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Industrial and Systems Engineering Ph.D.

Industrial and Systems Engineering
College of Science and Engineering
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Contact Information
Industrial and Systems Engineering Graduate Program, University of Minnesota, 1120 Mechanical Engineering, 111 Church Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-2009; fax: 612-624-2010)
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Length of program in credits: 68
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
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.
The industrial and systems engineering (ISyE) program offers coursework and research in industrial and systems engineering, operations research, and human factors. Special emphasis is on methodologies for design, planning, and management of service and manufacturing systems. Examples of research applications include logistics, transportation, healthcare delivery systems, revenue management, and supply chain management.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
A baccalaureate degree in engineering or a closely related field is required.
Special Application Requirements:
All application materials should be submitted electronically through the ApplyYourself application system. Students whose native language is not English are required to submit scores from one of the following English proficiency examinations: TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS. The GRE General Test is required for students applying to the PhD program. The application deadlines are December 15 for fall semester and October 15 for spring semester. Additional information is available at http://www.isye.umn.edu/apply/apply_phd.shtml
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
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
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
32 credits are required in the major.
12 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 68 credits consisting of 16 required major credits, 12 course credits in a minor or a supporting program outside ISyE, 2 credits of graduate seminar, and 24 thesis credits. The remaining 14 course credits may be taken in the major or any supporting field.
Required Courses
Students may replace a required course with a qualifying replacement course if they have taken the equivalent of the required course elsewhere. A list of qualifying replacements is available on the ISyE program web page.
IE 8521 - Optimization (4.0 cr)
IE 8532 - Stochastic Processes and Queuing Systems (4.0 cr)
ME 8001 - Research Ethics and Professional Practice (0.0 cr)
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· IE 5511 - Human Factors and Work Analysis (4.0 cr)
· IE 5545 - Decision Analysis (4.0 cr)
· IE 5551 - Production Planning and Inventory Control (4.0 cr)
Minor or Supporting Program
Take 12 credits in a minor or supporting program outside ISyE. The following courses may be used or consult with advisor for further options.
CSCI 5211 - Data Communications and Computer Networks (3.0 cr)
CSCI 5421 - Advanced Algorithms and Data Structures (3.0 cr)
CSCI 5521 - Introduction to Machine Learning (3.0 cr)
CSCI 8980 - Special Advanced Topics in Computer Science (1.0-3.0 cr)
ECON 8101 - Microeconomic Theory (2.0 cr)
ECON 8102 - Microeconomic Theory (2.0 cr)
ECON 8117 - Noncooperative Game Theory (2.0 cr)
ECON 8118 - Noncooperative Game Theory (2.0 cr)
ECON 8119 - Cooperative Game Theory (2.0 cr)
MATH 5615H - Honors: Introduction to Analysis I (4.0 cr)
MATH 5616H - Honors: Introduction to Analysis II (4.0 cr)
MATH 8601 - Real Analysis (3.0 cr)
MATH 8602 - Real Analysis (3.0 cr)
MATH 5485 - Introduction to Numerical Methods I (4.0 cr)
MATH 5486 - Introduction To Numerical Methods II (4.0 cr)
MATH 8651 - Theory of Probability Including Measure Theory (3.0 cr)
MATH 8652 - Theory of Probability Including Measure Theory (3.0 cr)
STAT 8501 - Introduction to Stochastic Processes with Applications (3.0 cr)
Seminar
Take 2 seminar credits. The following may be used or consult with advisor for further options.
IE 8773 - Graduate Seminar (1.0 cr)
IE 8774 - Graduate Seminar (1.0 cr)
Thesis Credits
Take 24 credits after passing preliminary oral exam
IE 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral (1.0-24.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
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IE 8521 - Optimization
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theory and applications of linear and nonlinear optimization. Linear optimization: simplex method, convex analysis, interior point method, duality theory. Nonlinear optimization: interior point methods and first-order methods, convergence and complexity analysis. Applications in engineering, economics, and business problems. prereq: Familiarity with linear algebra and calculus.
