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2015-2016 University Catalog 
2015-2016 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Industrial Engineering (Graduate)

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Department/School Head:

Abhijit Deshmukh

Admission Requirements:

Master’s Degree Program Basic Requirements

The School of Industrial Engineering offers both “applications track” (without thesis) and “research track” (with thesis) master’s degrees. The applications track is for students whose intent is to complete the degree and go into industry. The research track is for students who are considering pursuing, or who have decided to pursue, a career in research and/or a Ph.D.

All master’s program applicants are reviewed by the faculty in at least one of our areas, as specified on your application. For this reason, please specify your primary area of interest on the on-line application; it does not commit you to that area exclusively but assists in our review of your application. Research-track students must, in addition, be at least tentatively matched to a faculty member who has agreed to serve as major professor and advisor. We therefore admit a smaller percentage of research-track students than applications track students. However, research students may be eligible for funding, depending on availability of funding from the matched faculty member.

For M.S. students, it is important for you to carefully consider and clearly specify whether you wish to be considered an application or research track student. As noted, research track students have to be matched with faculty, making it more difficult to be recommended for admission, but may be able to receive funding. Not specifying for which track you wish to be considered may result in your application being denied. There is a question in the online application for this purpose, so please pay close attention to it and ensure it matches your intention and is not left blank.

Doctoral Degree Program Basic Requirements

It is recommended, but not required, that students have a master’s degree before entering the Ph.D. program. The procedures for review of Ph.D. students are the same as for research track M.S. students, which are indicated above. Ph.D. students must be at least tentatively matched with a faculty member who has agreed to serve as major professor and advisor. It is therefore recommended that you contact individual faculty members whose interests align with your own prior to applying to the Ph.D. program.

Basic Requirements and Recommendations

For international applicants whose native language is not English, the Graduate School requires the following. Note that the English proficiency test scores must be no more than two years old by the time the student is admitted. Your your application will be denied if you do not meet these requirements. (Please do not submit an application if your English proficiency scores do not meet these minimum requirements.)

  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 80
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 19
    Speaking: 19
    Writing: 19
  • IELTS (Academic Module) - An alternative to the TOEFL
    Required minimum: 7.0
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 60 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Recommended minimum: 5.0

In addition to the English proficiency requirements listed above, the following guidelines may be useful in determining your chances of a successful application to our program:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (recommended):
    3.2/4.0 or equivalent
  • Graduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (recommended): 3.5/4.0 or equivalent (if applicable)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE, recommended):
    151 Verbal, 155 Quantitative, 3.5 Analytical

Academic Programs:

Master’s and Ph.D. Programs

  • ( MS/MS thesis ) and PhD

Concentrations (Areas of Study):

  • Energy Systems
  • Heathcare Engineering
  • Aviation Human Factors
  • Nano-Manufacturing
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Safety Engineering
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Financial Engineering
  • Service Engineering
  • Simulation Optimization
  • Materials Processing
  • Digital Human Modeling
  • Machining Processes
  • Global Systems
  • Information Visualization
  • Distributed Control
  • Nonlinear Optimization
  • Group Work and Communications
  • E-work, E-business, E-service Systems

Regular Graduate Faculty by Rank:


Barrett Caldwell
Srinivasan Chandrasekar
Melba Crawford
Abjhijit Deshmukh
Mark Lehto
C. Richard Liu
Thomas Morin
Shimon Nof
Nagabhushana Prabhu
Robert Proctor
J. Shanthikumar
Jose Tanchoco
Yuehwern Yih

Associate Professor

Gary Cheng
Bradley Duerstock
Vincent Duffy
Charles Robert Kenley
Steven Landry
Seokcheon Lee
Sara McComb
Juan Wachs
Hong Wan
Ji Soo Yi

Assistant Professor

Vaneet Aggarwal
Harsha Honnappa
Susan Hunter
Andrew Liu
Ramses Martinez
Christopher Quinn
Mihailo Stojnic
Mario Ventresca

Emeritus Faculty

Arden Bement
W. Compton
Ferdinand Leimkuhler
Colin Moodie
Ronald Rardin
Gavriel Salvendy
Bruce Schmeiser
James Solberg
Frederick Sparrow
Arnold Sweet


    Master’sGraduate Certificate


      Industrial Engineering

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