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Graduate Program Overview
The School of Industrial Engineering and Management offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Industrial Engineering and Management degree, the Master of Science degree, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree.
The Master of Industrial Engineering and Management degree is a graduate professional degree with increased emphasis on professional practice, incorporating an engineering design experience during the final year of study.
The Master of Science degree is characterized by a higher degree of technical specialization in a particular field of study. This degree program is designed to prepare students for professional practice that may include research or consulting components.
The Master of Science degree is intended to be especially attractive to industrial engineering graduates, engineering graduates from other disciplines, and many science majors. The Master of Industrial Engineering and Management degree is intended for graduates from an ABET-accredited engineering or technology program. Both degree programs include a strong technical component and an orientation to business and management that is complementary to a technical background.
The Doctor of Philosophy degree is designed to carry the student to the leading edge of knowledge in the profession industrial engineering and management. It is intended to prepare students for highly specialized positions, such as research and consulting in industry, government and service organizations, and for teaching or research positions in colleges and universities.
The basic consideration in graduate education in industrial engineering and management is effective and efficient utilization of human, physical, and economic resources. Instruction in management embraces both qualitative and quantitative concepts, including analytical methodologies and social considerations pertinent to organizations.
Advanced degree programs are designed with major emphasis in fields of interest such as management, manufacturing systems, operations research, quality and reliability, facilities, energy, environmental management, and enterprise modeling and supply chains. Students may complement industrial engineering and management courses with work in other branches of engineering, as well as economics, business administration, computer science, statistics, mathematics, psychology, and sociology.