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Executive Associate Director

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James Simonton

Management Specialist

Ph: (931) 393-7293

Charlotte Henley


Admission is open to graduates of ABET-accredited ( undergraduate curricula in engineering, or graduates of other technical curricula who satisfy prerequisites depending on their academic backgrounds. For Master’s degree program, GPA 2.7 out of 4.0 for U.S. degree holders and 3.0 out of 4.0 (B – Average) for non-U.S. degree holders (consideration given to those with 5+ years professional experience). Higher GPA is required by the department for the PhD program.

More information about the admission requirement is available from the graduate school ( , including the additional requirements for international students.

Domestic Student Requirements

International Student Requirements

Three application deadlines each year! 

Applications accepted all year for three terms; fall (August), spring (January), and summer (late May). Final U.S. student applications are due two weeks before each term. International (non-U.S.) student applicants use the following general deadlines:


File Completion Deadline


February 1st

May 15th

Spring June 15th

October 1st


October 15th

February 15th

Can’t make the term, your admissions will hold for one year – just contact us to change your entry term.

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When you need – Where you are located!

When you need – Where you are located!

Program is designed for the working professional. Online material and recorded lectures and seminars allow one to “go to class” when busy schedules permit. All three EM programs are 100% distance.

How Long?

Full-time working professionals typically complete the requirements in three to five years.

Required Courses (Graduate Catalog (

(32 hours required for both thesis & non-thesis option)

Core Courses (required) 9 hours

IE 516 Statistical Methods in Industrial Engineering
IE 518 Advanced Engineering Economic Analysis
IE 522 Optimization Methods in Industrial Engineering (for students with undergraduate degree in IE)


IE 537 Analytical Methods for Engineering Managers (for students without undergraduate degree in IE)

Seminar (required) 2 hours

IE 550 Graduate Seminars (offered as 1 credit hour/per semester)

Concentration Courses (required) 9 hours

IE 533 Theory and Practice of Engineering Management
IE 534 Financial Management for Engineering Managers
IE 536 Project Management

Technical Electives – Select (3 hours thesis) or (6 hours non-thesis) with major professor

IE 515 Production and Inventory Systems
IE 517 Reliability of Lean Systems
IE 522 Optimization Methods in Industrial Engineering
IE 526 Advanced Application of Systems Modeling & Simulation
IE 527 Lean Production Systems

*NON-THESIS OPTION ONLY* Students with an undergraduate industrial engineering degree may substitute 3 hours of graduate coursework in another engineering discipline, if approved by the major professor.

Management Electives – Select (3 hours thesis or non-thesis) with major professor

IE 535 Productivity and Quality Engineering
IE 538 New Venture Formation
IE 539 Strategic Management in Technical Organizations
IE 541 Managing Change and Improvement in Technical Organizations
IE 542 Design of Experiments for Engineering Managers

IE 543 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Engineering Management

IE Design (Capstone) Project – IE 501 (3 hours)

IE Thesis Option – IE 500 (6 hours)

Six (6) hours of graduate course work in another engineering discipline may be taken; however, all courses must be in one discipline organized in a logical sequence. The student may transfer up to 12 hours of courses from other institutions provided they are approved by the program chairman and the Graduate School.

How Much?

The tuition for our online EM program is about $700 per credit hour. A nominal out-of-state tuition of $75 per credit hour is applied to out-of-state students (the out-of-state tuition for on-campus student is about $1,011 per credit hour). The low for out-of-state tuition makes our program financially feasible and within their tuition benefit from their employers for many of our students who work and live in geographically diversified locations. See more information about tuition ( .