Montana State University

Graduate Program in Industrial and Management Engineering

M.S. in Industrial & Management Engineering


The I&ME Graduate Program offers two plans to obtain a M.S in Industrial and Management Engineering.  These two plans differ in terms of the research component and number of total credits required.

Plan A - Thesis

The Plan A M.S. requires the student to conduct research and write a thesis (see course description IME590) as a major component of the 31 credit degree program. Thesis research consists of expanding knowledge in the field of Industrial Engineering by (1) applying a scientific methodology to (1) solve a contemporary Industrial Egineering problem or (2) test an hypothesis generated from a relevant Industrial Engineering theory.  The thesis will be supervised by a faculty advisor and graduate committee.  The student must successfully complete the written thesis and provide an oral defense of the thesis with the graduate committee to complete the degree requirements.  This plan is intended for students who may wish to conduct research after graduating or continue their studies toward a Ph.D degree.  Details of the credit and course requirments are contained in the Graduate Manual. (PDF, will open in a new window)

Plan B – Non-Thesis

For many, the M.S. degree is their terminal degree, or represents a change in career path.  In these cases, thesis research may not necessary.  Instead, larger breadth of coursework is desirable. The Plan B M.S. requires a total of 33 credits comprised of coursework.  This can include an independent study project with a small research component or applied project (see course description IME575).  Details of the credit and course requirements are contained in the Graduate Manual. (PDF, will open in a new window)

Seamless Masters

Students enrolled in the undergraduate program in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering at MSU can begin their master's degree while still working on their bachelor's degree and earn both in five years!  Click here for more information.

MS Program Research Areas

Human Factors

  • Ergonomic Safety (Traffic Safety)
  • Rehabilitation & Sports Biomechanics
  • Driver Behavior & Traffic Safety Culture
  • Affective & Sustainable Design
  • Interface Design & Evaluatiion for Intelligent Transportation Systems


Process and Product Design

  • Concurrent Engineering
  • Design Process Optimization
  • Usability Engineering

Service Systems Engineering

  • Lean Operations
  • Health Care Delivery
  • Leadership & Change Management
  • Multi-Attribute Decision Making