Academic Plans

The curriculum for each degree and/or option in industrial engineering is designed to challenge the thinking of young engineers and to build a strong foundational knowledge of the concepts related to industrial engineering. While the curriculum and requirements vary depending on the degree and/or area of interest, it is our goal for all of our graduates to become visionaries in their careers after leaving Penn State.


Undergraduate requirements


M.S. Non-thesis Track
M.S. Thesis Track
Dual M.S. in Industrial engineering and Operations Research


Ph.D. requirements
Ph.D. in Human Factors/Ergonomics Area
Ph.D. in Manufacturing Areas
Ph.D. in Operations Research Focus
Ph.D. in Operations, Services, and Analytics
Dual Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Ph.D. Minor in Operations Research

Note: Penn State World Campus also offers a Human Factors and Ergonomics Certificate.

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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