Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

The mission of the Master of Science in industrial engineering (MSIE) degree program is to enhance the skills of degreed engineers by providing advanced knowledge and skills that are needed to design, model, analyze and manage modern complex systems in order to increase the effectiveness of manufacturing and service sector organizations. Students will have opportunity to enhance their knowledge on technical skills  such as optimization, production planning, quality, supply chain management, simulation, analytics, reliability, ergonomics, systems engineering, manufacturing engineering, and biomedical engineering, and also non-technical skills required for success in their careers. Recent graduates have obtained positions in manufacturing, services, and consulting companies.

Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted in the MSIE program, applicants must:

  1. Possess an undergraduate degree in engineering, science, business, or other related discipline;
  2. Have satisfactorily completed: MATH 243, Calculus II; IME 255, Engineering Economy;
  3. Have a minimum GPA of 3.000, on a 4.000 scale, in the last 60 hours of undergraduate courses and in all graduate courses (students with lower GPA may be considered only for probationary or non- degree admission); and

In addition,

  1. Students with English as a second language must have a minimum score of 79 on the Internet-based, or a 550 or higher on the paper-based TOEFL, or a minimum overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS. Students who have attended a US university for one year in academic-only coursework, and who have achieved a 3.00 or higher GPA may have the English proficiency requirement waived.  This will be determined at the point of application by the Graduate School office.  Students requesting financial assistance are encouraged to submit a score of 23 or higher on the speaking portion of the Internet-based TOEFL, or a 50 or higher on the SPEAK test; and
  2. Department prefers and strongly encourages the submission of GRE scores.

Please note that

  1. Some of the IME courses may require programming skills as a pre-requisite.
  2. Some of the IME courses may require Linear Algebra or Calculus III as a pre-requisite.


Degree Requirements

  1. A student must select a concentration. The concentrations in the IME graduate program are:
    • Operations Research
    • Systems
    • Production and Supply Chain Analytics
    • Quality and Reliability
    • Manufacturing Engineering
    • Human Systems Engineering
  2. Course Distribution:
    1. Core courses (4 hours): IME 724 Statistical Methods for Engineers; one semester of zero credit seminar course IME 777 IME Colloquium; and CESP 750D Engineering Research Writing;
    2. Minimum 15 hours distributed as follows: Students should choose one concentration area and take at least 9 hours from this concentration area. In addition, students must take at least 3 hours from each of two other concentrations. For a list of courses in each concentration, please check IME webpage (http://www.wichita.edu/ime);
    3. Technical electives: no more than 6 hours from other departments
    4. A students must select one of the following options for completion of MSIE degree: All Course, Directed Project or Thesis.
    5. A Plan of Study should be submitted during the first semester of enrollment and at least 60% of hours in a plan of study must be at 700 or higher level WSU courses;
    6. Professional and Scholarly Integrity Training Requirement must be completed, preferably during the first semester of the program.


  • Thesis option (30 hours): a minimum of 24 hours of course work and  a minimum of  6 hours of thesis
  • Directed Project option (33 hours): a minimum of 30 hours of coursework and 3 hours of directed project
  • All Coursework Option (33 hours): a minimum of 33 hours of coursework and completing a terminal activity, such as one hour of IME 874-Graduate seminar, or receiving an external certification. 

Details of the 33 Credit Hour All Course MSIE Option

Terminal activity for the all-course option can be satisfied by either:

  1. Completing IME 874 Graduate Seminar (1 Credit Hour)

The seminar consists of doing a mini-project such as literature review with a minimum of 5 single-spaced pages and must be performed in consultation with the faculty advisor. The scope of the seminar will be determined in collaboration with the faculty advisor.  The oral presentation for the seminar shall be done in front of two members of IME faculty and the faculty advisor. 


  1. Receiving any of the following external certificates:

Students need approval of the graduate coordinator for any other professional certifications not listed in the above list. Note that certification resulting from completing any training module/online class does not qualify as an external certification.