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Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Graduate Program Coordinator


The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering online degree consists of 30 credit hours and can be a coursework-only program or students may choose a thesis option. Students choosing the thesis option will complete a thesis for a minimum of 6 credit hours. See the IMSE Department’s Graduate Handbook on the IMSE Guidelines & Forms website for more information on these options.

A final master's culminating experience presentation is required for each student upon completion of their course work or in the final semester of course work. The culminating experience is administered by the student's supervisory committee and tests their grasp of topics in the curriculum as well as their ability to apply them in the workplace. All students who complete a thesis will defend their work before their supervisory committee.

Students residing within 250 miles of Manhattan, Kansas, must travel to campus to meet with their supervisory committee for the culminating experience. Others may request a telephone or teleconference culminating experience. Students must be enrolled in a K-State course during the semester in which they are completing the master's program.

Course Format

All coursework is offered at a distance via K-State Online, the course management system at Kansas State University.

Classes are made up of lectures, readings, videos, discussion boards or other online learning activities. Classes vary in format. There may be quizzes, tests, or papers, and students may be required to have an exam proctor. Students work independently, yet share comments and questions via K-State Online.

Classes are delivered within a semester time frame. Fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks. Summer classes are eight to 12 weeks.

Core Courses

  • IMSE 641 - Quality Engineering
  • IMSE 811 - Advanced Production and Inventory Control


  • IMSE 780 - Methods of Operation Research, or two courses from the following:
  • IMSE 751 - Normative Theory of Decisions and Games
  • IMSE 810 - Industrial Logistics Engineering
  • IMSE 865 - Simulation of Industrial Management Systems
  • IMSE 866 - Applied Stochastic Processes and Theoretical Simulation
  • IMSE 881 - Linear Programming
  • IMSE 882 - Network Flows and Graph Theory
  • IMSE 884 - Integer Programming and Combinatorial Optimization
  • IMSE 982 - Nonlinear Programming
  • IMSE 991 - Multiple Criteria Decision Making

To graduate, a student may receive at most one C in all of the core courses (no D’s or F’s are allowed).  This may require some students to retake core courses.


Electives are any courses not utilized as a core course on your program of study. At least one elective course is offered online each semester. Electives may also include:

  • IMSE 605 – Advanced Industrial Management
  • IMSE 610 – Occupational Safety Engineering
  • IMSE 625 – Work Environments
  • IMSE 785 – Big Data Analytics
  • IMSE 806 – Engineering Project Management
  • IMSE 822 – Advanced Engineering Economics
Other electives can be taken from industrial engineering, statistics, mathematics, computer science and other engineering departments. Students will work with their advisor and supervisory committee to choose appropriate elective courses.

View the industrial engineering distance course rotation schedule (PDF). Changes and additions may occur in the schedule. The department course catalog and course descriptions are online.

Program of Study

Actual degree requirements will be summarized on a program of study. The student's supervisory committee must approve the student's program of study. The students pursuing a coursework-only MSIE degree should have a supervisory committee of Dr. Shing Chang, Dr. Shuting Lei, and Dr. ZJ Pei. Any of these faculty members is typically the major professor. Some general guidelines include:
  • Of the 30 credit hours required for the MSIE program, at least 18 hours should be at the 700 level and above.
  • Courses offered by other K-State departments, if approved by an advisor, can also be elective courses.
  • At most, 6 hours can be transferred from another school unless prior approval is obtained. The maximum that can be transferred is 10 credit hours.
  • No more than 6 hours can be taken from an outside department without prior permission.
  • Courses in the IMSE department must be at or above the 600 level.
  • Courses outside the department must be at or above the 500 level.
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Degree: Master of Science
College: Engineering
Credits: 30
Course delivery: Online
Tuition per credit hour: $863.90

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