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New Mexico State University

Engineering Distance Education

Application Process for the Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) and the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)

For additional information select the number at the end of each step to link to the Notes to the Application Process.

For admission into the NMSU Graduate Distance Education program, two separate review processes with different admission standards take place:

  1. a review by the NMSU Graduate School and if admission standards are met
  2. a review at the department level.
  Please remember that both sets of admissions standards must be met before a student is accepted into the program.

Decision to Apply to NMSU
MS - Industrial Engineering Program or MS - Mechanical Engineering Program (1)
Yes
Did you have at least a 2.5 undergraduate GPA
or a 3.0 graduate GPA for 12 credit hours? (2)
No
Probably do not meet the Graduate School admission standards (3)
Yes

Do you have the math prerequisites?

  • Industrial Engineering (4.1)
  • Mechanical Engineering (4.2)
No
Prerequisite courses must be taken before student is admitted to program. (5)
Yes
Request one copy of your official transcript to be sent to the NMSU Graduate School. (6)
Yes
Complete the on-line application for the NMSU Graduate School.(7)
OR
Complete a paper copy and mail it to the NMSU Graduate School. (8)
Application is sent to NMSU Graduate Admissions. Graduate School reviews the packet for completeness and graduate admissions standards. (9)
The Graduate School sends the application packet to the appropriate department. The department reviews the packet for admission standards, recommending or rejecting the student for admittance. (10)
The recommendation made by the department is reviewed by the Dean of the College of Engineering. The department decision is sent back to the Graduate Admissions Office. The Graduate Admissions Office formally notifies the student of acceptance into the program. (11)


Notes to the MSIE and MSME Application Process

1. An individual decides to apply to the NMSU Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) or the Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) program.


2. Scenarios: GPA Standards for Admission to the NMSU Graduate School:

  • A prospective student has overall 3.0 undergraduate GPA or a 3.0 GPA in the last half of undergraduate work.
    If this standard is met, the Graduate School will admit with a "regular student" status and send the student packet to the IE department for review.
  • A prospective student has an overall 2.5-3.0 undergraduate GPA or is deficient in some NMSU Graduate School required prerequisites.
    If this scenario is the case, the Graduate School will admit with a "provisional student" status and send the student package to the IE department for review.
    Students admitted as "provisional students" must maintain a 3.0 GPA for the first three courses of graduate work (9 credit hours).
  • A prospective student has an overall 3.0 GPA in 12 scheduled credit hours of graduate work.
    In this case, the Graduate School will admit the student with a "provisional student" status and send the student packet to the IE department for review.
    Students admitted as "provisional students" must maintain a 3.0 GPA for the first three courses of graduate work (9 credit hours).

Last, a student may receive a "tentative" admission to the University.
A "tentative" admission status usually indicates that some portion of the student's transcripts or other paperwork is missing.


3. If you have any questions with regard to your status or past GPA, please contact:

  NMSU Graduate School
P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3G
Las Cruces, NM 88003
(505) 646-2736
http://gradschool.nmsu.edu/

4.1 Standards for admission into the MSIE program.
The Department of Industrial Engineering does not require the GRE for admission. However, courses from three undergraduate engineering areas are required:

  Mathematics
  • Calculus/Analytic Geometry I, II, II
  • Ordinary/Partial Differential Equations
  • A course in Probability and Statistics is highly recommended

These course requirements are usually satisfied if...
  A. A student has a BS in Industrial Engineering from an ABET accredited institution. The student should also have taken a course in statistics an probability.
   
  B. A student has a BS in physics, chemistry, math or computer science. The student must also have taken a course in statistics and probability.
   
  C. A student has a BS in engineering technology from an ABET accredited institution or any other undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited institution. The student must show on their transcripts engineering courses as listed above in the areas of mechanics and thermal science. The student must also show on their transcripts the math courses covering the following topics:
       
    Calculus/Analytic Geometry I limits, derivatives of algebra, logarithmic functions, exponential functions, and integrals
       
    Calculus/Analytic Geometry II integration, inverse trigonometric functions, polar coordinates and vector algebra
       
    Calculus/Analytic Geometry III infinite series, multi-variables, partial derivatives and multiple integrals.
       
