Master of Science in IE (MSIE)

The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) is a research degree offered by the Department of Industrial Engineering through the J.B. Speed School of Engineering.


Candidates for admission into the MSIE degree program must satisfy both the requirements for admission into the J.B. Speed School of Engineering and the requirements of the department. These requirements are summarized as follows:

  1. Completed application for University of Louisville graduate admission
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcript(s) from all previous colleges and universities attended.  All transcripts not in English must be certified as authentic and translated verbatim into English
  4. Letters of recommendation (at least 2)
  5. Minimum GPA of 2.75/4.00
  6. A combined verbal and quantitative score for the GRE basic examination of at least 300 (or 1100 on previous scale).
  7. For international students, a TOEFL score of at least 80 on the internet-based test or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.

Prerequisite Requirements

A candidate with a baccalaureate of science (BS) degree in an area other than engineering (e.g., mathematics, physics, psychology) must demonstrate mathematical preparation comparable to that provided by an ABET accredited engineering program. Typically, an acceptable undergraduate record in mathematics includes calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra.

Degree Requirements

Six courses are required for all MSIE students in industrial engineering. One additional course is required for those MSIE students who do not have a previous degree in industrial engineering. A minimum of 30 credit hours is required for graduation.  At least half of the student’s MSIE degree credit hours, not including thesis credit hours, must be at the 600-level.

Required Courses

  • EM 613, Operations Management (3 credit hours). This course is not required for students with a previous degree in industrial engineering.
  • IE 563, Experimental Design for Engineers (3 credit hours)
  • IE 515, Operations Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • IE 541, Simulation (3 credit hours)
  • IE 580, Principles of Occupational Ergonomics (3 credit hours)
  • IE 630, Advanced Production Systems Design (3 credit hours)
  • IE 657, Models for Design and Analysis of Logistical Systems (3 credit hours)
  • 6xx Technical Electives (3 or 6 credit hours)   Thesis Alternative
  • IE 690, M.S. Thesis in Industrial Engineering (6 credit hours)   Non-Thesis Alternative
  • IE 699, Industrial Engineering Master’s Project (3 credit hours)
  • 6xx technical elective (3 credit hours)


The Director of IE Graduate Programs, Dr. Lihui Bai, will advise MSIE students regarding their course work. The MSIE student should select a thesis/project research advisor prior to registering for his or her second semester.

Graduate Student Guidelines and Rules

There are primarily two sets of guidelines/rules for graduate students; those in the UofL Graduate Catalog and those in the Speed School Minimum Guidelines for Graduate Education documents.  All graduate students should read both documents thoroughly.  The UofL Graduate Catalog is located at:  Please note the Graduate Catalog contains many sections, all of which should be reviewed by students.  The Speed School Minimum Guidelines for Graduate Education document is located at:

Financial Aid and Seminar Attendance

The IE department and associated research centers and institutes will hold seminars throughout each semester. The purpose of these seminars is to expose graduate students to research methods and topics and is intended to benefit graduate students in their research. Thus, all active graduate students are strongly encouraged to attend. If a student is absent for more than two seminars per semester, s/he risks losing financial aid for future semesters. Also, students whose status is deemed inactive by the GAC risk losing financial aid from the department or University.

Adopted by the IE faculty on November 20, 2009; minor edits made on December 17, 2009, April 2010, and April 2011.