Masters Programs

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering offers the Master of Engineering and the Master of Science degrees, each with a thesis or nonthesis option, with great flexibility in terms of courses and delivery methods to meet the academic goals of full time students as well as working professionals.

Master of Science (M.S.) degree

Admission to the Master of Science program is open to students with an undergraduate degree in engineering, mathematics, statistics, computer science, physics, quantitative management, or similar field. The M.S. degree does not require a thesis, although a student interested in pursuing research or possibly continuing their education beyond a master’s degree is encouraged to write one.

Master of Engineering (M.E.) degree

Students seeking admission to the Master of Engineering program must have a bachelor’s degree from an ABET-accredited curriculum or have taken sufficient articulation course work to meet the minimum requirements specified by ABET. The M.E. degree does not require a thesis and is generally considered a terminal degree.

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On Campus Program

Students pursuing the M.S. or M.E. in Industrial and Systems Engineering can focus their studies in Operations Research, Information Technology, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Systems, Logistics and Transportation Systems, Quality Engineering and Management, and Quantitative Finance.  The program requires 30 credits, including a project course or thesis.  Details can be found here.

Online Delivery Program

Students may also pursue the M.S. or M.E. in Industrial and Systems Engineering online via the UF EDGETM (Electronic Delivery of Graduate Engineering) program. Curriculum for the Master of Science degree in UF-ISE offered through UF-EDGETM is non-thesis, and requires the completion of 31 credit hours of course work. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation. The UF-ISE department generally offers 4-6 courses online in the fall and spring semesters, and 2-3 online in the summer.

Outreach Engineering Management Program  (Currently Delivered in Orlando, Florida)

Designed for working professionals, the OEM program meets one weekend per month over a 20-month period leading to the M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering with the Engineering Management Option.  Half of the courses are taught by ISE faculty while the remaining courses are taught by faculty in the Warrington College of Business. Students may elect to pursue an additional year of studies and complete an MBA.  Classes start each fall and are currently being taught in Orlando.  Program details and the admission process can be found here.  The application process for the OEM program is defined here.

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Application Process

Application for admission must be made directly to the Graduate School, not to the department. To qualify for admission to the Graduate School, the student must have maintained at least a 3.0 (B) average of undergraduate study at an accredited college or university.   All students who enter the graduate program are expected to have had undergraduate courses in the following areas: Calculus, Probability and Statistics, Matrix Methods, and Computer Programming.  These prerequisite topics are generally covered in an undergraduate degree program in one of the engineering disciplines or in mathematics, statistics, physics, quantitative management, computer science, or similar fields. If there are deficiencies in the student’s background, then an articulation program of the indicated courses must be planned. Such undergraduate courses do not count for graduate credit, but they may be taken while the student is enrolled as a graduate student.

In addition to the schooling, the student must have received satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  Three letters of recommendation, a resume and transcripts are also required.

The faculty of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering bases admission on a combination of factors, only one of which is the GRE score. In certain cases, students with outstanding prior academic performance may be admitted despite violating the department’s GRE score guidelines; in other cases, students who meet these requirements may be denied admission based on deficiencies in other areas. The guidelines for GRE test scores required for admission to the Master’s program are:

  • Quantitative: at least 155
  • Verbal: at least 146
  • Analytical: at least 3.5

In addition, foreign students whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a score of at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer), or 80 (web). The Educational Testing Service (ETS) must send the GRE and TOEFL test results directly to the Graduate School. More information on the language proficiency requirements is accessible here.

For any further questions regarding admissions policies and procedures, please contact ISE Academic Advising, at