Master of Industrial Engineering (MIE) Degree

Program Learning Outcomes for the MIE Degree

Upon completing the MIE degree, students will be able to:

  1. Build physical and mathematical models of complex systems that arise in real-world situations.
  2. Understand the flow of material from manufacturing to warehouses to customers through physical or mathematical models.
  3. Produce data-driven and implementable solutions that improve the efficiency of real-world systems.
  4. Communicate the solutions and insights generated by the models to a non-technical audience.

Requirements for the MIE Degree

The MIE degree is a non-thesis master's degree. For general university requirements, please see Non-Thesis Master's Degrees. For additional requirements, regulations, and procedures for all graduate programs, please see All Graduate Students. Students pursuing the MIE degree must complete: 

  • A minimum of 11 courses (31 credit hours) to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 31 credit hours of graduate-level study (graduate semester credit hours, coursework at the 500-level or above).
  • A minimum of 9 courses (25 graduate semester credit hours), including the capstone course (INDE 590), must be taken at Rice University.
  • A minimum of 24 graduate semester credit hours must be taken in standard or traditional courses (with a course type of lecture, seminar, laboratory, lecture/laboratory). 
  • A minimum residency enrollment of one fall or spring semester of full-time graduate study at Rice University. 
  • A maximum of 2 courses (6 graduate semester credit hours) from transfer credit. For additional program guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab.
  • A capstone course (INDE 590), which includes a company-provided or research project related to the core requirements in the curriculum.1  
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.67 or higher in all Rice coursework.
  • A minimum program GPA of 3.00 or higher in all Rice coursework that satisfies requirements for the non-thesis master’s degree.

The Master of Industrial Engineering (MIE) is a non-thesis master's degree intended for students who have completed a 4-year bachelor’s program in engineering, or related field, and wish to join the workforce as practicing professionals, or continue on for further study. It offers preparation in advanced engineering topics in order to enhance an engineer’s technical qualifications and increases competitiveness in the job market. The MIE degree program is open to students who have shown academic excellence in their undergraduate studies.  

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this degree program. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the program's academic advisor, or where applicable, the department or program's Director of Graduate Studies. Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the department or program's Official Certifier. Additionally, these must be approved by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for MIE Degree31

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements 1
INDE 501FUNDAMENTALS OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING3
Select a minimum of 1 course (or up to 2 courses) from the following: 23-6
INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING
COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN
HUMAN FACTORS/ERGONOMICS
INDE 543MANUFACTURING PROCESSES AND SYSTEMS3
INDE 545PRESCRIPTIVE ANALYTICS3
INDE 546COMPUTATIONAL PRESCRIPTIVE ANALYTICS3
INDE 571PROBABILITY AND STATISTICAL INFERENCE3
INDE 572STOCHASTIC PROCESSES AND SIMULATION3
Technical Elective Requirements 2, 39
Students must complete 3 courses (9 credit hours) from the George R. Brown School of Engineering
Capstone Requirement
INDE 590MASTER'S IN INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE 11
Total Credit Hours31

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Proposed Plan-of-Study

The following plan-of-study represents a lockstep three-semester sequence in which students pursuing the MIE degree complete the required coursework. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
1st SemesterCredit Hours
INDE 501 FUNDAMENTALS OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING 3
INDE 545 PRESCRIPTIVE ANALYTICS 3
INDE 571 PROBABILITY AND STATISTICAL INFERENCE 3
 Credit Hours9
2nd Semester
Elective OneTechnical Elective (Elective One) 1 3
INDE 546 COMPUTATIONAL PRESCRIPTIVE ANALYTICS 3
INDE 572 STOCHASTIC PROCESSES AND SIMULATION 3
Select 1 from the following:  
INDE 509 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING 2 3
PSYC 535 HUMAN FACTORS/ERGONOMICS 2 3
Elective TwoTechnical Elective (Elective Two) 1, 2 3
 Credit Hours12
Second Year
1st Semester
Elective ThreeTechnical Elective (Elective Three) 1 3
INDE 543 MANUFACTURING PROCESSES AND SYSTEMS 3
INDE 590 MASTER'S IN INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE 1
Select 1 from the following:  
MECH 503 COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN 2 3
Elective TwoTechnical Elective (Elective Two) 1, 2 3
 Credit Hours10
 Total Credit Hours31

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Policies for the MIE Degree 

Industrial Engineering Graduate Program Handbook

The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum. As an additional resource for students, Industrial Engineering publishes a graduate program handbook, which can be found here: https://gradhandbooks.rice.edu/2021_22/Industrial_Engineering_Graduate_Handbook.pdf

Admission

Admission to graduate study in Industrial Engineering is open to qualified students holding a BS or a BA degree in a quantitative field from an accredited institution. The MIE degree governing committee will evaluate the previous academic record and credentials of each applicant individually, and will make all admissions decisions. 

Financial Aid

No financial aid is available from Rice University or the Industrial Engineering program for students in the MIE degree program.  

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities.

Program Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the MIE degree should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines: 

  • No more than 2 courses (6 credit hours) of transfer credit from another U.S. or international universities of similar standing as Rice may apply towards the degree. Transferred courses must be comparable in content and depth to the corresponding course at Rice, and must not have counted toward another degree.
  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the Industrial Engineering Graduate Committee Chair, and the instructor of the equivalent Rice course.

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Industrial Engineering website: https://engrprofmasters.rice.edu.

Opportunities for the MIE Degree

Fifth-Year Master's Degree Option for Rice Undergraduate Students 

In certain situations and with some terminal master's degree programs, Rice students have an option to pursue a master’s degree by adding an additional fifth year to their four years of undergraduate studies.

Advanced Rice undergraduate students in good academic standing typically apply to the master’s degree program during their junior or senior year. Upon acceptance, depending on course load, financial aid status, and other variables, they may then start taking some required courses of the master's degree program. A plan of study will need to be approved by the student's undergraduate major advisor and the master’s degree program director.

As part of this option and opportunity, Rice undergraduate students:

  • must complete the requirements for a bachelor's degree and the master's degree independently of each other (i.e. no course may be counted toward the fulfillment of both degrees).
  • should be aware there could be financial aid implications if the conversion of undergraduate coursework to that of graduate level reduces their earned undergraduate credit for any semester below that of full-time status (12 credit hours).
  • more information on this Undergraduate - Graduate Concurrent Enrollment opportunity, including specific information on the registration process can be found here.

Rice undergraduate students completing studies in science and engineering may have the option to pursue the Master of Industrial Engineering (MIE) degree. For additional information, students should contact their undergraduate major advisor and the MIE program director.

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Industrial Engineering website: https://engrprofmasters.rice.edu.