Coursework and Courses

The IE Department offers the Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) and participates in the interdepartmental Master of Science in Engineering Science (MSES) and Ph.D. programs (PES) with focus in Industrial Engineering, or concentration in Information Technology Engineering (ITE) administered by the College of Engineering.

The Master’s programs offer both thesis and non-thesis (project) options. For thesis option, students must complete at least 24 hours of course work and 6 hours of thesis. For the project option, students must complete at least 33 hours of coursework and 3 hour masters project independent study. For some students additional courses may be required as prerequisites or to demonstrate English proficiency. Credit hours counting toward program requirements must be in courses allowed for graduate credit as described in the LSU General Catalog as well as this guide.  Tracks available in the Master of Science in Industrial Engineering are Supply Chain Systems, Human Factors, Information Technology, and Healthcare.

Master's degree programs must be completed within five years from entrance into the program. Requests for credits for individual courses taken at LSU more than five years before the completion of the program must be validated by the student's graduate committee, usually through an oral or written examination. The result of such an examination must be signed by members of the committee and reported to the Graduate School.

Thesis Option

Course work hours required: 24 hours.
Thesis hours required:  6 hours.
Major Advisor:  Selected by end of first semester.
Committee & Plan:  Selected by end of  first semester.

Non-Thesis (Project) Option

Course work hours required: 33 hours.
Applied project hours required:  3 hours.
Major Advisor:  Selected by end of first semester.  
Committee & Plan:  Selected by end of first semester.

Prerequisite Requirements

Students are required to satisfy prerequisites for courses taken for graduate credit. Prerequisites may be satisfied by:

  • Passing the LSU course.
  • Graduate coordinator or major advisor waiver approval if students can demonstrate equivalent coverage in courses they have previously taken.

Leveling courses may be required by your advisor and/or committee for students without appropriate prerequisite coursework; undergraduate leveling courses may be taken on a pass/fail basis.

Core Requirements

The following table summarizes course requirements for the thesis and non-thesis (project) options. 

Both MSIE thesis and non-thesis degree programs in the department are available in four focus areas:

  • Healthcare
  • Human Factors
  • Information Technology
  • Supply Chain
Category  Minimum Credit-hours Requirement
Thesis Non-Thesis

A.  IE Graduate Courses (must include a course from at least two focus areas as listed above)



B.  Statistics (student must take IE 4362 or statistics course from approved statistics list)



C. Broader Electives (University wide)



E.  Thesis (IE 8000) or Non-thesis  (IE 7724)




≥ 30

≥ 36

F.  7000-level (Course work only)

≥ 15

≥ 21

G.  IE Courses

≥ 12

≥ 12

H.  Transfer (from US only)

≤ 6

≤ 12

I. Written Completion Document



Satisfactory Progress

Performance of graduate students is generally expected to surpass the minimum requirements. The objective of any serious student should be obtaining an education and not simply earning a degree.

To receive a graduate degree, students must have at least a 3.0 average on all course work applicable to the degree program and on all course work taken while registered in Graduate School, whether the course carried graduate credit or not. Research grades (8000 and 9000 courses) and "pass" grades are not considered in determining whether this minimum level of performance has been achieved. Students whose cumulative average is below 3.0 (all grades since entry into the graduate program, whether in courses for graduate credit or not) will be placed on academic probation. Students who's cumulative average is below 2.75 may be dropped from the Graduate School without having a probationary period. Students already on probation whose cumulative average is below 3.0 will be dropped from the Graduate School. For these purposes, a summer term is counted the same as a regular semester. Progress of all graduate students toward their degree will be evaluated at the end of each semester. Students with inappropriate progress without a reason will be placed on probation. Students on probation will be dropped from the graduate program if they do not make appropriate progress during the semester while on probation.