Our industrial engineering program is ranked in the top 20 nationally by U.S. News & World Report and is among the top programs in the western United States. Our faculty are internationally recognized for their research, conducting many funded, state-of-the-art research projects for both government and industry. They are not only involved in leading-edge research from both methodological and applications perspectives, but they also actively advise students, teach innovation and continuously improve their curriculum.
Our programs are strongly focused in industrial statistics and quality engineering, applied operations research, production and supply-chain logistics and enterprise information systems in challenging manufacturing and service environments.
Industrial engineering, M.S.: The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering program offers a thesis track and a non-thesis track. At the time of the admission, students’ applications are considered primarily for the non-thesis track. After matriculating at Arizona State University, a student may consult and receive approval from the Industrial Engineering faculty to pursue the thesis track. Final consideration and approval will be given to students who have obtained an ASU graduate GPA of 3.2.
Industrial engineering combines knowledge from the physical, mathematical and social sciences to design efficient manufacturing and service systems that integrate people, equipment and information. Improvements made by industrial engineers in automation, information control and process quality revolutionized manufacturing in the past century and greatly increased our quality of life. Trends towards globalization, increased complexity and rapid technological innovation create an even greater need for industrial engineering in the 21st century.
Successful industrial engineering concepts are also spreading to the financial, logistics, and healthcare services industries, affording new areas of opportunity.
A minimum of 30 semester credit hours of coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree and deficiency courses are required to complete the Master of Science degree. The following table outlines the thesis and non-thesis tracks.
|M.S. Thesis Track||M.S. Non-Thesis Track|
|4 core courses:
||4 core courses:
|Three or four courses from one of the areas:
||Four courses from one of the areas:
|Zero or One elective course.||Two electives.|
|Six semester credit hours of thesis and a successful oral thesis defense.||Comprehensive Exam on three out of the four core courses.|
Industrial engineering, Ph.D.: Both a written and an oral comprehensive examination are required on or before completion of the 57 credit hours of course work in the program of study. The candidate must also successfully pass the dissertation prospectus and the dissertation oral defense.
Please see the ASU Graduate Policies and Procedures for additional information.