Students with undergraduate preparation in engineering, the physical sciences, or mathematics are encouraged to apply for admission. Although a baccalaureate degree in industrial engineering is advantageous in some areas of specialization, students with backgrounds in mathematics, computer science, physics, and other engineering disciplines (particularly mechanical and electrical engineering) have found that the graduate programs in industrial engineering offer advantageous professional opportunities. Students from psychology with a good background in mathematics and the physical sciences have been quite successful in the human factors area. Admission to the Masters program is based on total academic and professional achievement. Applicants must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants are required to take the aptitude test sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE General Test). Successful applicants usually have GRE test scores of at least 470 Verbal, 700 Quantitative and 4.5 Analytical. Applicants whose native language is  not English, or who do not hold a baccalaureate degree from a college or university of recognized standing which is located in the United States, are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Successful applicants usually have scores of at least 570 (paper-based total) or 220 (computer-based total) in the TOEFL.

 It is University policy that graduate teaching assistants whose native language is not English must demonstrate adequate oral English proficiency before being assigned duties involving direct instruction of students. A score of 50 or higher on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) will satisfy the requirement. Although not required for admission to the Industrial Engineering graduate program, this requirement must be satisfied prior to applying for a Teaching Assistantship.
Two programs of study are available, the thesis option and the non-thesis option. The thesis option provides an opportunity for independent research in a given area of Industrial Engineering. Students who intend to earn the doctoral degree must pursue this option. The thesis option also prepares the student to enter professional practice immediately after graduation.
The non-thesis option is intended for students seeking a higher level of competence in the practice of industrial engineering upon entering professional practice after graduation and who do not intend to pursue the Ph.D. immediately after obtaining the master’s degree. The program stresses breadth as well as depth in subject matter and provides an opportunity for engineering design experience.
Both programs build on the industrial engineering undergraduate curriculum. The following prerequisites are recommended for all incoming students:
  • Mathematics through multivariate calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra (MA 265 and MA 266 or equivalent).
  • Applied probability and engineering statistics (IE 230 & IE 330 or STAT 511. Alternately, students can include STAT 516 and STAT 517 in their plan of study and earn graduate credit for these courses).
  • Basic techniques of operations research (IE 335 & IE 336).
  • Proficiency in computer programming equivalent to CS 156 and IE 231.
 Credits earned in basic prerequisite courses are not used in the plan of study for the master’s degree. Some graduate courses can be taken concurrently with the above prerequisites.