Viterbi School of Engineering

Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Graduate Degree Requirements

Master of Digital Supply Chain Management

This interdisciplinary program is offered jointly with the Department of Information and Operations Management in the USC Marshall School of Business. The program is available via distance education. See the program page for program requirements.

Engineering Management Program
Ethel Percy Andrus
Gerontology Center 240
(213) 740-4893

Program Director: Geza Bottlik, Engineer, P.E.

This program is designed primarily, but not exclusively, for graduate engineers whose career objectives lead to increasing technical management responsibilities. Students interested in the engineering management objectives may also want to consider the M.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering/MBA dual degree program.

Master of Science in Engineering Management

A total of 30 units is required for the degree. A minimum of 18 units must be taken in the Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. A total of 21 units must be at the 500 level or above. The program is available via distance education.

Applicants to the program are expected to have a degree in engineering or the equivalent.

Required courses (6 units) Units
ISE 500 Engineering Management Decisions and Statistics 3
ISE 561 Economic Analysis of Engineering Projects 3

At least one course from the accounting area is required (3 units) Units
CE 502 Construction Accounting and Finance 3
ISE 566 Financial Accounting Analysis for Engineering 3

At least two courses from the engineering management area are required (6 units) Units
ISE 515 Engineering Project Management 3
ISE 544 Management of Engineering Teams 3
ISE 564 Performance Analysis 3
ISE 565 Law and Finance for Engineering Innovation 3

At least one course from the quantitative methods area is required (3 units) Units
ISE 513 Inventory Systems 3
ISE 514 Advanced Production Planning and Scheduling 3
ISE 525 Design of Experiments 3
ISE 527 Quality Management for Engineers 3
ISE 530 Introduction to Operations Research 3

Electives (12 units):
Four courses for at least 12 units chosen to form a coherent program with the consent of the adviser.

Health Systems Management Engineering Program

Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center 240
(213) 740-4893

Program Director: Shinyi Wu, Ph.D.

This program is jointly sponsored by the Epstein Industrial and Systems Engineering Department and the USC Price School of Public Policy and administered by the Epstein Industrial and Systems Engineering Department. This degree is designed for students with sufficiently quantitative bachelor’s degrees in engineering, the sciences or applied social science who are interested in operations management and health care applications, and whose career objectives lead to increasing technical management responsibilities in large health care organizations, particularly hospitals. Students with less quantitative social science or other non-technical backgrounds interested in health administration objectives may also want to consider the Master of Health Administration program in the USC Price School of Public Policy.

Master of Science in Health Systems Management Engineering

At least 34 units are required for the degree. Some combinations of courses may require students to complete more than 34 units. Admitted students may count courses taken for completion of the Graduate Certificate in Health Systems Operations toward this degree. This program is available via distance education.

Applicants to the program are expected to have mathematical competence representative of that provided by an undergraduate degree in engineering; competence in basic descriptive and inferential statistics; competence in microeconomics; and competence in accounting at the level of PPD 516 Financial Accounting for Health Care Organizations, ACCT 509 Concepts of Financial and Management Accounting, or ISE 566 Financial Accounting Analysis for Engineering. Admitted students who do not meet the course work requirements will be assigned courses to complete the deficiencies.

Core (four courses, 14 units) Units
ISE 507 Six-Sigma Methods and Applications 3
ISE 508 Health Care Operations Improvement 3
PPD 509 Problems and Issues in the Health Field 4
PPD 545 Human Behavior in Public Organizations 4

Economics and Finance (Select two courses, at least 6 units) Units
ISE 561 Economic Analysis of Engineering Projects 3
ISE 562 Value and Decision Theory 3
ISE 563 Financial Engineering 3
PPD 510a Financial Management of Health Services 4
PPD 514 Economic Concepts Applied to Health 4

Information Systems (Select one course, at least 2 units) Units
BME 527 Integration of Medical Imaging Systems 3
BME 528 Medical Imaging Informatics 3
ISE 583 Enterprise Wide Information Systems 3
PM 538 Introduction to Biomedical Informatics 3
PPD 511 Health Information Systems 2

