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Industrial engineering is a branch of engineering that concerns the development, improvement, implementation and evaluation of integrated systems of people, money, knowledge, information, equipment, energy, material and process. Industrial engineering draws upon the principles and methods of engineering analysis and synthesis, as well as mathematical, physical and social sciences together with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design to specify, predict and evaluate the results to be obtained from such systems. In lean manufacturing systems, Industrial engineers work to eliminate wastes of time, money, materials, energy, and other resources.

Industrial engineering is also known as operations management, systems engineering, production engineering, manufacturing engineering or manufacturing systems engineering; a distinction that seems to depend on the viewpoint or motives of the user. Recruiters or educational establishments use the names to differentiate themselves from others. In healthcare, industrial engineers are more commonly known as management engineers, engineering management, or even health systems engineers.

Graduate Degree Plan


Master of Science

The Industrial Engineering Master of Science program now requires  two core courses for all degree plan options: IEEN 5335 and  IEEN 5321. There are three different general degree plan options

1)  Course-only

2) Research Project

3) Thesis.

The course-only option requires 12 regular courses and pass a written comprehensive exam. 

Research project option requires 11 regular courses and one  IEEN 5305-Research Project course. A student needs to choose an Industrial Engineering faculty as research project advisor,  complete a research project, write a  report, and pass an oral defense.

The thesis option requires 8  regular courses and at least two IEEN 5306-Thesis courses. A student needs to choose an Industrial Engineering faculty as thesis advisor, complete a  comprehensive research project, write a thesis proposal  (first IEEN 5306 course) and thesis report (last IEEN 5306  course), and pass an oral defense.

All three-degree options can be completed 100% online. We also have an approved engineering management certificate program and another manufacturing standards and standardization certificate program, which can be earned together with your degree and show in your official transcript after you complete the required certificate courses.