M.S. in Engineering, Industrial Engineering Concentration Online

The master’s degree in Industrial Engineering received No. 11 ranking from in 2020 and a ranking as the #11 “most affordable online master’s degree in industrial engineering by In addition, the Industrial Engineering program was ranked No. 31 in the “2020 Best Online Engineering Degree” category and labeled as a “Nationally Recognized” program. The Best Online Engineering Degree category includes all online engineering degrees offered in both graduate and undergraduate disciplines.

The master’s degree in Engineering, Industrial Engineering concentration also earned the number 10 ranking in the nation for the “Online Masters Best Industrial Engineering Degree Programs 2019” and the number 12 ranking in the nation for the “2018 Best Online Colleges for Value” from the SR Education Group.

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Course Schedule

Master of Science in Engineering (Industrial Engineering Concentration) One-Year Tentative Schedule by Quarter

Course Summer 2023 Fall 2023 Winter 2024 Spring 2024
EMGT 507: Engineering Administration   **    
EMGT 509: Economics and Decision Making *   *  
EMGT 518: Project Management     ** **
ENGR 510: Introduction to Engineering & Science Research Methods   * * *
ENGR 589A: Professional Development Seminar     *  
ENGR 592: Engineering Computational Methods     *  
INEN 502: Operations Research Methods       *
INEN 504: Simulation   **    
INEN 505: Manufacturing and Operations Analysis *      
INEN 511: Theory and Application of Lean Manufacturing and Management   *   *
INEN 514 Statistical Analysis for Six Sigma   *   *
INEN 515: Logistics Planning        
INEN 520: Six Sigma Design Project   **    
INEN 566: Six Sigma and Quality Control *   *  
STAT 506: Regression Analysis       **
STAT 507: Design and Analysis of Experiments       **
STAT 509: Statistical Learning **      
STAT 520: Theory of Probability   **    
STAT 521: Theory of Statistics     **  

* Core Courses ** Elective Courses

ETM-MBA-MSE Comparison Chart

Comparison between the Master of Science in Engineering and Technology Management, Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Engineering

Expectation Engineering & Technology Management MBA MS in Engineering
Learning Opportunities Enhances technical and business management skills Enhanced managerial skills in all core Enhanced technical skills
Curriculum 33 hours, online and on campus, all coursework (no thesis). Engineering Management Curriculum 30 hours (no concentration) 36 hours (concentration), online and on campus, all coursework (no thesis).MBA 30 hours with thesis, 36 hours with no thesis, on campus. MS‐Engineering Curriculum
Undergraduate Education Engineering, engineering technology and science degrees preferred. Other majors accepted if the applicant has technical work experience. Acceptance based on GPA and GRE. Open to all majors, including engineering. Admission decision based on GMAT or GRE, and undergraduate GPA BS degree in engineering required. Acceptance by GRE, or combination of GRE and GPA.
Duration 1‐2 years 1‐2 years 2 years
Work Experience Designed for engineers desiring advancement or skill enhancement in technically oriented business or engineering fields at any time in career. Designed or individuals in all industries desiring managerial advancement, at any time in a career. Designed for engineers desiring advancement or skill enhancement in technical fields early in career.
Student Career Goals Technical management and executive focused Managerial/executive advancement Research, consulting, academic, PE
Value Competitive value in more technical environment, and competition with certificates, PEs, and vast experience Widely recognized as providing essential managerial preparation for career advancement, across industries. Field-specific, desirable abilities
Growth Potential Ability to lead manufacturing or service facilities, improve innovation, and secure future technology Ability to analyze business problems, develop solutions, and manage/grow successful businesses. Ability to manage large scale designs and projects
Leadership Diverse functional teams, action/reaction, accountability, project management, direct delegation Accountability, business ethics, team building/management, domestic and global perspectives. Focus teams, design approvals, direct delegation
Progression Ability to adapt to changing technological and business innovation associated with technological environments Ability to lead and adapt to innovation, applicable to multiple business environments Ability to adapt to changing technology and diverse teams
Faculty College of Engineering and Science College of Business College of Engineering and Science

COES Online Course Policy

The College of Engineering and Science values the integrity of its online degree programs. In keeping with that standard, many professors choose to evaluate their students through proctored testing. Proctored testing allows students to complete exams in a secure and comfortable monitored environment. A proctored exam is a test, which is overseen by an impartial individual (the proctor) who monitors a student while he or she takes the exam.

Online Course Policies and Best Practices

August 2019

A. Student Responsibilities

Attendance: Student success in each online course is dependent on active participation and engagement throughout the course. As such, students are required to complete all assignments by the due date and to actively participate in class discussions and assignments. The University uses Moodle for much of the course management. Students are required to log on to Moodle at least once a week. In general, successful students are on Moodle daily. Students are expected to complete assignments, discussions and/or other weekly deliverables as directed by the instructor and outlined in the syllabus.

