Mechanical Engineering Department

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering program affords professional development beyond the bachelor's degree, enables higher levels of responsibility, and provides a foundation for doctoral study. The MSIE program requires either 30 credits of coursework, or 27 credits of coursework plus a minimum of 3 credits of thesis research. All classes are three-credit hours and are offered during evening hours.

The focus of the MSIE program is in the area of Quality Engineering. This includes the technical areas of Six Sigma, Lean Engineering, statistical analysis, etc, . . . with applications to any business function, well beyond the traditional manufacturing and production areas. Our graduates are employed by insurance companies, hospitals, start-ups, service sector firms, as well as engineering corporations.


Admission to the graduate Master of Science in Industrial Engineering program is open to qualified students with a baccalaureate degree in engineering or science. A minimum baccalaureate grade-point average of 3.0/4.0 is required. Students who hold undergraduate degrees outside of engineering may need to complete undergraduate bridge courses as a condition of their admission. A list of bridge courses required for students without an engineering degree is available from the department. The GRE General section is required if one or more of the following conditions is true:

  • The undergraduate degree was awarded by a college or university outside of the United States or Canada, or from an institution whose program was not accredited by ABET or the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers
  • The year of the baccalaureate degree precedes the date of application to the College of Graduate Studies by more than six years.

For applicants who must take the GRE, acceptance is based on having a minimum quantitative percentile score greater than or equal to 70%.

The student also must demonstrate an acceptable level of verbal comprehension and writing ability. All non-native English speakers must demonstrate proof of English-language proficiency. Any Individual who has earned a bachelorís degree (or higher) from a U.S. institution, in which the primary language of instruction is English, is not required to take an English-language proficiency examination.

Students not having an undergraduate engineering degree may be required to take background engineering classes.

We encourage you to refer to page 129 of the Graduate Catalog for more details about the admission requirements. Further questions should be directed to, with MSIE Inquiry on the subject line. Be sure to include your name and CSU ID number if you are a current student.


A program of study must be completed in conference with the student’s faculty advisor within the first semester of enrollment. Students are expected to follow the plan of study unless modified in consultation with their advisor. The MSIE plan of study can be downloaded HERE, filled out, and emailed to your advisor.

Two options are available—course work only or thesis.

  • The course-only option requires a minimum of thirty hours of course work which may include 3 credit hours for a Master’s Project.
  • The thesis option requires a minimum of 27 hours of course work and a minimum of three hours of IME 699 Master’s Thesis. Thesis registration may begin after completion of nine credit hours of work in residence. A completed “Thesis and Dissertation Proposal Form” must be on file with the College of Graduate Studies prior to registering for this course. Students pursuing the thesis degree option must successfully defend their work in an oral examination in person, before their committee. The examination is open to the public and a notice must be posted two weeks prior to the examination. All graduating students must complete an exit evaluation form available from the Department. See the course description for IME 698/699 for details.

All MSIE students are required to take the following classes:

  • Core Courses (12 credit hours)
    • IME 510 Advanced Engineering Statistics
    • IME 520 Applied Design of Experiments
    • IME 560 Manufacturing Systems Engineering
    • IME 666 Systems Engineering Analysis & Management
  • Quality Track Courses (12 credit hours)
    • IME 540 Quality Management
    • IME 570 Six Sigma
    • IME 623 Reliability Engineering
    • IME 663 Lean Enterprise
  • Elective or Project/Thesis Courses (6 credit hours)
    • IME 500 or 600 Elective Course
    • IME 500 or 600 Elective Course . . . or . . . IME 698 or 699 Master's Project /Thesis

Sample of elective courses:

  • IME 548 In-Process Sensing
  • IME 562 Production and Inventory Control
  • IME 575 Discrete Systems Simulation
  • IME 600 Economic Evaluation of Industrial Projects
  • IME 693 Special Topics
  • IME 697 Directed Study
  • IME 697 Master's Project
  • IME 698 Thesis Proposal


engaged learning
Join us on Facebook and Twitter!

Facebk     Tweet
Mailing Address
Mechanical Engineering Department
Washkewicz College of Engineering
Cleveland State University
1960 E. 24th St., SH 232
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214
Campus Location
Stilwell Hall Room 232
1960 East 24th Street
Phone: 216.687.2567
Fax: 216.687.5375

This site contains files that require the free Adobe Reader to view.