The Department of Industrial Engineering is part of the Engineering Faculty of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. It was established in 1954, that was the beginning of the five-years program toward a BSIE offered by the department. In 1982-83 the graduate program was established with a Master in Engineering (ME). Currently, the program offers three options: Management Systems, Quality Control, and Manufacturing Systems. During the academic year 1996-1997 the University approved the graduate program of Master of Science in Industrial Engineering with options of thesis and no thesis. The new Masters options are available since the Fall of 1998.