About the Program

This 30 credit hours degree program is designed for engineers and other professionals who have responsibility for designing, installing, improving and evaluating large integrated systems. Specializations/courses are available in the areas of:

  • Human Factors/Ergonomics
  • Operations Research & Management Science
  • Quality Systems Design
  • Advanced Manufacturing & Automation
  • Information Systems Management
  • Program Management & Product Development

As in the cases of existing MS degree programs in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the course offerings for the MSE (ISE) program are mainly in late afternoon and evening hours to enable students to earn the degree through part-time study. The program may be completed entirely on campus, entirely online, or through a combination of on-campus and online courses.

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MSE in Industrial and Systems Engineering
There's a strong rapport, not only between the students and the faculty, but also within the industries and local businesses as well as the international companies.
Robert Wasilevich, '11 MSE-ISE, Engineer at DTE Energy

Program Details

Program Goals
  • Provide students with the requisite knowledge and skills that enable them to design, install and manage large integrated engineering and service systems.
  • Provide students with analytical skills that allow them to evaluate and improve large integrated engineering and service systems.
  • Provide students access to modern engineering tools that enable them to solve complex industrial and systems engineering problems. 
Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Degree Requirement

Admission to this degree program requires a bachelor's degree in engineering, physical science, computer science, or applied mathematics.

Students who do not meet BS degree requirements of the program should speak to the program advisor regarding the additional requirements to be met.

Standardized Test Scores

GRE not required

Prerequisite Course Descriptions

Prerequisite Courses

  • A course in probability and statistics (IMSE 510, Probability and Statistical Models or equivalent)
  • A course in operations research (IMSE 500, Models of Operations Research or equivalent)

The IMSE 510 and IMSE 500 course requirements can be completed after admission into the program. However, only IMSE 500 will count toward the 30-credit degree requirement.



Required Core Courses (9 Credits)
  • IMSE 511 Design and Analysis of Experiments
  • IMSE 501 Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • IMSE 580 Production and Operations Engineering I
Concentration Courses (12 Credits)

A minimum of 12 credit hours from the concentration areas listed below. All four courses can be taken from one concentration area or any combination of the five concentration areas.

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

    • IMSE 543 Industrial Ergonomics
    • IMSE 545 Vehicle Ergonomics I
    • IMSE 546 Safety Engineering
    • IMSE 548 Research Methods in Human Factors and Ergonomics
    • IMSE 577 Human-Computer Interaction for UI and UX Design
    • IMSE 593 Vehicle Packaging Engineering
    • AE 546 Vehicle Ergonomics II
  • Operations Research & Management Science

    • IMSE 500 Models of Operations Research
    • IMSE 505 Applied Optimization
    • IMSE 514 Multivariate Statistics
    • IMSE 5205 Engineering Risk-Benefit Analysis
    • IMSE 5215 Program Budget, Cost Estimation & Control
    • IMSE 559 System Simulation
    • IMSE 586 Big Data Analytics and Visualization 
    • IMSE 605 Advanced Optimization
    • IMSE 606 Advanced Stochastic Processes
  • Quality Systems and Manufacturing

    Quality Systems Design

    • IMSE 513 Robust Design
    • IMSE 519 Quantitative Methods in Quality Engineering
    • IMSE 561 Total Quality Management
    • IMSE 567 Reliability Analysis

    Advanced Manufacturing & Automation

    • IMSE 502 Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
    • IMSE 504 Metal Forming Processes
    • IMSE 538 Intelligent Manufacturing
    • IMSE 559 System Simulation
    • IMSE 5655 Supply Chain Management
    • IMSE 581 Production and Operations Management II
    • IMSE 5825 Industrial Controls
  • Information Systems

    Information Systems Management

    • IMSE 553 Software Engineering
    • IMSE 556 Database Systems
    • IMSE 557 Computing Networks and Communication Enterprise Information Systems

    Enterprise Information Systems 

    • IMSE 555 Decision Support and Expert Systems 
    • IMSE 564 Methods and Technologies in ERP System Development
    • IMSE 5715 Modeling of Integrated Information Systems
    • IMSE 5725 Object-Oriented Systems Design
    • IMSE 5755 Business Process Integration using Enterprise Technology
  • Program Management & Product Development

    • EMGT 580 Management of Product and Process Design
    • IMSE 515 Fundamentals of Program Management
    • IMSE 516 Project Management and Control
    • IMSE 517 Managing Global Systems 
Additional Requirements (9 Credits)

Cognate Requirement

  • At least two approved graduate-level cognate courses for a minimum of six (6) credit hours in departments other than IMSE must be elected. A student should consult the program advisor when selecting these cognate courses.


  • The remaining three (3) credit hours may be selected with the approval of the graduate advisor.
Thesis Option

With the approval of their graduate advisor, students may substitute a master's thesis for no more than six credit hours of graduate course work. Students choosing the thesis option are required to elect a minimum of 9 credit hours from the concentration electives, rather than the 12 credit hours stipulated above for the concentration areas. Students must complete 2 of the courses from one of the concentration areas.

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Heinz Prechter Engineering Complex (HPEC)
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