University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering

Degree requirements

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ISyE Master's Degree Program Options


The ISYE MS graduate program offers two 30-credit MS degree program options.

1)  The 30 Credit MSIE Professional Degree is for students that finish their undergraduate degree in the Industrial & Systems Engineering program at UW-Madison.  (Students that did not receive their undergraduate degree in ISyE UW Madison must apply for the MS degree program option below).  

MSIE 30-credit brochure and eligibility requirements information
MSIE 30-credit application

  • To be eligible, students MUST have an undergraduate degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the UW Madison AND have an overall GPA of 3.0 or a GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 credits of their BSIE undergraduate program.
  • At least 15 credits of ISYE courses, 500 level or above, in the student.s area of specialization.*
  • Included in the 15 credits within ISYE, at least one course containing a significant project experience related to the student's area of specialization. Any course(s) taken as an undergraduate cannot be taken again. Examples include: ISYE 476, 515, 565, 641, 653, 671, 672, or 3cr of 699 related to the student's area of specialization.
  • No more than six credits of independent study.
  • At least nine credits of electives that relate to the student's area of specialization (examples include: statistics, business, computer science, other engineering courses).
  • An attached paragraph explaining how the student's chosen courses relate to their area of specialization and form an in-depth understanding of that topic.


* IE courses between 300-500 level may be used to fulfill this requirement only if approved by the Advisor and the Academic Affairs Committee Chair. Any course below the 300 level will not count towards a graduate degree.


30-credit MS Option requirements


The 30cr MS Option Requirements vary according to Focus Area: