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Course Requirements for MS in Industrial Systems Engineering

The Ohio University ISE Department offers both a thesis option and a non-thesis option for students pursuing a Master's Degree. A breakdown of the total credit hours is given in the table below.


Thesis Option
Non-thesis (Project) Option
Graduate Credit Course Work
24 hours 29 hours
ISE 6300: Graduate Seminar
1 hour
1 hour
ET 6020: Technical Writing Seminar
1 hour
1 hour
ISE 6950: Thesis 4 hours
ISE 6949: Project 3 hours
Total 30 hours 34 hours

Additional Credit Requirements

In addition to the minimum credit requirements listed above, the following requirements must be met by students in either option:

Graduate Student-Only Credits

At least seven of the graduate credit hours must be earned from graduate-only courses. Courses ISE 6300, ISE 6940, ISE 6949, ISE 6950 and ET 6020 do not count toward meeting this requirement.

Dual-Listed Courses

Up to 6 hours of dual listed courses that are listed with a 4000-level undergraduaterequired can be counted for graduate credit in the plan of study.

Any number of hours of dual listed courses that are listed with a 4000-level undergraduate elective can be counted for graduate credit in the plan of study.

Any course that is dual listed with a 1000, 2000 or 3000 level cannot be counted for graduate credit in the plan of study.

Non-ISE Courses

A maximum of eight graduate credit hours may be taken from outside the ISE Department, provided that the courses are listed in the Plan of Study and are approved by the thesis advisor and the ISE Graduate Chair.

Independent Study

Up to a total of four hours of ISE 6930 (Independent Study, topic subject to prior approval by the thesis advisor) and ISE 5900 (Special Topics, not including reliability, industrial ergonomics, supply chain) may be taken for graduate credit for students in the thesis option. However, this is limited to three hours for students in the non-thesis option.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of eight credit hours may be transferred from an accredited university and used for the master's degree program, if approved by the ISE Graduate Committee and the Associate Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology.

Other conditions

  • Authorization for Transfer of Credit for graduate students must be submitted to the ISE Department and the Russ College of Engineering and Technology.
  • The credits to be transferred must have been designated as graduate credit applicable for an advanced degree and taught by the graduate faculty at the institution where they were taken.
  • The credits must be letter graded B or better and must have been earned within the past five years.
  • Credit for courses taken by correspondence is not accepted.
  • Courses used for meeting another degree requirement cannot be used (unless it is allowed by the Institution for dual degree).

Fee Waivers and Assistantships

A graduate student receiving a fee waiver or assistantship must be a full-time student, registered for 15 hours each semester. ISE 6940 (Research) can be used as desired to meet this requirement. ISE 6940 will receive a CR (credit), but will not count towards graduate credit.




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