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Degree Requirements

Master of Industrial Engineering, MIE

The Master of Industrial Engineering (M.I.E.) is designed to be a professional degree for the professional, practitioner-oriented individual who seeks graduate-level breadth in the field. It is intended as a terminal degree for self-supported, military, part-time, and co-op students preparing for a career in industry, government, or consulting. Thus students pursuing this degree normally would not be considered for assistantship awards. No final oral examination or thesis research is required for this degree. Project work (up to six credit hours) is optional. Thus this degree may be obtained by course work only.

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, MSIE

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree involves some depth of study in a specified area of concentration and requires a research thesis. It is a research-oriented degree and is ordinarily considered to be a prerequisite for entry to the Ph.D. program. Students pursuing this degree receive priority consideration for assistantship awards. Graduates who complete this degree might work in research staff positions in consulting firms, industrial organizations, or government but not at levels as analytically advanced as Ph.D.'s. The M.S. graduate here would have basic understanding of IE with some depth of study in the general area of concentration as well as in the specific thesis topic. A minimum of 30 hours, including 9 hours in a minor and 3-6 hours of thesis research, is required for this degree. As part of a breadth requirement, students must select a course from three of the five breadth requirement groups, as well as one course from a group that includes the fields of statistics, computer science, and mathematics.

Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering, Ph.D.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is given upon demonstration by the student of comprehensive knowledge and scholarly work at the highest level. A series of written and oral examinations is required, as well as a written dissertation based upon results of original investigation. Students pursuing this degree are given first priority for assistantship awards. The degree requires a minimum of 72 hours of graduate credit beyond the bachelor's degree, including coursework in major and minor areas of concentration together with credit for doctoral research and dissertation preparation. For students who have completed a Master of Science degree, typically 39 to 42 hours of additional graduate credit are required.

As part of a breadth requirement, all doctoral students are required to take one course from each of the four areas of concentration in the department. Continuing M.S. students may have already satisfied this requirement in full or in part. Students entering the program from another institution may be exempt from some courses if an equivalent course has already been taken. Undergraduate students with superior credentials, and clearly defined career and research goals, may apply directly to the doctoral program, thus by-passing the M.S. degree in a "direct track" route to the Ph.D.

Contact Information: For more information please contact Ms. Cecilia Chen, Student Services Assistant.