Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

The Master of Science in industrial engineering (MSIE) degree program offers tracks in all of the three areas described above. Students can complete the degree requirement through any of the following options: thesis, directed project, or all coursework.

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: math344, calculus III; IME 255, Engineering Economy; a natural sciences course equivalent to that of the undergraduate engineering requirement;
  3. Have programming competence in C, C++, Visual Basic, or Fortran;
  4. 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( student with lower GPA may be considered only for probationary or non- degree admission); and
  5. Indicate one of the following as a concentration area: engineering systems, ergonomics/human factors, or manufacturing systems engineering.

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. students with an undergraduate degree from a program not accredited by ABET are encouraged to submit GRE scores.

Please apply online at the Graduate School Website (apply here)

Degree Requirements

  1. Core courses (13 Credit hours): IME 549, Industrial Ergonomics; IME 550, Operations Research; IME 553, Production Systems; IME 724, Statistical Methods for Engineers; and CESP 750D, Engineering Research Writing;
  2. Major area (concentration) courses: at least 9 hours from a selected list of area courses;
  3. Technical electives: from an approved list of courses (no more than 6 hours from another department);
  4. Up to 12 hours may be transferred from another accredited graduate school;
  5. An approved Plan of Study
  6. A 3.000 overall Graduate GPA and a 3.000 GPA in all courses on the Plan of Study
  7. At least 60% of hours in a plan of study  must be at 700 or higher level
  8. A student must select both a Concentration ( Engineering Systems, Ergonomics, or Manufacturing Systems) and an Option (All Course, Directed Project or Thesis)


Thesis Option—a minimum of 24 hours of coursework (consisting of core courses, major area courses, and technical electives) plus 6 hours of thesis,
Directed Project Option—a minimum of 30 hours of coursework (consisting of core courses, major area courses, and technical electives) plus 3 hours of directed project,
All Coursework Option—a minimum of 33 hours of coursework (consisting of core courses, major area courses, and technical electives) plus 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
- 33 credit hours of approved course work (including core courses) and a terminal activity. After the terminal activity is completed, a terminal activity form needs to be submitted.
- Terminal activity for the all-course option can be satisfied by either:

  1. Passing IME 874 (1 Credit Hour – Graduate Seminar) - 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. 
  2. Receiving an external certification. the certificate has to be validated by the graduate coordinator.

The certification can be any one of the following:

  • One of the following ASQ Certification
    • Certified Quality Engineer - CQE
    • Reliability Engineer - CRE
    • Six Sigma Black Belt - CSSBB
    • Six Sigma Green Belt - CSSGB
    • Software Quality Engineer - CSQE
  • One of the following modules or certification from APICS
    • One module from the Certified Production & Inventory Management
      • Basics of Supply Chain Management
      • Master Planning of Resources
      • Detailed Scheduling and Planning
      • Execution and Control of Operations
      • Strategic Management of Resources
    • Certified Supply Chain Professional
  • •One of the SME certifications
    • Certified Manufacturing Engineering (CMfgE) Certification
  • Lean Certification
  • Six Sigma Certification

For more information, contact:
Graduate Coordinator,
Department  of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 67260-0035
Phone: 316-978-3425,
E-mail: IMEgradprogram@wichita.edu,
Web: http://www.wichita.edu/ime