Information for Newly Admitted Students

There are three primary websites that graduate students should become familiar with and consult for policies and procedures pertaining to graduate studies at Auburn University.

  1. Our department's web page is the best place to start for information regarding our program.  We make every attempt to keep our website updated with the latest information. Departmental policies and procedures for the graduate program are described in the Current Graduate Student section of the web page.
  2. The Graduate School sets policies and procedures for all graduate students at Auburn University and maintains its own website.
  3. The Auburn Bulletin provides a listing of academic programs, degree requirements and details about policies and includes a section for the Graduate School.

ISE People

  • Administration
    • John Evans, department chair
    • LuAnn Sims Carpenter, graduate program coordinator (GPC) and acting graduate program officer
  • Faculty are listed here.
  • Staff
    • Mackenzi Boothe
    • Linda Pitchford
    • Ramona Shierling-Nelson
  • Graduate students (Spring 2017) - approximately 120 on campus + 20 on-line
  • Undergraduate students (Spring 2017) - approximately 420

Graduate Student Email List

Email is our primary method of communication with students so make sure that you are subscribed to the Graduate Student Email List.  To sign-up click here.  Please use your Auburn University email address to correspond with the department or its representatives.  Emails from other domains may be routed to junk email.

Graduate Degrees and Requirements in ISE

  • MISE
    • At least 9 hours core courses, at least 12 hours of INSY electives, up to 9 hours of INSY related electives plus graduate seminar for a total of 31 hours.
  • MISE/MBA
    • Same as MISE except that one less INSY or INSY-related elective can be taken plus MBA courses for a total of 55 hours.
  • MS
    • Same as MISE except that 4-6 hours of thesis will substitute for INSY electives for a total of 31 hours.
  • PhD
    • Same as MISE plus general exam, dissertation (at least 10 hours of research and dissertation), and oral exam for a total of 60 hours.

For more information about the graduate degrees that are offered in ISE and minimum requirements please see here.

Background Course Material

We assume that you have the equivalent of an undergraduate IE degree:

  • Calculus-based probability and statistics (STAT3600/3610)
  • Operations research (INSY 3400/3410)
  • Engineering Economy (INSY 3600)
  • Other IE background (methods engineering, work measurement, safety, ergonomics, simulation, operations planning, manufacturing systems, quality control, etc.)

For more information about the required background please see here.

Core Courses

  • INSY 7300 – Advanced Engineering Statistics I (Fall Semester only)
  • INSY 6600 – Manufacturing/Production Economics (Spring Semester only)
  • INSY 7420 – Linear Programming/Network Flows (Spring Semester only)

For more information about core courses please see here.

Course Offerings

  • Core courses:
    • Core courses are generally only offered once a year; if you miss a class, you will have to wait one year to take it
  • Elective courses:
    • Some offered once a year, others offered every other year or less frequently
    • Selection of electives is done in conjunction with your advisor – electives should build depth in a topic of interest

TA/RA and International students should register for at least 10 hours/semester. Please note that you are primarily responsible for the selection of specific courses you wish to take during your academic career.

Seminar

Every INSY graduate student is expected to enroll in INSY 7950, Seminar. Attendance will be taken and is mandatory. This course features guest speakers on state-of-the-art topics in industrial engineering. This course is an important part of your professional development.

Graduate Advisor

All incoming students are advised by the GPC (Dr. Luann Sims Carpenter)

  • Coursework-only option
    • You do not need a committee.
  • Project and Thesis options
    • After completing approximately 10 hours of course work, you choose a permanent advisor (must be in the ISE department)
    • You and your advisor choose a committee of two or more additional faculty members

Academic Standing

To be in good academic standing, you must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0

  • Academic Probation
    • Happens if at the end of any semester when the cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0.
  • Academic Suspension
    • Happens if the cumulative GPA remains under 3.0 after the next 11 credit hours of graduate enrollment after being put on probation.
    • Remediation plan must be approved by the department and the dean of the Graduate School.  Remediation is not automatic.

Plan of Study (POS)

  • POS should be completed after completing approximately 10 hours of coursework (http://graduate.auburn.edu/gspoststudent/), but cannot be done until you have selected a committee (where appropriate)
  • Cannot graduate the term that the POS is approved
  • Approved online by all committee members, the department chair, and the graduate dean.
  • MISE students should list their advisor as Jorge Valenzuela. Leave the committee members blank.

Insurance

Note that any student with a minimum of 10 hours (.25 FTE) and minimum stipend of $630/month is required to have insurance and will be automatically charged unless they turn in the waiver form NO LATER than the 9th class day. Waiver forms are available at here. If a waiver form is not turned in to the Graduate Insurance office in Foy Hall by the 9th class day, the student will be enrolled for the entire semester.

Graduate Assistantships

Information about our graduate assistantships is available here.

I-20 Form

For international students, the Graduate School and the Office of International Education initiate work on your I-20 immediately after your admittance to the university.  The Graduate School will contact you if they require any additional financial information in order to complete the I-20.  Click here for additional information for International students.

The estimated cost of attendance for international students is available here at the following OIE web site.

English Proficiency

  • For international students:
    • INTL 1800 – Oral proficiency
    • INTL 1820 – Classroom communications (required for TAs).
    • INTL 1830 – Writing proficiency
  • More advanced courses:
    • ENGL 3040 – Technical writing
    • ENGL 3080 – Business Writing

Orientation Scheduhttp://www.auburn.edu/academic/international/isss/orientation.phple for New ISE Graduate Students - Fall 2017

TBD International Student Check-in (mandatory for new international students).  See here for more details.
TBD International Student Orientation in Foy 258 at 8:00 am
TBD Teaching Assistant Orientation, 8:00 am - 4:30 p.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University.  Email biggio1@auburn.edu or call 334-844-8530 for more information.
TBD Graduate School Orientation for new Graduate Students in Auburn Arena between 2:00 - 3:30 pm. See here for more details.
TBD Classes Begin

Auburn University and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering offers multiple orientation sessions for graduate students. Please select the orientation session that applies to you:




Last Updated: 11/9/17 3:09 PM