Industrial and Systems Engineers make complex processes and organizations more effective and efficient by developing, implementing and improving integrated systems of people, information, and financial and physical resources by using analytics and optimization techniques. The ISE master’s program at UF trains students in advanced analytical and experimental skills to structure and develop solutions to complex problems in real-world systems. We focus training on data analytics, human performance analysis, and operations research methods as well as design practice across different types of industries. Our master’s program curriculum also provides students with exposure to different applications areas, including human systems, health systems, production systems, supply chain systems, and transportation systems, among others.

Degree Options

The ISE Department offers a two master’s degrees:

Master of Science (M.S.): Can be completed with or without a thesis

Master of Engineering (M.E.): Requires an undergraduate engineering degree and can be completed with or without a thesis


The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Florida has four master’s program options to accommodate all students:

Graduation Requirements

For a full list of graduate courses and descriptions, click HERE.

  • 31 or more credits of graduate-level coursework (5000 level and above). Although Master’s students can take undergraduate (3000- or 4000-level) courses for foundational knowledge, these courses will not count towards the degree.
  • 17 or more credits of ISE courses(courses with prefix EIN or ESI).
  • 1 credit of Graduate Seminar (EIN 6918). This course should be taken within the first year of the Master’s program.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. This must be maintained throughout the Master’s program.
  • Project course OR Thesis course completed within 6 months of graduation.
    • Non-thesis students must pass (with a grade of B- or higher) a project course within 6 months of their graduation date. Approved project courses are listed below.
    • Master’s with thesis students must take 3-6 credits of EIN6971 within their last two terms before graduating, and fulfil all Master’s thesis requirements of the Graduate School Editorial Office.


If students in an MS/ME program elect to participate in more than one CPT during their program, they will have to complete more than 30 credits to obtain the MS/ME degree (due to the credits required b UFIC for internships). Please see the ISE CPT/OPT information page for additional information.

Project Course

Every non-thesis Master’s student is required to complete at least one of the following, pre-approved project courses at most 6 months before graduation.

  • EIN 6510 – Principles of Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • ESI 6529 – Digital Simulation Techniques
  • ESI 6552 – Systems Architecture
  • ESI 6553 – Systems Design
  • ESI 6555 – Systems Management
  • EIN 6905 – Intro to Data Analytics
  • ESI 6616 – Data Analytics for Systems Monitoring
  • ESI 6617 – High-Dimensional Data Analytics
  • EIN 5501 – Models in Health Systems Engineering
  • ESI 6341 – Intro to Stochastic Optimization

Failure to complete one of the above courses within six months of graduation will prevent the student from graduating.

Thesis Defense (thesis students only)

Thesis students must defend their thesis at an oral examination which may include questions of a general nature on topics of the program study. Students must be registered during the semester in which the oral examination is taken and also at the time of the degree is actually conferred.

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