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Dual MS in ISyE and Civil Engineering
(Transportation Engineering Focus)

The dual degree program provides students an opportunity to gain in-depth training and graduate credentials in both Industrial and Systems Engineering and Transportation Engineering. Transportation Engineering students utilize a variety of ISyE techniques, such as mathematical optimization, stochastic modeling, and queueing theory. Similarly, ISyE graduate students often work on transportation related issues in their research projects, e.g. vehicle routing and scheduling, logistics, modeling/evaluation of transportation policy issues, lifecycle costing, and design of complex systems. The dual degree program takes advantage of these synergies and offers interested students a chance to develop expertise in modeling techniques as well as detailed domain knowledge from a transportation engineering perspective.

How to Apply

Degree Requirements: Students must fulfill all requirements for each degree Program. However, students are allowed to apply up to 15 credits in common to both degrees, thereby reducing the total number of credits each degree would require if it were completed without the dual degree option. Students can earn both degrees by completing a total of 45 course credits (or 47 if the student opts for Plan C in ISyE).

Students enrolled in the dual-degree program must complete required (core) courses/credits within each program. A student may choose the Plan-A option in at most one program. Moreover, it is expected that if a student chooses Plan-A option in one MS degree program, then (s)he will choose coursework-only option in the other MS degree program.

Alternatively, a student may choose the Plan-B option in both MS degree programs, or Plan-A option in one and Plan-B option in the other program. If either of these combinations is chosen, students will need to submit MS theses/project reports (as appropriate) to two separate committees -- one in each program -- and pass two oral exams. These exams may be held concurrently if the topics pursued by the student have natural synergies. However, two separate committees will be required and separate oral exam reports will be filed with the graduate school upon completion of the final oral exams.

Finally, a student who chooses the coursework option under both degree programs needs to satisfy course requirements of both programs.

Dual-degree students will be permitted to have up to 15 credits in common between the two degree programs. Each MS program requires that at least 6 credits come from outside the program which can be satisfied by the courses taken from the other program.

Sample Curriculum- Dual Degree Program

The following sample options are meant for illustration only. Students are not expected to take courses only from the focus areas listed below. Mixing and matching of courses is allowed. The information in parentheses following each course number is as follows: course credits, R for required course, C for a core course, E for elective, and S for a seminar course.

Sample Program A - CE Plan B and IE-Track Plan B

Year 1: Fall semester
IE 5531 (4.0, R), IE5532 (4.0, R), CE 5212 (4.0, R), plus either a CE core course or 1 elective

Year 1: Spring semester CE 5211 (3.0, R), IE5545 (4.0, C), IE5551 (4.0, C), plus either a CE core course or 1 elective

Year 2: In their second year, students may choose courses from one of the four focus areas listed below, or else mix and match courses so long as they satisfy all requirements of both programs. Some courses listed in the focus area below are also required courses that most students would have taken in year 1.

Transportation Engineering Policy: Choose from CE 8212 (3.0, C), CE8214 (4.0, C), IE5545 (4.0, C), IE 5441 (4.0, E), IE5522 (4.0, E), IE5553 (4.0, E), IE5541 (4.0, E), and IE 8536 (4.0, E).

Transportation Safety and Human Factors: Choose from CE 4180, IE5511 (4.0, C), IE 5512 (4.0, E), and IE 5513 (4.0, E).

Logistics and Supply Chain Management: Choose from CE8218 (3.0, C), IE5551 (4.0, E), IE5552 (4.0, E) and IE8552 (4.0, E).

Transportation Operations: Choose from CE 8211 (4.0, C), CE8216 (3.0, C), CE8217 (4.0, C), IE5522 (4.0, E) and IE5553 (4.0, E)

Sample Program B - CE Plan B and IE-Track Plan A

The sample program will look similar to Program A above with the difference that in year I, spring semester, students will take only one of the three core IE course listed. Also, the students will register for 10 IE thesis credits in year II or year III. Typically, one additional semester in Year III may be needed to complete thesis credits or project.

Sample Program C - CE Plan A and IE-Track Plan B

The sample program will look similar to Program A above with the difference that students will register for 10 CE thesis credits in year II or year III. Typically, one additional semester in Year III may be needed to complete thesis credits or project.

Sample Program D - CE Plan A or B and SE Track

Year 1: Fall semester IE 5111 (2.0, R), CE 5212 (4.0, R), plus a CE core course and an elective

Year 1: Spring semester CE 5211 (3.0, R), IE 5113 (4.0, R) and any one of IE5541 (4.0, R), IE5553 (4.0, R), plus either a CE core course or 1 elective

Year 2: In their second year, students may choose courses from one of the four focus areas listed below, or else mix and match courses so long as they satisfy all requirements of both programs. Some courses listed in the focus area below are also required courses that most students would have taken in year 1. Students pursuing CE Plan-A option may also register for part or all of the 10 required CE thesis credits. An additional semester in Year III may be needed to complete thesis credits or project.

Transportation Engineering Policy: Choose from CE 8212 (3.0, C), CE8214 (4.0, C), IE5545 (4.0, E), IE 5441 (4.0, E), IE5522 (4.0, E), IE5553 (4.0, E), IE5541 (4.0, R), and IE 8536 (4.0, E).

Transportation Safety and Human Factors: Choose from CE 4180, IE8541 (4.0, E), IE5511 (4.0, E), and IE 5113 (4.0, R).

Logistics and Supply Chain Management: Choose from CE8218 (3.0, C), IE5551 (4.0, E), IE5552 (4.0, E) and IE8552 (4.0, E).

Transportation Operations: Choose from CE 8211 (4.0, C), CE8216 (3.0, C), CE8217 (4.0, C), IE5522 (4.0, E) and IE5553 (4.0, R)

Sample Program E - CE Plan C and SE Track

This program is similar to program D with the difference that students do not need thesis credits.

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Please contact Dr. William Cooper.

 

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