Prospective Graduate Students

The ISE graduate program offers both MS and Ph.D. degrees. For the MS degree there are three options: Industrial and Systems Engineering, Quality and Reliability Engineering, and Production and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. The MS degree requires either 30 credits of course work or 24 credits of course work and 6 credits of thesis research. The Ph.D. degree requires 48 credits of course work beyond the BS degree and 24 credits of dissertation research. In later sections, the courses, laboratories, and program requirements are described in detail. 

There are four main research areas for the graduate program: production/manufacturing systems, quality/reliability engineering, systems engineering including simulation, logistics and aviation safety, and information technology. The faculty and graduate students are active in research in these areas with publications in leading Industrial and Systems Engineering journals. The research has been supported by agencies including the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Federal Aviation Administration, and private industry.  The department focuses on applied research in engineering. 

The department offers well-equipped laboratories that are available to the graduate students. These include: Computer Integrated Manufacturing Lab, Quality and Reliability Lab, Facilities and Layout Lab, Microcomputer Lab, Microprocessor and Manufacturing Information Technology Lab. 

The Industrial and Systems Engineering department has twelve full-time faculty members. In addition, graduate students collaborate with faculty in other graduate programs including statistics, mechanical engineering, mathematics, operations research, civil and cnvironmental cngineering, and management science. 

Currently there are approximately 80 students in the program, 46 in the MS program, and 34 in the Ph.D. program. Twenty percent are US students; 80 percent are studying full-time. Many graduate courses are offered in the evening making it possible to complete a master’s degree program while working full time. 

We offer full or partial financial support to many of the graduate students in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships. In general, Ph.D. students who have completed their MS degrees are given priority; however students who are in earlier stages of their studies may also be considered for financial support.