Contact: Matt Irelan

Graduate Student Advisor

Industrial and Operations Engineering

(734) 764-6480

1753 IOE


Five – Year Combined BSE/MSE Programs:

Engineering Global Leadership (EGL) Honors Program

The Engineering Global Leadership (EGL) specialization is a unique opportunity for students interested in integrating engineering into a global business environment. EGL students continue at U-M beyond the College of Engineering Honors Program to earn a Masters in an engineering discipline. EGL prepares students to communicate across engineering and business boundaries, thereby breaking down the barriers to global competitiveness. The focus on Global Operations/Business enhances students’ understanding of operations and the corporate environment, including the basics of marketing, accounting, strategy and finance. The program includes an International Minor for Engineers that exposes students to the language, history and customs of another part of the world. Emphasis is placed on the idea that integration of these disciplines is vital to success in today’s global business environment. Students admitted to the College of Engineering Honors Program who choose a Global Business/Operations focus are eligible to apply for EGL.

For more information on EGL please visit: the Honors College website and for more information about Tauber Institute for Global Operations.

Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Program

The Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering has established a five-year Simultaneous Undergraduate/Graduate Study (SUGS) program that allows outstanding students to receive the BSE and MSE degrees after completing a minimum of 152 credit hours. This is accomplished by allowing students to "doublecount" six credit hours of previously approved graduate-level courses in order to satisfy all requirements for both the BSE and MSE degrees. Double-counted courses appear as transfer credit on the student's Rackham transcript and are selected from graduate level general electives or non-IOE Technical Electives. Students who are second term Juniors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 may apply for provisional admission to the program. Students who do not meet the GPA requirement may petition the IOE Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid Committee for provisional admission by providing other credentials such as letters of recommendation from faculty and/or other evidence of special accomplishments. SUGS students must enroll in Rackham for at least two full terms, paying Rackham tuition. Normally, this will be the final two terms of enrollment in the five-year program.

Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Study Program (SUGS) in the Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) Department
Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Study (SUGS) Program Leading to the B.S.E. Degree in Participating Engineering Departments and the M.S.E. Degree in IOE

Dual Master's Degree Program

A program in which the student receives two Master's degrees from two departments, both of which must be part of the Rackham Graduate School. A student may double-count up to one sixth of the total credit hours of both programs subject to departmental approval, thus reducing the total number of credit hours necessary for the two degrees.

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program

An individual interdepartmental Ph.D. program may be developed for any student with the approval of the departments concerned and the Dean of the Graduate School.

For a student in an interdepartmental Ph.D. program, the IOE qualifying exam requirements of the department apply at a reduced level (approximately half). The interdepartmental Ph.D. student must also satisfy the doctoral student examination requirements (possibly at a correspondingly reduced level) of the other department. All the other Ph.D. degree requirements remain the same.

Dual MBA/MS(IOE) Degree Program

The School of Business Administration and the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering offer a dual degree program enabling a student to pursue concurrent work in business administration and industrial and operations engineering leading to the MBA and MS (IOE) degrees. The program is arranged so that all requirements for both degrees are completed in two and one-half years of enrollment (63 credit hours). Students interested in the MBA/ MS (IOE) combined program must apply to and be admitted by both schools, using their respective application forms and indicating that application is being made to the dual program. In particular, the statistics requirement for the IOE program should be discussed with an advisor prior to commencing either program.

This combined program is not open to students who have earned either the MBA or MS(IOE) degrees. However, students registered in the first year of either program may apply. Students admitted to this dual program must satisfy the following degree requirements:

  1. The 30-credit hour MBA core
  2. 15 elective hours in business administration (12 of the 15 hours must be approved by IOE).
  3. 18 credit hours in graduate level IOE courses (at least nine of which must be in courses numbered 500 or above).
  4. A two-credit independent study in IOE or the Business School which would lead to a paper integrating business and IOE perspectives on a particular area of interest.

The dual program can begin with studies in either school. However, because of the sequenced nature of the core courses in the MBA program, most students will find it advantageous to start the first year in the Business School. Students who wish to begin with Industrial and Operations Engineering should consult a counselor in the Business School to work out an appropriate plan of study.

Graduate School

If you’re thinking about applying to graduate school, below are some resources to consider. Many schools have web pages that you can access to find out information such as deadlines, admission requirements, and where to get an application. However, if you’re considering applying for graduate school here at UM’s IOE department, you should go and talk to Matt Irelan, the Graduate Student Advisor, in 1753 IOE.

For more information: see University of Michigan's IOE Graduate Program