Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Master of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering Now Offered Online by Texas A&M-Kingsville

KINGSVILLE - February 05, 2008

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

One of only two such online engineering degrees in Texas

Texas A&M University-Kingsville now offers a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering degree that can be earned entirely online.

The program is one of only two in the state. The other online master’s program in industrial engineering (IE) in Texas comes from Texas A&M University, which offers a Master of Engineering in IE. Spring 2008 marks the first semester for the A&M-Kingsville online program, approved in fall 2007 by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

The online degree plan consists of 36 semester hours of courses. Students must be admitted to the university and register for courses just as they would for an on-campus degree program. After that, noted graduate coordinator Dr. Kai Jin, associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, online students have some added benefits, such as flexibility in where and when they can take their classes.

According to Dr. Larry D. Peel, associate professor and interim chair of the mechanical and industrial engineering department, IE is a good fit for online learning because it typically doesn’t need lab time. “Online students may be working full time, and can try new IE strategies at their work.”

Peel said the demand for an online IE program was heard from a number of different sources. Direct requests for the program came from area engineers and student professionals. Support was found among students in Mexico looking for access to an engineering program, to give them the training needed to work in the American industries being built in their country. In addition, the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering conducted a survey among students, professionals and alumni in 2007 to find out which degrees could be supported in the future—IE was among those chosen.

Beyond those reasons is a national need for industrial engineers. The U.S. Department of Labor projects that up to 20 percent more industrial engineers will be needed through 2020 than what is currently available.

More information on the online master’s program in IE is available by contacting Jin at 361-593-2135 or at kfkj000@tamuk.edu.

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