University of Southern California

Viterbi School of Engineering

Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Graduate Degree Requirements

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

The Master of Science in Analytics is designed to satisfy the growing demand for professionals equipped with significant technical and quantitative training in the fundamentals of analytics for solving engineering and management problems in today’s data-extensive digital world.

Analytics is a multidisciplinary field that relates the application of engineering approaches and methods to the analysis and management of engineering and enterprise processes based on data. Learning objectives of this program involve data collection, cleansing, fusing and curating, for the purpose of analyzing trends, discovering patterns and building decision models for well-reasoned decision support. Rigorous mathematical modeling and computational methods tools are at the heart of the program.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to convert data into meaningful information, embedded in decision support systems that can help organizations make important operational decisions and help set strategic direction and policy.

Master of Science in Analytics

The core of the M.S. in Analytics program consists of six foundational courses, and four elective courses, totaling 30 units. The foundational courses cover the basic topics of data science and management, statistical methods, optimization, simulation and other operations research tools. The elective courses allow students to deepen their technical skills and expose them to the applied domains where analytics is much needed; some of these domains include electricity markets, supply chains and logistics, health care systems, and transportation.

Required courses Units
DSO 529 Advanced Regression Analysis 3
INF 551 Foundations of Data Management 3
ISE 515 Engineering Project Management 3
ISE 529 Engineering Data Analytics 3
ISE 530 Optimization Methods for Analytics 3
ISE 580 Performance Modeling and Simulation 3
Electives Units
ISE Elective 3
INF or CSCI Elective 3
Electives subject to adviser approval 6
Total units for the degree: 30
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 Optimization Methods for Analytics 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

This degree is in revision, and applications are not currently being accepted. Interested students should consider the Master of Health Administration program in the USC Price School of Public Policy.

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 Performance Modeling and 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, or
ISE 530 Optimization Methods for Analytics 3
ISE 538 Elements of Stochastic Processes, or
ISE 580 Performance Modeling and Simulation 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 Performance Modeling and 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 Performance Modeling and 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 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 Optimization Methods for Analytics (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 Data Sciences and Operations in the USC Marshall School of Business. See here 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.