Master’s Students

A program mission in the ISE Department is to educate and train industrial and systems engineering graduate students, thereby providing them with marketable skills as well as preparing them to pursue further graduate work and/or independent research. Studies at the master’s level culminates in the Master of Science (M.S.) or Master of Engineering (M.E.) degree. The M.E. degree requires an undergraduate engineering degree. The M.S. can be completed with or without a thesis.

Educational Objectives

  • Provide graduates advanced analytical skills in areas of industrial engineering, manufacturing and operations research;
  • Prepare students for supervised research and development in a chosen area of specialization (industrial engineering, engineering management, manufacturing, and operations research);
  • Provide mechanisms for continuing education beyond the baccalaureate level and to provide distance learning opportunities for engineers; and
  • Acquaint students with international aspects of industrial and systems engineering problems and the profession.

Graduation Requirements

The following general requirements apply to all Master’s programs in Industrial and Systems Engineering.

  • A minimum of 30 credits is required for the Master’s degree. For the Master’s degree with thesis, a sufficient number of thesis credits (3–6) must be taken (course number EIN 6971).
  • The following two courses are required:
    • ESI 6314: Deterministic Methods in Operations Research
    • ESI 6321: Applied Probability Methods in Engineering
  • At least one half of the regular course work (excluding EIN 6971 for thesis students) must be taken in the department, and at least one half must be at the 6000 level or above. A cumulative grade-point average of “B” (3.0) must be maintained in all 6000 level courses, in all departmental courses, and in the entire program.
  • The Graduate School allows graduate students to apply no more than 6 credits of work at the 3000–4000 level towards the Master’s degree, provided that these courses are approved by the graduate committee and are not taken in the major department (ESI, EIN, and EGN courses).
  • A project course must be taken within six months of graduation. This means that a student graduating in the Spring must take a project course either in the preceding Fall or current Spring semester. A student graduating in the Fall must take a project course either in the preceding Summer session or current Fall session; a project taken in the preceding Spring semester will not satisfy this requirement.  Acceptable project courses include:
  • ESI 6470: Principles of Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • ESI 6529: Digital Simulation Techniques
  • ESI 6355: Decision Support Systems for ISEs
  • ESI 6552: Systems Architecture
  • ESI 6553: Systems Design
  • EIN 6905: Web-based Decision Support Systems for ISEs
  • EIN 6905: Special Problems

Note that additional coursework may be required for specific programs.

Project Final Report Rubric

Project Final Presentation Rubric