Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing EngineeringMaster of Science in Industrial Engineering Program Options

As an Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) student at Oregon State, you will pursue one of the following program options:

Thesis option. The MSIE thesis option involves original industrial or manufacturing engineering research or the novel application of existing industrial or manufacturing engineering knowledge to a practical problem. Your research topic must be approved by your graduate committee, and your work will be supervised and graded by your major professor. You must register your thesis title with the Graduate School and submit your manuscript to the Graduate School for review and approval. In addition to completing and submitting your thesis, you will prepare an article that is based on your research and co-authored with your major professor and any other significant contributors to your work. This article must be suitable for publication in a refereed journal or conference proceedings.

  • Project option. With the MSME project option, you will fulfill the Graduate School’s research-in-lieu-of-thesis requirement by completing a project in which you apply industrial or manufacturing engineering knowledge and methods to a practical problem. The project must be approved by your graduate committee and will be supervised and graded by your major professor. As with the thesis option, you will document your project with a final report, but the report will not be registered with or reviewed by the Graduate School.

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering Program Requirements and Milestones

The major milestones in completing your MS in industrial engineering at OSU are charted in the following table. Click on the links for details.

University-wide requirements for earning a masters of science degree at Oregon State are detailed on the OSU Graduate School Website.


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oregon state school of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering Meet with the MIME graduate advisor Meeting should occur prior to end of first term in graduate school.

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oregon state school of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering Major professor selection and graduate committee formation Must be formed prior to program meeting. Graduate program area leads
oregon state school of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering Coursework and credit requirements Most coursework should be completed prior to preliminary examination.

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IE core coursework

MIME Proposed Graduate Level Courses [Excel sheet]

Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering Ethical research training Can be completed at ANY time, but it MUST BE COMPLETED before program of study approval. www.citiprogram.org
oregon state school of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering Program of study development Must be completed prior to program meeting.

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ME coursework/credits

IE coursework/credits

PhD Program Meeting

oregon state school of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering Thesis or project completion Must be completed prior to final oral examination.

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oregon state school of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering Final oral examination You must be enrolled for at least 3 credits during the term in which your defense and oral exam take place, even if you completed all of your other degree requirements in a previous term. OSU Grad School exam scheduling form