Degrees Offered

We offer 2 industrial engineering degrees in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering:

  • M.S. in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Engineering, Industrial Engineering Option

Program Overview

Grounded in engineering and the social sciences, our graduate program in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering (IMSE) equips students with traditional and contemporary skills to design, manage, and analyze complex human-centered systems.  Graduate students pursue advanced technical topics to design, analyze and manage systems that can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of businesses, non-profit organizations, and governments. Since all these systems involve humans and impact the social and physical environment, these systems are most successful when they combine technical solutions with social responsibility, defined as transparent and ethical behavior that contributes to sustainable development, ensures health and welfare of society, incorporates stakeholder expectations, complies with international laws and norms, and is integrated across all systems that impact society and the environment.

Thus, the vision of the program is to integrate technical depth with social awareness from a multidisciplinary (i.e., systems) point of view. 

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Gradaute students working on inclusive design

But what is our goal?

As engineers, we believe the goal for engineering is social justice, which is the equitable participation of all groups to meet their needs through a process that involves those groups. Social justice can only be assured with socially responsible practices that:

  1. support individual needs (responsive),
  2. respect community culture (compatible), and
  3. protect the physical environment (sustainable).

Accordingly, our IMSE Graduate Program is organized around 3 focus areas related to Social Justice that provide graduates with the knowledge, skills and desire to be socially responsible in the design, management, and analysis of systems:

Inclusive Design is an intentional process to involve all relevant user communities in the design process to create solutions that provide usable and meaningful access to products, services and systems for most people. Inclusive Design can improve quality of life amongst diverse user communities in a way that respects their local culture and protects the shared environment.

Topic Leader: Nicholas Ward

Bernadette McCrory

The Management Systems focus is about achieving efficiency and effectiveness of an organization’s technical systems in a manner that people want to participate because they see how they add value, feel connected and have opportunities to grow.

Topic Leader: William Schell

Durward Sobek

Within the Data Analytics focus area, students learn about selecting and analyzing the appropriate information to process, interpret, organize, structure and display meaningfully to optimize a process or assist in making better informed decisions.

Topic Leader: David Claudio

Durward Sobek

William Schell

Andreas Thorsen (Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship)

Curriculum 

Minimum 31 credits (22 credits from core course list) + (9 credits from elective course list).

Course options
Focus area Core Courses Elective courses
Inclusive Design

EIND 510, 511

One of (EIND 500, 574)

One of (EIND 554, 557)

 

EIND 590 (10 credits)

EIND 410/411, 413, 513, 592

PSYX 461, 477, 562

CHTH 503

NSRG 615

Management Systems

EIND 500, 574

One of (EIND 510, 511)

One of (EIND 554, 557)

 

EIND 590 (10 credits)

EIND 434, 458, 477, 506, 525, 592

BMGT 420, 464, 466

NRSM 421,

PSCI 520, 525, 530, 554, 558

CHTH 503

NSRG 615

Data Analytics

EIND 554, 557

One of (EIND 510, 511)

One of (EIND 500, 574)

 

EIND 590 (10 credits)

EIND 422, 464, 468/558, 509, 592

BMGT 405

STAT 421, 431, 439

CHTH 503

NSRG 615

NOTE: EIND 490, EIND 492, EIND 499, EIND 575, and EIND 598 cannot be used towards Plan A course requirements. The final graduate plan of study must comply with Graduate School Policy including the requirement that the number of 5xx-level course credits must be equal to two-thirds (2/3) of the total graded coursework, including Thesis Research credits (590).

In addition, MS degree candidates must also satisfy all Graduate School degree and examination requirement.

Minimum 33 credits (18 credits from core course list) + (15 credits from elective course list).

Course options
Focus area Core courses Elective courses
Inclusive Design

EIND 510, 511

One of (EIND 500, 574)

One of (EIND 554, 557)

 

*One of (EIND 575 or 598)

EIND 410/411, 413, 513, 592

PSYX 461, 477, 562

CHTH 503

NSRG 615

Management Systems

EIND 500, 574

One of (EIND 510, 511)

One of (EIND 554, 557)

 

*One of (EIND 575 or 598)

EIND 434, 458, 477, 506, 525, 592

BMGT 420, 464, 466

NRSM 421,

PSCI 520, 525, 530, 554, 558

Data Analytics

EIND 554, 557

One of (EIND 510, 511)

