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Graduate Catalog 2015-16


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Application Deadlines:
For domestic classified status, the deadline is approximately a month before the start of classes (Definite dates are on the application itself). International students, please see the FAQs #16 for your deadline. NOTE: If you are a new graduate student and you intend to apply for a Competitive Graduate Award (CGA), the deadline for having all of your application materials turned in moves up to January 15th. If you apply for the CGA but your SIUE application is incomplete, your application for the Competitive Graduate Award will be removed from consideration.


For the Master of Science Degree in industrial engineering, there are four areas of concentration; systems optimization, manufacturing engineering design, enterprise and production control, and quality engineering. Core courses are offered in the areas of engineering optimization, quality control, production planning, and manufacturing design. The core courses are offered annually; other courses are generally offered once every two years.


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 pre-requisites 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.


The program offers both thesis and non-thesis options.  The thesis option requires 30 credit hours; the non-thesis option requires 33 credit hours.  Of the required 30 credit hours of the thesis option, at least 15 credit hours must be 500 level credit hours, excluding IME 599.  At least 21 credit hours must be in IME 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 500 level credit hours. At least 24 credit hours must be in IME courses.

The specific program of study is selected by the student in consultation with and approved by the student's adviser.  All students are required to complete the program's core courses:  IME 465 - Design and Control of Quality Systems, IME 483 - Production Planning and Control,  IME 515 - Engineering Optimization Models, and IME 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 adviser.

Four core areas 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 adviser with the assistance and concurrence of an advisory committee.  The thesis topic will be selected from an area in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and approved by the student's adviser.  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 pass a program-comprehensive examination during the final semester of study.


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.

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