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Online Engineering Programs

Master of Science In Industrial Engineering


Competitiveness is critical for companies conducting business in the global marketplace. To ensure this competitive position, the skills, techniques and tools involved in the field of manufacturing engineering are prerequisites for success. Manufacturing engineers design, improve and implement the machines, processes and systems required to produce quality products. If solving problems, interacting on multi-discliplinary teams, and working in one of the many facets of a productive environment are of interest to you, then Industrial Engineering may be a career worth considering...and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering may be exactly the program to fit your specific educational needs.

  • a solid foundation in industrial engineering tools and methodologies;
  • a working knowledge of business fundamentals;
  • an understanding of how products are designed and manufactured;
  • the ability to work in teams with other engineers and business people;
  • the ability to write and speak clearly and convincingly;
  • the ability to analyze and solve problems


The requirements for a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering can be met in two different ways or options: a technical project option (9 courses plus a 10th technical project course IE598) or an course-only option (10 courses).  Both options consist of 30 credits.

Coursework done elsewhere after initiation of graduate studies must have prior approval of the department and the Dean of the Graduate School if such work is to be transferred. For work to be transferred into the program, transfer credit must be earned on the campus of an accredited institution offering a similar degree and the student must have been enrolled as a graduate student at that institution.

Admission to the NMSU Graduate School

Students seeking regular admission to the NMSU Graduate School must hold an undergraduate or advanced degree from an accredited institution with an overall grade point average of 3.0/4.0. Students with other equivalent backgrounds may be admitted provisionally.

A prospective student should secure the necessary admission forms from the NMSU Engineering Distance Education web site ( After receiving a completed application and two transcripts from all colleges at which the student was previously enrolled, (New Mexico State University graduates must provide only one transcript), the Graduate School will forward application materials and transcripts to the Industrial Engineering Department for review. The student will be notified regarding his or her acceptance by the Graduate School. No material is forwarded to the department for review until all required application materials have been received by the Graduate School.

Students are eligible for regular admission to graduate study in the Industrial Engineering graduate program if the following conditions are met:

A student holds a bachelor's degree in Engineering from a school accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and has taken a course in calculus based probability and statistics or a student holds a bachelor's degree from an accredited school and meets the math prerequisites of the Industrial Engineering department. These prerequisites are: 9 hours in calculus; 3 hours in differential equations; and 3 hours in calculus based probability and statistics. All students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or above (based on A = 4.0) during their last 60 hours of undergraduate study. For more information, contact:

NMSU Graduate School
Box 30001, MSC 3G
Las Cruces, NM 88003
(505) 646-2736

Procedures (Selection of Advisor and Submission of Programs)

Upon being admitted to graduate work in the department, the student will be assigned a temporary advisor until a permanent advisor is selected. Students should contact the department prior to the time of registration, so that preliminary advising can be done without pressures or haste.

Selection of Advisor
During the first 12 credit hours in the Industrial Engineering Graduate Program all master's degree students must select a permanent advisor. This must be done prior to registration for the fifth course the student takes. In selecting an advisor, the student should communicate with several members of our graduate faculty to discuss specific program objectives. The student should also use these contacts to become familiar with faculty research projects that are currently in progress. The faculty member must consent to serve as the student's advisor in writing. A list of the graduate faculty of the department with their areas of interest is found on the IE web page at

Submission of Programs
After completing 12 credits of graduate coursework a permanent "Program of Study" form must be submitted to the Graduate School. Acceptance of this program implies admission to candidacy for the degree.

How to Get Started on Your Graduate Education

First, assess your own educational background and determine your ability to commit the time necessary to be successful in the program. You can be advised by one of the program contacts or a faculty member at NMSU. Second, apply for admission to the NMSU Graduate School by mail or on the web Submit your application and request that transcripts from all schools you have previously attended to be sent to NMSU Graduate School. It takes 2-3 months for the admission process to complete. If you need assistance with any aspect of admission, please contact the program contacts listed on the front of this sheet.

Note:NMSU reserves the right to change the program requirements without prior notice. Information in the NMSU Graduate Catalog takes precedence over any other information.


In the following tables, scenarios are presented for the two different options which students may take to earn a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. These scenarios show how a student can obtain the minor and the Master of Science degree. Students should consider their schedule carefully (and consult an academic graduate advisor) upon entry to the program to insure that they can complete the requirements for both the major and minor in the minimum number of credits and time.

Table 1: Course Option - 30 Credits

Course Description Credits
IE XXX Select 5 courses from Table 3 15
ME/IE/EE/Business Select 5 courses from either Table 3 or 4 12

Table 2: Project Option - 30 Credits

Course Description Credits
IE 598 Project Research 3
IE XXX Select 4 courses from Table 3 12
ME/IE/EE/Business Select 5 courses from either Table 3 or 4 12

Table 3: Approved IE Course List - College of Engineering

Course Description
IE 460 Evaluation of Engineering Data
IE 466 Reliability
IE 467 Simulation Modeling
IE 478 Facilities Planning and Design
IE 522 Queuing Systems
IE 523 Advanced Engineering Economy
IE 524 Advanced Production and Inventory Control
IE 525 Systems Synthesis and Design
IE 527 Industrial Sequencing and Scheduling
IE 531 Survey of Operations Research
IE 533 Linear Programming
IE 534 Nonlinear Programming
IE 537 Large Scale Systems Engineering
IE 567 Design and Implementation of Simulation
IE 571 Advanced Quality Control
IE 573 Manufacturing Economic Analysis
IE 575 Advanced Manufacturing Processes
IE 577 Ergonomics in Manufacturing Systems
ME/IE 528 Concepts in Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Table 4: Approved Electives

Course Description
ACCT 5XX With approval of advisor
BCS 5XX With approval of advisor
FIN 5XX With approval of advisor
MGT 5XX With approval of advisor
MKTG 5XX With approval of advisor
EE 5XX With approval of advisor and instructor
ME 5XX With approval of advisor and instructor