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Graduate Degree Options

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.

Students in our graduate programs focus their studies on one of the following research areas:

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

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (thesis and non-thesis tracks)

Our M.S. in Industrial Engineering degree is intended for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering, physical sciences, or mathematics and are interested in broadening their educational credentials and improving their marketability in the global workplace. The program tracks also serve as a gateway for students interested in pursuing the Ph.D. degree at Penn State or elsewhere.

Thesis Track: The M.S. thesis track is research-oriented. Students can conduct research in a broad range of areas such as operations research, manufacturing, human factors/ergonomics engineering, service enterprise engineering, or some combination of these.

Non-thesis Track: The M.S. non-thesis track is an intensive one-year option in which a student can conduct research in a broad range of areas such as operations research, manufacturing, human factors/ergonomics engineering, service enterprise engineering, or some combination of these. Students enrolled in this track start in the fall semester and finish their degrees the following summer semester.


Dual Master of Science in Operations Research

The Dual M.S. in Operations Research program, interdisciplinary by nature, draws on the techniques from many fields, including the mathematical sciences, engineering, economics, and the physical sciences. The unique structure of the program enables students from rather diverse backgrounds to attain and be identified with the tools, techniques, and methodology of operations research and maintain a close association with their field of major interest. The opportunity to study and work with others from such diverse backgrounds provides an enriching experience not usually available in graduate work. By a judicious selection of courses, a student can tailor a plan of graduate study to meet career objectives in both of the chosen fields.


Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering (online)

The M.Eng. in Industrial Engineering program, designed for working professionals, combines math, science, business, and psychology to improve efficiency, performance, quality, and safety, while simultaneously reducing cost and waste. Offered through the Penn State World Campus, this program has flexible course requirements to allow students to customize their education to suit their professional goals and interests. See the program website for more information.


Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering

The Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering is a thesis-based, research-oriented degree for students who intend to pursue careers in research and development, research management, or academia. The following tracks are offered:


Graduate Certificate in Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics

If you are involved in the design and development of products for human use, you may find the program content of the Graduate Certificate in Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics immediately applicable to your job. Offered through the Penn State World Campus, this program emphasizes the application of user engineering design principles and the tools and methods to assess and enhance quality and productivity for both consumers and employees. See the program website for more information.


In addition to our M.S. degree programs, the department participates with other departments across the University for the Master of Science in Additive Manufacturing and Design (MSAMD). This degree is offered online and in residence at the University Park campus.


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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