Graduate Studies

MS in Industrial Engineering

Career Opportunities
More professionals are earning graduate degrees, adding to the competitive nature of the marketplace. It is imperative to explore graduate education as an avenue to achieve a higher level of career success. Whether students want to move up the ladder, find a niche teaching in higher education or pursue consulting opportunities, they can leverage themselves with a graduate degree in industrial engineering at SIUE. Companies like The Boeing Co., Emerson Electric and Covidien hire many SIUE graduates. A graduate degree places students in a network of highly skilled and educated professionals who work in the region, across the country and around the world.

Admission Requirements
In addition to meeting the Graduate School requirements for admission, applicants must have an undergraduate grade-point average of at least 2.75 (A=4.0) in engineering, mathematics and physical science courses. Applicants should have a baccalaureate degree in an engineering discipline from an ABET-accredited program. Applicants who completed a non-ABET accredited program or whose undergraduate studies were in a country other than the United States must have a baccalaureate degree in an engineering discipline which is comparable to the United States’ bachelor’s degree equivalent, and must take the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) (verbal, quantitative and analytical portions) to support their application. Applicants from selected areas of mathematical and physical science will be considered for admission on an individual basis. In cases where the applicant has not completed the prerequisites for core or elective courses, the applicant may be required to complete those courses as “not for graduate credit”. In exceptional cases, the graduate admissions committee may consider applicants who meet all of the Graduate School admission standards but who do not meet certain specified program admission requirements. The committee may consider other evidence that indicates high promise of the applicant’s success in the program. Such supportive evidence may include high scores on the GRE, professional registration, extensive professional experience, professional publications or satisfactory graduate-level work.

Program of Study
The program offers both thesis and non-thesis options. The thesis option requires 30 credit hours; the non-thesis option requires 33 hours. Of the required 30 credit hours of the thesis option, at least 15 credit hours must be Industrial Engineering 500-level credit hours, excluding IE 599. At least 21 credit hours must be in Industrial Engineering courses, and up to six hours may be thesis credit. Of the required 33 hours of non-thesis option, at least 18 credit hours must be Industrial Engineering 500-level credit hours. At least 24 credit hours must be in Industrial Engineering courses. Students who choose the non-thesis option must complete a research project, which has zero credit hour. The specific program of study is selected by the student in consultation with and approved by the student’s advisor. All students are required to complete the program’s core courses: IE 465-Design and Control of Quality Systems, IE 483-Production Planning and Control, IE 515-Engineering Optimization Models, and IE 576-Advanced Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems. Students having completed these or similar courses as part of a baccalaureate degree may choose other courses in the same core area with the approval of their advisor. Four courses of emphasis (systems optimization, manufacturing engineering design, enterprise and production control, and quality engineering) are currently being offered by the program. Students will be guided in thesis work by a thesis advisor with the assistance and concurrence of an advisory committee. The thesis topic will be selected from an area in Industrial Engineering and approved by the student’s advisor. Writing a thesis involves an intensive research effort and students are encouraged to initiate their thesis work early in the program, even before registering for any thesis credit. Upon the completion of the student’s research, a thesis defense will be conducted. In the non-thesis option, students must complete a research project and the student’s advisor may organize a project presentation during the final semester of study.

Graduation Requirements
After all other program requirements are satisfied, a final examination on the course work and related material on the thesis or project will be given. In the thesis option, the final examination is an oral examination directed primarily at the material in the thesis. This examination is conducted by the advisory committee. In the non-thesis option, the final examination is an oral examination directed primarily at the material in the project and related research paper. For more information about application process, visit

Combined BS & MS Studies (3+2)

Students in this accelerated program can get both B.S. and M.S. degrees in IE in five years. An undergraduate student in this program may begin to take graduate level courses after completing 95 out of 126~128 credit hours required for the B.S. degree. In order to join this program, a student must submit a program outline for approval to Graduate Records and Director of the IE graduate program prior to enrollment in any courses to be included as part of the graduate program. Students have two options to obtain an M.S. degree: a thesis option with 30 credit hours of graduate level courses and a non-thesis option with 33 credit hours of graduate level courses. If you have any question on this matter, please contact Dr. Xin Chen, IE Graduate Program Director, at

MS Integrative Study in Engineering Management

Industrial Engineering program offers M.S. of Integrative Studies degree in Engineering Management in collaboration with School of Business.

