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Engineering  |  School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

Industrial engineering (MS, PhD)

Our industrial engineering program is ranked 18th in the nation 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. Graduate students discover tremendous opportunities for professional growth in developing competitive manufacturing and service systems that will integrate people, equipment and information to meet the needs of the 21st century. Currently, more than 65 of our doctoral graduates hold faculty positions at institutions of higher learning around the world.

M.S. Handbook 2018-2019
Ph.D. Handbook 2018-2019

M.S. Handbook 2017-2018
Ph.D. Handbook 2017-2018

M.S. Handbook 2016-2017
Ph.D. Handbook 2016-2017

M.S. Handbook 2015-2016
Ph.D. Handbook 2015-2016

M.S. Handbook  2014-2015
Ph.D. Handbook  2014-2015
Ph.D. Handbook  2014-2015 (revised January 2015)
M.S. Handbook 2013-2014
Ph.D. Handbook 2013-2014
M.S. Handbook 2012-2013
Ph.D. Handbook 2012-2013
P h.D. Handbook 2011-2012
Ph.D. Handbook 2010-2011

Industrial engineering, MS: 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.

MS Catalog Program

Industrial engineering, PhD: 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.

PhD Catalog Program

Deficiency course syllabi

Graduate admissions

Thank you for your interest in pursuing a graduate degree in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering. Here you can learn more about the admissions process and application requirements.

Deadline dates

All application materials must be submitted by the following deadline dates:

Program Fall Semester Spring Semester
Industrial engineering December 15 (PhD) or
January 15 (MS)
September 15  (PhD and MS)

Admission requirements

For questions regarding supplemental materials, such as letters of recommendation requirements or your statement of purpose, contact your programs advisor at cidse.advising@asu.edu. For questions regarding the online graduate application or the status of documents, please contact Graduate College.

Application requirements

Begin by visiting the ASU Graduate College website and completing the Graduate Admissions application and paying the application fee. The fee is nonrefundable and the application will not be processed until the fee is received.

In addition to completing the ASU Graduate Admissions application, the following materials must also be submitted to complete your application package:*

U.S. residents:

  • One set of official transcripts from every college and university attended, including ASU, unless the student graduated from ASU
  • Official GRE test scores.** Click here for the average GRE scores for applicants. The ASU institution code is: 4007. If a department code is required use: 000.
  • Three letters of recommendation^
  • Statement of purpose

International applicants:

  • Academic credentials (all international records must be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation). If you have attended a U.S. institution, one set of official transcripts from every college and university attended, except ASU.
  • Official GRE General test scores taken within the last five years.** Click here for the average GRE scores for applicants. The ASU institution code is: 4007. If a department code is required use: 000.
  • Official TOEFL score, taken within the last two years (only required for those who did not graduate with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution). The TOEFL score must be valid on the first day of class for the term the student is applying for. CIDSE required that TOEFL scores must be above 575 (paper), or 90 (iBT). We also accept IELTS with a minimum overall band scores of 7.0 or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) with a minimum score of 65 or higher. Please see the Graduate Admissions website for TOEFL deadline dates. The ASU institution code is: 4007. If a department code is required use: 000.
  • Three letters of recommendation^
  • Statement of purpose

The required materials should be mailed to:

If sending by stamped mail:
Admission Services Applicant Processing
Arizona State University
PO Box 871004
Tempe, AZ 85287-1004
If sending by FedEx, DHL or UPS:
Arizona State University
Admission Services Applicant Processing
1150 East University Drive Building C, Room 226
Tempe, AZ 85281

Please include the document reference number on all materials sent. Applications are not evaluated until all required documents have been received.

*If a student wishes to be considered for both the M.S. and M.C.S. programs, or for both the master’s and Ph.D. programs, the student is required to submit two separate applications and to pay two application fees. This fee is nonrefundable and cannot be deferred.

**All Industrial Engineering applicants are required to submit GRE scores with the exception of IEE 4+1 students.

Calculus and GPA requirements

Knowledge in calculus is required to be successful in a CIDSE Gradate Program. Below you will find the calculus courses that must be completed with a grade of  ‘C’ or better prior to applying to the program.

Industrial Engineering CALC 1, 2, & 3

Below are the minimum GPA requirements for the CIDSE Graduate Program. This GPA is calculated from the last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree. Students who are applying to a Ph.D. following a master’s degree must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 for the last degree awarded.

Industrial Engineering Master’s    3.2 or higher
Industrial Engineering PhD    3.5 or higher
Deficiency Courses

Please see below for a list of the current Deficiency Courses required for admission. A flowchart showing the progression of coursework is also available  At the time of application there should be no more than three deficiency courses pending.

Industrial Engineering Deficiency Course List and Flowchart

Ready to apply?

Apply now through the Graduate College online graduate application. Read the FAQs about your graduate application.

The School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering cannot provide information regarding the admission status of an application. Once an admission decision is made by the program’s Graduate Admissions Committee, the decision is forwarded to the Graduate College. The Graduate College will notify you of the admissions decision or you can view your application’s status on My ASU.