Industrial Engineering - Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (Online)

The Department of Industrial Engineering offers the Master of Science (M.S.) in Industrial Engineering with focus areas of manufacturing, operations research and engineering management. Students may choose one of two options for completing their M.S. degree and the requirements for each option are listed below: 

  • Thesis option: 24 credits of course work plus 6 credits of I E 599 Master's Thesis
  • Project Option: 27 credits of course work plus 3 credits of I E 598 Special Research Programs.

Whether students write a thesis or complete a project, the program of study leading to the M.S. degree consists of 30 credits. At least 50% of the course work must be taken from the Approved IE Department Course List. This means that students can take up to five electives from engineering disciplines outside the department and/or other areas of interest outside the college.  

Note that NMSU reserves the right to change the program requirements without prior notice. Information in the NMSU Graduate Catalog takes precedence over any other information.


Students seeking regular admission to graduate study in Industrial Engineering must meet departmental admission requirements in addition to those of the Graduate School. The departmental requirements are listed below: 

  • A student holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from a school accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and has taken a course in calculus-based probability and statistics, or a student holds a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school and meets the math prerequisites of the Department of Industrial Engineering. The prerequisites are: 9 hours in calculus; 3 hours in differential equations; and 3 hours in calculus-based probability and statistics. All students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or above (based on A=4.0) during their last 60 hours of undergraduate study. 
  • You must write a statement of intent describing your intended research. This statement should be 200-300 words and should discuss your graduate research interests and suggest a faculty member who might advise your research. Refer to the research interests of IE graduate faculty for possible advisors. You will not be admitted if you do not submit this statement, as it is part of your application for admission. 

Note that up to 15 credits may be transferred if the student was enrolled in an approved graduate program. An applicant should meet or correspond directly with the IE graduate faculty as a first step in determining his or her specific admission status.


Upon being admitted to graduate work in the department, the student will be assigned a temporary advisor until a permanent advisor is selected. Students should contact the department prior to the time of registration, so that preliminary advising can be done without pressure or haste.

Selection of Advisor

During the first 12 credit hours in the Industrial Engineering Graduate Program, all master’s degree students must select a permanent advisor. This must be done prior to registration for the fifth course that the student takes. In selecting an advisor, the student should communicate with several members of the IE graduate faculty to discuss specific program objectives. The student should also use these contacts to become familiar with faculty research projects that are currently in progress. The faculty member must consent to serve as the student’s advisor in writing. A list of the department graduate faculty along with their areas of interest is found on the IE web page.

Submission of Programs

After completing 12 credits of graduate coursework, a permanent “Program of Study” form must be submitted to the Graduate School. Acceptance of this program admits the student to candidacy for the degree.

Prefix Title Credits
Mater's Thesis6
Master's Thesis1-15
Master's Project3
Special Research Programs1-3
Approved IE Department Course List (Note that courses are listed under their area of primary focus but may address other areas. See course descriptions for more details.)
Operations Research
Stochastic Processes Modeling3
Queuing Systems3
Systems Synthesis and Design3
Linear Programming3
Nonlinear Programming3
Discrete Optimization3
Design and Implementation of Discrete-Event Simulation3
Applied Statistics
Evaluation of Engineering Data3
Characterizing Time-Dependent Engineering Data3
Design and Manufacturing
Facilities Planning and Design3
Advanced Production and Inventory Control3
Advanced Quality Control3
Advanced Manufacturing Processes3
Engineering Management
Advanced Engineering Economy3
Environmental Management Seminar1
Large Scale Systems Engineering3
Advanced Safety Engineering3
Topics in Engineering Administration3
Depending on contents, the following two courses are applicable to any of the above four areas:
Directed Readings1-3
Selected Topics1-3
Optional Electives 1
E E 500-level (With approval of advisor and instructor)
M E500-level (With approval of advisor and instructor)
C E 500-level (With approval of advisor and instructor)
ACCT 500-level (With approval of advisor and instructor)
BCIS 500-level (With approval of advisor and instructor)
BFIN 500-level (With approval of advisor and instructor)
MGMT 500-level (With approval of advisor and instructor)
C S 500-level (With approval of advisor and instructor)
A ST 500-level (With approval of advisor and instructor)

The optional courses outside the department and/or the college should be previously approved by the academic advisor. See your advisor for more detailed information about selecting elective courses.

