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Master of Science (MS)

Students pursuing the MS in Industrial Engineering must select between the non-thesis and thesis options. These options are designed to provide each student with a strong foundation across the breadth of industrial engineering and sufficient flexibility so that the degree is tailored to his or her background and career objectives. 

The non-thesis option is an excellent choice for most students and recommended for all students who enter the program without an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering. The non-thesis option provides a solid background for students seeking industrial employment after graduation as well as those who wish to pursue a PhD following the MS degree. The thesis option is preferred by students with interests in research or who are actively working on research projects.  A complete description of program materials and requirements is available in the Graduate Handbook.

Our MS degree program is self-pay. Only in exceptional circumstances would a student be eligible to receive financial assistance during their first semester. Occasionally, at the beginning of the semester, there will be opportunities within the department for assistantships, although there is generally no guarantee of financial assistance. MS students who receive financial assistance have demonstrated academic success at Clemson, and have shown a desire to conduct research. In addition, students may find opportunities on campus for employment. 

Orientation and Guidelines for the MS Program

All incoming MS students should review the orientation materials that are posted on the Orientation webpage. These presentations will be available year-round for your convenience.

Contact Information

If you have program related questions about the MS program, please contact Dr. Laura Stanley. Please direct admission related questions to: Dr. B. Rae Cho.