Master of Engineering Science

The Master of Engineering Science Degree requires the completion of 30 semester hours of graduate course work, including a thesis. The Department of Industrial Engineering offers a wide range of courses giving students the opportunity to construct a degree plan that meets their long-term professional and academic goals. 

*During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lamar University College of Engineering has temporarily waived the requirement to take the GRE for admission consideration. Applications will be evaluated based on academic record. For students who cannot come to campus in Spring 2021, please contact the graduate advisor about starting the program on campus or online.*

Admission Requirements

For admission to the program, the student must meet the following requirements:

1. The general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies.
2. Hold a bachelor's degree in a field of engineering or related discipline with credit substantially equivalent to that required for bachelor's degrees at Lamar University.

For more information, please see our Admissions Information website.

Degree Requirements

1. All College of Graduate Studies general degree requirements

2.  A minimum of 24 semester hours (eight courses) approved by the student's graduate committee chair and graduate advisor. All students should take an applied programming course and a statistics course. The remaining hours are electives to meet the student’s educational objectives.

3. Satisfactory completion and defense of a Master's thesis (a minimum of 6 semester hours of ENGR 5390 and ENGR 5391)

Why do a Thesis in IE at Lamar?

  1. Research.  The department faculty support research at the master's thesis level. A thesis looks great on a resume.
  2. Affordable. Lamar University is affordable, with many students offered scholarships that come with in-state tuition. 
  3. Flexible. The department allows students to take one course outside the department per semester.
  4. Software Focused. Many students learn a programming language during their thesis (Python, Javascript, R, Java).
  5. Machine Learning and Data Science. Many students analyze data sets as part of their thesis work.
  6. Automation and Machine Tools. Students can build and test manufacturing equipment as Thesis topics.
  7. Focused. We synchronize our research with industry needs and the job market.

Recent Thesis Topics

  • Delphi-SWOT strategic planning for the Industrial Engineering Department at Lamar University using data analytics
  • Text classification and cleaning of near miss records
  • Investigation on intercalation behavior of B-C-N compound for multivalent-Ions
  • Reports to rank healthcare services providers
  • EMG analysis of muscle pump and associated lower extremity volume change in humans for various activities
  • Development of a prototype prosthetic hand
  • Modification of surface topography in the application of biofouling of medical implants using picosecond laser
  • A seaport warehouse storage assignment : a Port of Beaumont case study
  • Risk assessment of commonly transported chemicals in ports
  • Real time face recognition in unconstrained environment
  • Delphi-SWOT strategic planning for the Industrial Engineering Department at Lamar University using data analytics
  • Data visualization and KPI's using speech recognition
  • The effect of smartphone screen size on usability and users' discomfort
  • Practical evalution of community resilience to hurricanes
  • Using Python to analyze safety records
  • Renewable energy system database and website design