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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 is a 30-credit program, and may be entered into by qualified students with Bachelor of Science degrees from any engineering discipline, physics, or mathematics.

The UMass MIE undergraduate students can apply for a fast-track admission to the MS program through a five-year BS/MS plan.

Two options are available for the MS program:

  1. The Thesis option
  2. Coursework Only option

Students in the Thesis option are required to conduct research and write a Thesis (for 9 credits) under the supervision of a faculty member.

In each option, the students are required to pass the following courses

  • Linear Programming
  • Advanced Production Planning or Logistics
  • Human Factors Design Engineering
  • Stochastic Processes in Industrial Engineering
  • Economic Decision Making for Engineers

To complete the 30 credit requirement, students can select courses in their area of interest from a wide variety of graduate level courses, in consultation with their advisor. In the Coursework Only option, up to six credits of an Independent Study course, where the student explores a topic of interest under the supervision of a faculty member, can be used to satisfy the course requirement.

Sample graduate level courses in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research:

  • Introduction to Systems Engineering
  • Multiple Criteria Decision Making & Decision Analysis
  • Network Optimization
  • Deterministic Models
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Quantitative Analysis in Supply Chain Ops.
  • Operations Management
  • Advanced Production Planning
  • Logistics
  • Design of Experiments
  • Operations Research in Healthcare
  • Humanitarian Logistics and Healthcare
  • Integer Programming
  • Stochastic Models
  • Introduction to Simulation
  • Simulation Optimization

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 covering the following topics:  linear programming, probability and statistics, and production planning.  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.

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