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2007-2008 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering


The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering offers an M.S. degree with a major in industrial and systems engineering. Students may choose to pursue the degree culminating in a thesis (to develop research abilities in industrial and systems engineering), or in a project (to prepare for advanced practice in industrial and systems engineering). Industrial and systems engineers are employed in a broad variety of organizations, including manufacturing industries, utilities, transportation, health care systems, financial institutions, and all levels of government agencies. Students with a baccalaureate degree in engineering or science or other disciplines are encouraged to consider graduate study in industrial and systems engineering.

At the discretion of the department, a maximum of 9 semester hours of graduate-level credit from other accredited institutions may be accepted for graduate credit towards the requirements of the degree.

Requirements


The student must submit to the department, with the help of a faculty adviser, a program of courses which must be approved by the student’s graduate committee.

If a student has completed a 400-level course for undergraduate credit at NIU with a grade of B or better, that course may not be retaken for graduate credit to be applied to the M. S. program in industrial and systems engineering.  

Students in this program may apply 12 semester hours of courses earned in a certificate of graduate study from any department in the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. The program requires proficiency in statistics and computer programming. To achieve this proficiency, students must have course work in statistics and computer programming such as ISYE 335, STAT 350, or UBUS 223, as well as CSCI 240 or OMIS 351 or alternatives approved by the department chair.

Thesis Option


Complete 1 semester hour of ISYE 595, Graduate Seminar, 12 semester hours of industrial and systems engineering courses, 12 additional semester hours of graduate course work, as approved by the department, and 6 semester hours of thesis, ISYE 599A, on a topic approved by the student’s graduate committee. The thesis must be satisfactorily defended at an oral examination. A portion of the research required by ISYE 599A may be performed in off-campus facilities if approved by the student’s graduate committee.

Non-Thesis Option


Complete 1 semester hour of ISYE 595, Graduate Seminar, 18 semester hours of industrial and systems engineering courses, including 1 - 3 semester hours of graduate project, ISYE 599B or ISYE 598, Master’s Paper, on a topic approved by the student’s adviser, and 12 additional semester hours of College of Engineering and Engineering Technology graduate courses, as approved by the department.

For both options, at least fifty percent of the hours must be at the 500 level or above, excluding IENG 599A, IENG 599B, or IENG 598.

Integrated B.S./M.S. Sequence


This plan is open to all industrial and systems engineering majors who have finished at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate work and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00. When students enter the integrated sequence, they must formulate a detailed plan to study and work closely with a faculty adviser throughout the program. Failure to do so could delay graduation.

Students in this sequence must satisfy all the requirements of the undergraduate industrial and systems engineering curriculum with the exception that 9 semester hours of industrial and systems engineering technical course work, listed in the Undergraduate Catalog under the heading “Technical Courses,” may be taken for graduate credit. These technical courses taken for graduate credit must be taken during the student’s final undergraduate semester. Students must also satisfy all the requirements for the M.S. degree with a major in industrial and systems engineering. The sequence may terminate with a B.S. degree only, but only if all the requirements for that degree have been met.