Dual M.S. in ISyE and Civil Engineering

The dual M.S. program in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Civil Engineering (Transportation Engineering Focus) provides in-depth training in methodologies from Industrial and System Engineering — such as mathematical optimization, stochastic modeling, and queueing theory — that are employed in transportation engineering. Students in the dual program also gain experience applying these methods to transportation engineering problems and develop domain knowledge of transportation engineering applications.

Dual M.S. in ISyE and Civil Engineering Curriculum

The dual M.S. program in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Civil Engineering (Transportation Engineering focus) provides students with the opportunity to gain in-depth training and graduate credentials in fields of study that share many methods and techniques in common.

Transportation Engineering students utilize a variety of ISyE techniques including mathematical optimization, stochastic modeling, and queueing theory. Similarly, ISyE students often work on transportation-related issues in their research projects — for example, vehicle routing and scheduling, logistics, traffic flow modeling, and evaluation of transportation policy issues, lifecycle costing, and the design of complex systems.

Students in this program receive two Master of Science degrees: one in ISyE and one in Civil Engineering. While the requirements of each M.S. degree must be met, students may share up to 15 course credits between the two degrees.

Completion of this dual-degree program can be accomplished in more than one way: receiving a total of 45-course credits, or 47 if the student opts for Plan C in the Industrial Engineering track. Students may choose the Plan A (thesis) option in no more than one of the two programs.

Sample Program

The following program is an example and assumes that the student opts for the Plan C (coursework only) option in the Industrial Engineering track of the ISyE M.S. program, and opts for the Plan A (thesis) option in the Civil Engineering M.S. program. Many variations are allowed, subject to approval from ISyE and Civil Engineering. (Note: A student who opts for Plan C rather than Plan A in Civil Engineering should replace the CEGE 8777 Thesis Credits below with electives.)

Year 1 Fall Semester

  • IE 5531—Engineering Optimization I
  • IE 5532—Stochastic Models
  • CEGE 5213—Transit Planning and Management
  • CEGE 8200—Seminar: Transportation

Year 1 Spring Semester

  • IE 5551—Production Planning and Inventory Control
  • IE 8773—Graduate Seminar
  • CEGE 5211—Traffic Engineering
  • Elective from Civil Engineering

Year 2 Fall Semester

  • Elective from Statistics, Applied Economics, Computer Science, or Public Affairs*
  • Elective from Civil Engineering Elective
  • CEGE 8777—Thesis Credits: Masters

Year 2 Spring Semester

  • IE 5545—Decision Analysis
  • Elective from Statistics, Applied Econ, Computer Science, or Public Affairs*
  • CEGE 8777—Thesis Credits: Master's

*Electives may be selected from other areas (subject to approval)

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