Accelerated Master of Science Program

This program is designed to prepare individuals for high-level professional work in systems or industrial engineering. All SIE engineering management program undergraduates are eligible for application.

Please read the AMP Checklist (DOCX) before applying.

SIE undergraduate applicants are required to fill out the Internal Application Form (DOCX).

Admission Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate the maturity necessary for success in an accelerated, highly competitive program. Applicants must also plan to complete their undergraduate degree within four years. The undergraduate degree requirements must be completed before the student is eligible to have the master’s degree awarded.

Applicants must have completed a minimum of 75 undergraduate credit hours at time of application and a minimum of 90 undergraduate credit hours at the time of entry into the accelerated master's program.

– If the student’s GPA falls below 3.3 at the time they have completed 90 units, the student will not be admitted into the program.

– Audited courses may not be included in the total number of units counted for eligibility or admission.

Applicants must have completed at least 12 earned undergraduate credits in their major at the University of Arizona’s main campus.

– Units graded Incomplete or Pass/Fail will not count toward the requirement of the 12 undergraduate units.

Applicants must have completed, or be nearly completed with, general education requirements at the time of application.

Applicants must complete all application requirements for the MS program.

These include:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • GRE scores (only if applying for teaching or research assistantship)
  • Plan of Study
  • Submission of a UA Graduate College application
  • Graduate application fee

In addition to the fundamental requirements, all students who enter the MS program must also demonstrate satisfactory understanding of the following SIE course requirements:

  • SIE 305: Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • SIE 321: Probabilistic Models in Operations Research
  • SIE 340: Deterministic Models in Operations Research

Program Considerations

Once students are admitted to AMP, they are strongly suggested to see the AMP coordinator to discuss their plan. Students must select an adviser, and submit a thesis/report plan and plan of study before the end of the first semester after admitted to AMP. Please note writing a thesis or completing a report is required.

SIE 400 level courses that are convened with 500-level courses (e.g. SIE 406/506, SIE 430/530, SIE 431/531, SIE 454/554, SIE 483/583) and are required undergraduate courses (e.g. SIE 431) cannot be counted toward the MS degree. In other words, SIE 531 cannot be counted toward students’ MS degree, but SIE 583 can.

Per UA Graduate College policy, no course may be counted toward the requirements for more than two degrees. Therefore, an SIE 4XX/5XX course that is counted toward the BS and MS degrees via the AMP program cannot be counted toward a third degree (e.g. MS in another program or PhD in SIE).

Students will be considered undergraduates until they complete their undergraduate requirements, which should be no later than the end of the fourth year. Students entering with Advanced Placement credit or who attend summer school would likely graduate with their bachelor’s in the third year. Students must take at least 12 of their graduate credits while in graduate status.

In other words, during years 1-3 (or approximately 0-90 credits), students will be taking undergraduate coursework and charged at the undergraduate rate.

Once admitted to AMP, during the senior (or transition year), they may take up to 12 units of graduate coursework which may apply toward both the bachelor’s and the master’s degrees. Students will be charged at the undergraduate rate and retain eligibility for undergraduate scholarships

After completion of all bachelor's degree requirements, students will be granted graduate status, charged at the graduate rate and eligible for graduate assistantships. The student won’t be eligible to graduate nor will they be eligible for assistantships until all bachelor’s degree requirements are completed. While an undergraduate, students are required to keep their graduate coursework cumulative GPA at 3.0 or higher to be admitted to the AMP.

Should a student have completed 12 graduate credits, but not yet completed the undergraduate degree, they will be considered graduate for financial aid and tuition purposes and coded as "graduate" in the system. They will no longer be eligible for undergraduate scholarships; nor will they be eligible for graduate assistantships.

At least 12 graduate credits must be taken while in graduate status, after completing all degree requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students should be encouraged to complete their undergraduate requirements as soon as possible, but not later than one semester before receiving their master’s degree. Students finishing their undergraduate requirements later than one semester before receiving their master’s degree will no longer be eligible for undergraduate scholarships; nor will they be eligible for graduate assistantships. Neither degree will be awarded until the undergraduate requirements are completed along with the master’s degree requirements.

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