Online Master of Industrial Engineering


Our Master of Industrial Engineering (MSIE) Program

The online graduate industrial engineering program at Purdue University is ranked #1 among online industrial engineering master's programs by U.S. News & World Report, and Purdue's online graduate engineering program is consistently ranked among the top three in Best Online Master's in Engineering Programs by U.S. News & World Report (2023). The online master's program features flexible plans of study with a format that allows you to study where you are.

Courses offered in the following topic areas:

Human Factors Engineering Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Operational Research (Mathematical Programming;
Simulation & Stochastic Processes)
Production Systems Engineering

Industrial Engineering Degree Options

The 30-credit curriculum is carefully designed and provides you the choice between two programs. You can decide to earn a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) or an Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering (MSE/MS) with a concentration in Industrial Engineering. The Interdisciplinary Engineering (MSE/MS) with a concentration in Industrial Engineering, offers both thesis and non-thesis degree options.  A thesis-based MSIE is not available online; it must be applied directly to the School of Industrial Engineering as an on-campus student.

Online Plan of Study Details

The IE Master's Program offers a wide range of flexibility in course options. After you begin your studies at Purdue, an academic advisor will help you create a Plan of Study (POS) to best fit your educational needs and career goals. Every POS varies based on student interest, time, and course load.  For planning purposes, an example POS for the Industrial Engineering and Interdisciplinary Engineering are available, as well as an extensive course menu that lists classes available over the next several years.

The flexible nature of our programs makes it possible for you to take time off from your studies if you need to. The majority of students choose to begin their studies by taking one course at a time to ensure they find a successful balance of work, life, and school.

Industrial Engineering Job Outlook

For engineers considering additional training in industrial engineering coursework and certification, it helps to examine the job outlook for that specific discipline. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for industrial engineers will increase about 8% between now and 2028. 

Admissions to the Industrial Engineering Master's Program

Application details for each of our degree options differ. For more information on applying for the Master of Industrial Engineering (MSIE), go to the School of Industrial Engineering.

For more information on the Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering (MSE/MS) with a concentration in Industrial Engineering, please visit Interdisciplinary Engineering.