The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) offers comprehensive research and educational programs for students pursuing the Master of Science (MS) in Industrial Engineering. Industrial engineering (IE) applies mathematical modeling and analytical tools to make better decisions for designing and managing efficient and effective systems. IE is applied in many areas, including healthcare systems, supply chains, logistics and transportation engineering, manufacturing, sustainability, resilient systems, energy systems, and human-in-the loop systems. We partner with organizations ranging from startups to well-established corporations, to government and nongovernment organizations. For example, our supply chain resilience research is trying to understand and mitigate persistent drug shortages in the United States. Our research in healthcare systems engineering uses methods from lean six-sigma tools to advanced mathematical models to improve system and product reliability and optimize healthcare process quality, delays, cost, efficiency, and effectiveness—national priorities. Recent healthcare applications include improvements in scheduling, readmissions, cost reductions, cancer care, and health services planning. We use stochastic and simulation modeling to study environmental issues related to green manufacturing, product recovery, and end-of-life management. We use data analytics for designing prognostics and preventive strategies for manufacturing operations. Our research and teaching together are designed to develop IE practitioners who can work, innovate, and excel in a variety of businesses. These extensive programs and course work allow for the selection of a degree that meets a wide variety of personal and professional goals.
General Degree Requirements
To be eligible for admission to any of the MS degree programs, a prospective student must hold a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, science, mathematics, or an equivalent field. Students in all master’s degree programs must complete a minimum of 32 semester hours of approved course work (exclusive of any preparatory courses) with a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.000. Students can complete a master's degree by pursuing any of one of the three tracks: course work option, project option, and thesis option. Specific degree requirements for each of these tracks can be found under the Program Requirements tab. Students may pursue any program either on a full-time or part-time basis; however, certain restrictions may apply.
Academic and Research Advisors
All nonthesis students are advised by the faculty advisor designated for their respective concentration or program. Students willing to pursue the thesis option must first find a research advisor within their first year of study. The research advisor will guide the students' thesis work, and thesis reader(s) may be assigned at the discretion of their research advisor. The research advisor must be a full-time or jointly appointed faculty. If the research advisor is outside the MIE department, before the thesis option can be approved, a faculty member with 51 percent or more appointments in the MIE department must be chosen as co-advisor, and a petition must be filed and approved by the co-advisor and the MIE Graduate Affairs Committee. Thesis option students are advised by the faculty advisor of their concentration before they select their research advisor(s). The research advisor and co-advisor must serve as thesis readers.
Plan of Study and Course Selection
It is recommended that all new students attend orientation sessions held by the MIE department and the Graduate School of Engineering to acquaint themselves with the course work requirements and research activities of the department as well as with the general policies, procedures, and expectations.
In order to receive proper guidance with their course work needs, all MS students are strongly encouraged to complete and submit a fully signed Plan of Study (PS) to the department before enrolling in second-semester courses. This form not only helps the students manage their course work but it also helps the department to plan for requested course offerings. The PS form may be modified at any time as the students progress in their degree programs.
Students may also petition to waive a core course by demonstrating evidence of their having passed a similar approved IE or OR graduate course. In such situations, the students must first obtain approval from their academic advisor for the course(s) they are planning to substitute.
Students pursuing study or research under the guidance of a faculty member can choose project option by taking Master’s Project (IE 7945). An MS project must be petitioned to the MIE Graduate Affairs Committee and approved by both the faculty member (instructor for Master's Project) and the student's academic advisor. The petition must clearly state the reason for taking the project course; a brief description of the goals; as well as the expected outcomes, deliverables, and grading scheme.
Students pursuing course work option may petition the MIE Graduate Affairs Committee to substitute up to a 4-semester-hour Independent Study (IE 7978). An independent study must be approved by the academic advisor. The petition must clearly state the instructor; the reason for taking the course; a brief description of the goals; as well as the expected outcomes, deliverables, and grading scheme. Students in other options (i.e., thesis or project) are not eligible to take independent study. When taking thesis or project options, the independent study course cannot be taken.
