Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering

Course Requirements

NOTE: Course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

A minimum of 49 credits consisting of 45 credits of coursework and four credits of IE 590: Colloquium are required beyond the B.S. to complete a Ph.D. in industrial engineering, in addition to the research and dissertation work. The colloquium credits are reduced to 3 for students entering with an M.S. Note that IE 596: Individual Studies credits cannot be applied towards the course requirements. All requirements of the Graduate School, as set forth in the Graduate Degree Programs Bulletin, must be satisfied. The department requirements are as follows:

  • 4 or more credits (for students with a B.S. degree) or 3 or more credits (for students with an M.S.) of IE 590: IE Colloquium; pass/fail grading, up to 2 IE 590 credits can be substituted by 2 credits of OR 590: Operations Research Colloquium
  • IE 600 – no minimum credit requirement, graded “R”
  • 45 or more credits of coursework – 36 or more IE course credits, excluding IE 596; 30 or more IE course credits at the 500 level; 9 or more non-IE course credits; and 3 or more non-IE course credits at the 500 level

Total credits: 49 or more for students with a B.S. degree.

A maximum of 24 course credits out of the minimum 45 required course credits can be transferred from the student’s M.S. degree.

Students must receive prior approval from the department’s graduate program coordinator before taking any non-IE 400-level courses. Not all IE 400-level elective courses can be taken for graduate credit. Also, please note that IE 400-level required courses (required for an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering) cannot be taken for IE graduate credit.

Additional Information



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