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

The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) degree is a research degree which requires students to complete required and elective coursework as well as a capstone thesis or non-thesis project.

Thesis. MSIE thesis students conduct original industrial or manufacturing engineering research or apply existing industrial or manufacturing engineering knowledge to a practical problem. The research topic must be approved by the student's graduate committee, and their work will be supervised and evaluated by their major professor. Eventually, the student will register their thesis title with the Graduate School and submit their thesis manuscript to the Graduate School for review and approval. In addition to completing and submitting a thesis, the student will prepare an article that is based on their research and co-authored with their major professor and any other significant contributors to their work. This article must be suitable for publication in a refereed journal or conference proceedings.

Project (non-thesis). With the MSIE project option, you MSIE thesis students will fulfill the Graduate School’s research-in-lieu-of-thesis requirement by completing a project in which they apply industrial or manufacturing engineering knowledge and methods to a practical problem. The project  must be approved by the student's graduate committee, and their work will be supervised and evaluated by their major professor. As with the thesis option, the student will document their 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 a 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.

Lynn Paul profile

Schedule an appointment

oregon state school of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering Identify/choose a major professor with whom to work Prior to end of first term in graduate school.

Graduate program area leads

MIME Graduate Research Faculty Directory

oregon state school of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering Make a rough sketch of proposed gradute coursework Most coursework should be completed prior to preliminary examination.

IE Coursework and credit requirements

Transferring credits

MIME Proposed Graduate Level Courses [Excel]

OSU Catalog - Schedule of Classes

oregon state school of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering Establish complete graduate committee Prior to completing 18 graduate credits. Information from OSU Grad School about graduate committees
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 will be accepted in Dearborn 221 for final approval. www.citiprogram.org

Detailed instructions for how to find the correct training on the CITI site

oregon state school of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering

Finalize and submit program of study (POS) form

Must be filed prior to completing 18 credits.

Form should be signed by all committee members.

Though the form instructs students to submit it directly to the Graduate School, MIME asks all ME, IE, MatSci and Robotics students to submit POS forms to Stephanie Grigar in Dearborn 221.

Program of Study form

IE coursework/credits

oregon state school of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering Complete all graduate coursework Must be completed prior to final oral examination.

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

OSU Grad School Thesis Guide

OSU ScholarsArchive

Step by step instructions for ScholarsArchive

Instructions and considerations for data sets

Arrange a final defense date and time PLAN AHEAD! Finding a time that works to get your three or four committee members and yourself together at the same time, in the same place, may be challenging. Communicate with them often and early about how your research and thesis writing is progressing so that your committee members can let you know if they have a conference or other committment you need to work around.
oregon state school of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering Schedule final defense of your thesis or project (Final Oral Exam) Occurs during the student’s final term at OSU and must be formally scheduled at least two weeks prior to the event using the graduate school’s online Exam Scheduling Form.   OSU Grad School exam scheduling form

Additional Notes 

  • Master of Science students may switch to the Master of Engineering program with the approval of their major professor and the MIME Associate Head for Graduate Programs. The major professor must send an e-mail to the MIME Head Advisor for Graduate Programs confirming that they are in support of the change before the student submits a Change of Degree form.

  • Master of Engineering students are not eligible to receive support in the form of graduate assistantships (GRAs or GTAs).