MS Industrial Engineering
The Master of Science program in Industrial Engineering has the following objectives:
- To help California industries in meeting their needs with respect to processes of design, optimization, and re-engineering and in competing globally, by educating and training engineers with advanced practical knowledge in the field of Industrial Engineering.
- To attract undergraduate engineers of all majors and provide education in the planning, engineering, optimization, and management of processes using the appropriate tools of Industrial Engineering.
- To further the mission and goals of the College of Engineering at Cal Poly with respect to graduate engineering education by maintaining a balance between undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities in engineering that optimally supports the health of California industry.
Students with earned undergraduate degrees in any engineering major are eligible for admission. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the last 90-quarter units (60 semester units) is required for admission.
All candidates seeking admission to the MSIE program are required to secure a minimum score in the GRE - General Test, as prescribed by the IME Department.
The MS-IE includes a thesis which is a creative work that adds to the knowledge in the field of Industrial Engineering. This project is rigorous and requires diligent independent work by the student. The student should choose a subject and advisor as soon as possible in your graduate studies. The thesis typically takes at least nine months to complete. Below is a list of steps for initiation and completion of the Master's Thesis.
- Define a topic of interest during your first quarter at Cal Poly
- Find a faculty member who can serve as an advisor for your thesis. This is generally a faculty member with interest and expertise in your area of interest.
- Register for the 9 units of IME 599 over a one year period. Work diligently on your project.
- When you near the end of your project, form a committee made up of three faculty members. Your thesis advisor may have recommendations for other committee members. Once the committee has been formed fill out the Thesis/Project Committee Membership Form.
- Submit the final rough draft of your thesis to your advisor and committee members to review. There may be changes after this submittal so wait for feedback before finalizing the document.
- Schedule a Thesis Defense meeting. Discuss availability with all the committee members. Book a room through the IME department office, and advertise the meeting so all interested faculty and students may attend.
- The thesis defense is a comprehensive presentation of your project. The presentation usally takes a full hour.
- Committee members will meet immediately after your defense. After this meeting your advisor will let you know if you have passed, or if you need to do more work on the project.
- Once the committee members are satisfied with your work, you will need to get signatures from all your committee members.
- The thesis must be approved by the Graduate Programs office and you must submit the thesis to the library's digital commons. Follow the instructions for THESIS Preparation & e-Submittal for Library Digital-Commons