Industrial Engineering Master's Thesis Program
The Master's degree with a thesis option allows students to work with world-renowned faculty to dig deeper in an area of interest. The development of a thesis involves utilizing the knowledge gained in a sub-field of study (e.g., human factors) to a novel engineering problem. In addition, students deepent their competence in surveying cutting-edge research, leading a project independently, design (especially in emerging fields), and communication.
A thesis is a major undertaking, requiring deep interest in the subject matter and a close relationship with the faculty member supervising the research. Prospective students are encouraged to consider the research profiles of IE faculty, including recent publications, to determine program fit. Pursuing a thesis-option Master's degree is often a step toward pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree, and may be required for admission to some doctoral programs. However, the skills gained through completing a thesis-option Master's program still are highly sought after in industry.
Why Choose a Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering?
Why Choose Purdue?
Courses selected for the thesis option are intended to provide depth of study in a particular area of interest. The prerequisites to the program assure a minimal amount of knowledge in the general field of industrial engineering. The curriculum is designed such that the student has broad selectivity over their coursework. Students are required to select at least 12 credit hours of coursework from IE courses, and are recommended to take at least 6 credit hours from a related area. Selection of courses should be conducted with the faculty member supervising the research project, to ensure courses taken supplement the research project.
Credit Requirements for a Master's Thesis
Have at least 30 total graduate credit hours, which must include:
- 21 credit hours of course work; at least 12 credit hours must come from IE-listed courses; and,
- 9 credit hours of master’s thesis research credits (IE 69800).
Additional Requirements for a Master's Thesis
- Development of a thesis document meeting all requirements of the faculty and Graduate School; and,
- Successful defense of the thesis through an oral examination to a committee of faculty members;
- Note: The student must be registered for at least 3 credit hours of IE 69800 (thesis research) during the session the degree is conferred.