Department Mission Statement
The Department of Industrial Engineering mission is to provide contemporary and relevant industrial and systems engineering education and research; impart knowledge and skills necessary to design and to improve a variety of manufacturing and service processes; promote life-long learning; and contribute to emerging societal needs.


A. The Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering includes the following areas of concentration:
1. Engineering Management
2. Ergonomics and Human Factors
3. Health Care Systems
4. Management of Technology
5. Manufacturing Engineering
6. Occupational Health and Safety
7. Operations Research
8. Productivity Engineering
9. Quality

B. Students (other than University of Miami graduates) applying for graduate admission to the College should submit three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s abilities and background. Students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than Industrial Engineering may be admitted to the graduate program and to candidacy upon completion of appropriate undergraduate deficiency courses, in addition to the regular requirements for the graduate degree. A student’s overall program is planned by the student and the Graduate Advisor.

C. Requirements for the Master of Science Degree (both thesis and non-thesis option):
1. An approved integrated program with a minimum of 30 semester credits with a 3.0 average or better on all credits attempted and no single grade below “C” at the University of Miami while a graduate student.
2. At least twelve (12) course credits must be at the 600 level.

THESIS OPTION (30 Credits)
5 Common Core Courses 15 Credits
3 Elective Courses 9 Credits
Master’s Thesis (IEN 710) 6 Credits
TOTAL 30 Credits

5 Common Core Courses 15 Credits
4 Elective Courses 12 Credits
Master’s Project (IEN 694)  3 Credits
TOTAL 30 Credits
(Note: All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated)

IEN 612 -Design of Experiments
IEN 642 – Linear Programming and Extensions (or advanced level Operations Research course)
IEN 657 - Ergonomics and Occupational Biomechanics (or advanced level Human Factors course)
IEN 664 - Supply Chain Management or IEN 572 Management of Technological Innovation (or advanced level Management Course)
IEN 665 - Advanced Production Systems

i. In addition to the above required courses, the student will have to take other graduate level elective courses to fulfill the degree requirements. A list of approved electives is maintained by the Graduate Advisor in the Department of Industrial Engineering. Substitution of courses is allowed, but must be approved by the Graduate Advisor and the Department Chairman.
ii. 500-level courses are open to advanced undergraduates and to graduate students; 600-level courses are open only to graduate students.
iii. 500-level and 600-level courses are also open to qualified graduate students majoring in other disciplines.

D. The Department of Industrial Engineering offers a Five-Year Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering Program (BSIE/MSIE Program).
1. This program is specifically designed for those students who want to pursue their graduate study as soon as they complete their undergraduate study in Industrial Engineering.
2. The special conditions for this Five-Year BSIE/MSIE Program are as follows:
a) The student must declare his/her intent to participate before the end of their Junior year by submitting an official application to the department graduate committee for admission into the MSIE portion of the program. Exceptions to this rule must be approved by the department faculty.
b) A student wishing to withdraw from the Five-Year Program without the MSIE degree must complete all the requirements for the BSIE program, including the IEN 494 Senior Project in order to get his/her BSIE degree.
c) To qualify for the MSIE degree, the student must meet all the pertinent Graduate School requirements, including an acceptable score on the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) and a minimum of 3.0 GPA.
d) The student is awarded both the BSIE and MSIE degrees at the end of the fifth year when all requirements are satisfied.

E. An interdisciplinary M.S. degree program in Environmental Health and Safety and an M.S. degree program in Occupational Ergonomics and Safety are offered through the Department of Industrial Engineering in collaboration with the School of Medicine. These programs of study are individually structured to fit the student’s interests and career objectives.

F. The Department of Industrial Engineering, in cooperation with the School of Business Administration, offers three programs:
1. a dual MSIE/MBA weekend executive program,
2. an M.S. in Management of Technology,
3. an M.S. in Quality Management.
For more details on these programs, contact the Department of Industrial Engineering.


A. The Department offers a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering for students with a background in engineering and a Ph.D. in Ergonomics and Human Factors for students with a background in engineering and/or related sciences.

B. General requirements for award of the Doctor of Philosophy degree include:
1. Sixty credits beyond the baccalaureate degree are the minimum requirement for the Ph.D.
2. At least 24 must have been taken in residence at the University of Miami. A minimum of 12 dissertation credits must be taken.

C. Course work requirements depend on the student’s background, and are established by the Graduate Advisor and the Department Chairman.

D. To maintain status as a graduate student, registration in each fall and spring semester is required. Otherwise, admission lapses and permission to re-enter must be granted.

E. Once a student has completed all course and required research credits, he or she must enroll in “Research in Residence” status until the degree has been granted. “Research in Residence” status is considered full time enrollment. Time restrictions on obtaining degrees will be strictly enforced and can be waived only by the Dean of the Graduate School.

F. A written qualifying examination is to be taken by each doctoral degree candidate during the first year of graduate work. The department may specify that the student must take an oral examination as well. In those cases, normally, the student shall pass the written examination before the oral examination is conducted. Upon completion of the examination process, the Graduate Advisor notifies the Department Chairman that the student has passed or failed the examination. A student who fails the examination may be permitted to retake it, with the permission of the Graduate Advisor and the Chairman. Qualifying examinations normally will not be given during the summer months. The applicant must hold a 3.0 average on all credits attempted with no single grade below “C” at the University of Miami while a graduate student.

G. Each student in the Ph.D. program in Industrial Engineering has to take and pass 5 qualifying exams in the following areas: Management of Technology, Ergonomics & Biomechanics, Operations Research, Manufacturing Engineering, and Statistics & Regression analysis.

H. Each student in Ph.D. program in Ergonomics and Human Factors has to take and pass 5 qualifying exams in the following areas: Ergonomics and Human Factors, Industrial Hygiene, Safety Engineering, Biomechanics, and Statistics & Regression analysis

I. Upon completing the course requirements, passing the qualifying exams, and successfully defending the Ph.D. proposal, the student is eligible for admission to the Ph.D. candidacy.

J. Upon passing the qualifying exams, the student in consultation with his/her selected Ph.D. Dissertation committee chair will decide on the dissertation committee members.  The Dissertation committee will consist of not less than four members, three from the Department’s graduate faculty, one from outside the Department.  The chairman has to be a member of the graduate faculty. The duties of the Dissertation Committee are:

1. To consult with and to advise students on their research.
2. To meet, at intervals, to review progress and expected results.
3. To read and comment upon the draft dissertation.
4. To meet, when the dissertation is completed, to conduct the final oral examination and to satisfy itself that the dissertation is a contribution to knowledge and that it is written in lucid and correct English and submitted in approved form.
5. The candidate is well advised to have a final acceptable typescript of the dissertation in the hands of each member of his/her committee at a time reasonably in advance of the final defense of the work.

K. There are no foreign language requirements for the Ph.D. degree.