Jun 21, 2018  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [NOTE!!!! THIS IS AN ARCHIVED CATALOG. FOR THE CURRENT CATALOG, GO TO CATALOG.NIU.EDU]

Master of Science in Integrated Systems Engineering


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Product and process innovation is critical in maintaining the United States’ competitive edge in the global market place. As products and processes are becoming increasingly more complex in nature, there is a growing need for engineers who can manage the interplay of integrated subsystems of these products and processes to ensure overall long term system viability. The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology recognizes the increasing need for engineers who can integrate and analyze various subsystems in product and process design, testing, manufacturing and engineering services. A Master of Science in Integrated Systems Engineering prepares skilled engineers to meet such needs.

Student Learning Outcomes


The program leading to the Master of Science in Integrated Systems Engineering is designed to prepare students to: (1) develop innovative solutions to complex integrated systems engineering problems; (2) collect, analyze, and interpret data relevant to integrated systems engineering problems; and (3) apply analytical and computational skills to model, analyze, and design integrated engineering systems.

Admission


Students seeking admission to the M.S. program in Integrated Systems Engineering must hold an accredited B.S. degree in engineering, engineering technology, or a science field with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Although applicants are required to submit GRE scores for admission to the Graduate School, for NIU students with a GPA of 3.00 or better, the GRE may be waived by recommendation of the college.

Advising Committee


A college-wide advising committee assists in placement of students in appropriate specialization areas. The advising committee is chaired by the associate dean of Research and Graduate Programs and shall have a representative from each engineering department. The advising committee also provides directions for students’ capstone course projects, master’s theses, master’s projects, or master’s papers to ensure a high quality of integrated systems engineering content.

Curriculum


The Master of Science in Integrated Systems Engineering curriculum features the following specialization areas:

Mechatronics and Intelligent Systems
Biomedical and Healthcare Systems

Students in either specialization can enroll either in thesis, project, or course option as described below:

Thesis Option


30 semester hours
6 semester hours of integrated systems engineering core courses
18 semester hours in a specialization area
6 semester hours of the following:

Project Option


30 semester hours
6 semester hours of integrated systems engineering core courses
18 semester hours in a specialization area
3 semester hours of 600-level electives as approved by the advising committee
3 semester hours of the following:

Course Option


33 semester hours
6 semester hours of integrated systems engineering core courses
18 semester hours in a specialization area
6 semester hours of 600-level electives as approved by the advising committee
3 semester hours of the following:

  • IEET 697 - Independent Study Credits: 1-3
  • This requirement may be met by a company internship report or master’s paper.  The report or paper needs to be examined by a graduate committee.

Specialization Areas


Students holding a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or industrial and systems engineering can select from the following specialization areas:

Mechatronics and Intelligent Systems
Biomedical and Health Systems Engineering

Students from other engineering or science majors should fulfill deficiency requirements in order to meet the needed prerequisites for courses in each specialization area.

Specialization in Mechatronics and Intelligent Systems (18)


Select 9 semester hours in one department as listed below (9)


Specialization in Biomedical and Health Systems Engineering (18-19)


Select 9-10 semester hours in one department as listed below (9-10)


Electrical Engineering Discipline-Specific Courses

Industrial and Systems Engineering Discipline-Specific Courses

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