The Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems offers a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) degree focusing on the design and improvement of systems, products, and processes. This degree is available to those applicants with a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Engineering (BSIE) or other Engineering degree ONLY.
can be taken entirely through the Center for Online and Virtual Education
(COVE), which provides video-streamed versions of classes over the Internet.
More information about this program can be found at http://www.cecs.ucf.edu/COVE/ or
The Industrial Engineering MSIE degree
requires an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering or any other
Engineering degree. Students with undergraduate degrees outside of industrial
engineering may be required to take additional prerequisites. The program
offers both thesis and nonthesis options with each requiring 30 credit hours of
courses. At least half of the regular coursework must be at the 6000 level. A
cumulative grade-point average of B must be maintained in the entire program of
Thesis Option: The thesis option requires 12 credit hours
of required courses, 12 credit hours of electives and 6 thesis credit
hours. Students must also write and successfully defend a thesis.
Nonthesis Option: The nonthesis option requires 12 credit hours of
required courses and 18 credit hours of electives. Research studies are required
in one or more courses. The research study and report will focus on reviewing
and analyzing contemporary research in the profession in order to help students
acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to research-based best practices. In
addition, students may engage in directed independent studies, directed research
or a research report during their studies. A program of study must be developed
with the graduate program director and meet with departmental approval. At
least one-half of the credit hours (including thesis hours) required in a
master’s program of study must be at the 6000 level or higher. Students on
assistantships must take 9 credit hours per semester to satisfy the university’s
requirement for full-time status. Most students working full time take 6 credit
hours per semester. At that rate, the program can be completed in 6 semesters or
less. However, students with more time available and with an early start on a
thesis, if applicable, can finish the program in 3 semesters.
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with undergraduate degrees in industrial engineering or other engineering
degrees are encouraged to apply for admission. Graduates from non-engineering
curricula may apply to obtain the MS degree.
All applicants are expected
to have completed the following prerequisites during their undergraduate
- Computer programming capability. Proficiency
with MS Office expected. C++, Visual BASIC, or Java recommended.
- Mathematics through Calculus II (MAC 2312 or equivalent)
- Undergraduate probability and statistics for engineers (STA 3032 or
Required Courses—12 Credit Hours
- ESI 6551 Systems Architecting (3 credit hours)
- ESI 6224
Quality Management (3 credit hours)
- ESI 6247 Experimental Design and
Taguchi Methods (3 credit hours)
Select one of the following
- ESI 5306 Operations Research (3 credit hours)
- ESI 6418 Linear Programming and Extensions (3 credit hours)
Courses—12 Credit Hours
All students, both thesis and nonthesis, must
take 12 credit hours of electives after consultation with their adviser.
Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours
The thesis option requires an
additional 6 credit hours of thesis. Thesis students must complete an
independent research project and write and successfully defend a thesis
describing the project. Students may not register for thesis credit hours until
an advisory committee has been appointed and the committee has reviewed the
program of study and the proposed thesis topic.
- EIN 6971
Thesis (6 credit hours)
The College of Engineering and Computer
Science requires that all thesis defense announcements are approved by the
student's adviser and posted on the college's website (http://www.cecs.ucf.edu/graddefense/)
and on the College of Graduate Studies Events
Calendar at least two weeks before the defense date.
Option—6 Credit Hours
- EIN 6950 Capstone Course in Industrial and
Systems Engineering (3 credit hours)
- Elective course (3 credit
The nonthesis option requires a capstone course and an
additional unrestricted elective course that supports the student's area of
research and study interests. The capstone course should be completed toward the
end of the student's graduate plan of study. As part of the requirements of this
courses, students will complete an independent capstone project on a topic
relevant to the industrial and systems engineering field and approved by the
instructor. Students are expected to use and leverage knowledge obtained in the
program to complete the project. This course serves as the culminating
experience for students and shows their engagement in independent learning.
The program requirements are flexible enough to allow
the students to tailor the coursework according to their desired educational and
career goals. With the approval of their adviser and/or the graduate program
director, students may select from the following groups of courses to satisfy
the needs of their research goals or career objectives. To assist the students
in achieving these goals and objectives, courses are grouped below to suggest
focus areas, only as a guide to assist in advising and course selection. They
are not intended to restrict elective choices among specialization areas as the
intent of the program is to help graduate students maintain an integrated
approach to their studies. The listing of these courses does not guarantee that
they will be offered by the department in a particular year or semester.
