Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering


The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering program is designed to prepare students who hold a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering or other engineering disciplines for advanced level professional practice in industrial engineering. The program is structured to fit individual student interests and career objectives. Thesis and non-thesis options are available. Program graduates can look forward to career opportunities at higher levels of responsibility and remuneration. These include jobs at a variety of levels in manufacturing and service-related industries.

Graduate courses are offered each semester at the Grand Rapids Graduate Center-Beltline each semester. Check course listings or with your advisor for details.


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Admission Requirements

A candidate for admission to the Master of Science program in Industrial Engineering must:

  1. Possess a baccalaureate degree with a major in a technical field such as engineering or a related discipline.
  2. Satisfy all the master's admission requirements of both the University and the department.
  3. Possess a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  4. Submit GRE scores for the General Test.

Students with a B.S. in industrial engineering will usually not be required to take any prerequisite classes. Students with other majors are encouraged to apply, but they may be required to take prerequisite courses depending upon their background. Applicants with a grade point average of at least 2.6 but under 3.0 will be given probationary admission--non-degree status. They may be granted regular admission after completing nine hours of approved graduate courses toward a MSIE degree with a grade of "B" or better in each course.

Apply online at http://www.wmich.edu/apply/graduate/


Program Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis options are available. Both programs are directed by the student's major advisor and the graduate committee. Details of these options are presented below:


Thesis Option

  1. An approved, integrated program with a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit and an overall grade of "B" or better with no grade below "C."
  2. The 30 credits must be completed as follows:
    • 18 credits of core requirements
    • 6 credits of IME 7000, Master's Thesis
    • 6 credits of electives
  3. A written thesis which meets Graduate College requirements and an oral examination in defense of the thesis.

Non-thesis Option

  1. An approved, integrated program with a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit and an overall grade of "B" or better with no grade below a "C."
  2. The 30 credits must be completed as follows:
    • 18 credits of core requirements
    • 3 credits of IME 6970, Problems in Industrial Engineering or an approved 6000 level IME elective
    • 9 credits of electives at least 6 of which will be from the IME Department

Core Requirements

The core consists of six courses. These courses have been selected to prepare students in advanced concepts in different areas of industrial engineering. The core courses are:

IME 5160 Design of Experiments and Regression Analysis
3 credits
IME 6060 Capital Budgeting and Cost Analysis
3 credits
IME 6110 Deterministic Methods in Operations Research
3 credits
IME 6120 Production/Operations Management
3 credits
IME 6300 Advanced Simulation Modeling and Analysis
3 credits
IME 6420 Ergonomics and Occupational Biomechanics
3 credits

Electives

The specified number of elective courses may be taken at any level (5000 or 6000) from courses offered within the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department or elsewhere in the University unless restricted by program requirements. These courses must be approved by the program advisor prior to registration.

 

Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
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Kalamazoo MI 49008-5336 USA
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