The IE program in the of Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering offers a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering (MSIE). Participants can also earn an interdepartmental Master of Science in Engineering Science (MSES) degree with a focus in a concentration in Information Technology Engineering (ITE) administered by the College of Engineering. The master’s program in Industrial Engineering is offered with both thesis and non-thesis (project) options. For the thesis option, students must complete at least 24 hours of coursework and six hours of thesis research. For the project option, students must complete at least 33 hours of coursework and a three credit hour master’s project in independent study format. For some students additional courses may be required as prerequisites or to demonstrate English proficiency. Credit hours counting toward program requirements must be in courses allowed for graduate credit as described in the LSU General Catalog. Both thesis and non-thesis degree programs in Industrial Engineering are available with specific focus areas including: Ergonomics and Human Factors, Healthcare, Supply Chain Systems, and Information Technology Engineering.
The program-level academic course plan for each student will be developed in consultation with and approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. The committee will include the student’s major advisor and at least two additional members of the graduate faculty such that the LSU Graduate School’s requirements for graduate committees are satisfied.
Industrial Engineering students can also earn a Doctor of Philosophy through the Engineering Science program with major concentration in Industrial Engineering or its variants. For the interdepartmental doctoral program in engineering science, a student must complete 54 semester hours of graduate-level courses beyond the bachelor’s, with half of these hours at or above the 7000-level. Two sub-areas of specialization are required, comprising a total of 24 hours, with at least one 7000-level course in each area. Each student must complete and successfully defend a dissertation research topic and general examination. The doctoral program is administered by the associate dean for Academic Programs in the College of Engineering.