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2023-2024 General Catalog 
2023-2024 General Catalog

Industrial Engineering, MS

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The department offers a variety of Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) program options to accommodate students’ needs and specializations. Students may pursue a traditional MS or an MS with specialization in engineering management. The traditional MS program is research based, requiring the students to write and defend a thesis in their chosen area. However, the specialization in engineering management does not require a thesis. The Industrial Engineering Graduate Handbook, which is available from the department, provides a complete description of all programs and requirements.


Candidates for admission to graduate study in industrial engineering must meet university and departmental criteria. In some cases, students may be admitted on a provisional basis pending successful completion of prerequisite work. In all matters concerning admission, decisions made by the departmental graduate committee are final. Students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering are required to complete the following prerequisite courses before undertaking graduate study:

Admission Requirements for Traditional MSIE

  • A BS in industrial engineering (or a related field) from an accredited college or university, with a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Minimum scores of at least 650 (151 in the new scale) on the quantitative portion and 400 (147 in the new scale) verbal portion of the GRE
    Note: Effective August 2011, the GRE Revised General Test replaced the GRE General Test. To learn more about this new test, go to http://www.ets.org/gre.
  • A minimum score of 80 (iBT) on the TOEFL (international students only)
  • Three letters of recommendation, addressed to the Director of Graduate Studies, assessing the applicant’s potential to do graduate work
  • A statement of professional goals

Admission Requirements for MSIE with Specialization in Engineering Management

Requirements for admission to this program are identical to the MSIE admission requirements, except that applicants’ BS degree can be in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, or a related area as determined by the Director of Graduate Studies.

Degree Requirements

Thesis Option

Each MSIE student who intends to complete a thesis is required to take a minimum of thirty semester hours (twenty-four semester hours of course work and six semester hours of thesis). At least eighteen semester hours of the course work hours must be taken in the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or above in order to graduate.

When filing a degree plan, students must specify one of the department’s areas of concentration as their major: manufacturing systems and engineering, or quality engineering and industrial systems. If the desired area of concentration differs from the initial area assigned (based on the student’s graduate application), a petition to the Director of Graduate Studies must be submitted requesting the change.

There are three sets of courses under the traditional MSIE program: core course, specialization industrial engineering courses and electives:

Core Courses

Every student choosing the thesis option must take the following courses and receive a grade of “B” or better in each:

Specialization Courses

These courses are used in defining minimum requirements for each specialization area. Each student is required to take at least three from those courses listed in his or her chosen area of specialization. Substitutions may be made with the approval of the student’s advisory committee and the Director of Graduate Studies. Please refer to the departmental Web site at http://www.ie.eng.fsu.edu.


Elective courses provide program variation for students. An industrial engineering graduate course may be selected as an elective course. With the consent of the advisory committee, the student may take courses from other engineering departments, or other academic schools or colleges of the two universities.

Non-Thesis Option

Under exceptional circumstances, students may be allowed into the MSIE non-theses option. In such cases, students are required to complete a minimum of thirty-three semester hours of course work at the graduate level, at least twenty-four of which must be taken in the Department of Industrial Engineering. Each student must obtain an overall GPA of 3.0 or above in order to graduate. The following are the core courses for the non-thesis option:

Specialization in Engineering Management

Students are expected to complete thirty-three semester hours of course work, and will not complete a thesis. Students should contact the department to learn more about specific course requirements for this program.

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