Application and Admission Information is found in the following links:

The program of study will be at least 37 credit hours and include the following:

  • 1 credit hour of INTG 500 Proposal Development - Independent development of the thesis or final project proposal. Prerequisite: consent of advisory committee.
  • 6 credit hours of one of the following
    • INTG 599 Research (1 - 6) - Independent research at the master's level for the thesis option. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: consent of advisory committee.
    • INTG 593 Final Project (1 - 6) - Independent scholarly or creative activity at the master’s level for the non-thesis option. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: consent of advisory committee.
  • 30 credit hours from the following courses:
From School of Business:

Four courses from the following courses:
  • MBA 522 - 3: DECISION MAKING IN ORGANIZATIONS. Examines the individual and group level dynamics of decision making focusing on non-quantitative issues surrounding managerial decisions and dilemmas. Prerequisite: MBA 521; must be taken in first 12 hours of MBA program.

  • ACCT 524 - 3: ACCOUNTING FOR MBA'S. Understanding and analysis of financial and managerial accounting information to enable internal/external users to make informed business decisions. Prerequisite: ACCT 200 or equivalent.

  • MKTG 525 - 3: MARKETING ANALYSIS AND APPLICATIONS FOR MANAGERIAL DECISION MAKING. Decision-oriented overview of marketing management in creating value by analyzing customer responses for designing products, prices, channel and communication strategies for planning marketing effort.

  • CMIS 526 - 3: INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY. Information systems and state-of-the-art information technology with a middle-level managerial focus.

  • FIN 527 - 3: CORPORATE FINANCE. Theoretical concepts and analytical tools for solving problems and making corporate investment and financing decisions. Firm valuation, international security markets and foreign investments. Will not count toward MA or MS in Economics and Finance. Prerequisite: ACCT 524.

  • MGMT 570 - 3: SEMINAR IN HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT. Theory and practice of human resource management. Balanced attention on strategic use of HR in organizations and HR tools to achieve effectiveness and efficiency. Prerequisite: MBA 523.

From School of Engineering:

At most two courses from the following courses:
  • #CNST 464 - 3 PROJECT CONTROLS. Job inspection, quality assurance, quality control; time and motion studies, time lapse photographs, progress reports, records, employee relations. Prerequisites: CNST 341; senior standing, or consent of instructor.

  • IE 430 - 3 MANAGING ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY. Management functions of planning, organizing, motivating and controlling, and analysis of application of these functions in engineering research, design, production, technical marketing, and project management.

  • IE 445 - 3 FOUNDATIONS OF FINANCIAL ENGINEERING. Financial engineering integrates computational intelligence, mathematical finance, numerical methods and computer simulations for pricing, trading, hedging and investment decisions. Prerequisites: IE 345 and STAT 380 with minimum grades of C.

  • IE 467 - 3 TOTAL QUALITY AND TAGUCHI METHODS. Apply concepts and methods of quality improvement including total quality, quality function deployment, design of experiments, quality loss function, etc. Case studies and software tools. Prerequisites: STAT 380; IE 365, or consent of instructor.

  • IE 468 - 3 SIMULATION. (Same as OR 442) Design of simulation models using a high-level simulation programming language. Applications in production, inventory, queuing, other models. Prerequisite: IE 365 or IE 461 or STAT 380 or consent of the instructor.

  • IE 488 - 3 LEAN PRODUCTION SYSTEMS. Integrated approach to efficient production emphasizing work organization, manufacturing flow, process control, metrics, logistics, and value stream mapping techniques for lean manufacturing implementation. Prerequisite: IE 483 or equivalent or consent of instructor.

