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Programs and Requirements

The department offers graduate programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE).

MS Program Requirements

Semester-system MS ISE graduate degree core program minimum requirements include:

  • 30 total graduate-level credit hours, of which at least 80% must be taken at OSU (24 hours)
  • 6 semester credit hours of ISE graduate level courses in one selected sub-discipline within ISE; Operations Research, Manufacturing, or Human Factors.
  • 3 semester credit hours of graduate level course work from a second sub-discipline within ISE.
  • 3 semester credit hours of graduate level course work focused on mathematical, statistical, or numerical methodologies.
  • 2 semester credit hours of ISE Graduate Research Seminar.

Thesis option program requirements:

  • Minimum of 22 semester hours of graduate level course work, which must include MS ISE core requirements, plus graduate level elective courses.
  • Minimum of 4 semester hours of thesis research.
  • The total of course hours, plus research hours, must sum to be a minimum of 30 semester hours.
  • Fulfillment of the Graduate School thesis examination and thesis document approval requirements.

Non-Thesis option program requirements:

  • 30 semester hours of graduate level course work, which must include the MS ISE core requirements, plus graduate level elective courses.
  • Fulfillment of the Graduate School exit examination requirement

Ph.D. Program Requirements

ISE PhD semester-system graduate degree core program requirements include:

  • 80 total graduate level credit hours (minimum) beyond the Bachelor’s Degree. 30 semester hours credit will be granted for an appropriate earned Master’s degree
  • 30 semester credit hours of graduate level courses (minimum) beyond the Master’s degree. The course work requirement consists of one primary area of concentration, two secondary areas of concentration, and Graduate Research Seminar. To achieve the remaining 20 hours (minimum) of graduate credit hours required for the PhD degree (30 for MS + 30 ISE PhD courses + 20 remaining = 80 total), students may enroll for any combination of research credit hours or additional course hours.
  • The primary area of concentration consists of at least 15 semester credit hours of graduate level course work. The primary area of concentration is a coherent theme of inquiry and study in support of the student’s dissertation research. The primary area of concentration is typically (although not necessarily) focused in one of the 3 ISE sub-disciplines; Operations Research, Manufacturing, or Human Factors.
  • Each secondary area of concentration consists of at least 6 semester credit hours of graduate level course work. A secondary area is also a coherent theme of inquiry and study. At least one secondary area of concentration must consist of courses taken outside of ISE; however, both secondary areas of concentration may be outside of ISE.
  • 3 semester credit hours of ISE Graduate Research Seminar (minimum).
  • Dissertation is required.
  • Students entering the PhD program directly from the BS degree typically (although not necessarily) fulfill the requirements for, and acquire, an ISE MS degree while engaged in accumulating the 30 hours of course work to complete the PhD course requirements.

For more detailed information, refer to the ISE Graduate Program Handbook.

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