In addition to the courses listed below, students may be allowed to take
courses from the following disciplines at UCF, with the approval of the graduate
program director, as an elective in their graduate program of study:
- Other Engineering programs
- Computer Science
- Business Administration or
Human System Engineering/Ergonomics
- EIN 5248C Ergonomics (3 credit hours)
- EIN 5251 Usability Engineering (3
- EIN 6270C Work Physiology (3 credit hours)
- EIN 6258 Human-Computer Interaction (3 credit hours)
- EIN 6279C Biomechanics
(3 credit hours)
- EIN 6935 Advanced Ergonomics Topics (3 credit
- EIN 6271 Human Reliability (3 credit hours)
Quality and Production Systems
- ESI 6225 Quality Design and
Control (3 credit hours)
- EIN 5392C Manufacturing Systems Engineering (3
- EIN 6336 Production and Inventory Control (3 credit
- EIN 6425 Scheduling and Sequencing (3 credit hours)
- EIN 5356 Cost Engineering (3 credit hours)
- ESI 5227 Total Quality
Improvement (3 credit hours)
- EIN 6182 Engineering Management (3 credit hours)
- EIN 5117 Management
Information Systems I (3 credit hours)
- EIN 6370 Innovation in
Engineering Design (3 credit hours)
- EIN 6339 Operations Engineering (3
- EIN 5108 The Environment of Technical Organizations (3
Simulation, Optimization and Modeling
- ESI 6336 Queuing Systems (3 credit hours)
- ESI 6532 Object-Oriented Simulation (3 credit hours)
- ESI 5531 Discrete Systems
Simulation (3 credit hours)
- EIN 5255C Interactive Simulation (3 credit
- EIN 6528 Simulation Based Life Cycle Engineering (3 credit
- EIN 6645 Real-Time Simulation Agents (3 credit hours)
- EIN 6936 Seminar in Advanced Industrial Engineering (3 credit hours)
- ESI 5419C Engineering Applications of Linear and Nonlinear Optimization (3
- ESI 6217 Statistical Aspects of Digital Simulation (3
- ESI 6358 Decision
Analysis (3 credit hours)
- ESI 5359 Risk Assessment and Management (3
- EIN 6215 System Safety Engineering and Management (3
- ESI 5236 Reliability Engineering (3 credit hours)
- EIN 5346 Engineering Logistics (3 credit hours)
- ESI 6891 IEMS
Research Methods (3 credit hours)
students in the Industrial Engineering MSIE program pay a $58 equipment fee each
semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $29 each semester that
they are enrolled.
Independent LearningA research project serves as the independent learning experience for thesis students. Nonthesis students are required to complete the department's capstone course toward the end of their program.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
College of Engineering and Computer Science strongly encourages prospective
applicants to request a free pre-screening submission (www.cecs.ucf.edu/prescreen) of
their qualifications prior to submitting an online application for graduate
admission. However, a pre-screening is not required; rather, it is offered as a
courtesy to all prospective applicants before they commit to submitting a
complete online application and paying an application processing fee.
Admissions decisions are made on the basis of a complete online application
only, and not on the basis of any pre-screening. Prospective applicants who are
encouraged to apply to their intended graduate program based on the information
provided for their pre-screening are not assured of admission or financial
assistance when they submit a complete online application. Although it is
possible, it is not likely, that prospective applicants who are discouraged from
formally applying to a graduate program at the pre-screening stage will be
admitted if they elect to submit a complete online application anyway.
In addition to the general
UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program
- One official transcript (in a
sealed envelope) from each college/university attended
- Résumé or Curriculum Vita
- Goal statement
- The goal statement should discuss all
relevant professional background and any previous research and/or teaching
experience. The statement should explain the motivation behind the pursuit of a
Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Future educational and career goals
after the completion of the applicant’s master study should be
- If the applicant is interested in completing a
Master thesis, then the applicant must clearly describe the particular area of
research interest. The applicant should identify at least one UCF faculty member
who shares a similar research focus and is believed to be best suited to serve
as a potential thesis advisor.
- The goal statement should
between 500 and 1,000 words.
- Two letters of
- The letters of
recommendation should be from faculty members, university administrators and
employers with a supervisory role of the applicant.
The letters, which must be current to the application and must not
be for another degree program, should address the educational and career goals
of applicant. The letter writers should also know the applicant
well enough to discuss the applicant’s capacity to perform, excel and succeed in
a graduate program. Letters for Master's thesis students must discuss the
applicant’s ability to perform graduate-level research.
- Applicants applying to this program who have attended a
college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course
credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted
from World Education
Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc.
are accepted for the fall and spring terms only.
may choose to conduct face-to-face or telephone interviews before accepting an
applicant into their research program.
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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website
, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information
section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.