2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Industrial Engineering MS, Healthcare Systems Engineering Track ►

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College: Engineering and Computer Science Degree: MS
Department: Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Option: Nonthesis
Program Websites: http://www.iems.ucf.edu

Track Description

The Healthcare Systems Engineering track is a fully online degree program designed to be completed within two years. This 30-credit-hour program trains students to implement, manage and introduce systematic changes to improve patient care and enhance utilization of organizational resources. This unique program is offered in response to the growing needs of the healthcare industry.

Students will receive a Master of Science, offered by the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at the College of Engineering and Computer Science, in the Healthcare Systems Engineering Track.

The future of healthcare will need leaders who are passionate about implementing, managing and refining healthcare systems to improve patient care and reduce overall cost. This degree can help students realize their leadership potential, fuel their passion for healthcare innovation, and provide the necessary tools needed to make this systemic change a reality. Through the ideology and principles of systems engineering taught in this degree, individuals learn the specialized skills needed to foster operational change within healthcare organizations.  

By graduation, students will be able to help healthcare organizations to:

  • Conduct analyses of large-scale social and ecological systems across the healthcare sector
  • Assess and mitigate risks throughout organizational processes and relationships
  • Analyze risks to individual and public health impacted by issues in the healthcare system
  • Bring evidence-based thinking and analysis to process and system change
  • Develop and manage a quality management system across an organizational setting
  • Plan and conduct change initiatives that directly impact quality and costs
  • Design and build detailed computer simulations of healthcare organizations and health technology assessments
  • Adapt information systems to improve management planning and control

A sampling of career opportunities include:

Healthcare Management Engineer, Operational Excellence Project Manager, Systems Redesign Consultant, Lean Specialist, Process Improvement Consultant, Continuous Improvement Specialist and Healthcare Analyst

Please note: Industrial Engineering (MS) - Healthcare Systems Engineering may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit http://global.ucf.edu/. If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at 407-823-2337.

UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.


The Healthcare Systems Engineering (HCSE) track requires 30 credit hours of courses beyond the bachelor’s degree. This program offers only the nonthesis option. 

For information about the program, please contact the HSE Director Dr. Vernet Lasrado (vernet.lasrado@ucf.edu).

Total Credit Hours Required: 30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree


An undergraduate course in probability and statistics

Required Courses: 30 Credit Hours

All of the following courses are required for completion of the Healthcare Systems Engineering program.

Cost Per Credit Hour

This Master of Science, both for in-state and out-of-state, costs $1,239.16 per credit hour totaling $37,174.80* for the program which includes tuition and fees.  

*Fee subject to change.

Independent Learning

The Independent Learning requirement is met by successful completion of the research studies required in individual courses and EIN 5140 - Project Engineering  (Capstone). These research studies require that students integrate material from all the courses in their program.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirement , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vita
    • Goal statement
    • The goal statement should discuss all relevant professional background and any previous research and/or teaching experience. The statement should explain the motivation behind the pursuit of a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Future educational and career goals after the completion of the applicant’s master study should be discussed.The goal statement should between 500 and 1,000 words.
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • The letters of recommendation should be from faculty members, university administrators, and employers with a supervisory role of the applicant. The letters, which must be current to the application and must not be for another degree program, should address the educational and career goals of the applicant. The letter writers should also know the applicant well enough to discuss the applicant’s capacity to perform, excel and succeed in a graduate program. Letters for Master’s thesis students must discuss the applicant’s ability to perform graduate-level research.
  • International Students
    • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
    • Given the fully online nature of this degree program, International students will not receive an F1 visa, hence you will not take this degree program in the US. International students are free to take this degree program from their home or any country besides the US.
  • Applications are accepted for the fall and spring terms only.
  • Faculty members may choose to conduct face-to-face or telephone interviews before accepting an applicant into their research program.

Application Deadlines

Healthcare Systems Engineering *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Jul 1 Dec 1  
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15 Jul 1  
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Vernet Lasrado PhD
Telephone: 404-769-5264
Engineering II, 419   

Mansooreh Mollaghasemi PhD
Associate Professor
Engineering 2, Room 312

Graduate Admissions

Ashley Rivera Mercado
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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