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Why study Industrial Engineering and Management online through OSU?

The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management (MSIEM) degree at OSU is characterized by a higher degree of technical specialization in a particular field of study.  This degree program is designed to prepare students for doctoral studies or practice that may include research or consulting components.  The MSIEM degree is intended to be especially attractive to engineering graduates from all disciplines, and many science majors.


Online learning through the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) provides a flexible alternative to traditional on-campus courses as a convenient way to earn your degree whenever your career or other life commitments prevent you from taking classes on campus in a traditional setting.


Online students utilize Canvas, OSU's online learning portal to watch lectures, turn in assignments and communicate with classmates and professors.   


Courses taught online are of identical quality and instruction as those taught in traditional classrooms. CEAT Online Learning and the IEM faculty are here to help you succeed!


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The MSIEM may be earned by one of two plans:

Plan I-coursework with thesis.  Minimum 30 credit hours consisting of 24 credit hours of coursework and 6 credit hours of research (IEM 5000) with a grade of "SR".

Plan II-Coursework without thesis.  Minimum of 33 credit hours.  May include culminating experiences e.g., independent study, internship/practicum.


All MS plans require the selection of a track.  The IEM department currently supports a variety of courses in one general track and three specialty tracks:

  • General Industrial Engineering (GIE)
  • Engineering Management (EM)
  • Operations Research (OR)
  • Supply Chain & Logistics (SCL)

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Students in this program will demonstrate 

  • The understanding of advanced concepts, methods and technologies in an IE&M thrust area.
  • The understanding of IE&M beyond a specific thrust area.
  • The understanding of the role of industrial engineering, management and leadership in business and society.
  • The ability to identify, formulate and creatively solve unstructured problems.
  • The ability to think at all six levels of Bloom's Taxonomy (knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation).
  • The knowledge and skills required to apply fundamental IE concepts, methods and technologies.
  • Sufficient knowledge and skills in math, basic science, and engineering science to successfully perform in their thrust area.
  • The understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities.
  • The ability to effectively communicate problem definitions, analysis, potential solutions, results and recommendations to both technical and general audiences.
  • The understanding of research methodologies in terms of planning and executing a creative research program and communicating the results.


The deadline for applying for admission to the MSIEM program is September 1st for spring admission and February 1st for fall admission.


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Students enrolled in the Industrial Engineering and Management (thesis option) master's program will complete 30 credit hours during the course of their studies. Cost estimates below are calculated based on 2021-2022 rates. Additional cost details and OSU’s tuition and fee estimator are available on the Bursar website.

2021-2022 Estimated Cost
  Resident Non-Resident
Total cost per credit hour 533.60 663.80
Total cost per 3-credit hour course 1,600.80 1,991.40
Total program cost based on 30 hours 16,008.00 19,914.00

* This is only an estimate of cost, based on currently approved 2021-2022 rates. Cost estimates do not include textbooks, exams, or course expenses, nor do they factor in individual transfer credits or scholarship information. Cost will vary if not enrolled in a fully online degree program. Active-duty military may qualify for resident tuition rate. Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice. Full disclaimer



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