Requirements for Graduation

It is the responsibility of the student to complete all forms before submitting them to the IE department. Blank forms will not be accepted.

  1. Application for Diploma (Degree) At the start of the semester in which you are to graduate you must file an Application for Diploma (Degree) and fee with the NMSU Registrar Office. To find the application as well as deadlines, log onto MyNMSU and click on the Student and Financial Aid tab, then under QuickLinks select Student Records. Filing dates are on the Graduate School Calendar that is maintained on the Graduate School web site.
  2. Program of Study – After you have completed 12 NMSU credits, you are required to complete a form entitled Program of Study and Committee for Master’s Students. This form is found on the NMSU Graduate School Forms web page.
  3. Schedule Your Master’s Exam – Whether you write a thesis, complete a project or take all course work, you must schedule a final examination during your last semester of course work/research. Examination committee rules are in the Graduate Catalog and schedule dates are found on the Graduate School Deadlines page. You should plan to have your adviser, a second IE graduate faculty member, and an external (outside the IE department) faculty member. The external member will also serve as the Dean of the Graduate School‘s Representative. To ensure that a Faculty Member is currently a member of the Graduate Faculty and their appointment expiration date please visit
  4. Other Forms – Additional forms can be found on the Graduate School website.

To schedule and take your exam:

  • Schedule a 2-hour time block that is convenient for you and your selected faculty committee. Students are responsible for contacting and scheduling their committee.
  • Schedule use of the IE Conference Room, Room 279 EC III, with the Industrial Engineering Secretary. At that time, if you are presenting a project or thesis, schedule the use of any equipment you may require such as the In Focus projector, laptop, etc.
  • Complete the Master’s Final Examination Form. You must schedule your exam a minimum of 10 working days in advance. This means your form must be at the Graduate School at that time.
  • Consult with your adviser to discuss your examination. This can be by phone or e-mail.
  • Be on time for your examination. If you’re using equipment for presenting research, you should arrive early to set up.

Please plan to attend, with your family and friends, the College of Engineering‘s Sociedad de Ingenieros ceremony that is held to recognize our engineering graduates. This ceremony is held the Friday evening before Graduation.

New Mexico State University master’s accelerated program provides the opportunity for academically qualified undergraduate students to begin working on a master’s degree during their junior and senior years while completing a bachelor’s degree. Typically, a bachelor’s degree requires four years to complete, and a master’s degree requires an additional two years. The master’s accelerated programs allow students the opportunity to complete a graduate program in an accelerated manner. Students can take up to 12 credits of approved I E courses and get dual course credit that can be applied to both an undergraduate and master's degree. You can also check NMSU’s catalog for additional information about our programs. 

MAP Requirements

  • The Graduate School allows qualified junior or senior students to substitute its graduate courses for required or elective courses in an undergraduate degree program and then subsequently count those same courses as fulfilling graduate requirements in a related graduate program.
  • Undergraduate students may apply for acceptance to the accelerated master’s program after completing 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework of which a minimum of 25 semester credit hours must be completed at NMSU.
  • The grade point average must be at a minimum of 2.75.
  • Students must receive a grade of B or higher in this coursework to be counted for graduate credit. If a grade of B- or lower is earned, it will not count toward the graduate degree.

Accepted MAP Courses

The following courses are accepted for use in the MAP program, any other I E 500+ courses may be considered after a consultation with an advisor. An exception will need to be made to the degree audit in order for the additional course(s) to be included on both the Undergraduate and Graduate degrees. 

Prefix Title Credits
I E 451Engineering Economy3
I E 460Evaluation of Engineering Data3
I E 467Discrete-Event Simulation Modeling3
I E 478Facilities Planning and Design3
I E 490Selected Topics3
I E 590Selected Topics3