or non-thesis option when submitting their advisor agreement. The advisor agreement may be severed at any time by the faculty member or the student.

Start EARLY! The semester will be over before you know it.

My.ise Portal

The my.ise portal is an extremely useful tool for graduate students. You will use this site frequently during your graduate studies. Graduate students use the my.ise portal for the following items:

  • Advisor Agreement
  • Conference Funding Request
  • Annual Self-Evaluation
  • Internal Petition
  • TA Preference Form
  • Downloading graduate documents

**IMPORTANT: To access this important website:

  • Log in with your NetID and password to https://my.ise.illinois.edu/
  • At the bottom of the page you must “Add content to above column”. You can choose to add it to the left column or main page
  • Select “ISE Grad Student Toolbox” and click Add

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The degree requirements in ISE for our M.S. degrees are very flexible. This is so that the student can pursue courses in his/her research area without constraint. To assist the student, ISE has created several sample curricula, sorted by research area. Keep in mind that these sample curricula are just suggested courses. The student may change/substitute courses as needed to fulfill the needs of his/her career goals. These sample curricula are geared toward non-thesis students. If you are interested in pursuing the thesis option, swap out the independent study for thesis research, and reduce the number of credit hours as needed.

Decision and Control Example 1
Decision and Control Example 2
Decision and Control Example 3
Data Analytics
Design and Manufacturing
Financial Engineering Example 1
Financial Engineering Example 2
Operations Research (Analyst)
Operations Research (Network Optimization)
Operations Research (Optimization)
Operations Research (Supply Chain)

Degree Progress

ISE expects on-campus master’s degree students to complete the degree requirements in two years. The non-thesis option can be completed in 12-18 months.

A student may request a degree audit at any time via email to the Graduate Programs Office. Forms are also available on the my.ise portal if a student wishes to keep track of courses and degree progress independently.

Thesis Registration

Each professor has their own section of SE and IE 599. To register for your advisor’s section:

  • Email the Graduate Programs Office, include your advisor’s name and your degree program, to obtain the CRN
  • Once registered, confirm that you are registered for your advisor’s section by checking the instructor of the course
  • To change the credit hours you are enrolled for, click the hyperlinked credit hours
  • Please double-check that you are enrolled in the correct section

Independent Study Registration

Each professor has their own section of SE and IE 597. To register for your advisor’s section:

  • Complete the independent study request form on the my.ise portal
  • Once approved by the instructor and the Graduate Programs Office, you will receive the CRN via email. Note: if you are registering after the deadline, the Late Registration/Late Course Change form is required. You must obtain the instructor’s signature and approval from the Graduate Programs Office
  • Once registered, confirm that you are registered for your advisor’s section by checking the instructor of the course
  • To change the credit hours you are enrolled for, click the hyperlinked credit hours
  • Please double-check that you are enrolled in the correct section

ISE Seminar Registration (IE/SE 590)

All on-campus students are required to register for IE/SE 590 every fall and spring semester. MS and PhD Industrial Engineering students must register for IE 590. MS and PhD Systems & Entrepreneurial Engineering students must register for SE 590. This course meets as “arranged”. ISE seminars will be scheduled weekly throughout the semester. All graduate students must attend 6 seminars to pass the course. Seminar substitution forms are available on the my.ise portal for those students who would like to attend a few seminars outside of the ISE department.

Annual Review

The Graduate College requires departments to perform annual reviews on all students. Students are required to submit a self-evaluation early in the spring term. The advisor will then be required to submit an evaluation of the student. Any students needing special attention will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Students will be notified when the annual review is open, usually at the end of the fall or beginning of the spring term.

Graduation

All students should notify the Graduate Programs Office of their intent to graduate at least one semester in advance of graduation. This will allow the Graduate Programs Office to run the final degree audit and notify the student of any degree shortages. All graduating students will be sent a graduation checklist to ensure that all steps are completed for graduation. Students must add themselves to the pending degree list in UI Self-Service by the deadline posted on the Graduate College website.

Remember…commencement is separate from graduation. You must register for commencement and rent regalia if you plan to walk.

Continuing for a PhD in ISE

MS students who plan to continue in the PhD program should complete the qualifying exam before they earn the MS degree. A new advisor agreement is required and a Graduate College petition to transfer to the new PhD program. Please see the Graduate Programs Office for guidance.