MS in Industrial Engineering

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; and IME 255;
  3. Have a minimum GPA of 3.000, on a 4.000 scale. (Students with a lower GPA may be considered only for probationary or nondegree admission. In addition,
  4. 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 ( to check English proficiency requirements; and
  5. Department prefers and strongly encourages the submission of GRE scores.

Program Requirements

Please note that:

  • Some of the IME courses may require programming skills as a prerequisite.
  • Some of the IME courses may require Linear Algebra or Calculus III as a prerequisite.
  • A student must select a concentration. The concentrations in the ISME graduate program are:
    • Operations Research
    • Systems
    • Production and Supply Chain Analytics
    • Quality and Reliability
    • Manufacturing Engineering
    • Human Systems Engineering
  • Course distribution:
    Core Courses
    IME 724Statistical Methods for Engineers3
    IME 777IME Colloquium (one semester)0
    CESP 750DEngineering Research Writing1
    Additional Courses
    Minimum 15 credit hours distributed as follows: 115
    Select one concentration area and take at least 9 credit hours from this concentration area
    Select at least 3 credit hours from each of two other concentrations
    Technical Electives6
    Select no more than 6 credit hours from other departments
    Total Credit Hours25
  • Students must select one of the following options for completion of MSIE degree: All Coursework, Directed Project, or Thesis
  • A plan of study should be submitted during the first semester of enrollment and at least 60 percent of credit hours in a plan of study must be 700 or higher level WSU courses. Students may take at most three 500- or 600-level courses (9 credit hours);
  • The professional and scholarly integrity training requirement must be completed, preferably during the first semester of the program.


Thesis Option

Select a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework24
Select a minimum of 6 credit hours of thesis6
Total Credit Hours30

Directed Project Option

Select a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework30
Select 3 credit hours of directed project3
Total Credit Hours33

All Coursework Option

Select a minimum of 33 hours of coursework and receive an external certification, or select a minimum of 36 hours of coursework33-36
Total Credit Hours33-36

Details of the 33-credit-hour All Coursework MSIE option with external certification:

Terminal activity for the all coursework option can be satisfied by receiving any of the following external certificates:

  • Any of the following ASQ certifications:
    • Certified Quality Engineer-CQE
    • Reliability Engineer-CRE
    • Six Sigma Black Belt-CSSBB
    • Six Sigma Green Belt-CSSGB
    • Software Quality Engineer-CSQE
  • Any of the following modules or certifications from APICS:
    • One module from the Certified Production and Inventory Management
      • Basics of Supply Chain Management
      • Master Planning of Resources
      • Detailed Scheduling and Planning
      • Execution and Control of Operations
      • Strategic Management of Resources
    • Certified Supply Chain Professional
  • Any of the SME certifications:
    • Certified Manufacturing Engineering (CMfgE) Certification
    • Lean Certification
    • Six Sigma Certification

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