M.S. Program

Industrial and Systems Engineering M.S. Program image

Industrial and systems engineers design to make a difference every day. From manufacturing efficiency to workplace safety, you’ll have the chance to look more closely at improving a system or process while earning a master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from the Russ College. For more information, visit the course catalog page or contact the department at 740.593.1539.


We offer both a thesis option and a non-thesis option for students pursuing a master's degree in ISE, with the following credit requirements listed below.

Requirement 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, students in either option must meet the following requirements:

Graduate Student-Only Credits

At least seven of the graduate credit hours must be earned from graduate-only courses (6000 or above). 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 undergraduate required 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).

As a student in the master’s or doctoral programs, you’ll have the chance to take several courses and develop expertise prior to developing a thesis or dissertation for graduation. For more information, contact your program advisor or the department at 740.593.1539.