The course work for this online master's degree program prepares you to optimize complex engineering systems and processes to improve efficiency, quality, and safety while reducing cost and waste.
Industrial engineering is rooted in the study of systems and processes and the effective management of people and teams. The best industrial engineers are driven, creative problem-solvers who possess the skills and knowledge needed to evaluate and optimize complex engineering systems and processes to improve efficiency, performance, quality, and safety, while simultaneously reducing cost and waste.
Highly trained industrial engineers — with their abilities to build, refine, and integrate systems in manufacturing, information technology, consumer products, and workplace dynamics — find themselves in higher demand than ever before. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects industrial engineering jobs to grow by 10% from 2016 to 2026 — significantly faster growth than the overall job market.
The 30-credit Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering, offered online through Penn State World Campus in partnership with the Penn State College of Engineering, is largely based in math and science, with opportunities to study business and psychology. You'll learn from the same faculty who teach on campus and are honored with top rankings in both research and education. The flexible course requirements for this degree allow you to customize your education to match your professional goals and personal interests.
This program offers a respected education in a broad and versatile discipline, helping to prepare you to excel in careers in virtually every sector of the economy. As a successful graduate of this program, you should possess an understanding of human factors and ergonomics, manufacturing, operations research, and supply chain and service engineering. The knowledge and skills you acquire through this program can qualify you to lead groups in a number of fields, including electronic and aerospace manufacturing, shipping logistics, supply chain management, and health care and human services.
This program is designed for working professionals who a hold bachelor's degree in engineering and want to enhance their knowledge and skills to advance their careers.