If you find that you cannot meet the minimum requirements for the course, please contact your instructor as soon as possible. Students will not be marked present for the course in a particular week if they have not actively participated in the course.

Email Response as Primary Communication: Students are expected to use their University-issued email address as their primary means of communication and to fully identify who they are and what class they are in when contacting the instructor.

Initial Login Requirement: Students are expected to login to the course on Moodle within the drop/add period (first 3 class days of the term). If you are unable to login to the course on Moodle during the drop/add period, then you should contact your instructor or the computing center for assistance. Logging in will often be used for attendance and participation in the course.

Lead Time for Questions: Due to instructor availability and communication lag times, students should not necessarily expect an answer to questions less than 24 hours before a test or assignment is due.

Policy on Late Work and Make-Up Exams: If extenuating circumstances prevent a student from submitting work in a timely manner, the student must email the course instructor to make alternate arrangements prior to the due date, to the extent possible. Otherwise, graded activities will not be accepted after the due date. The course syllabus will provide specifics on the make-up. The instructor determines whether or not an extenuating circumstance exists and timeline for alternate arrangements. Some 2

examples of extenuating circumstances include family emergencies, illness with a doctor’s excuse, or last minute work-related travel, but any exceptions to extending due dates or allowing make-up exams are at the discretion of the instructor. The assessments (quizzes/exams) must be taken as scheduled on the syllabus. Exceptions may only be made in extenuating circumstances and at the discretion of the instructor. Make-up assessments may differ from the original assessment, but will cover the same material.

Course Etiquette for Threaded Discussions/Forums: In the absence of face-to-face communication it is easy to misunderstand what is intended in a written message.

1. Carefully review and read materials that you receive electronically to ensure that you fully understand the message.

2. Be sure to carefully re-read and understand what you send in order to ensure that you are not misunderstood.

3. Avoid cluttering your messages with excessive emphasis (stars, arrows, exclamations).

4. Be specific and clear, especially when asking questions.

5. If your messages can be typed in UPPER and lower case, please use the two appropriately instead of all UPPERCASE characters. This gives the appearance of shouting and makes the message less readable.

6. Remember that not all students have English as their native language, so make allowance for possible misunderstandings. Likewise, even students for which English is the first language may have different views on what is considered courteous or discourteous.

7. Follow the same standards of politeness as you do in face-to-face conversations.

Minimum Access (wireless, computer, etc): You will need access to a laptop/desktop computer with reliable internet connection to complete the work assigned in this course. A 24 hour computer lab is housed in the Student Center for on-campus student use.

Most courses will require a laptop/desktop running a Windows or Mac operating system and access to a broadband internet connection. Please check with your instructor for specific software requirements for the course and with the software vendor for minimum hardware recommendations.

Allowed format for assignment submissions should be included in syllabus or assignment. 3

The University maintains a server running a virtual desktop with a variety of software programs used in each of the Colleges on campus. Contact your instructor for information about access.

Student Needing Special Accommodations: Students needing testing or classroom accommodations based on a documented disability should discuss the need with the instructor during the first week of class.

B. Faculty Responsibilities

Posting of Course Syllabus to Moodle: The instructor should post the course syllabus to Moodle by the first day of the quarter. This timing will allow students to drop the course during the drop/add period if they wish to do so.

Minimum Hardware and Software Requirements: Each instructor is responsible for identifying on their course syllabus the specific software and/or hardware requirements for the course. The instructor may consult with the software vendor and/or the Computing Center for assistance with this information.

Response Time: Faculty should understand that online students have different scheduling needs than on-campus students. For example, some students who are working professionals may only be able to spend significant amounts of time focused on course material during the weekends. Faculty of online courses should, therefore, set aside time on the weekends to answer emails at least once or twice and to provide meaningful responses to student questions when an assignment or exam is scheduled for the upcoming week. Faculty should tell students if they are going to be unavailable to respond to questions for a given period of time.

To provide improved student access, faculty may also find it useful to set up online conference hours or discussion forums.

Instructors are expected to reply to student questions within 24 hours during the week and within 48 hours on the weekend. In the event of special circumstances when an instructor cannot respond to students within these time frames, the instructor is expected to alert the students.

