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Industrial Engineering

Program Overview

The 100% online, 30-credit hour industrial engineering (IE) concentration is packed in our Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)/Master of Science (MS) degree.  This program was created for professionals who wish to build a competitive edge in a wide variety of industries. As a student in this program, you will focus heavily on industrial engineering topics and technical knowledge. Purdue University's online graduate engineering program is ranked #3 in the top ten programs by US News and World Report.

Course Topical Areas: 

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

Online Plan of Study Overview

The MSE/MS 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. 

Degree requirements checklist:

_____ total IE courses (9 hours)
_____ total other engineering courses (9 hours)
_____ total other elective courses  (12 hours)

_____ total credit hours (30 hours)
Note: At least 18 hours must be graduate level, engineering courses taken at Purdue University.

View detailed IE concentration requirements 

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. 


Bachelor of Science degree from an engineering ABET-accredited program or equivalent.*

* If you hold a bachelor’s degree in an Engineering-related area (Science, Mathematics or Technology) or from an Engineering program that is not ABET-accredited, you will need to demonstrate minimum math compliance: 

  • 2 Completed College Level Engineering Calculus Courses
  • 1 Completed Differential Equations or Linear Algebra Course

3.0/4.0 Minimum GPA


  • Application to the Purdue Graduate School with paid application fee ($60/$75)
    • Campus: Purdue West Lafayette
    • Major: Interdisciplinary Engineering
    • Area of Interest: Biomedical Engineering
  • Statement of Purpose (300-500 words)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic and/or professional)
  • TOEFL scores (international only)
  • Current Resume
  • Math requirement compliance where applicable


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