Management (Select at least two courses, at least 6 units) UNITs
ISE 515 Engineering Project Management 3
ISE 544 Management of Engineering Teams 3
ISE 527 Quality Management for Engineers 3
ISE 564 Performance Analysis 3
PPD 513 Legal Issues in Health Care Delivery 2
PPD 517 Concepts and Practices in Managing Health Care Organizations 2

Quantitative Methods (Select two courses, at least 6 units) Units
Select one course, at least 3 units:
ISE 530 Introduction to Operations Research 3
PPD 557 Modeling and Operations Research 4

Select one course, at least 3 units:
ISE 525 Design of Experiments 3
ISE 562 Value and Decision Theory 3
ISE 570 Human Factors in Engineering 3
ISE 580 Advanced Concepts in Computer Simulation 3
PM 603 Structural Equation Modeling 4
PPD 558 Multivariate Statistical Analysis 4

Students may not simultaneously satisfy the Quantitative Methods and Economics and Finance requirements with only ISE 562 Value and Decision Theory. Two courses are needed.

Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering

The Master of Science in industrial and systems engineering is awarded in strict conformity with the general requirements of the Viterbi School of Engineering. This program enhances the technical capabilities of the industrial engineer. The program is available via distance education.

The M.S. program is for students who want to become technical leaders in the field of industrial and systems engineering. Applicants to the program are expected to have a bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline with undergraduate course work in computing, probability and statistics, and engineering economy. Admitted students who do not meet prerequisites will be assigned courses to complete the deficiencies.

A total of 30 units is required for the degree, of which at least 18 units must be completed in the Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Of the 30 units, 20 must be at the 500 level or above.

Required courses Units
ISE 514 Advanced Production Planning and Scheduling 3
ISE 515 Engineering Project Management 3

ISE Electives (choose one from each Group) Units
Systems Design
ISE 510 Advanced Computational Design and Manufacturing 3
ISE 525 Design of Experiments 3
ISE 527 Quality Management for Engineers 3
ISE 576 Industrial Ecology: Technology-Environment Interaction 3
SAE 541 Systems Engineering Theory and Practice 3
SAE 549 Systems Architecting 3

Production
ISE 511L Mechatronic Systems Engineering 3
ISE 513 Inventory Systems 3
ISE 517 Modern Enterprise Systems 3
SAE 551 Lean Operations 3

Systems Performance
ISE 544 Management of Engineering Teams 3
ISE 564 Performance Analysis 3
ISE 570 Human Factors in Engineering 3

Information Systems
ISE 580 Advanced Concepts in Computer Simulation 3
ISE 582 Web Technology for Industrial Engineering 3
ISE 583 Enterprise Wide Information Systems 3

Quantitative Methods
ISE 532 Network Flows 3
ISE 536 Linear Programming and Extensions 3
ISE 538 Elements of Stochastic Processes 3
ISE 563 Financial Engineering 3

Adviser approved electives 9
Total units: 30

Operations Research Engineering Program

Ethel Percy Andrus
Gerontology Center 240
(213) 740-4891

Program Director: Maged Dessouky, Ph.D.

Master of Science in Operations Research Engineering

The Master of Science in operations research engineering is conferred upon candidates who hold bachelor’s degrees in engineering, mathematics, science or related fields who successfully complete an integrated program (with departmental approval in advance) of not less than 30 units. The program must include not less than 21 units of industrial and systems engineering courses related to operations research and 9 units of approved electives. Students will be required to make up deficiencies in mathematics and statistics. Additional courses or examinations may be required at the discretion of the department before full admission to the program. The General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is required. Additional information is available from the department. This program is available via distance education.

Required courses Units
ISE 532 Network Flows 3
ISE 536 Linear Programming and Extensions 3
ISE 538 Elements of Stochastic Processes 3
ISE 580 Advanced Concepts in Computer Simulation 3
ISE 582 Web Technology for Industrial Engineering, or
ISE 583 Enterprise Wide Information Systems 3

Select at least two of the following 10 courses: 6 units
CE 645 Uncertainty Modeling and Stochastic Optimization 3
ISE 513 Inventory Systems 3
ISE 514 Advanced Production Planning and Scheduling 3
ISE 520 Optimization: Theory and Algorithms 3
ISE 525 Design of Experiments 3
ISE 539 Stochastic Elements of Simulation 3
ISE 562 Value and Decision Theory 3
ISE 563 Financial Engineering 3
ISE 576 Industrial Ecology: Technology-Environment Interaction 3
SAE 541 Systems Engineering Theory and Practice 3

400- or 500-level computer science course, approved by faculty adviser 3

Two electives, approved by faculty adviser 6
30

Master of Science in Product Development Engineering

This interdisciplinary program is offered jointly with the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. The program is available via distance education. See the listing under Product Development Engineering.

