1. Introduction Of the MSIE Program

The mission of the Master of Science in industrial engineering (MSIE) degree program is to enhance the skills of degreed engineers by providing advanced knowledge and skills that are needed to design, model, analyze and manage modern complex systems in order to increase the effectiveness of manufacturing and service sector organizations. Students will have opportunity to enhance their knowledge on technical skills such as optimization, production planning, quality, supply chain management, simulation, analytics, reliability, ergonomics, systems engineering, manufacturing engineering, and biomedical engineering, and also non-technical skills required for success in their careers. Recent graduates have obtained positions in manufacturing, services, and consulting companies.

2. Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted in the MSIE program, applicants must:

  1. Possess an undergraduate degree in engineering, science, business, or other related discipline;
  2. Have satisfactorily completed: MATH 243, Calculus II; IME 255, Engineering Economy;
  3. Have a minimum GPA of 3.000, on a 4.000 scale, in the last 60 hours of undergraduate courses and in all graduate courses (students with lower GPA may be considered only for probationary or non- degree admission); and

In addition,

  1. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit official, acceptable scores for either the TOEFL, the Academic Module of the IELTS examination, or the PTE-Academic test. Please visit the Graduate School website (http://wichita.edu/gradschool) to check English proficiency requirements; and
  2. Department prefers and strongly encourages the submission of GRE scores.

Please note that

  1. Some of the IME courses may require programming skills as a pre-requisite.
  2. Some of the IME courses may require Linear Algebra or Calculus III as a pre-requisite.

3. Degree Requirements

1. The student must select one of the following degree options to pursue the MSIE degree: All Course, Directed Project or Thesis. The requirements for each of these options are:

  • Thesis option: 30 credit hours are required for the degree, in which a minimum of 24 credit hours of course work and a minimum of 6 hours of thesis;
  • Directed Project option: 33 credit hours are required for the degree, in which a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework and 3 hours of directed project must be satisfied;
  • All Coursework option: 33 credit hours are required for the degree, in which a minimum of 33 hours of coursework and completing a terminal activity must be satisfied; the terminal activity could be one hour of IME 874-Graduate seminar or receiving an external certification.

2. The student must select an area of concentration for the MSIE deree. There are six different areas of concentration in the IME graduate program, as

  • Operations Research (OR)
  • Systems (SYS)
  • Production and Supply Chain Analytics (PSCA)
  • Quality and Reliability Engineering (QRE)
  • Manufacturing Engineering (ME)
  • Human Systems Engineering (HSE)

3. Requirements on Course Distributions:

  • Core courses (4 Credit Hours): The student must finish the following core courses: (a) IME-724: Statistical Methods for Engineers; (b) one semester of zero credit seminar course IME-777: IME Colloquium; and (c) CESP-750D: Engineering Research Writing;
  • A minimum of 15 credit hours must be distributed as follows: (a) a minimum of 9 credit hours for courses from the selected area of concentration; (b) a minimum of 6 credit hours for courses from two other areas of concentration, with 3 credit hours for each. For a list of courses in each area of concentration, please refer to Concentration Areas and Courses;
  • No more than 9 credit hours from below 700 level courses can be used for the degree;
  • Technical electives: a maximum of 6 Credit Hours from non-IME department can be used for the degree;
  • A Plan of Study should be submitted during the first semester of enrollment and at least 60% of credit hours in a plan of study must be at 700 or higher level WSU courses;
  • Professional and Scholarly Integrity Training (PSIT) requirement must be completed, preferably during the first semester of the program.

4. Details of MSIE All Course Option

Terminal activity for the all-course option can be satisfied by either:

  1. Completing IME 874 Graduate Seminar (1 Credit Hour)

The seminar consists of doing a mini-project such as literature review with a minimum of 5 single-spaced pages and must be performed in consultation with the faculty advisor. The scope of the seminar will be determined in collaboration with the faculty advisor. The oral presentation for the seminar shall be done in front of two members of IME faculty and the faculty advisor.


  1. Receiving any of the following external certificates:

Students need approval of the graduate coordinator for any other professional certifications not listed in the above list. Note that certification resulting from completing any training module/online class does not qualify as an external certification.