Oct 27, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Industrial Engineering, MSIE


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The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) degree program is a thesis-based program that provides graduate-level education in the broad field of industrial engineering.  The program offers graduate-level courses in operations research, statistics, manufacturing, quality and reliability engineering, project management, and systems engineering. Students in the MSIE program are required to complete a research thesis.

Please visit the MSIE Degree Program page for more information.

Admission Requirements


  • The Cullen College of Engineering requires a minimum of 3.0/4.0 G.P.A. over the last 60 semester hours or 90-quarter hours for the admission to the graduate programs.
  • Students who transfer from another graduate program must have at least a 3.0/4.0 G.P.A. on all graduate work completed.

*Applicants must submit a complete graduate application including non-refundable application fee ($25 domestic applicants/$75 international applicants).

  • Applicants for all graduate programs must submit official GRE scores taken in the last five year.
  • International students must submit additional documentation and demonstrate English language proficiency. Full details, including minimum TOEFL scores, are found on the English Language Proficiency Requirements page.
  • A degree in an engineering discipline is recommended. However, applicants with degrees in closely related fields may be accepted to the graduate program subject to completion of leveling courses approved by the IE Graduate Program Director. The students must obtain a grade of B or better in all leveling courses. Note that leveling courses are not counted toward the graduate program course requirement.

Degree Requirements


Credit hours required for this degree: 30.0

  • 30 semester hours of graduate courses are required for the MIE degree. This includes 21 hours of course work, 3 hours of research, and 6 hours of thesis.
  • These requisite degree program hours are in addition to any leveling courses.
  • Students whose primary language is not English may be required to complete compulsory engineering communications course (INDE 6359). Engineering communications course is not required for the international students who scored 150 or higher on the verbal section of the GRE exam.
  • All MIE students must take INDE 6111 (graduate seminar course) at least once during their studies.

Students are required to take five core courses based on the following options:

Academic Policies


Thesis Advisory Committee for M.S. Candidates

The candidate must select a thesis advisory committee as soon as possible, but no later than the end of the first academic year. The advisory committee must be approved by the IE Director of Graduate Programs and the IE Department Chair.

The advisory committee must be composed of at least three faculty members, of which at least two must be from the IE department at UH.

The Director of Graduate Programs and the IE Department Chair must approve any subsequent changes in this advisory committee.

A formal thesis proposal must be submitted to the Advisory Committee and the Director of Graduate Programs within one term after the Advisory Committee is selected and approved.

The thesis draft should be prepared, submitted, and defended to the thesis advisory committee. The final thesis must be submitted and approved by the thesis advisory committee, the Director of Graduate Programs and the IE Department Chair.

The guidelines for thesis preparation and submission deadlines can be found here.

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