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

The Department of Industrial Engineering offers the Master of Engineering (M.E. in IE) as the coursework-only degree. It is a Professional Master's degree targeting a working professional who wants to pursue a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering at New Mexico State University.

The program of study leading to the M.E. in IE 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. 

The M.E in IE degree is also offered by distance education for qualified applicants. The courses with section numbers M70 - M79 are designated as online.

Although there is no oral exam, students will be required to complete an exit interview with an IE faculty member.

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. 
  • A letter of intent should be written providing the department with information why the student wants to pursue a graduate degree, and professional and academic plans/goals. 

Note that up to 15 credits may be transferred in 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 the student takes. In selecting an advisor, the student should communicate with several members of our 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 graduate faculty of the department with their areas of interest is found on the IE web page at

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
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
I E 515Stochastic Processes Modeling3
I E 522Queuing Systems3
I E 525Systems Synthesis and Design3
I E 533Linear Programming3
I E 534Nonlinear Programming3
I E 535Discrete Optimization3
I E 567Design and Implementation of Discrete-Event Simulation3
Applied Statistics
I E 460Evaluation of Engineering Data3
I E 466Reliability3
I E 545Characterizing Time-Dependent Engineering Data3
Design and Manufacturing
I E 478Facilities Planning and Design3
I E 524Advanced Production and Inventory Control3
I E 571Advanced Quality Control3
I E 575Advanced Manufacturing Processes3
Engineering Management
I E 523Advanced Engineering Economy3
I E 530Environmental Management Seminar1
I E 537Large Scale Systems Engineering3
I E 561Advanced Safety Engineering3
I E 563Topics in Engineering Administration3
Depending on contents, the following course is applicable to any of the above four areas:
I E 590Selected Topics1-3
Optional Electives 1
E E 500-level (With approval of advisor and instructor)
M E 500-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)

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