Master of Science in Industrial Engineering Program Information
The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) degree is a research degree which requires students to complete required and elective coursework as well as a capstone thesis or non-thesis project.
Thesis. MSIE thesis students conduct original industrial or manufacturing engineering research or apply existing industrial or manufacturing engineering knowledge to a practical problem. The research topic must be approved by the student's graduate committee, and their work will be supervised and evaluated by their major professor. Eventually, the student will register their thesis title with the Graduate School and submit their thesis manuscript to the Graduate School for review and approval. In addition to completing and submitting a thesis, the student will prepare an article that is based on their research and co-authored with their major professor and any other significant contributors to their work. This article must be suitable for publication in a refereed journal or conference proceedings.
Project (non-thesis). With the MSIE project option, you MSIE thesis students will fulfill the Graduate School’s research-in-lieu-of-thesis requirement by completing a project in which they apply industrial or manufacturing engineering knowledge and methods to a practical problem. The project must be approved by the student's graduate committee, and their work will be supervised and evaluated by their major professor. As with the thesis option, the student will document their project with a final report, but the report will not be registered with or reviewed by the Graduate School.
Master of Science in Industrial Engineering Program Requirements and Milestones
The major milestones in completing a MS in industrial engineering at OSU are charted in the following table. Click on the links for details.
University-wide requirements for earning a masters of science degree at Oregon State are detailed on the OSU Graduate School Website.
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|Meet with the MIME graduate advisor||Meeting should occur prior to end of first term in graduate school.|
|Identify/choose a major professor with whom to work||Prior to end of first term in graduate school.|
|Make a rough sketch of proposed graduate coursework||Most coursework should be completed prior to preliminary examination.|
|Establish complete graduate committee||Prior to completing 18 graduate credits.||Information from OSU Grad School about graduate committees|
|Ethical research training||Can be completed at ANY time, but it MUST BE COMPLETED before program of study will be routed for final approval.||www.citiprogram.org|
Must be filed prior to completing 18 credits.
Form should be signed by all committee members.
|Complete all graduate coursework||Must be completed prior to final oral examination.||
|Thesis or project completion||Must be completed prior to final oral examination.|
|Arrange a final defense date and time||PLAN AHEAD! Finding a time that works to get your three or four committee members and yourself together at the same time, in the same place, may be challenging. Communicate with them often and early about how your research and thesis writing is progressing so that your committee members can let you know if they have a conference or other commitment you need to work around.|
|Schedule final defense of your thesis or project (Final Oral Exam)||Occurs during the student’s final term at OSU and must be formally scheduled at least two weeks prior to the event using the graduate school’s online Exam Scheduling Form.||OSU Grad School exam scheduling form|
Master of Science students may switch to the Master of Engineering program with the approval of their major professor and the MIME Associate Head for Graduate Programs. The major professor must send an e-mail to the MIME Head Advisor for Graduate Programs confirming that they are in support of the change before the student submits a Change of Degree form.
Master of Engineering students are not eligible to receive support in the form of graduate assistantships (GRAs or GTAs).