Course Assignments: Taking into account potentially different work schedules for online students, faculty are encouraged to give students at least one week to complete assignments. More time should be allocated for the completion of larger projects. 4

Testing and Evaluation: For timed, graded evaluations that have significant impact on students’ grades, faculty must ensure that students are properly proctored by an independent person or entity. Examples of appropriate proctoring arrangements include: official testing centers, libraries, and online services like ProctorU. Some examples of unacceptable persons for proctoring include: family members, coworkers and direct supervisors, former teachers, ministers and members of the clergy, and other students. Faculty members should ensure that students have selected an acceptable proctor or service well in advance of any such evaluation in accordance with the proctor requirements set forth in this document. Faculty should clearly describe in their course syllabus the requirements for testing and evaluation, including proctoring.

Faculty should understand that there is a proctoring fee associated with each quiz or testing event. Faculty should therefore include no more than four proctored events in each course. Faculty should clearly describe the testing parameters and allowed materials on the documentation for each proctored exam, preferably on the first page of the exam and/or in an exam guidelines document posted by the instructor on Moodle.

Faculty should make students aware of the testing requirements, including any necessary technology, so that students may take these requirements into account when identifying a proctor. As a note, some proctors may not permit students to use their own devices.

To ensure that proctors understand the parameters for each proctored event, faculty should clearly indicate their specific instructions for testing. Specific instructions should include maximum allowed time, whether a bathroom break is allowed, allowable calculators, open versus closed book, any other allowed materials, and any other specific directions the instructor has for the proctor.

Faculty should decide whether they will return graded exams. In this case the faculty should recognize the exam would then exist in the public domain and new exams should be written in subsequent quarters to prevent academic dishonesty.

Instructional Videos: Faculty should provide instructional videos for their courses. The College encourages faculty to record their own lecture videos, but the College recognizes that high quality videos may be available from other sources. Faculty will ensure that all videos provided are legally obtained and of appropriate quality to communicate the course content.

Grading Timeframe: To the extent possible, faculty are encouraged to grade assignments and exams within one week of the submission date. If graded assignments 5

and exams cannot be returned before the next exam, then solutions should at least be posted before the next exam. It is important to let students know when they can expect a grade on an assignment or exam, particularly if the process of grading is expected to take much longer than one week.

Testing Timeframe: In setting the exam schedule, instructors are expected to provide students with at least a 24 hour window of time for completing the exam.

Syllabus: Faculty making an exception to or altering course policy between the on-campus and online sections should note those differences in the course syllabus.

C. Louisiana Tech University Honor Code

The Louisiana Tech University Honor Code applies to all courses taught by the University, including online courses. As with all on-campus courses, students in online courses are expected to read and adhere to the Honor Code. See the University Catalog for a complete statement of the Honor Code:

D. Testing

The College values the integrity of its online courses and degree programs. In keeping with that standard, many instructors choose to evaluate their students through proctored testing. Proctored testing allows students to complete exams in a secure and comfortable monitored environment. A proctored exam is a test which is overseen by an impartial individual (the proctor) who monitors a student while he or she takes the exam.

To the extent appropriate for a particular online course, instructors are encouraged to use web-based monitoring services, such as ProctorU, for administering exams. Students enrolled in online sections of courses may take exams on-campus if an on-campus exam location is available (e.g., if there is a corresponding face-to-face section or the instructor arranges for an on-campus exam). In cases where a student is unable to travel to campus for exams, the student must make arrangements for an exam proctor.

Exam proctoring is administered using a proctor or proctoring service. Such monitoring services are likely fee-based, and the student is responsible for covering any costs associated with the monitoring service (average $25-$50 per proctored assessment).

Proctored Testing Guidelines for Students

1. Students enrolled in an online section of a class are responsible for finding a proctor. Students enrolled in an online section may take the exam with the on campus section of the class.

2. Students enrolled in the on campus section of a class must take the test on-campus with the class.

3. For students who want to take their exams in Ruston, LA, the only options available besides the instructor are the Louisiana Tech Library or, for students with a documented disability, the Louisiana Tech Testing and Disability Services (TDS).

4. The student must use an official testing center (either independent or associated with a university or college) as a proctor if there is one located within a 40 mile radius of the student’s current geographic location at the time of testing. If an official testing center is not available, students may use a public or college librarian that offers proctoring services. Any exception to these rules for selecting a proctor must be approved by the course instructor, COES Proctor Coordinator, and the Program Coordinator for the degree.

5. Students must identify a proctor and gain preliminary approval of the proctor from the course instructor or COES Proctor Coordinator by sending the completed Proctor Information Request form (See Appendix) in an email to the course instructor and COES Proctor Coordinator. The Proctor Information Request form will be provided to the student by the course instructor. This form must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the first exam (or earlier if specified by the course instructor).

