THE HOMELAND SECURITY OPTION
Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering
The Homeland Security Masters Degree Option available from the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department is a result of a cooperative academic effort between Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Bush School of Government and Public Policy. In addition, cooperative agreements with several research teams within the Homeland Security Sector from the Texas Transportation Institute, the University of Texas at El Paso, and the University of Washington have been made to establish internship possibilities for a summer research experience. After the 21-month program is complete, students will obtain either a Master of Engineering or a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering together with a Certificate in Homeland Security that will appear on the student's university transcript.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has provided funds for up to six fellowships which are available to U.S. Citizens with an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.3 or greater. The fellowships are provided because of the need to have trained engineers with the homeland security employment sector. Click here for more details.
The Master of Engineering Degree in Industrial Engineering with a Certificate in Homeland Security requires 33 hours of course work that includes a graduate level statistics course, 15 hours of courses focused on homeland security, and 15 hours of industrial and systems engineering courses focused on modeling and analysis. Click here for the specific courses required for the M.Eng. degree.
The Master of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering with a Certificate in Homeland Security requires 39 hours of course work that includes an advanced graduate level statistics course, 15 hours of courses focused on homeland security, and 21 hours of industrial and systems engineering courses focused on modeling and analysis. Click here for the specific courses required for the M.S. degree.
An engineering degree is not required; however, three semesters of calculus and a course in a scientific programming language like C, C++, or Java is required. It is also helpful to have linear algebra and a course in probability and statistics. For the Master of Science degree option, it is best to have had a two-course sequence in calculus-based probability and statistics.