  • IE 492 - 3 SPECIAL TOPICS IN INDUSTRIAL AND MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING: SUPPLY CHAIN ANALYTICS. Selected topics of current interest in industrial or manufacturing engineering and related fields. May include individual research projects for students with honors standing.

  • *IE 492 - 3 SPECIAL TOPICS IN INDUSTRIAL AND MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING: PROJECT ENGINEERING. Selected topics of current interest in industrial or manufacturing engineering and related fields. May include individual research projects for students with honors standing.

  • IE 492 - 3 SPECIAL TOPICS IN INDUSTRIAL AND MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING: SIX SIGMA QUALITY AND PROCESS IMPROVEMENT. Selected topics of current interest in industrial or manufacturing engineering and related fields. May include individual research projects for students with honors standing.

At least 4 courses from the following courses:
  • *#CNST 501 - 4 PROJECT MANAGEMENT. (Same as CE 501) Application of technical principles to modern methods of construction, construction planning, scheduling by critical path method, contract documents, estimating and bidding, construction materials. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

  • #CNST 525 - 3 RISK MANAGEMENT OF CONSTRUCTION. A study of the sources of potential risks in the construction process and developing procedures and strategies for managing the risk. Prerequisite: CNST 501 or consent of instructor.

  • #^CNST 550 - 3 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN CONSTRUCTION. Independent study on an advanced topic of special interest in construction. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours provided no topic is repeated. Prerequisites: graduate standing in the MBA program; consent of instructor.

  • IE 515 - 3 ENGINEERING OPTIMIZATION MODELS. Linear and nonlinear optimization for IME. Taxonomy, modeling, formulation, convex optimization, duality, unconstrained, constrained optimization. Computational Complexity and NP-completeness. Engineering applications. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

  • IE 528 - 3 Data Analytics and Mining. Introduction to predictive analytics, data mining, and machine learning techniques and their applications to data intensive problems using modern software tools.

  • *IE 531 - 3 ENGINEERING PROJECT MANAGEMENT. Applying IME skills to industry-based, team-oriented problems involving cost estimating, planning, scheduling, implementation using advanced techniques such as CPM, PERT, GERT. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

  • IE 557 - 3 VALUE ENGINEERING. Effective techniques to improve overall performance highlighting value methodology, lean production management, strategic planning, and everyday business decisions in private industry. Prerequisite: IE 345, IE 451, IE 470 or equivalents or consent of instructor.

  • IE 583 - 3 SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTICS SYSTEMS. Design of integrated production systems based on supply chain logistics, enterprise-wide performance measurement, distribution planning, vehicle routing, demand management, replenishment management, real-time control.

  • IE 592 - 3 TOPICS IN INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING: PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND 3D PRINTING. Topic of special interest; course schedule will include name of topic. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours provided no topic is repeated. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

*Only one of CNST 501 or IE 492 or IE 531 can count for credit.
#At most 3 CNST courses can be taken and at most 2 CNST 500 level courses can be taken.
^At most 3 hours of CNST 550 can be taken for credit.

PhD Studies

Cooperative PhD Program

The School of Engineering at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville participates in the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Engineering Science offered by the College of Engineering at SIUC. A memorandum of understanding exists between two campuses that designates SIUE as an approved residence center. As a result, the coursework completed at SIUE is applicable toward the residency requirements of SIUC. The collaborative PhD program is supported by research activities and projects of the SIUE School of Engineering faculty. The School is currently housed in the 190,000 square-foot Engineering Building that also includes state-of-the-art laboratories for research and instruction.

Former PhD Students from SIUE IE:

  • Dr. Ike Ohu, Assistant Professor, Industrial Engineering, Gannon University, PA
  • Dr. Ali Keshav Panahi, Faculty, Ranken Technical College, MO