Options for MS Students (course work only, project, or thesis)
Students accepted into any of the MS programs in the MIE department can choose one of the three options: course work only, project, or thesis. Please see the Program Requirements tab on the top menu of this page for more information. MS students who want to pursue project or thesis options must find, within the first year of their study, a faculty member or a research advisor who will be willing to direct and supervise a mutually agreed research project or MS thesis. Moreover, students who receive financial support from the university in the form of a research, teaching, or tuition assistantship must complete 8 semester hours of thesis. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their 8 semester hours of Thesis (IE 7990) over two consecutive semesters.
Students who complete the thesis option must make a presentation of their thesis before approval by the department. The MS thesis presentation shall be publicly advertised at least one week in advance and all faculty members and students may attend and participate. If deemed appropriate by the research advisor, other faculty members may be invited to serve as thesis readers to provide technical opinions and judge the quality of the thesis and presentation.
Change of Program/Concentration
Students enrolled in any of the MIE department programs or concentrations may change their current program or concentration no sooner than the beginning of their second full-time semester of study. In order for the program or concentration change request to be considered by the MIE Graduate Affairs Committee, the student must not be in the first semester of their current program, must have a 3.3 GPA, and have completed at least 8 semester hours of required course work in their sought program at Northeastern.
Graduate Certificate Options
Students enrolled in a graduate degree program in the College of Engineering have the opportunity to pursue an engineering graduate certificate in addition to or in combination with the MS degree. For more information please refer to Graduate Certificate Programs.
Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership
Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership
Students may complete a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership. Students must apply and be admitted to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires fulfillment of the 16-semester-hour curriculum required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership, which includes an industry-based challenge project with multiple mentors. The integrated 32-semester-hour degree and certificate will require 16 hours of advisor-approved industrial engineering technical courses.
Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Business
Students may complete a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Business. Students must apply and be admitted to the Galante Engineering Business Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires the applicant to have earned or be in a program to earn a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Northeastern University. The integrated 32-semester-hour degree and certificate will require 16 semester hours of the industrial engineering core courses and 16 semester hours from the outlined business-skill curriculum. The course work, along with participation in cocurricular professional development elements, earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Business.
Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.
|IE 6200||Engineering Probability and Statistics||4|
|OR 6205||Deterministic Operations Research||4|
|Complete 8 semester hours from the following:||8|
|Healthcare Systems Modeling and Analysis|
|Supply Chain Engineering|
|Data Mining in Engineering|
|Human Factors Engineering|
Complete one of the following options:
Course Work Option
|Complete 16 semester hours from the course list below.||16|
|IE 7945||Master’s Project||4|
|Complete 12 semester hours from the course list below.||12|
|IE 7990||Thesis (required for all students who receive financial support from the university in the form of a research, teaching, or tuition assistantship)||8|
|Complete 8 semester hours from the course list below.||8|
|Computer Systems Engineering|
|User Experience Design and Testing|
|Collecting, Storing, and Retrieving Data|
|Data Architecture Management|
|Data Management and Database Design|
|Engineering Project Management|
|Economic Decision Making|
|Financial Management for Engineers|
|Customer-Driven Technical Innovation for Engineers|
|Product Development for Engineers|
|Computational Modeling in Industrial Engineering|
|Lean Concepts and Applications|
|Manufacturing Methods and Processes|
|Foundations for Data Analytics Engineering|
|Computation and Visualization for Analytics|
|Data Management for Analytics|
|Data Mining in Engineering|
|Statistical Methods in Engineering|
|Statistical Quality Control|
|Reliability Analysis and Risk Assessment|
|Applied Reinforcement Learning in Engineering|
|Statistical Learning for Engineering|
|Human Factors Engineering|
|Sociotechnical Systems: Computational Models for Design and Policy|
|Metaheuristics and Applications|
|Probabilistic Operation Research|
|Integer and Nonlinear Optimization|
|Network Analysis and Advanced Optimization|
|Convex Optimization and Applications|
|Logistics, Warehousing, and Scheduling|
|Supply Chain Management|
|Global Supply Chain Strategy|
|Sourcing and Procurement|
|Supply Chain Analytics|
|Sustainability and Supply Chain Management|
|Managing Healthcare Supply Chain Operations|
|Or any IE or OR courses|
Program Credit/GPA Requirements
32 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required