    Ordinary Differential Equations first order, linear, series, LaPlace transforms, and numerical techniques.
       
    Probability and Statistics  

4.2 Standards for admission into the MSME program.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering does not require the GRE for admission. However, courses from three undergraduate engineering areas are required:

 

Mechanics

    • Statics
    • Dynamics
    • Strength of Material
 

Thermal Science

    • Thermodynamics
    • Fluid Mechanics
    • Heat Transfer
  Mathematics
    • Calculus/Analytic Geometry I, II, II
    • Ordinary/Partial Differential Equations
    • A course in Probability and Statistics is highly recommended


These course requirements are usually satisfied if...

  A. A student has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from an ABET accredited institution. The student should also have taken a course in statistics an probability.
   
  B. A student has a BS in engineering technology from an ABET accredited institution or any other undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited institution AND has taken extra courses in math and mechanical engineering topics. The student must show on their transcripts engineering courses as listed above in the areas of mechanics and thermal science. The student must also show on their transcripts the math courses covering the following topics:
       
    Calculus/Analytic Geometry I limits, derivatives of algebra, logarithmic functions, exponential functions, and integrals
       
    Calculus/Analytic Geometry II integration, inverse trigonometric functions, polar coordinates and vector algebra
       
    Calculus/Analytic Geometry III infinite series, multi-variables, partial derivatives and multiple integrals.
       
    Ordinary Differential Equations first order, linear, series, LaPlace transforms, and numerical techniques.
       
    Partial Differential Equations Fourier series and methods of solution of boundary value problems in engineering


5. If a student has not completed the prerequisite courses, the student cannot be admitted to the program at this time. Once these courses are satisfactorily completed, and the NMSU Graduate School admissions standards are met, the student will be accepted into the MSIE program.


6. The first step in the application process is to request one copy of official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended.
Send these to:

NMSU Graduate School
P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3G
Las Cruces, NM 88003
(505) 646-2736
http://gradschool.nmsu.edu/

If the student is in possession of an "unofficial" transcript, this should be included with the application packet. In some cases, this may speed the application process, but please note, unofficial transcripts ARE NOT a substitute for official transcripts sent directly from all institutions where past coursework/degrees were obtained.


There are two ways to apply to the Graduate program:

7. On-line - This is the fastest and preferred method for applying to the program. For the on-line process, visit the NMSU Graduate School Application page


8. On paper - You may apply to the Graduate School either by submitting the entire Application Packet in the mail. These forms can be downloaded from the Application for Admission to Graduate School page. An application fee of $15 is required to process the application materials

A student may meet all of the graduate admission standards and the department admission standards, yet start the application process late in the semester. If this is the case, there is an opportunity for the student to begin classes the following semester as a "non-degree" student by filling out an additional from, the Non-Degree Application Form.
Your application will not be processed until the entire Application Packet has been received.


9. Once all of the application forms are completed and the official transcripts are requested for delivery to the Graduate School, forward the packet to:

NMSU Graduate School
P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3G
Las Cruces, NM 88003
(505) 646-2736
http://gradschool.nmsu.edu/

Once the packet is received by the NMSU Graduate School Admissions Office, a file is set up in the student's name. The Graduate School then awaits the delivery of the student's official transcripts. If the packet also contains an application for a non-degree student status, this portion of the packet is forwarded to the College of Health and Social Services. The College of Health and Social Services will notify the student of "non-degree" student admission. When all transcripts have been received and the student's packet is complete, the NMSU Graduate School Admission Office reviews the application packet. If the student meets the Graduate School admission standards, the package is sent to the department.



10. The department reviews the student's application packet and either recommends acceptance into the program or rejects the application.


11.The department decision on the application packet is then reviewed by the Associate Dean of the College of Engineering. The packet is then sent back to the Graduate Admission Office where the final review of the application is undertaken. At this time the Graduate School notifies the student by letter of the MSIE program acceptance or rejection. Last, the Graduate School provides a copy of the acceptance or rejection letter to the department.