IE 8532 - Stochastic Processes and Queuing Systems
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to stochastic modeling and processes. Random variables, discrete and continuous Markov chains, renewal processes, queuing systems, Brownian motion, and elements of reliability and stochastic simulation. Applications to design, planning, and control of manufacturing and production systems. prereq: 4521 or equiv
ME 8001 - Research Ethics and Professional Practice
Credits: 0.0 [max 0.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Intellectual property, data management, social responsibility, authorship, and plagiarism, conflict of interest, and reporting misconduct. Case studies. Recent newspaper articles.
IE 5511 - Human Factors and Work Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01553
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Human factors engineering (ergonomics), methods engineering, and work measurement. Human-machine interface: displays, controls, instrument layout, and supervisory control. Anthropometry, work physiology and biomechanics. Work environmental factors: noise, illumination, toxicology. Methods engineering, including operations analysis, motion study, and time standards. prereq: Upper div CSE or grad student
IE 5545 - Decision Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Normative theories of decision making. Emphasizes structuring of hard decision problems arising in business and public policy contexts. Decision trees, expected utility theory, screening prospects by dominance, assessment of subjective probability, multiple attribute utility, analytic hierarchy process, benchmarking with data envelopment analysis, basics of game theory. prereq: 3521 or equiv
IE 5551 - Production Planning and Inventory Control
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01917 - IE 4551/IE 5551
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Inventory control, supply chain management, demand forecasting, capacity planning, aggregate production and material requirement planning, operations scheduling, and shop floor control. Quantitative models used to support decisions. Implications of emerging information technologies and of electronic commerce for supply chain management and factory operation. prereq: CNR or upper div or grad student
CSCI 5211 - Data Communications and Computer Networks
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00495 - CSci 4211/5211
Typically offered: Every Fall
Cconcepts, principles, protocols, and applications of computer networks. Layered network architectures, data link protocols, local area networks, network layer/routing protocols, transport, congestion/flow control, emerging high-speed networks, network programming interfaces, networked applications. Case studies using Ethernet, Token Ring, FDDI, TCP/IP, ATM, Email, HTTP, and WWW. prereq: [4061 or instr consent], basic knowledge of [computer architecture, operating systems, probability], grad student
CSCI 5421 - Advanced Algorithms and Data Structures
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamental paradigms of algorithm and data structure design. Divide-and-conquer, dynamic programming, greedy method, graph algorithms, amortization, priority queues and variants, search structures, disjoint-set structures. Theoretical underpinnings. Examples from various problem domains. prereq: 4041 or instr consent
CSCI 5521 - Introduction to Machine Learning
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Problems of pattern recognition, feature selection, measurement techniques. Statistical decision theory, nonstatistical techniques. Automatic feature selection/data clustering. Syntactic pattern recognition. Mathematical pattern recognition/artificial intelligence. prereq: [[2031 or 2033], STAT 3021] or instr consent
CSCI 8980 - Special Advanced Topics in Computer Science
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 27.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Lectures and informal discussions. prereq: instr consent
ECON 8101 - Microeconomic Theory
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Decision problems faced by the household and firm; theories of choice under conditions of certainty and uncertainty. Partial equilibrium analysis of competition and monopoly. General equilibrium analysis. Welfare economics: economic efficiency of alternative market structures, social welfare functions. Dynamics: stability of markets, capital theory. Seven-week course. prereq: 5151 or equiv, Math 2243 or equiv, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 5615 or concurrent registration in Math 8601, grad econ major or instr consent
ECON 8102 - Microeconomic Theory
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Decision problems faced by the household and firm; theories of choice under conditions of certainty and uncertainty. Partial equilibrium analysis of competition and monopoly. General equilibrium analysis. Welfare economics: economic efficiency of alternative market structures, social welfare functions. Dynamics: stability of markets, capital theory. Seven-week course. prereq: 8101, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 5615 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 8601, grad econ major or instr consent
