Industrial engineering student mentoring program at Penn State

Residential Graduate Studies

Graduate Degree Applications During COVID-19

In recognition of challenges facing prospective graduate students related to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the global efforts underway to stop its spread, GRE scores have been waived for spring and fall 2021 admission. For more information, contact Danielle Fritchman at

GRE scores are not being accepted during this time.

You can also visit our application portal.

 The requirements for a successful application are:

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.0
  2. Three strong letters of recommendations (can be from Penn State and/or IE faculty)

 If you are interested, click here to apply.

About us

Consistently ranked as one of the top graduate programs in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, the industrial engineering graduate program at Penn State prepares students to go beyond what they thought was possible in their careers through a mixture of rigorous coursework and hands-on experience in our labs.

Our graduates are known for their ability to find high-level positions in industry and national research centers and labs, as well as postdoctoral and tenure-track positions in top-tier research universities.

Our Master of Science degrees and Doctor of Philosophy offer five kinds of focus areas:

  • Human factors and ergonomics
  • Manufacturing
  • Operations research
  • Operations, services, and analytics
  • Service enterprise engineering

Please note: The application deadline for fall admission to the M.S. program and the Ph.D. programs is December 15 of the previous year. The application deadline for spring admission is September 1 of the previous year. Learn more on how to apply. 


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Home of the first established industrial engineering program in the world, the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) at Penn State has made a name for itself in the engineering industry through its storied tradition of unparalleled excellence and innovation in research, education, and outreach.

We are Innovators. We are Makers. We are Excellence in Engineering. We are Penn State IME.

The Harold and Inge Marcus Department of
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

310 Leonhard Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-7601

FAX: 814-863-4745