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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Industrial and Systems Engineering BS + MS


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The Industrial and Systems Engineering Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Scholars Program enables qualified students in the Industrial and Systems Engineering, BS  (ISE) program to simultaneously complete the requirements for both the Industrial and Systems Engineering, BS and Industrial and Systems Engineering, MS  degree. Students can progress from undergraduate to graduate status seamlessly, with a simplified application process and no application fee, and complete both degrees in a year’s less time as compared to completing them separately. This will provide significant cost savings to the student.

The ISE SAGE Scholars program will allow students to be hired in better positions in leading Silicon Valley companies and to get into Ph.D. programs within 5 years of starting their Industrial and Systems Engineering, BS degree.

Summary of Degree Units  
Industrial and Systems Engineering, BS 114
Industrial and Systems Engineering, MS   30
Total 144

For more information, contact the SAGE Scholars Program Coordinator​: Hongrui Liu.

Admissions Requirements

The Industrial and Systems Engineering SAGE program allows undergraduates to begin their graduate studies while completing undergraduate requirements. SAGE programs provide students with an integrative and cohesive educational experience that combines subject matter, pedagogy and research. All SJSU SAGE programs are guided by university policy F-19.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants need to fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Must have declared the Industrial and Systems Engineering, BS major
  2. Have completed a minimum of 75 units towards the Industrial and Systems Engineering, BS degree (but no more than 120 units)
  3. Completed ENGR 100W  with a grade of B or better
  4. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, or GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 semester units
  5. Completed all lower division GE requirements
  6. Completed all lower division courses (1-99)
  7. Not have enrolled in senior project 

Most native and transfer students will become eligible to apply for the SAGE program in the Spring semester of Year 3 and enter the pathway during the Summer of Year 3 and Fall of Year 4. Applications will be processed by the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department without an application fee. Students will not need to apply formally for graduate admission if accepted into this program.

Application Requirements and Processes:

  1. Students meet with their undergraduate academic advisor. The advisor must complete and sign the SAGE Application form (checking Box A) and the Course of Study Plan. The form and plan should be routed to the registrar’s office and a copy should be included in the student application to the department;
  2. Students must fill out and include an application form;
  3. Transcripts for any coursework completed at other colleges or universities not showing in the students’ MySJSU account must be included;
  4. Students must include a one-page resume that details their college-level academic, employment, and volunteer experiences. In describing a position held (employment or volunteer service), highlight the duties performed and any relevant awards or accomplishments;
  5. Students must include a 1 page personal statement that explains how they arrived at their decision to continue with Industrial and Systems Engineering, MS degree;

Applications will be processed by the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering  (NOT through CalState Apply). They are processed without an application fee. All application documents should be collated into a single pdf and sent to the department via the program coordinator. 

Graduate Standing Requirements

Requirements for program continuation and advancement to candidacy in the graduate program, include:

  • Meeting every semester with an academic advisor to plan and track coursework and graduate status. 
  • Once the BS degree is conferred, students meet every semester with their graduate advisor to plan a formal course of study;
  • The proposed graduate program must be approved by the graduate coordinator before the student may be considered a candidate for the MS degree.

Dismissal from Program

  • Dismissal by the ISE Department if students do not meet continuation requirements (GPA of 3.0 or higher with no individual grade below a C). 
  • An exit ramp from the SAGE program to the traditional ISE BS program will be accessible for all students who have not yet converted to graduate status. Exiting can be initiated by the student for any reason. If the student opts out of, or fails to complete the Master’s degree portion of the program, the following will apply:
    • Credit earned for graduate coursework and used to complete the bachelor’s degree may not be used to satisfy unit requirements of the Master’s degree

Converting to Graduate Status and Advancing to Candidacy

  1. GPA of at least 3.00 cumulative in undergraduate career & completed graduate coursework with a ‘C’ or better;
  2. Graduate program designated GWAR course listed on SAGE Program Course of Study Plan;
  3. At least 50% of the graduate program must be 200-level courses and at least 60% of the  designated graduate courses must be letter graded. 
  4. Students are converted to graduate status when they have completed 120 SAGE program-applicable units. The following University Requirements are waived or satisfied with required courses in the major: GE Areas A3, B, C2, and E, SJSU Studies (R and V) and Physical Education. Alternate courses that may satisfy these requirements are not counted in the calculation of the 120 SAGE program-applicable units.

Program Requirements (144 units)


Industrial and Systems Engineering, BS (114 units)


University Requirements (24 units)


The Lower and Upper Division General Education requirements may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. To satisfy the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) , students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and ENGR 100W  with a grade of “C” or better (“C-” not accepted).

GE Areas   A1, A2, C1, C1/C2, two D/American Institutions  (US123), F, S 24 unit(s)

Exceptions for University Graduation Requirements  apply to this major.

Major Requirements (61 units)


Industrial and Systems Engineering, MS (30 units)


There are 4 courses that could be used to satisfy GWAR requirements, at least one course in each of the four Specialty Areas. Complete at least one of the following courses:

Specialty Area (12 units)


Complete four courses in one Specialty Area, including at least one of the following GWAR courses: ISE 202 212 251 , or 270 .

Specialty Area 1: Production and Quality Assurance 

Specialty Area 2: Supply Chain and Logistics Engineering

Specialty Area 3: Healthcare and Service Systems Engineering

Specialty Area 4: Human Factors Engineering

Approved Electives (6 units)


Courses selected from other ISE specialty areas or approved by the graduate advisor.

Culminating Experience (3 units)


Complete one option: Plan A (Thesis), Plan B (Project), or Plan B (Comprehensive Exam):

  • Plan A (Thesis)
  • Plan B (Project)
  • Plan B (Comprehensive Exam)
    • Five-hour exam covering three core courses and two elective courses. Students in this option take a third elective course (a total of 9 units approved electives)

Total Units Required (144 units)


The standalone Industrial and Systems Engineering, BS  requires 6 units of Technical Electives. Students satisfy this requirement in this SAGE Scholars Program by completing electives within the MS Industrial and Systems Engineering program. These 6 credits are considered to count toward both the graduate and undergraduate degrees, thus allowing SAGE students to meet the minimum unit requirements for both degrees.

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