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Infrastructure Systems Management and Engineering M.S.I.S.M.E

Technological Leadership Institute
College of Science and Engineering
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Contact Information
Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota, 290 McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis MN 55455 (612-624-5474; fax: 612-624-7510)
Email: isme@umn.edu
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Science in Infrastructure Sys Mgmt & Eng
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Students are no longer being accepted into this program. Program requirements below are for current students only. The master of science in infrastructure systems management and engineering (MSISME) focuses on developing management and engineering tools that address issues in local, county, and state infrastructure. It is an interdisciplinary program offered through the College of Science and Engineering's Technological Leadership Institute. The two-year, professional-format program focuses on key knowledge areas of engineering, technology, and science; management of personnel, projects, and programs; communications; governance; and synthesis. Fields of application include transportation engineering/pavement management; water resources/environmental engineering; municipal engineering; construction and maintenance; computer applications/asset management; parks, recreation and open space. The degree is offered in a hybrid online format, with in-person residencies scheduled over the course of the program.
Program Delivery
  • primarily online (at least 80% of the instruction for the program is online with short, intensive periods of face-to-face coursework)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Students are no longer being accepted into this program. A BS degree in engineering, plus a minimum of one year of professional work experience in an infrastructure area, or a BS degree in a related science or technology field and a minimum of two years professional work experience in an infrastructure area are required.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan B: Plan B requires 30 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. The final exam is oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project:The capstone integrates knowledge from courses in the master's program with job experience. Students will prepare a proposal, conduct the project and report the results in written and oral form. The project will involve some aspect of the design, management, and operation of some feature of infrastructure. Students must register for the capstone course ISME 8105 (3 cr).
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Required Courses
ISME 5101 - Project Management (3.0 cr)
ISME 5112 - Infrastructure Systems Engineering Management (2.0 cr)
ISME 5201 - Pavement Management Maintenance and Rehabilitation (2.0 cr)
ISME 5202 - Traffic Engineering Management (2.0 cr)
ISME 5301 - Bridge Management Maintenance and Rehabilitation (2.0 cr)
ISME 5302 - Critical Infrastructure Security and Protection (2.0 cr)
ISME 5402 - Storm Water Management (2.0 cr)
ISME 5500 - Public Interactions (1.0 cr)
ISME 5503 - Financial Management in Public Organizations (2.0 cr)
ISME 5504 - Construction Law and Ethics (2.0 cr)
Capstone
Take a total of 3 credits.
ISME 8105 - Capstone Project (1.0-2.0 cr)
Electives
Choose at least 7 elective credits in consultation with the director of graduate studies.
 
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ISME 5101 - Project Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Broad areas in project management/leadership. Emphasizes practical understanding of business/engineering project management. Project planning, scheduling, controlling. Budgeting, staffing, task/cost control. Communicating with, motivating, leading, managing conflict. prereq: Open to general grad students but with instr consent
ISME 5112 - Infrastructure Systems Engineering Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Managing public works infrastructure. Case studies of decision making in environment of conflicting interests. prereq: Open to advanced master's students
ISME 5201 - Pavement Management Maintenance and Rehabilitation
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Concepts in network/project-level pavement management for flexible/rigid pavements. Pavement distress identification/quantification. Functional/structural evaluation. Identification of appropriate preventative/reactive maintenance activities. Selection/design of rehabilitation alternatives. prereq: ISE grad student
ISME 5202 - Traffic Engineering Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Identification and effective use of traffic control devices. Automated method of characterizing/assessing traffic flow. Evaluation/improvement of geometric features. prereq: ISE student
ISME 5301 - Bridge Management Maintenance and Rehabilitation
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Structural/functional evaluation of steel, concrete, and timber bridges. Distress identification. Modes of failure, including fatigue, corrosion, and foundation erosion (scour). Preventative/reactive maintenance techniques. Rehabilitation design/construction. prereq: ISE grad student
ISME 5302 - Critical Infrastructure Security and Protection
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Security challenges of protecting critical infrastructure, facilities, and built environment. Security, agility, and robustness/survivability of large-scale critical infrastructure that face new threats and unanticipated conditions. Systems risk analysis, engineering, economics, and public policy approaches to infrastructure security. Design/management of complex civil infrastructure systems. prereq: ISE grad student or instr consent
ISME 5402 - Storm Water Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 10.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Components/design of storm water collection systems. Methods of evaluation/management. Maintenance/rehabilitation techniques. prereq: ISE grad student
ISME 5500 - Public Interactions
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Techniques for effective public communication. How to run public hearing. Resources for publishing public notices. Sequence course in three parts. prereq: Advanced grad student or open to general grad students with instr consent
ISME 5503 - Financial Management in Public Organizations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Design, installation, and use of accounting/control systems in public organizations. Public accounting standards/practices, financial administration, financial reporting, debt management, budgeting, and contract/procurement management systems. Lecture, discussion, case analysis. prereq: ISE student
ISME 5504 - Construction Law and Ethics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Ethical framework for responsible management of public works projects. Moral leadership, trust in public/private organizations, quality control. prereq: ISE student
ISME 8105 - Capstone Project
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Integrates knowledge from courses in Master's program with job experience. Students prepare proposal, conduct project, and report results in written and oral form. Project involves aspect of design, management, or operation of some feature of infrastructure. prereq: ISE student