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College : Engineering and Computer Science Degree :MS
Department : Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Option : Nonthesis
Program Websites :


The Healthcare Systems Engineering track in the Industrial Engineering MS is a completely online program and focuses on applications of systems engineering that enable effective decision-making and successful project delivery and system redesign in healthcare organizations. This unique program is offered in response to the growing needs of the healthcare industry.


The Healthcare Systems Engineering (HCSE) track requires 30 credit hours of courses beyond the bachelor's degree. This program offers only the nonthesis option. 

This web-based online master's program in Healthcare Systems Engineering is designed to attract students with a variety of educational backgrounds and keen interest in working in the healthcare field. It provides healthcare practitioners, and individuals with an engineering background who are interested in joining the rapidly expanding field of healthcare systems, with models and tools such as quantitative analysis, systems modeling and computer simulation for effective decision-making in healthcare organizations and systems.

For information about the program, please contact the HSE Director Dr. Vernet Lasrado ( or IEMS Graduate Director Dr. Ahmad Elshennawy (

Translating a specific design into an organizational or physical reality in the most effective manner, and with the highest quality, is the focus of the industrial Engineering and Management Systems field. This program is tailored to meet the needs of a broad range of working professionals interested in leading healthcare systems engineering and management activities. It is the first program of its kind, with no other university currently offering a similar program fully online.

Total Credit Hours Required:
30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree


An undergraduate course in probability and statistics

Required Courses—30 Credit Hours

All of the following courses are required for completion of the Healthcare Systems Engineering program.

  • HSC 6636 Issues and Trends in the Health Professions (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 5219 Engineering Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 6551 Systems Architecting (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 6357 Advanced Engineering Economic Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 5531 Discrete Systems Simulation (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 5359 Risk Assessment and Management (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 5117 Management Information Systems (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 6224 Quality Management (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 6609 Industrial Engineering Analytics for Healthcare (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 5140 Project Engineering (Capstone) (3 credit hours)

Cost Per Credit Hour

For the Healthcare Systems Engineering track in the Industrial Engineering MS program, both for in-state and out-of-state, the cost per credit hour is $1,239.16.*

*Fee subject to change.

Independent Learning

The Independent Learning requirement is met by successful completion of the research studies required in individual courses and EIN 5140 Project Engineering (Capstone). These research studies require that students integrate material from all the courses in their program.

Application Requirements

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.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • 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 discussed.
    • 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 recommendation
    • 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. only.

Applications are accepted for the fall and spring terms only.

Faculty members may choose to conduct face-to-face or telephone interviews before accepting an applicant into their research program.

Application Deadlines

Healthcare Systems Engineering *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jun 15Dec 15


International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1


International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1


*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.