Masters Programs & Courses

Page Updated October 2012

We offer degrees in the following:

Curriculum

Several programs leading to master's degrees are offered by the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. All ISE graduate students are required to satisfy core requirements. All core course prerequisites must also be satisfied. Prerequisites may be satisfied by (1) previous course work, (2) completing the prerequisite course without graduate credit, or (3) passing the final examination of the prerequisite course with a grade of B or better.

Areas of Graduate Study

Manufacturing Systems and Processes

Graduate study in manufacturing involves course work and research in any of a variety of subjects, including manufacturing processes, automation, robotics, numerical control, computer integrated manufacturing, process control, material handling, and production scheduling. In manufacturing processes, the department specializes in the material removal processes, such as machining (e.g., turning, milling, drilling, grinding) and nontraditional processes (e.g., water jet cutting, electrochemical machining). Additional manufacturing process technologies are covered in other departments in the P. C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, in particular, the materials science and engineering department.

Operations Research

The operations research graduate area is intended to prepare students to analyze, formulate, and solve problems using analytical methods and computational techniques. Topics emphasized in the department include mathematical programming, combinatorial optimization, queuing theory, neural networks, and stochastic processes. There are many settings in which operations research problems are encountered, but those which arise in the context of manufacturing, supply chain, production of services, and the computational issues related to solving such problems, are of particular interest to the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Students can expect to study challenging problems at both the master's and doctoral levels.

Information Systems

Graduate study in information systems covers the methodological and technological development of computer information systems. Of particular interest at Lehigh are the systems needed to drive integrated manufacturing and service industries. Such systems are becoming increasingly important in the trend toward real-time planning and control, with embedded decision making capabilities. Topics include data communication, telecommunication and computer networks, database processing systems, artificial intelligence and expert systems, object-oriented technology, and computer-based production planning and inventory control. The information systems area is further supplemented by courses offered by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

To see Lehigh University's Online Course Catalog, click here.

Master of Science & Master of Engineering in Industrial and Systems Engineering

Master of Science

The minimum program for the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in ISE consists of 24 credit hours of approved courses and completion of a satisfactory 6 credit thesis. Courses from outside the ISE department usually include other engineering disciplines, mathematics, computer science, and business and economics.

Master of Engineering

The minimum program for the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree in ISE consists of 27 credit hours of approved courses and completion of a satisfactory 3 credit project or, optionally, 30 credits of approved courses. This program of study is for those students whose interests are geared toward engineering design rather than research.

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • 30 semester hours of graduate work - No audit credits
  • 30 hours of 300 and 400 level courses
  • At least 18 hours at the 400 level
  • At least 15 hours at the 400 level in ISE or MSE
  • Maximum of 9 hours at 300 or 400 level from outside department
  • Course Requirements

    All graduate students in the M.S. or M.Eng in Industrial and Systems Engineering degree programs are required to select at least 12 credits of courses from the set of ISE Core Courses. Prerequisites may be satisfied by

    1. Previous course work,
    2. Completing the prerequisite course without graduate credit, or
    3. Passing the final examination of the prerequisite course with a grade of B or better.

    Rules for course selection from the set of ISE Core Courses

    Select at least 4 courses from the set of ISE Core Courses:

    *Select at least one of the following courses: ISE 362 and ISE 426

    *Select at least one of the following courses: ISE 404 and ISE 429
    -If equivalent courses were taken previously, select a course from the set of ISE Core Courses.


    *Select any remaining courses from the set of I&SE Core Courses:

    - ISE 319 Material Handling and Facility Planning (3)
    - ISE 332 Product Quality (3)
    - ISE 340 Production Engineering (3)
    - ISE 362 Logistics and Supply Chain Management (3)
    - ISE 404 Simulation (3)
    - ISE 419 Sequencing and Scheduling (3)
    - ISE 426 Optimization Models and Applications
    - ISE 429 Stochastic Models and Applications (3)
    - MATH 311 Graph Theory (3)
    - MATH 312 Statistical Computing and Application (3)
    - MATH 338 Linear Models in Statistics with Applications (3)

    Areas of Concentraion

    Each student may elect to concentrate course work in specific areas, but there is no requirement to do so. A set of recommended courses in each of eight areas are given below:

