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Master of Science

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.

Non-thesis Option. 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. It 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.

Thesis Option. The thesis option is preferred by students with interests in research, who are actively working on research projects and are considering PhD work in the future. A complete description of program materials and requirements is available in the Graduate Handbook.

Please note that assistantships are generally not available for the MS degree program. Only in exceptional circumstances is a student 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. Students in the MS program may seek out employment opportunities with other departments.

Contact Information

Admission and program-related questions should be sent to the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Thomas Sharkey.