Industrial Engineering

The Industrial Engineering track emphasizes a broad portfolio of skills for students interested in careers in industrial engineering and related fields. Core courses cover production and inventory control, stochastic and deterministic methods in operations research, and human factors.

Industrial Engineering Curriculum

The M.S. Industrial Engineering track allows students to design a program with their own interests and career objectives in mind.  Students are offered three plans toward completing their degree: Plan A requires 20 course credits and a thesis together with 10 thesis credits; Plan B requires 30 course credits and a final project; and Plan C requires 32 course credits and no thesis or final project.  The Plan C option can be completed in three semesters, while the Plan A and Plan B options typically take somewhat longer.

Students following Plan A are required to take three out of the five core courses listed below. Students in Plan B or C must take four out of the five.

Of the core courses, IE 5531—Engineering Optimization I and IE 5532—Stochastic Models are required for all students in Plans A, B and C. Subject to department approval, students may replace core courses with more advanced courses if they have already taken the equivalent of the core course elsewhere.

Sample Program

The following program is an example and assumes that the student opts for the Plan C (coursework only) option. Students select electives from a wide array of courses in business, engineering, mathematics, computer science, public health, and other areas. 

Semester 1

  • IE 5531—Engineering Optimization I (Core)
  • IE 5532—Stochastic Models (Core)
  • IE 5773—Practice-Focused Seminar 
  • IE 5524—Process Transformation through Lean Tools (Suggested Elective)

Semester 2

  • IE 5545—Decision Analysis (Core)
  • IE 5551—Production and Inventory Control (Core)
  • Elective from Business, Engineering, or Other Area

Semester 3

  • IE 5541—Project Management (Suggested Elective)
  • Elective from Business, Engineering, or Other Area
  • Elective from Business, Engineering, or Other Area
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Drive Improvement. Make an Impact.

Industrial Engineering M.S. graduates go on to rewarding careers where they play crucial roles designing, managing, and improving the efficiency of operational systems such as supply chains, production and manufacturing processes, health-care delivery systems, and logistics and distribution systems.

Potential Career Paths

  • Industrial Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Inventory Analyst
  • Process Engineer
  • Consultant

Take Advantage of the Twin Cities

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The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering is located on the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities campus in the heart of Minneapolis, on the banks of the scenic Mississippi River. A new, modern light rail system connects the campus with downtown Minneapolis, downtown St. Paul, and the MSP International Airport. With year-round outdoor activities, a metro population of over 3 million, and a diversified economy, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul offer a truly exceptional standard of living. The state of Minnesota is home to 17 Fortune 500 companies.

Who has Hired Industrial Engineering Graduates?

Andersen Windows
C.H. Robinson
DHL Supply Chain
Nordic Ware
Pearson VUE
St. Jude Medical
The Walt Disney Company
Wells Fargo
Zero Motorcycles
...and many others

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Review our admission requirements and start your application today!


For more information, please contact Graduate Program Coordinator Alyssa Benson at or (612) 625-4909.