    Areas of Concentration Recommended Course Set
    Operations Research ISE 406, 411, 412, 414, 416, 417, 418, 419, 425, 439, 455, ECO 402, 412, Math 312, 338, 340
    Decision and Risk Analysis ISE 358, 458, 409, 410, 416, 419, 439, 442, 446, Math 312, 338
    Economics and Cost Analysis ISE 358, 458, 413 Math 467, 468, GBUS 413, 414, 419, 420, 422
    Production and Operations Management ISE 319, 324, 332, 340, 410, 412, 419, 424, 442, 443, 445, 448, 449 ECO 447, MSE 438, 446, GBUS 432, 450, 453, 456
    Logistics and Supply Chain Management ISE 319, 341, 358, 362, 408, 409, 412, 414, 416, 419, 438, 442, 443, 458, MKT 321, 325, GBUS 432, 450, 453, 456, ECO 447
    Information Economics ISE 334, 442 BIS 311, 342 ECO 412, 413, 415, 447
    Information Technology and Applications ISE 324, 332, 341, 345, 404, 408, 424, 437, 438, 443, 449, 451, CSE 313, 340, 403, 411, ECE 401, 404
    Quality Engineering ISE 332, 409, 410, 422, 442

    Master of Science & Master of Engineering in Management Science & Engineering

    Introduction

    The Management Science and Engineering program is directed toward integrating scientific methods with the functional aspects of organizations by investigating the application of quantitative methodology and systems analysis in the context of decision making, risk analysis, economics and cost analysis, production management, and supply chain logistics. This integration provides the students with a broader perspective toward managerial decision-making in both private enterprise and public administration.

    Mid-career professionals and recent graduates with a background in engineering, mathematics, and physical sciences who intend to seek managerial, consulting or systems analyst positions are appropriate candidates. In particular, those candidates who intend to seek positions demanding both technical and management skills find the management science background advantageous in dealing with the complex problems of industrial, commercial, and public service organizations.

    The Program

    The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering administers the Management Science and Engineering program. To be admitted to the program a candidate must demonstrate basic competence in calculus, statistics, linear algebra, introductory operations research, accounting, production and economics. A candidate lacking a certain background may be required to take background courses. The minimum program consists of 30 credit hours, of which at least 18 credit hours must be in the 400-level. The ISE graduate faculty coordinator must approve all course work. No more than 9 credit hours may be taken from the college of business and economics (e.g., MKT, ECO, GBUS courses).

    Master of Science

    The minimum program for the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Management Science and Engineering consists of 24 credit hours of approved courses and completion of a satisfactory 6 credit thesis. A faculty member must supervise the thesis. Courses from outside the ISE department usually include other engineering disciplines, mathematics, computer science, and business and economics.

    Master of Engineering

    The minimum program for the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree in Management Science and Engineering consists of 27 credit hours of approved courses and completion of a satisfactory 3 credit project or, optionally, 30 credits of approved courses and no project. This program of study is for those students whose interests are geared toward engineering design rather than research. A faculty member must supervise the project.

    Each student is required to complete at least 12 credit hours of courses selected from the set of MGSE Core Courses. At least 6 credits must be ISE courses.

    MGSE Course Courses
    Course No. Course Title Prerequisite(s)
    ISE 358 (ECO 358) Game Theory (cross listed) ECO 105 or 146 and MATH 21, 31, or 51
    ISE 404 Simulation (graduate version of IE 305) ISE 121 or ISE 328 and ISE 220 or an equivalent
    ISE 409 Time Series Analysis ISE 121 or equivalent
    ISE 410 Design of Experiments ISE 121 or equivalent
    ISE 414 Heuristic Methods of Combinatorial Optimization
    ISE 416 Dynamic Programming ISE 426 or equivalent
    ISE 419 Sequencing and Scheduling ISE 426 or equivalent
    ISE 412 Quantitive Models of Supply Chain Management ISE 426 and ISE 429 or equivalent
    ISE 426 Optimization Models and Applications
    (graduate version of ISE 316)
    ISE 220 or equivalent background. (Closed to students who have taken ISE 316)
    ISE 429 Stochastic Models and Applications (graduate version of ISE 339) ISE 220 or equivalent
    ISE 439 Queueing Systems ISE 429 or equivalent
    ISE 447 Financial Optimization ISE 426 or equivalent
    ISE 458 (ECO 463) Topics in Game Theory (Cross listed course) Two semesters of calculus, ECO 412 or permission of instructor
    MATH 311 Graph Theory MATH 163 or MATH/CSE 261 or MATH 205 or consent of instructor
    MATH 312 Statistical Computing and Applications ISE 121 or equivalent, MATH 12 or MATH 231
    MATH 334 Mathematical Statistics MATH 231 or 309
    MATH 338/STAT438 Linear Models in Statistics with Applications ISE 121 or equivalent, MATH 12 or MATH 231.
    MATH 467 Financial Calculus I ISE 111 or MATH 231 or equivalent and MATH 231.
    MATH 468 Financial Calculus II MATH 467
    ECO 412 Mathematical Economics consent of instructor
    ECO 415 Econometrics ISE 121 or equivalent, ECO 401 or equivalent

