Master of Science Degree Program

Your ability to succeed can be enhanced through advanced education. Regardless of the industry — service, research, manufacturing, government, financial, health care, retail, non-profit — employees with a knowledge of Industrial Engineering play a major role in defining an organization’s future.

The area of study that provides individuals with the skills, techniques and tools to succeed in a wide range of organizational settings is Industrial Engineering. Industrial Engineering involves the design, installation, resource allocation and improvement of integrated systems. These systems may be composed of one, some, or all of the following: people, information, equipment, energy, materials, software and processes.

If solving problems, interacting on multidisciplinary teams, and working in one of the many facets of Industrial Engineering are of interest to you, then consider the M.S. in Industrial Engineering. What you can expect from your Industrial Engineering degree is the following:

  • a foundation in industrial engineering tools and methodologies
  • a working knowledge of business fundamentals
  • an understanding of how systems are designed, improved and installed
  • the ability to work in teams with other engineers and business people
  • the ability to write and speak clearly and convincingly
  • the ability to think from a “systems” perspective
  • the ability to analyze and solve problems

In studying for the master’s degree in the Department of Industrial Engineering at New Mexico State University, individuals have several choices of specialization areas. In many cases, you will have the opportunity to choose a number of elective courses in computer science, manufacturing, mechanical engineering and business that customize your degree to fit your specific needs. Present areas of specialization for the M.S. in Industrial Engineering are Engineering Management, Computer Modeling, Operations Research and Manufacturing Engineering.

Areas of Specialization:

Areas of Specialization include computer modeling, operations research and systems engineering, engineering management, manufacturing systems, and reliability engineering. The engineering management and computer modeling options are offered with the cooperation of the College of Business Administration and Economics and the Department of Computer Science, respectively. The program of study in operations research is jointly offered by the Department of Industrial Engineering and the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Fellowships (including a summer job) sponsored by industry are available to selected students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening, which allows the program to be undertaken on a part-time or full-time basis.

Credit Hour Requirements:

Minimum credit hour requirements for the master’s degree may be met in any of the following ways:

  • 24 semester credits approved course work and 6 semester credits of thesis.
  • 27 credits of approved course work and 3 semester credits of Special Research Programs
  • 30 semester credits of approved course work.

Approved course work must meet all requirements of the Graduate School, represent a consistent master’s program in relation to a student’s graduate study goals as determined through consultation with the graduate program adviser, and be approved by a program committee of the graduate faculty of the department. Sample programs for the master’s options in engineering management, computer modeling, operations research, and manufacturing engineering are available in the Graduate Student Catalog.

Facilities and Equipment:

Departmental facilities and equipment are available to support research efforts of graduate students, including computer terminals and laboratories. In addition to departmental facilities, supporting facilities such as the Computer Center, the Computing Research Lab, the Advanced Manufacturing Center, the Integrated Manufacturing Systems Laboratory, and the Engineering Research Center are available for research work.

Note Department of Industrial Engineering

The Department has
suggested course lists for any student desiring to concentrate in one of the specialization areas.


The requirements for a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering can be met in three different ways or options. (1) Project Option, consisting of 30 credits; or (2) Course-Only Option, consisting of 30 credits, (3) Thesis, consisting of 30 credits.

At the Master’s level, a student enrolled in our program must take at least 50% of the coursework required for the degree while enrolled in the NMSU program. Coursework done elsewhere after initiation of graduation studies must have prior approval of the department and the Dean of the Graduate School if such work is to be transferred. For work to be transferred into the program, transfer credit must be earned from an accredited institution offering a similar degree and the student must have been enrolled as a graduate student at that institution.

Admission to the NMSU Graduate School

Students seeking regular admission to the NMSU Graduate School must hold an undergraduate or advanced degree from an accredited institution with an overall grade point average of 3.0. Students with other equivalent backgrounds may be admitted if they meet the prerequisites stated below.

A prospective student should secure the necessary admission forms at After receiving a completed application and two sets of transcripts from all colleges at which the student was previously enrolled, (NMSU graduates must provide only one transcript), the Graduate School will forward application materials and transcripts to the Department of Industrial Engineering for review. The student will be notified regarding his or her acceptance by the Graduate School. No material is forwarded to the department for review until all required application materials have been received by the Graduate School.

