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Master of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

The Master of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research The MSIEOR is a 30-credit program. The course-only option consists of 10 courses, whereas the thesis option requires 7 courses and a 9-credit thesis. UMass MIE undergraduate students can apply for a fast-track admission to the MS program through a five-year BS/MS plan.

In addition to the Graduate School requirements stated in the Graduate School Catalog, all M.S. students in the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Program are required to take the following six courses:

  • MIE 620 Linear Programming
  • MIE 684 Stochastic Processes in Industrial Engineering
  • One course in the Human Factors track
    • MIE 657 Human Factors Design Engineering OR
    • MIE 697RM Research Methods
  • One course in Decision Making track
    • MIE 654 or 754 Economic Decision Making for Engineers
    • MIE 686X Multicriteria Decision Making and Analysis
  • Any two additional courses out of the following list:
    • Optimization track
      • MIE 532 Network Optimization
      • MIE 597 Optimization and Economics of Electric Power Systems
      • MIE 697SB Simulation-Based Optimization
      • MIE 724 Non-Linear Programming
      • SOM 752 Business Process Optimization
      • SOM 797AE Stochastic Models
    • Human Factors track
      • MIE 657 Human Factors Design Engineering  
      • MIE 697RM Research Methods
    • Production track
      • MIE 597SL Supply Chain Logistics
      • MIE 651 Advanced Production Planning
      • MIE 697Q Logistics
      • SOM 758 Supply Chain Management
    • Decision Making track
      • MIE 654 or 754 Economic Decision Making for Engineers
      • MIE 686X Multicriteria Decision Making and Analysis

 

All entering M.S. students who are planning to enroll in the industrial engineering and operations research program are expected to have successfully completed courses in linear algebra and probability and statistics. Entering M.S. students who have not taken a course at the undergraduate level covering these topics must get permission from the instructor of a required course to enroll. The instructor, at his or her discretion, may require that the student take a prerequisite (e.g., linear algebra may be required as a prerequisite for linear programming). This prerequisite will not count for credit towards the graduate program requirements if it is an undergraduate level course. Those students who need make-up courses should expect to take at least one additional semester to complete their graduate degree.

The remaining elective courses can be chosen from that list as well as a large array of courses offered across the university. Course-only students can work on independent studies with faculty for up to 6crs towards the MSIEOR degree. Finally, to complete all graduate school and departmental requirements, at least 21 credits must be within the MIE department and at least 21 credits (i.e., either 7 courses or thesis plus 4 courses) must be at the 600 level or higher. Pass/fail credits will not count towards degree completion.

For more information visit: https://mie.umass.edu/mie-graduate-programs