Degree Programs

NMSU’s distance education degree programs are designed to serve students who may not be able to pursue an education through traditional means. NMSU offers Bachelor degree completion programs, Masters and Doctorate programs, and a number of Graduate Certificate and K-12 NM educator licensure and endorsement programs.

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Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

College: Engineering

Program Category: Technology-Based Programs

Description: An area of study that provides individuals with the skills, techniques, and tools to succeed in a wide range of organizational settings is Industrial Engineering. Industrial Engineering involves the design, installation, resource allocation and improvement of integrated systems. These systems may be composed of one, some, or all of the following: people, information, equipment, energy, materials, software, and processes. If solving problems, interacting on multi-disciplinary teams, and working in one of the many facets of Industrial Engineering are of interest to you, then consider the M.S. in Industrial Engineering. While studying for the master's degree in this program, individuals specialize in Engineering Management. Our program is appropriate for those individuals with scientific or engineering undergraduate degrees who seek to develop their knowledge and skills to prepare for managerial positions. Our program allows students to study Industrial Engineering and Business topics such as Engineering and Managerial Economics, Administration, Quality Control, Logistics, Project Management, Operations Research, and Strategic Planning.

Delivery method: You can complete 100% of the degree online. Most classes are available online, however, some classes might only be available to main campus students due to technology constraints.

Requirements: The requirements for a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering can be met with two different options:

  1. Project Option, consisting of 30 credits
  2. Course-only Option, consisting of 30 credits.

Students are required to visit the NMSU campus in Las Cruces for the final Master's oral exam for the program. At the Master's level, a student enrolled in the MSIE program must take at least 50% of the coursework required for the degree while enrolled in the NMSU program. Coursework done elsewhere after initiation of graduate studies in the program must have prior approval of the department and the Dean of the Graduate School if such work is to be transferred. For work to be transferred into the program transfer credit must be earned from an accredited institution offering a similar degree and the student must have been enrolled as a graduate student at that institution.

Costs: Current main campus tuition and fees plus a $35 per credit hour distance education fee. See the University Accounts Receivable Tuitions and Fees for the current rate.

Prerequisites: Students seeking regular admission to the NMSU Graduate School must hold an undergraduate or advanced degree from an accredited institution with an overall grade point average of 3.0 / 4.0.

Students with other equivalent backgrounds may be admitted if they meet the prerequisites stated below.

Students are eligible for regular admission to graduate study in the Industrial Engineering graduate program if the following conditions are met:

  • A student holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from a school accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and has taken a course in calculus-based probability and statistics OR
  • A student holds a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school and meets the math prerequisites of the Industrial Engineering department which are 9 hours in calculus, 3 hours in differential equations and 3 hours in calculus-based probability and statistics.
  • All students must have a grade point average of at least 3.0/4.0 during their last 60 hours of undergraduate study.

To apply: A prospective student should secure the necessary admission forms through the Graduate School. After receiving a completed application and two sets of transcripts from all colleges at which the student was previously enrolled (NMSU graduates must provide only one transcript), the Graduate School will forward application materials and transcripts to the Department of Industrial Engineering for review. The student will be notified regarding his or her acceptance by the Graduate School. No material is forwarded to the department for review until all required application materials have been received by the Graduate School.

Accreditation: NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
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HLC phone: 800-621-7440

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More info: Opportunities in Industrial Engineering

Disabilities: If you have a disability that may affect your performance in a course, or if you require accommodations in order to take a distance education course, contact NMSU's Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Providing accommodations for distance education students sometimes requires more time than in a traditional classroom setting so students are encouraged to begin working with SAS as early as possible.

Updated: 2016-08-23

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