     

    Areas of Concentration

    Each student may elect to concentrate course work in specific areas, but there is no requirement to do so. A set of recommended courses in each of eight areas are given below:

    Areas of Concentration Qualified Courses
    Operations Research ISE 406, 411, 412, 414, 416, 417, 418, 419, 425, 439, 455, ECO 402, 412, 423, MATH 312, 338, 340
    Decision and Risk Analysis ISE 358,458, 409, 410, 416, 419, 439, 442, 446 MATH 312, 338
    Economics and Cost Analysis ISE 358, 458, GBUS 413, 414, 419, 420, 422, MATH 467, 468
    Production & Operations Management ISE 319, 324, 332, 340, 410, 412, 419, 424, 442, 443, 445, 448, 449, GBUS 432, 450, 453, 456, ECO 447, MSE 438, 446
    Logistics & Supply Chain Management ISE 319, 341, 358, 362, 408, 409, 412, 414, 416, 419, 438, 442, 443, 458, GBUS 432, 450, 453, 456, ECO 447
    Information Economics ISE 334, 442 BIS 311, 342, ECO 412, 413, 415, 447
    Information Technology and Applications ISE 324, 332, 341, 345, 404, 408, 424, 437, 438, 443, 449, 451, CSE 313, 340, 366, 403, 411, ECO 401, 404
    Quality Engineering ISE 332, 409, 410, 422, 442

    Certificate in Quality Engineering

    The Certificate in Quality Engineering is offered by the ISE Department. A list of the faculty and descriptions of the courses are included in the catalog description of the department. The program is designed to accommodate students who are employed full time. Courses are transmitted via distance technology to work sites anywhere in the continental USA.

    University Requirements

    *Consists of 12 credits
    *Must be taken post-baccalaureate at Lehigh University (no transfer of non-Lehigh courses accepted) and must be for credit (audits do not count).
    *No more than one grade below a B- is permitted
    *Must be completed in 3 years.

    Admission Criteria

    *The minimum criteria for admission to the ISE graduate program apply.
    *A minimum of a bachelor's degree or equivalent and a minimum GPA of 2.75 are required.
    *GRE or other test scores are not required for admission to the certificate program (but are required for continuing towards a master's or higher degree).
    *International students must demonstrate English language proficiency consistent with university policies for graduate programs.
    *Submission of a complete application and an official undergraduate transcript are required.
    *An application fee is required.

    Student Status

    *Applicants will be admitted as non-degree certificate students.
    *Certificate students must apply and be admitted with regular status before continuing towards a master's degree.
    *Student may be distance education students or on-campus students.
    *Students will not be eligible for Lehigh University financial support. (Please note: Presidential scholarships cannot be used for certificates.)

    Transferability

    *Credits earned towards a certificate may be accepted as part of a master's program.
    *Normal time limits for completion of a degree program apply (i.e. a total of 6 years for the master's or 10 years for the doctorate) beginning with date of enrollment into the certificate program.

    Certificate Course Requirements

    All candidates must complete the following set of courses to receive the certificate:

    - ISE 332 Product Quality
    - ISE 410 Design of Experiments
    - ISE 422 Measurement and Inspection Systems
    - ISE 442 Manufacturing Management

    A student must meet all prerequisites for the certificate courses. ISE 328 is a course that is available for anyone with insufficient background in probability and statistics.

    M.S. in Analytical Finance

    If you would like to enroll as an Analytical Finance Engineering student, please apply on the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science website.

    Details on the program requirements can be found on the Business College Web site.

    Analytical Finance Program Outline

    M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering

    Information can be found on the MSE web site .

    M.B.A. and Engineering

    Information is hosted at the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science Website.

    M.Eng. in Healthcare Systems Engineering

    Information can be found on the Healthcare Systems Engineering Web page.