The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering degree program is designed for students who have already obtained a bachelor's degree in engineering, mathematics, or physical science and who are versed in several of the basic areas of industrial engineering. The program provides students the mathematical, scientific and analytical skills necessary to solve complex business problems in a number of industries.
All courses needed for the degree are available online to students residing both in and out of the United States. Students never need to come to campus for any coursework and will travel to the Kansas State University campus only once at the end of their program for an oral examination, which is conducted by their supervisory committee.
Careers in Industrial Engineering
Graduates of the industrial engineering master's degree program are involved in careers including:
- data analyst
- industrial engineer
- logistics engineer
- operations and operations research engineer
- quality engineer
- safety engineer
- process control and integration engineer
- systems analyst
- production manager and consultant
- manufacturing supervisor
- supply chain manager
Kansas State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering degree is offered through the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering. The department's undergraduate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the same engineering faculty is fully engaged in the high-quality graduate programs.
The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering online degree consists of 30 credit hours and can be a coursework-only program or students may choose a thesis option. Students choosing the thesis option will complete a thesis for a minimum of 6 credit hours. See the IMSE Department’s Graduate Handbook on the IMSE Guidelines & Forms website for more information on these options.
A final master's culminating experience presentation is required for each student upon completion of their coursework or in the final semester of coursework. The culminating experience is administered by the student's supervisory committee and tests their grasp of topics in the curriculum as well as their ability to apply them in the workplace. All students who complete a thesis will defend their work before their supervisory committee.
Students residing within 250 miles of Manhattan, Kansas, must travel to campus to meet with their supervisory committee for the culminating experience. Others may request a telephone or teleconference culminating experience. Students must be enrolled in a K-State course during the semester in which they are completing the master's program.
All coursework is offered at a distance via K-State Online, the course management system at Kansas State University.
Classes are made up of lectures, readings, videos, discussion boards or other online learning activities. Classes vary in format. There may be quizzes, tests, or papers, and students may be required to have an exam proctor. Students work independently, yet share comments and questions via K-State Online.
Classes are delivered within a semester time frame. Fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks. Summer classes are eight to 12 weeks.
- IMSE 641 - Quality Engineering
- IMSE 811 - Advanced Production and Inventory Control
- IMSE 780 - Methods of Operation Research, or two courses from the following:
- IMSE 751 - Normative Theory of Decisions and Games
- IMSE 810 - Industrial Logistics Engineering
- IMSE 865 - Simulation of Industrial Management Systems
- IMSE 866 - Applied Stochastic Processes and Theoretical Simulation
- IMSE 881 - Linear Programming
- IMSE 882 - Network Flows and Graph Theory
- IMSE 884 - Integer Programming and Combinatorial Optimization
- IMSE 982 - Nonlinear Programming
- IMSE 991 - Multiple Criteria Decision Making
To graduate, a student may receive at most one C in all of the core courses (no D’s or F’s are allowed). This may require some students to retake core courses.
Electives are any courses not utilized as a core course on your program of study. At least one elective course is offered online each semester. Electives may also include:
- IMSE 605 – Advanced Industrial Management
- IMSE 610 – Occupational Safety Engineering
- IMSE 625 – Work Environments
- IMSE 785 – Big Data Analytics
- IMSE 806 – Engineering Project Management
- IMSE 822 – Advanced Engineering Economics
Other electives can be taken from industrial engineering, statistics, mathematics, computer science and other engineering departments. Students will work with their advisor and supervisory committee to choose appropriate elective courses.
Program of Study
Actual degree requirements will be summarized on a program of study. The student's supervisory committee must approve the student's program of study. The students pursuing a coursework-only MSIE degree should have a supervisory committee of Dr. Shing Chang, Dr. Shuting Lei, and Dr. ZJ Pei. Any of these faculty members are typically the major professor. Some general guidelines include:
- Of the 30 credit hours required for the MSIE program, at least 18 hours should be at the 700 level and above.
- Courses offered by other K-State departments, if approved by an advisor, can also be elective courses.
- At most, 6 hours can be transferred from another school unless prior approval is obtained. The maximum that can be transferred is 10 credit hours.
- No more than 6 hours can be taken from an outside department without prior permission.
- Courses in the IMSE department must be at or above the 600 level.
- Courses outside the department must be at or above the 500 level.
How to Apply
1. Review Admission Requirements
To qualify for admission into the industrial engineering master’s degree, students must meet the following requirements:
- Bachelor's degree in engineering, mathematics or physical science and be versed in several of the basic areas of industrial engineering. Non-industrial engineering undergraduates may be required to take six semester credit hours of prerequisite courses.
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in the final two years or approximately the last 60 credit hours
- A score of 750 (old scoring system)/159 (new scoring system) or above on the quantitative portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). GRE scores are not required for students who have completed an undergraduate degree from an ABET-accredited program.
- Industrial engineering graduate students are expected to have a proficiency in computer programming (equivalent to K-State's CIS 200 or CIS 209), linear programming (at the level of IMSE 560) and statistics (at the level of STAT 510/511), as these classes are prerequisites for two of MSIE’s core courses.
2. Review Application Requirements
- Applications are accepted year-round. Applicants should plan to apply no later than two to three months before the start of the semester. The fall semester begins in late August, the spring semester begins in late January and the summer semester begins in late May.
- Fall semester (begins in late August): January 8
- Spring semester (begins in late January): August 1
- Summer semester (begins in late May): December 1
Students who would like to get started right away but have missed the deadline may take classes as a nondegree-seeking student. Contact us for assistance.
U.S. Applicants: $65
International Applicants: $75
3. Prepare to Apply
Please be prepared to upload the following information when completing the online application.
1) Statement of objectives: One to two pages outlining why the applicant wants to pursue a graduate degree, accomplishments/traits that would make the applicant a good addition to our program, and future plans/goals. Most statements are three to four paragraphs in length.
2) Names and emails of three professional and/or academic references who will provide letters of recommendation. Your references will be contacted automatically using the email addresses that you supply, but it is your responsibility to ensure that your letters are submitted before your program’s application deadline.
3) An official GRE exam report submitted directly from ETS (submission codes: K-State-6334; IMSE Dept.-1301). Upload scores or, if unable to upload scores, self-report the most recent test scores and arrange for an official score report to be sent to the K-State Graduate School. GRE scores are not required for students who have completed an undergraduate degree from an ABET-accredited program.
4) Resume/curriculum vitae
5) Unofficial transcripts from each institution attended
- Failure to list any colleges or universities from which the applicant received a degree or enrolled in graduate coursework may result in dismissal from the university.
- If transcripts are not in English, the applicant must furnish a translation by an appropriate authority.
- Applicants will be asked for official transcripts after notification of admission.
Tuition and Fees
Online and Off-Campus Courses
Students taking online or off-campus courses through Kansas State University Global Campus will pay the same tuition rate regardless of where they live.
Some graduate programs have different tuition and fee structures than what is outlined in the tuition and fee schedule below. A list of these programs can be found on the chart.
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Last updated March 1, 2018