MS Industrial Engineering

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

The graduate programs in the IME department are designed to prepare students for a successful carreer in industry as well as a further study in a Ph.D. program, building on its strength in learn-by-foing and project-based engineering education and focusing on applied research.

Key learning outcomes for the MS IE program are that students can

  1. Design and improve manufacturing and business operations;
  2. Design experiments, analyze data, and solve real-world problems independently;
  3. Communicate effectively and practice strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.

Students typically work closely with industry to solve real-world problems. The IME graduate programs help students sharpen both technical skills and non-technical skills required for success in their careers. A large fraction of our recent graduates have landed positions in high-tech, manufacturing, services, and consulting companies to design and improve business operations.

The MS IE program requires a minimum 45 quarter credits of course work in 400 or 500 level courses, including nine quarter units of thesis/project. The MS IE program requires a thesis and your thesis topic must be approved by your graduate committee consisting of three committee members. Both an oral defense and a written thesis are required. The thesis will be reviewed by the Graduate Education Office and published at the Digital Commons. Students considering eventual admission to a PhD program are strongly advised to select the MS IE program.


  1. Applicants should have completed a four-year college course of study and hold a bachelor's degree in any engineering or related discipline, the mathematical, physical, or computer science disciplines from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association.
  2. Students must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (based on 4.00 scale). Exceptions will be considered if the applicant is in the top 25% of his/her graduating class.
  3. The GRE (Graduate Record Examination).
  4. The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required for all applicants whose native language is not English. If the applicant received a degree in the United States, this test is waived. TOEFL test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was taken. Please refer to Cal Poly admission website for English language proficiency requirements at

Application Procedure

Please refer to the Cal Poly graduate application process at

Two key steps are:

1. Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering department must file a complete graduate application online at The procedure for graduate applicants can be found on the Admissions website at Contact the Cal Poly Admissions Office if you have questions about the application process.

2. The following materials must be submitted through the Interfolio links ( for MS IE program.

  • Cover letter. If you are interested in being considered for a Teaching Associate or Graduate Assistant position, please indicate in the cover letter as well. Other financial support including non-resident tuition waiver is available as well. Details please refers to Cal Poly Graduate Education website at
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume: list in reverse chronological order education, employment, extracurricular/community activities, publications if any, and membership.
  • Statement of purpose: provide a summary of your career objectives and work experience with reference to the chosen field of graduate study in one page.

Deadlines for application and file completion deadline for domestic applicants are available at Cal Poly's admission website at

Deadlines for international applicants are available at International applicants can apply for fall quarter only.

Course Curriculum

Any questions, please contact the Graduate Coordinator:

Dr. Jianbian (John) Pan
Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Cal Poly State Univeristy
1 Grand Ave
IME Department , Bldg. 192, Rm. 235
San Luis Obispo, CA  93407
Tel:  805-756-2540