Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineering – Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

The Department of Industrial Engineering offers the Master of Science (MS) in Industrial Engineering with focus areas of manufacturing, operations research and engineering management. Students may choose one of two options for completing their MS degree and the requirements for each option are listed below:

  • Thesis option: 24 credits of course work plus 6 credits of IE 599
    (Master’s Thesis).
  • Project Option: 27 credits of course work plus 3 credits of IE 598
    (project course).

Whether students write a thesis or complete a project, the program of study leading to the MS degree consists of 30 credits. At least 50% of the course work must be taken from the Approved IE Department Course List. This means that students can take up to five electives from engineering disciplines outside the department and/or other areas of interest outside the college.

Note that NMSU reserves the right to change the program requirements without prior notice. Information in the NMSU Graduate Catalog takes precedence over any other information.


Students seeking regular admission to graduate study in Industrial Engineering must meet departmental admission requirements in addition to those of the Graduate School ( The departmental requirements are listed below:

  • 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.
  • You must write a statement of intent describing your intended research. This statement should be 200-300 words and should discuss your graduate research interests and suggest a faculty member who might advise your research. Refer to the research interests of faculty for possible advisors. You will not be admitted if you do not submit this statement as it is part of your application for admission.

Note that up to 15 credits may be transferred in if the student was enrolled in an approved graduate program. An applicant should meet or correspond directly with the IE 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.





Master’s Thesis


I E 599 Master’s Thesis

Master’s Project 3
I E 598 Special Research Programs
Approved IE Department Course List (Note that courses are listed under their area of primary focus but may address other areas. See course descriptions for more details.)
Operations Research
I E 515 Stochastic Processes Modeling
I E 522 Queuing Systems
I E 525 Systems Synthesis and Design
I E 533 Linear Programming
I E 534 Nonlinear Programming
I E 535 Discrete Optimization
I E 567 Design and Implementation of Discrete Event Simulation
Applied Statistics
I E 460 Evaluation of Engineering Data
I E 466 Reliability
I E 545 Characterizing Time-Dependent Engineering Data
Design and Manufacturing
I E 478 Facilities Planning and Design
I E 524 Advanced Production and Inventory Control
I E 571 Advanced Quality Control
I E 575 Advanced Manufacturing Processes
Engineering Management
I E 523 Advanced Engineering Economy
I E 530 Environmental Management Seminar
I E 537 Large Scale Systems Engineering
I E 561 Advanced Safety Engineering
I E 563 Topics in Engineering Administration
Depending on contents, the following two courses are applicable to any of the above four areas:
I E 505 Directed Readings
I E 590 Selected Topics
Optional Electives¹
EE 5XX With approval of advisor and instructor
ME 5XX With approval of advisor and instructor
CE 5XX With approval of advisor and instructor
ACCT 5XX With approval of advisor
BCIS 5XX With approval of advisor
FIN 5XX With approval of advisor
MGT 5XX With approval of advisor
CS 5XX With approval of advisor
¹ The optional course outside the department and/or the college should be previously approved by the academic advisor. See your advisor for more detailed information about selecting elective courses.