One of (EIND 500, 574)

 

*One of (EIND 575 or 598)

EIND 422, 464, 468/558, 509, 592

BMGT 405

STAT 421, 431, 439

NOTE:  Students must take either EIND 575 (6 credit project) or EIND 598 (6 credit internship).  For the Inclusive Design focus area, CHTH 503 or NSRG 615 must be completed before project or internship (EIND 575, 598). See MSU Internship Policy. A maximum of 3 credits of EIND 592 can be taken as an elective course. The final plan of study must comply with Graduate School Policy including the requirement that the number of 5xx-level course credits must be equal to two-thirds (2/3) of the total graded coursework, including  Professional Paper/Project credits (575).

In addition, MS degree candidates must also satisfy all Graduate School degree and examination requirement.

This option allows IMSE and Financial Engineering (EFIN) Undergraduates to enroll in a Seamless IMSE M.S. program at the same time they are finishing their B.S.  Learn about a Seamless IMSE Master's Degree here

Minimum 60 credits (23 credits 5xx-level / 6xx-level) + (19 credits from MS elective course list) + (18 credits dissertation).

Up to 24 graded credits from a prior MS degree may be applied toward the following PHD credit requirements under the following conditions:

  • be graded course credits (e.g., not M.S. thesis or independent study credits);
  • have a grade of B or higher (or equivalent); and
  • Be approved by the student’s graduate committee.

The application of MS graded course credits cannot replace the requirements for EGEN 694 and ENGR 610, nor the requirement to complete a minimum of 13 additional graded course credits at Montana State University as part of the current PHD degree.

Course options
Requirement Courses Credits
Research methods ENGR 610

3

PhD seminar ENGR 694 2
Advanced math EIND 554 or 557 3

Numerical methods

EIND 558 or 509 3
Data analytics sub-area covered by Advanced Math requirement -
Inclusive design sub-area EIND 510 and 511 6
Management systems sub-area EIND 500 and 574 6
Additional courses *Elective Courses (see MS elective table) 19
Dissertation EIND 690 18
TOTAL   60

NOTE:  EIND 490, EIND 492, EIND 499, EIND 575, EIND 590, and EIND 598 cannot be used towards the PhD course requirements. EIND 592 may be substituted only for one EIND 4XX level course. Double counting is not allowed; that is, each course can be applied only to fulfill one requirement. The final graduate plan of study must comply with Graduate School Policy, including the requirement that the number of 5xx-level/6xxx-level course credits must be equal to two-thirds (2/3) of the total graded coursework, including Research credits (590) or Professional Paper/Project credits (575).

In addition, PHD degree candidates must also satisfy all Graduate School degree and examination requirement.

Funding Opportunities

Teaching and research assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Teaching assistantships (GTAs) involve assisting professors with the conduct of their classes, including preparation and grading. Research assistantships (GRAs) provide the opportunity to work on a research grant or industry sponsored project under the direction of a faculty member. All applicants will be considered for potential financial assistance and notified in their acceptance letter.

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Applying for Admission

The application process for all graduate degrees include both general requirements of the Graduate School and program specific requirements.

Applications will only be considered that are submitted with the online Graduate School application process and satisfy all the Graduate School admission requirements.

 

The most important part of the application is your Personal Statement. This is a 1-2 page (450-900 words) personal statement in your own works that explains:

  • your motivation for starting a graduate degree program,
  • in what ways you consider yourself especially qualified to complete a graduate degree,
  • why you have chosen to apply to Montana State University, and
  • your future career goals.

Applicants are welcome from any discipline but must have qualifications in advanced mathematics and applied statistics. Applicants without these qualifications are still welcome, but they will need to take relevant courses to satisfy the qualifications during their degree program.

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering requires the following for admission to its graduate programs:

  1. Official Transcripts. Minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate program (based on A=4.0)
  2. Preferred GRE Scores: 152 verbal, 156 quantitative
  3. Letters of recommendation (3)
  4. Statement of purpose
  5. TOEFL Scores (for international students): preferred 99 iBT

     

Applicants must include the following information in their Personal Statement (see above), which is submitted with the online application process:

  1. How do you define “social justice”?
  2. Why is social justice important to you?
  3. How can engineering increase social justice?

 

For questions, contact Kathy Campbell, kathryn.campbell3@montana.edu, 406-994-6755.