ECON 8117 - Noncooperative Game Theory
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Solution concepts for noncooperative games in normal form, including Nash and perfect equilibrium and stable sets of equilibria. Extensive form games of perfect and incomplete information, sequential equilibrium, and consequences of stability for extensive form. Applications including bargaining and auctions. Seven-week course. prereq: Math 5616 or equiv or instr consent
ECON 8118 - Noncooperative Game Theory
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Solution concepts for noncooperative games in normal form, including Nash and perfect equilibrium and stable sets of equilibria. Extensive form games of perfect and incomplete information, sequential equilibrium, and consequences of stability for extensive form. Applications including bargaining and auctions. Seven-week course. prereq: 8117
ECON 8119 - Cooperative Game Theory
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Basics of cooperative game theory, emphasizing concepts used in economics. Games with and without transferable utility; the core, the value, and other solution concepts. Recent results, including potentials, reduced games, consistency, and noncooperative implementation of cooperative solution concepts. Seven-week course. prereq: 8104, Math 5616 or equiv or instr consent
MATH 5615H - Honors: Introduction to Analysis I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Axiomatic treatment of real/complex number systems. Introduction to metric spaces: convergence, connectedness, compactness. Convergence of sequences/series of real/complex numbers, Cauchy criterion, root/ratio tests. Continuity in metric spaces. Rigorous treatment of differentiation of single-variable functions, Taylor's Theorem. prereq: [[2243 or 2373], [2263 or 2374], [2283 or 3283]] or 2574
MATH 5616H - Honors: Introduction to Analysis II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Rigorous treatment of Riemann-Stieltjes integration. Sequences/series of functions, uniform convergence, equicontinuous families, Stone-Weierstrass Theorem, power series. Rigorous treatment of differentiation/integration of multivariable functions, Implicit Function Theorem, Stokes' Theorem. Additional topics as time permits. prereq: 5615
MATH 8601 - Real Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Set theory/fundamentals. Axiom of choice, measures, measure spaces, Borel/Lebesgue measure, integration, fundamental convergence theorems, Riesz representation. prereq: 5616 or instr consent
MATH 8602 - Real Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Radon-Nikodym, Fubini theorems. C(X). Lp spaces (introduction to metric, Banach, Hilbert spaces). Stone-Weierstrass theorem. Basic Fourier analysis. Theory of differentiation. prereq: 8601 or instr consent
MATH 5485 - Introduction to Numerical Methods I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Solution of nonlinear equations in one variable. Interpolation, polynomial approximation. Methods for solving linear systems, eigenvalue problems, systems of nonlinear equations. prereq: [2243 or 2373 or 2573], familiarity with some programming language
MATH 5486 - Introduction To Numerical Methods II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Numerical integration/differentiation. Numerical solution of initial-value problems, boundary value problems for ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations. prereq: 5485
MATH 8651 - Theory of Probability Including Measure Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Probability spaces. Distributions/expectations of random variables. Basic theorems of Lebesque theory. Stochastic independence, sums of independent random variables, random walks, filtrations. Probability, moment generating functions, characteristic functions. Laws of large numbers. prereq: 5616 or instr consent
MATH 8652 - Theory of Probability Including Measure Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Conditional distributions and expectations, convergence of sequences of distributions on real line and on Polish spaces, central limit theorem and related limit theorems, Brownian motion, martingales and introduction to other stochastic sequences. prereq: 8651 or instr consent
STAT 8501 - Introduction to Stochastic Processes with Applications
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Markov chains in discrete and continuous time, renewal processes, Poisson process, Brownian motion, and other stochastic models encountered in applications. prereq: 5101 or 8101
IE 8773 - Graduate Seminar
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Recent developments.
IE 8774 - Graduate Seminar
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Recent developments. prereq: 8773
IE 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral
Credits: 1.0 -24.0 [max 100.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required