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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 [Archived Catalog]

Industrial and Systems Engineering - MS

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Degree Title: Master of Science

Program Name and Number: Industrial & Systems Engineering - MS7255

Department/Unit: Industrial and Systems Engineering

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Terms of Entry: Fall and Spring

Program Mission: Educate industrial and systems engineering professionals who will become leaders in academia, government, and industry positions and contribute to the wellbeing of the society.  

Program Learning Objectives:

  • Apply graduate-level concepts and models in manufacturing and other systems such as health care and education,  supply chain networks, warehouses, transportation, reliability, safety and other engineering problems.
  • Develop information systems and analyze data/big data using statistics and data mining. 
  • Develop expertise in one or more areas of technical specialization.
  • Plan and execute a strategy to test a scientific hypothesis or proposed engineering solution, using prior published knowledge as a foundation.
  • Communicate advanced engineering knowledge and the results of novel research (thesis option) or research and development activities (project option) in professional venues.
  • Develop habits of collaboration, leadership, self-learning/continuous learning, initiative, and ethical conduct.

Program Overview

Areas of faculty interest include manufacturing systems, scheduling, artificial intelligence, systems simulation, process planning, distribution systems, genetic algorithms, neural networks, data mining, logistics, supply chain management,  humanitarian logistics, human factors, quality control and reliability, information systems, transportation, applied optimization in manufacturing  and service sectors. The focus of graduate educational and research activities is on structuring the decision process, system analysis, and the design of complex systems that integrate technical, human, and economic resources within a variety of constraints and environments. The MS in ISE is designed to build upon mathematical and analytical expertise gained from a technical education and professional experience. It is heavily directed toward using the computer to solve manufacturing, supply chain, distribution, logistics, quality, reliability, human factors, finance and other service problems and includes courses from other departments to provide valuable interdisciplinary experiences.

Opportunities for Graduates:

The MS in ISE has been developed to meet the needs of engineers and other technical graduates who plan to perform industrial and systems engineering and management functions in organizations.

Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/engineering/ise/academics/graduate/masters.cfm or email morrisop@ohio.edu.

Graduation Requirements: There are thesis and nonthesis options available. The thesis option requires a minimum of 30 semester hours including 4 hours of thesis (ISE 6950). Each student following the thesis option will have a graduate committee. The student’s graduate committee will evaluate both a written proposal and an oral defense.  Upon approval of the proposal, the student will complete the thesis work, deliver a written thesis document and then defend it orally.

The nonthesis option requires a minimum of 34 semester hours including 3 hours of a scholarly project (ISE 6940).  Nonthesis students are required to complete a written report and make a presentation to the advisor and other members of the faculty/staff who may have been instrumental in the selection of the project.

All graduate students are required to take ISE 6300 in their first semester in residence as well as ET 6020. Independent study up to four credit hours may be taken for degree credit in addition to hours earned in ISE 6940 or 6950. A maximum of 8 credit hours of elective graduate level courses may be taken outside the department, provided they are included in an approved plan of study. You are also required to complete at least 7 semester hours in graduate-only courses, while others can be graduate courses that are cross-listed with 4000 level undergraduate courses.

Culminating Experience: The culminating experience for students in the MS in ISE program is the master thesis or capstone project. Guided by a student’s thesis committee, the student in the thesis option needs to complete independent thesis research work that must contribute to the body of knowledge in the specific area selected by the student and his/her thesis committee. The student must write and successfully defend a thesis. A student pursuing the non-thesis option must complete an independent project on a topic relevant to the industrial and systems engineering field and approved by the student’s major advisor. The student is expected to use and leverage knowledge obtained in the industrial and systems engineering program to complete the project. The student must write a project report approved by his/her advisor and make a presentation to the ISE faculty.

Admission Requirements: The department welcomes applications from students with engineering degrees as well as those with a bachelor’s degree in physical sciences, including mathematics and computer science, production/operations management from an accredited four-year college or university. A TOEFL score of 80+ for non-native English speakers is required.  For all applicants, GRE scores (a minimum quantitative score of 158), a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75, and three letters of recommendation are required. Up to 9 credit hours are accepted for students seeking dual degree.

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