Industrial and Systems Engineering Master of science degree

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An industrial engineering master's degree that offers an in depth look at the contemporary manufacturing process and its product development and logistics processes. A customized curriculum includes research opportunities that prepare you to lead integrated systems.

Focused on the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems of people, materials, information, equipment, and energy, this master of science in industrial and systems engineering allows you to customize your course work while working closely with industrial and systems engineering faculty in a contemporary, applied research area. You will graduate with a variety of skills in the areas of contemporary manufacturing processes, product development, ergonomic analysis, logistics and supply chain management, and sustainable design and development.

Our industrial engineering master's degree allows you to customize your course work while working closely with industrial and systems engineering faculty in a contemporary, applied research area. Faculty members are currently conducting applied project and research work in the areas of contemporary manufacturing processes/systems, ergonomic/biomedical analysis, logistics and supply chain management, sustainable design and development, systems engineering/product development, and systems simulation.


  • Automotive

  • Aerospace

  • Electronic and Computer Hardware

  • Government (Local, State, Federal)

Typical Job Titles

Ergonomist Operations Analyst
Quality Engineer Management Engineer
Materials Handler Manufacturing Engineer
Industrial Engineer Systems Engineer
Process Engineer Supply Chain Engineer
Production Supervisor Controls Engineer
Product Engineer Continuous Improvement Analyst

Curriculum for Industrial and Systems Engineering MS

Industrial and Systems Engineering, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Systems Modeling and Optimization
An introductory course in operations research focusing on modeling and optimization techniques used in solving problems encountered in industrial and service systems. Topics include deterministic and stochastic modeling methodologies (e.g., linear and integer programming, Markov chains, and queuing models) in addition to decision analysis and optimization tools. These techniques will be applied to application areas such as production systems, supply chains, logistics, scheduling, healthcare, and service systems.
Design of Experiments
This course presents an in-depth study of the primary concepts of experimental design. Its applied approach uses theoretical tools acquired in other mathematics and statistics courses. Emphasis is placed on the role of replication and randomization in experimentation. Numerous designs and design strategies are reviewed and implications on data analysis are discussed. Topics include: consideration of type 1 and type 2 errors in experimentation, sample size determination, completely randomized designs, randomized complete block designs, blocking and confounding in experiments, Latin square and Graeco Latin square designs, general factorial designs, the 2k factorial design system, the 3k factorial design system, fractional factorial designs, Taguchi experimentation.
Engineering of Systems I
This course covers the principles of product, manufacturing process and supply chain development in an integrated fashion. It will examine the methodologies and tools to systematically define, develop and produce world-class products. Students will work on a project to put these methodologies and tools into practice. Major topics include: product planning and definition, characterization of user value, lean product development, product requirements and benchmarking, concept generation, design for "X" (manufacturing/ assembly/ service/ environment, etc.), sustainable design, design for lean six sigma.
Graduate Seminar I*
The first in a two course sequence that introduces students to research methods in industrial engineering and presents the state of the art in industrial engineering research. The two-course sequence is designed to promote discussion and interaction on IE research topics and to present research methods such as conducting critical reviews of research literature, initiating background research on a thesis topic, and preparing a formal thesis proposal.
Second Year
Choose one of the following:
Project with Paper, plus one Engineering Elective
In conference with a faculty adviser, an independent engineering project or research problem is selected. The work may be of a theoretical and/or computational nature. A state-of-the-art literature search in the area is normally expected. A formal written thesis and an oral defense with a faculty thesis committee are required. Submission of bound copies of the thesis to the library and to the department and preparation of a written paper in a short format suitable for submission for publication in a refereed journal are also required. Approval of department head and faculty adviser needed to enroll.
Engineering Capstone, plus one Engineering Elective
For the Master of Engineering programs in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Engineering Management, and Sustainable Engineering. Students must investigate a discipline-related topic in a field related to industrial and systems engineering, engineering management, or sustainable engineering. The general intent of the engineering capstone is to demonstrate the students' knowledge of the integrative aspects of a particular area. The capstone should draw upon skills and knowledge acquired in the program.
Total Semester Credit Hours

* Graduate Seminar I (ISEE-795) must be completed twice in the first year of study.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in industrial and systems engineering, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college in engineering, mathematics, or science.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Submit scores from the GRE.
  • Submit a one page statement of purpose.
  • Submit at least two letters of recommendation from academic or sources (three are recommended).
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 90 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.

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