Master of Science in Systems Architecting and Engineering

See the listing under Systems Architecting and Engineering. The program is available via distance education.

Dual Degree Program (M.S., Electrical Engineering / M.S., Engineering Management)

See listing in the Electrical Engineering section

Dual Degree Program (M.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering/MBA)

The USC Marshall School of Business in conjunction with the Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering offers a program leading to the degree of Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in industrial and systems engineering.

This alternative requires 66 units for graduates of industrial and systems engineering undergraduate curricula and leads to both a Master of Science in industrial and systems engineering and the Master of Business Administration. The dual degree provides an education of great depth.

The total number of units required for the MBA program is 48 including all required courses in an MBA program and graduate business electives sufficient to bring the total units completed in the Marshall School of Business to at least 48. Dual degree students may not count courses taken outside the Marshall School of Business toward the 48 units.

Required courses (minimum 18 units) units
ISE 514 Advanced Production Planning and Scheduling 3
ISE 515 Engineering Project Management 3

ISE electives (choose one from each group) 9 units
Systems Design (3 units)
ISE 525 Design of Experiments
ISE 527 Quality Management for Engineers
SAE 541 Systems Engineering Theory and Practice

Information Systems (3 units)
ISE 580 Advanced Concepts in Computer Simulation
ISE 582 Web Technology for Industrial Engineering
ISE 583 Enterprise Wide Information Systems

Quantitative Methods (3 units)
ISE 532 Network Flows
ISE 536 Linear Programming and Extensions
ISE 538 Elements of Stochastic Processes
Elective Chosen with adviser approval 3
18

Engineer in Industrial and Systems Engineering

Requirements for the Engineer in industrial and systems engineering are the same as set forth in the general requirements.

Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Systems Engineering

The degree Doctor of Philosophy in industrial and systems engineering is also offered. See general requirements for graduate degrees.

Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificate in Engineering Technology Commercialization

See listing in the Special Educational Opportunities section.

Graduate Certificate in Health Systems Operations

This 17-unit graduate certificate is jointly sponsored by the Epstein Industrial and Systems Engineering Department and the USC Price School of Public Policy (Master of Health Administration program), and administered by the Epstein ISE Department. This certificate is designed for students with bachelor’s degrees in applied social science, engineering or the sciences, who are interested in operations management and health care applications. The courses taken for the certificate may be applied later to the Epstein ISE Department’s Master of Science in Engineering Management degree, the USC Price School of Public Policy’s Master of Health Administration degree or the jointly sponsored M.S. in Health Systems Management Engineering degree subject to approval of the appropriate academic unit. This program is available via distance education.

Required Courses Units
ISE 507 Six-Sigma Methods and Applications 3
ISE 508 Health Care Operations Improvement 3
PPD 509 Problems and Issues in the Health Field 4
PPD 513 Legal Issues in Health Care Delivery, and 2
PPD 517 Concepts and Practices in Managing Health Care Organizations, or 2
PPD 514 Economic Concepts Applied to Health 4
PPD 557 Modeling and Operations Research (4), or
ISE 530 Introduction to Operations Research (3), or
ISE 562 Value and Decision Theory (3) 3-4
17-18
Graduate Certificate in Network Centric Systems

See listing under Systems Architecting and Engineering. The program is available via distance education.

Graduate Certificate in Optimization and Supply Chain Management

This abbreviated interdisciplinary program is offered jointly with the Department of Information and Operations Management in the USC Marshall School of Business. See the Digital Supply Chain Management page for program requirements.

Graduate Certificate in Systems Architecting and Engineering

See listing under Systems Architecting and Engineering. The program is available via distance education.

Graduate Certificate in Transportation Systems

This abbreviated interdisciplinary program is offered jointly with the Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the USC Price School of Public Policy. See listing under Civil Engineering.

Graduate Certificate in System Safety and Security

Applications for this program are not currently being accepted.