Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
The online Master of Science in Industrial Engineering can help you develop the skills you need to optimize manufacturing operations and supervise high-tech production processes. You’ll examine areas of production control that are essential to any advanced position in the field, developing practical skills that can be applied to projects of any scale.
As a student, you’ll be able to choose a complete set of electives to develop the specific skills you’re seeking, exploring only the areas that interest you most. The online master’s in industrial engineering program can provide you with an in-depth exploration of technical skills, like traffic modeling, automation, and Computer-integrated Manufacturing (CIM). Additionally, the curriculum delves into business fundamentals like cost estimation and financial modeling that can help engineering leaders keep any production line running at optimal performance. In the contemporary manufacturing climate, these skills are considered immensely valuable at all stages of the product lifecycle.
You’ll also have the opportunity to choose from a broad selection of electives as you build your academic plan and create a course of study that helps you reach your goals. Additionally, you’ll be able to choose between 3 separate paths to fulfilling your requirements, completing a hands-on project, assembling and defending a thesis, or by completing additional coursework. The online master’s in industrial engineering is incredibly flexible, as a result, and can be shaped to match your preferred learning style, academic experience, and career goals.
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The requirements for the online Master of Science in Industrial Engineering can be completed in several different ways, allowing you to choose a course of study that best supports your professional goals. Only 9 of the units of credit included in the 30-33 unit curriculum are firm, core requirements. The rest are flexible and can be completed through a thesis, a practical project, and/or through electives offered by the Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering (SIE). These can be chosen by you when you create your academic plan and submit it for approval by the department. In its entirety, the program can be completed in just 1.5 to 2 years – even if you’re also working full-time.
To complete the online master’s in industrial engineering, the following requirements must be met:
The following 3-unit classes are required courses in the program:
SIE 530 Engineering Statistics
SIE 540 Survey of Optimization OR SIE 545 Fundamentals of Optimization
AND One Course from 56X or 58X
Students then select from one of the following 3 options:
1. Project Option
A 3-unit Project may be selected with approval of the faculty advisor. The project option requires a written report and an oral presentation. The report is prepared under the guidance of the major professor and is reviewed by members of the examining committee prior to the oral presentation. The 3-member examining committee consists of the major professor and at least two other members of the faculty selected on the basis of the student’s course work and field of interest. Students will either defend their master’s report on campus, or will have to arrange for a teleconference defense.
The topic should have practical significance and require application of graduate-level course material. The report typically involves the application of new methodologies to an actual industrial problem. The final examination for this option is the same as that required for the thesis option. The remaining elective credits for a total of 30 units will be selected with the approval of an advisor and the Graduate Study Committee.
2. Thesis Option
This option requires 24 units of regular course work, followed by 6 units of thesis research (SIE 910). This option is perfect if you’re looking to work directly with a faculty member to create an original thesis. Thesis work is an excellent complement to course work and constitutes a valuable opportunity to develop an appreciation for and understanding of advanced engineering research. You will only be permitted to select the thesis option with an outstanding academic record.
Your thesis will be prepared under the guidance of the major professor and reviewed by members of the examining committee prior to the oral presentation, which will take place on-campus or via teleconference. The examining committee will consist of the major professor and at least two other members of the faculty selected based on your chosen area of interest. Other members of the department may also choose to examine the thesis.
The remaining elective units for a total of 30 units will be selected with the approval of an advisor and the Graduate Study Committee.
3. Coursework Option
You may also elect to complete the online Master of Science in Industrial Engineering through the creation of your own flexible, personal academic plan comprised entirely of coursework. This option requires 33 units of credit to complete, 3 more than the 30 required for the other options.
At least 1 3-unit course must be completed at the 600 level in the SIE department with a grade of “B” or above. Additional coursework will be decided between you and your faculty advisor. Not all of our 600-level courses are offered online each semester. Please check with the department and your faculty advisor before registering.
Building Your Academic Plan
By the end of your second semester, you will be asked to submit a comprehensive plan of study for the remainder of the program detailing which courses you’d like to pursue. This will be done with the help of a Graduate Advisor.
Here are some example courses that you can choose from, whether completing the coursework option or otherwise.
- SIE 606 Advanced Quality Engineering (3 units)
- SIE 608 Advanced Reliability Engineering (3 units)
- SIE 631 Distributed Multi-Paradigm Simulation Systems (3 units)
- SIE 640 Large-Scale Optimization (3 units)
- SIE 644 Integer and Combinatorial Optimization (3 units)
- SIE 645 Nonlinear Optimization (3 units)
- SIE 649 Topics of Optimization (3 units)
- SIE 654 Advanced Concepts in Systems Engineering (3 units)
- SIE 678 Transportation Systems (3 units)
For more information, please visit our online course catalog (and search for SIE – Systems and Industrial Engineering).