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Industrial Engineering, MSIE

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Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Stilwell Hall 212
(216) 687-2044

Joseph Svestka, Chair
M. Brian Thomas, Graduate Program Director


The objectives of the Master of Science in Industrial Engineering program are to enable the student to continue professional development beyond the baccalaureate degree and to prepare the student for higher-level management responsibilities in a changing technological environment. The program also provides a foundation for doctoral studies.

Programs are structured to accommodate students holding undergraduate degrees in industrial engineering, engineering degrees in other fields, or science degrees with appropriate engineering experience. Students holding undergraduate degrees in disciplines other than industrial engineering may be required to take pertinent undergraduate engineering courses, depending on their educational and professional experience.

Courses are scheduled in the late afternoon and evening to permit students to follow a full-time or part-time program of study.

Faculty Research and Laboratories

Students have ample opportunities to pursue research in the areas of facility planning; quality systems; industrial automation; in-process sensing and adaptive control; machining; process simulation and control; engineering design/production interaction; engineering and technology management; work measurement; and human performance with interdepartmental cooperation; as well as materials and manufacturing processes and systems.

The Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) Department has several state-of-the-art laboratories in the fields of human factors, quality control, quantitative analysis, facility planning, industrial automation, manufacturing processes, and metrology. The IME Electronic Classroom and Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility for engineering education. Other research facilities include the Driving Simulator Laboratory and the Manufacturing Processes Laboratory. Current research activities include energy systems and quality processes.

The IME department works closely with local industry, focusing on applied research and development in the areas of machine performance, manufacturing operations, quality engineering, and the transfer of technology to industry. There is a close, collaborative relationship between the department and a large number of local industries.

Current faculty information can be located on the Cleveland State University Faculty Profile page.

Financial Assistance

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to highly qualified students. Some assistantships are funded through sponsored research projects that require the student to complete a thesis. International students interested in assistantships are encouraged to take the Internet-based TOEFL or the Test of Spoken English (TSE).

Career Information

Industrial engineering graduates typically are employed in manufacturing, service, government, and health care industries and agencies. The demand for industrial engineers continues to increase. Some recent graduates have obtained senior-level management positions with a variety of local organizations. Employment prospects for students trained in industrial engineering generally are good. Several national surveys have predicted that industrial engineering will be one of the highest career growth and opportunity areas for the next decade.

Admission Information

Admission to the graduate program in industrial engineering is open to qualified students with a baccalaureate degree in engineering or science. A minimum baccalaureate grade-point average of 2.75 usually is required. Students who hold undergraduate degrees outside of engineering may need to complete undergraduate background courses in the day or evening. A list of background courses required for students without an engineering degree is available from the IME department. All applications are reviewed by the department’s Graduate Program Committee.

The GRE General section is required if one or more of the following conditions is true:

  1. The undergraduate degree was awarded by a college or university outside of the United States or Canada, or by a Canadian institution not accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers.
  2. An unaccredited college or university awarded the undergraduate degree.
  3. The student’s undergraduate cumulative grade-point average is below
  4. The year of the baccalaureate degree precedes the date of application to the College of Graduate Studies by more than six years; however, in this case, the examination requirement may be waived, with program approval, if the applicant’s undergraduate grade-point average is 3.0 or above.

If the GRE is required, a composite score of 1300 or greater is required. The composite score is based on the formula of: 200 times the undergraduate grade point average plus the quantitative score on the GRE. A minimum of the 50th percentile on the quantitative section of the GRE, and a minimum of a 2.75 GPA, are required. The student also must demonstrate an acceptable level of verbal comprehension and writing ability.

All non-native English speakers must demonstrate proof of English-language proficiency. Any individual who has earned a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from a U.S. institution, in which the primary language of instruction is English, is not required to take an English-language proficiency examination.

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Degree Requirements

The requirements for the MS in Industrial Engineering degree are as follows:

  1. A program of study must be completed in conference with the student’s faculty advisor within the first semester of enrollment. Students are expected to follow the plan of study. The student’s program of study must be approved by the Graduate Committee of the department.
  2. Two options are available—thesis or course work only.
    1. The thesis option requires a minimum of twenty-seven hours of course work and a minimum of three hours of IME 699 - Masters Thesis . Thesis registration may begin after completion of nine credit hours of work in residence. A completed Thesis and Dissertation Proposal Form must be on file with the College of Graduate Studies prior to registering for this course. See the course description for IME 699  for details.
    2. The course-only option requires a minimum of thirty hours of course work. Students may be required to take certain undergraduate background or prerequisite courses to be prepared for 500-and 600-level courses.
  3. A minimum of twenty-one credits for the thesis option and twenty-four credits for the course work option must be taken at the 500 or 600 level in the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department. A maximum of two technical electives (six hours) may be taken outside of the department with departmental approval.

Areas of Concentration

The MSIE degree has four areas of concentration. A student must select one of these areas as part of his or her plan of study. Each area of concentration has required classes in addition to the MSIE core.

Exit Requirements

Students pursuing the thesis degree option must successfully defend their work in an oral examination in person, before their committee. The examination is open to the public, and a notice must be posted two weeks prior to the examination. All graduating students must complete an exit evaluation form. This form is available from faculty advisors.

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