Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering

The Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering & Technology offers four concentrations of graduate study:  Systems Engineering, Engineering Financial Management, Production Engineering, and Manufacturing Management.  The first two concentrations lead to the Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) degree.  The latter two lead to a Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering (MSMfE) degree.  These degree programs respond to a wide range of manufacturing and service industry needs.  The requirements for graduation are provided below in the program statements.  Admission is open to those with engineering or science degrees.  Others with sufficient mathematics preparation may be required to take up to nine hours of engineering prerequisites.

Industrial Engineering

The Engineering Financial Management concentration provides students with the mathematical background required for modeling and solving problems that arise in the financial services industry or large-scale firms. The program exposes the students to the underlying mathematical concepts with a strong emphasis on computational techniques and their practical application in financial problems. This concentration encompasses the design, analysis, and construction of financial instruments, processes, and contracts to meet the needs of enterprises.

The Systems Engineering concentration prepares students to meet the increasing need from industry for engineers who go beyond the expertise in a particular engineering discipline. In this concentration, students develop skills to integrate system components for ensuring total system operability reaching optimum productivity. Students also develop skills to design or improve systems for the physical distribution of goods and services and determine the most efficient plant locations.

The program offers students three options: thesis, research project, and courses only. The courses listed below must be completed to meet degree requirements leading to the Master of Science in Industrial Engineering with a concentration in Engineering Financial Management or Systems Engineering.

Degree Requirements

The Engineering Financial Management concentration requires a 32 graduate credit hours and the Systems Engineering concentration requires a total of 30 graduate credit hours. Both concentrations require a 3.0 grade point average for program completion. Credit hours must be fulfilled as follows:

MSIE Core Courses - 9 hrs.

IME 511 Engineering Statistical methods - 3 hrs.
IME 512 Design and Analysis of Experiments - 3 hrs.
IME 514 Introduction to Operations Research  - 3 hrs.

Thesis or Research work (not required for all-course option)
3 credits for the research option or 6 credits for the thesis option

Thesis option

  • IME 699 Thesis - 6 hrs.

Research option

  • IME 691 Research - 3 hrs.

Concentration Courses

Engineering Financial Management

14 credit hours:

  • IME 501 Engineering Cost Analysis - 3 hrs.
  • FIN 522 - Introduction to Finance - 2 hrs.
  • FIN 622 - Financial Management  - 3 hrs.
  • FIN 624 - Capital Budgeting   - 3 hrs.
  • FIN 625 - Financial Analysis  - 3 hrs.

Elective Courses

  • The remainder of the 32 credit hours can be fulfilled by any 500- or 600-level IME courses.

Systems Engineering

15 hours chosen from the following list:

  • IME 515 Linear Programming & Network Analysis - 3 hrs.
  • IME 522 Manufacturing Quality Control - 3 hrs.
  • IME 526 Reliability Engineering   - 3 hrs.
  • IME 561 Simulation of Man/Machine Systems - 3 hrs.
  • IME 566 Advanced Facility Planning - 3 hrs.
  • IME 583 Production Planning and Control - 3 hrs.
  • IME 585 Occupational Ergonomics - 3 hrs.
  • IME 587 Occupational Safety and Health - 3 hrs.

Elective Courses:

  • The remainder of the 30 credit hours must be selected from the following:
    • Any 500- or 600-level IME courses
    • Any graduate-level courses offered in other departments with consent of the graduate adviser.

Manufacturing Engineering 

The Manufacturing Management concentration in the Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering program prepares students to become future leaders, researchers, and facilitators in lean and six sigma fields to improve processes, product design, and business acumen in sectors such as manufacturing, health care, and service. 

Graduates of the Production Engineering concentration in the Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering program will develop, evaluate, and improve manufacturing materials and processes using their design skills and familiarity with fabrication processes, tool and production equipment capabilities, assembly methods, and quality assurance. Based on their elective courses, the graduates can also apply lean manufacturing principles to develop efficient assembly equipment and operations.

The courses listed in the following curriculum must be completed to meet the degree requirements for the Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering with a Manufacturing Management or Production Engineering concentration.

Degree Requirements

The program offers students three options: thesis, research project, and courses only. Each of these three options require a total of 30 credit hours. A minimum grade point average of 3.00 is required for degree completion.

Credit hours must be fulfilled as follows:

Core Courses - 3 hrs.
Choose one course from the following:

  • IME 511 Engineering Statistical Methods - 3 hrs.
  • IME 512 Design and Analysis of Experiments - 3 hrs.

Thesis or Research work (not required for all-course option)
3 credits for the research option or 6 credits for the thesis option

Thesis option

  • IME 699 Thesis - 6 hrs.

Research option

  • IME 691 Research - 3 hrs.

Elective Courses
9 credit hours for the research or all-course options or 6 credit hours for the thesis option, taken from the following:

  • 500- or 600-level courses listed in any of the MSIE or MSMfE concentrations or IME 511 or IME 512
  • Graduate-level courses offered in other departments with prior approval of the graduate adviser

Concentration courses
15 credits for the thesis or research options or 18 credits for the all-course option

All concentration credits will be taken from one of the concentrations listed below, with advice from the project advisor.

Manufacturing Management Concentration

  • IME 501 Engineering Economy and Costs - 3 hrs.
  • IME 522 Manufacturing Quality Control - 3 hrs.
  • IME 524 Six Sigma Theory and Methodologies  - 3 hrs.
  • IME 555 Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems  - 3 hrs.
  • IME 566 Advanced Facility Planning - 3 hrs.
  • IME 581 Cellular Lean Manufacturing Systems - 3 hrs.
  • IME 586 Advanced Logistical Supply Chain Systems  - 3 hrs.
  • BMA 602 Organizational Behavior  - 3 hrs.

Production Engineering Concentration

  • IME 531 Polymer and Ceramic Materials and Manufacturing or
         IME 533 Composite Materials and Manufacturing - 3 hrs.
  • IME 541 Advanced Forming Processes - 3 hrs.
  • IME 543 Advanced Materials Removal Processes - 3 hrs.
  • IME 553 Advanced CAM - 3 hrs.
  • IME 555 Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems - 3 hrs.
  • IME 590 Geometric Modeling or
          IME 592 Tribology - 3 hrs.
  • IME 595 Design for Manufacturability- 3 hrs.