Students are eligible for regular admission to graduate study in the IE graduate program if the following conditions are met:

A student holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from a school accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and has taken a course in calculus based probability and statistics, or a student holds a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school and meets the math prerequisites of the Department of Industrial Engineering. The prerequisites are: 9 hours in calculus; 3 hours in differential equations; and 3 hours in calculus based probability and statistics. All students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or above (based on A=4.0) during their last 60 hours of undergraduate study. For more information, contact:

NMSU Graduate School Box 30001, MSC 3G Las Cruces, NM 88003 505-646-2736 —

Departmental Admission Requirements:

Departmental admission requirements in addition to those of the Graduate School must be considered on an individual basis because of the diversity of backgrounds of applicants in the program. An applicant should meet or correspond directly with the graduate faculty as a first step in determining his or her specific admission status.


Upon being admitted to graduate work in the department, the student will be assigned a temporary advisor until a permanent advisor is selected. Students should contact the department prior to the time of registration, so that preliminary advising can be done without pressure or haste.

Selection of Advisor

During the first 12 credit hours in the Industrial Engineering Graduate Program all master’s degree students must select a permanent advisor. This must be done prior to registration for the fifth course the student takes. In selecting an advisor, the student should communicate with several members of our graduate faculty to discuss specific program objectives. The student should also use these contacts to become familiar with faculty research projects that are currently in progress. The faculty member must consent to serve as the student’s advisor in writing. A list of the graduate faculty of the department with their areas of interest is found on the IE web page at

Submission of Programs

After completing 12 credits of graduate coursework, a permanent “Program of Study” form must be submitted to the Graduate School. Acceptance of this program admits the student to candidacy for the degree.

How to Get Started on Your Graduate Education

First, assess your own educational background and determine your ability to commit the time necessary to be successful in the program. You can be advised by one of the program contacts or a faculty member in the Department of Industrial Engineering. The entire application packet for the Graduate School can be found at:

There are three sections to the packet: an application form, transcript request forms and application checklist. The application form can be filled out on-line, however no action on the application will be taken until all required paperwork is complete. Follow the step by step instructions on completing and mailing the application paperwork found on the checklist form. It takes up to 2-3 months for the admission process to complete.


In the following tables, scenarios are presented for the two most popular options that students may follow to earn a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. Students should consider their schedule carefully (and consult an academic graduate advisor) upon entry to the program to insure that they can promptly complete the requirements.

Table 1: Course Option — 30 Credits




IE XXX Select at least 5 courses from Table 3


ME/IE/EE Business Select up to 5 courses from either Table 3 or 4


Table 2: Project Option — 30 Credits
IE 598 Project Research


IE XXX Select at least 4 courses from Table 3


ME/IE/EE Business Select up to 5 courses from either Table 3 or 4


Table 3: Approved IE Course List — College of Engineering
IE 460 Evaluation of Engineering Data
IE 466 Reliability
IE 482 Concepts in Computer Integrated Manufacturing
IE 478 Facilities Planning and Design
IE 482 Concepts in Computer Integrated Manufacturing
IE 515 Stochastic Processes Modeling
IE 522 Queuing Systems
IE 523 Advanced Engineering Economy
IE 524 Manufacturing Systems
IE 525 Systems Synthesis and Design
IE 527 Industrial Sequencing and Scheduling
IE 531 Survey of Operations Research
IE 533 Linear Programming
IE 534 Nonlinear Programming
IE535 Discrete Optimization
IE 537 Large Scale Systems Engineering
IE539 Fundamentals of Transportation and Routing in Logistics
IE 563 Topics in Engineering Administration
IE 561 Advanced Safety Engineering
IE 567 Design and Implementation of Simulation
IE 571 Advanced Quality Control
IE 575 Advanced Manufacturing Systems
IE 577 Ergonomics in Manufacturing Systems
IE 579 Integrated Manufacturing
IE 590 Selected Topics
IE 598 Special Research Programs
Table 4: Approved Electives    
ACCT 5XX With approval of advisor
BCS 5XX With approval of advisor
FIN 5XX With approval of advisor
MGT 5XX With approval of advisor
EE 5XX With approval of advisor and instructor
ME 5XX With approval of advisor and instructor