6. After the student gains preliminary approval of their proctor, a Proctor Agreement Form (obtained from course instructor, See Appendix for sample) and Scheduled Test Times (to be completed by the proctor and student) will be e-mailed to the proctor by the COES Proctor Coordinator. Students are responsible for contacting the approved proctor and setting up a time to meet with the proctor, sign the form, and schedule an appointment (i.e., a beginning exam time) on the designated exam dates. These forms must be completed and returned to the COES Proctor Coordinator at least 1 week prior to the first exam (or earlier if specified by the course instructor).

7. Students are responsible for taking scheduled exams on the scheduled date. The student will show a driver’s license or other government issued photo identification to the proctor. The student can take the test on an alternate date if it is pre-approved by the instructor.

8. Students are responsible for adhering to the time allotted for each proctored event.

Proctor Roles and Responsibilities

Proctors serve a vital role in the administration of exams to online students. They help preserve the academic integrity of Louisiana Tech’s online courses. As such, all proctoring services assume the following responsibilities:

1. Receive and administer exams. Prior to the scheduled exam start time, the exam and cover sheet containing specific instructions for the exam will be emailed to the proctor.

2. Check student identity via a photo ID, preferably government-issued.

3. Confirm all necessary technologies are available and working, e.g. printer, scanner, email, and other technologies as described in the Course Proctor Agreement Form.

4. Monitor students during test taking. Proctors should visually monitor students frequently.

5. Follow the instructor’s requirements for administering the exam. These may include a time limit, specific permissible materials (including type or model of calculator), etc.

6. Ensure that no phones, backpacks, smartwatches, or purses are allowed in the testing area.

7. Return exams to the COES Proctor Coordinator as soon after the test is completed as possible. It is preferred that exams are returned electronically as a single pdf file. After successful submission of the exam to the COES Proctor Coordinator, the exam and all accompanying materials are to be destroyed.

Sample List of Approved Testing Centers

The following is a partial list of testing centers that have been previously approved.


Southern Arkansas University Tech Testing Center


Colorado State University Testing Center


Florida State College – Jacksonville Assessment and Certification Center


Gwinnett Technical College Assessment Center


Baton Rouge Community College Testing Center

Bossier Parish Community College Testing Center 8

Louisiana State University – Alexandria Office of Testing Services

Louisiana State University – Shreveport Office of Testing Services

Louisiana Tech University – Barksdale Air Force Base

Louisiana Tech University – Prescott Library

Northwestern State University Testing Center

SOWLA Technical Community College Testing Center

University of Louisiana- Lafayette Counseling and Testing Center

University of New Orleans Office of Testing Services


University of Maryland University College Learning Testing Center


Pearl River Community College Testing Center


Montana State University Testing Services

New York

New York Business Institute


University of Akron Testing Services


Tulsa Community College Testing Center

South Carolina

Greenville Technical College Academic Testing Center

Midlands Technical College Testing Center


Southwest Tennessee Community College Testing Center


Joint-Base San Antonio – Lackland Air Force Base

Lone Star College – Cypress Center Testing Center

Tarrant County College Northwest Campus Testing Center

University of Texas – Arlington Testing Services Office

University of Texas – Tyler Testing Center 9


Northern Virginia Community College Testing Center

Tuition and Fees

On-Campus Courses 3 hours 6 hours
Tuition $774.00 $1,602.00
Mandatory Fees $389.00 $961.00
Technology Fee $15.00 $30.00
Engineering/Science Fee $60.00 $60.00
E&S Lab Support Fee $70.00 $70.00
Total for on-campus students $1,308.00 $2,723.00


Online Courses 3 hours 6 hours
Flat Per Credit Fee of $475     $1,425.00 $2,850.00
Total for online students $1,425.00  $2,850.00

What Is the Quarter System?

Louisiana Tech is one of the few Universities that uses the quarter system. This means that instead of two semesters and a summer session, the year is broken up into 4 quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters. The academic calendars for Louisiana Tech can be found here. It is important to note that the quarter system changes the typical course hour load for a full-time student. For example, a graduate student is considered a full-time student when enrolled in 6-course credit course hours.

What Are the Registration and Tuition Payment Deadlines?

Registration dates vary quarter to quarter and can be viewed here.

Payment deadlines change each quarter as well and can be viewed here.

What Is BOSS?

The Bulldog Online Student System (BOSS) is a Tech-modified system that allows students to view their student records, register for classes, and complete fee payment over the Internet. To access your account, visit BOSS, and for more information please see the Registrar Office page.

What Is Moodle?

Once classes begin, Moodle gives you access to the classes you are currently enrolled in. Professors take liberty as to what they upload to their course section but generally, this is the place to view information such as course documents, homework, and course grades.

For more FAQ, click here.