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Prospective Students

Engineers play an important role in almost every aspect of modern life. As an engineer in the 21st century, you’ll work in teams to develop ingenious ways to transform the world in which we live. Industrial engineers are in high demand in nearly every industry.

Industrial engineers figure out how to do things better. They engineer processes and systems that improve quality and productivity. They work to eliminate waste of time, money, materials, energy, and other commodities. Most important of all, IEs save companies money. This is why more and more companies are hiring industrial engineers and then promoting them into management positions.

Many people are misled by the term “industrial engineer.” The 'industrial” does not mean just manufacturing. It encompasses service industries as well. It has long been known that industrial engineers have the technical training to make improvements in a manufacturing setting. Now it is becoming increasingly recognized that these same techniques can be used to evaluate and improve productivity and quality in service industries.

Admission into the industrial engineering program is competitive, but our admission process is a personal one. Each application is reviewed holistically for strength of academic preparation, performance on standardized tests, counselor recommendations, and your personal career interests. We seek applicants from a variety of geographical, social, cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.

For more information on undergraduate and graduate admission please visit RIT’s Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions Offices.


The bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Cooperative education

All undergraduate programs in the Gleason College have a cooperative education requirement. Co-op generally starts after completing two years of the program and ends so that the last semester attended is in residence. Co-ops may be one or two semesters in length and at any company that satisfies the program’s requirements. Academic advisers can provide students with information concerning the co-op experience.  The average salary for industrial engineering co-op students is $17.00 an hour.


Students have access to their program chairperson, a faculty adviser, a full-time academic adviser, the academic advising office in the College of Liberal Arts, and program coordinators from the Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services dedicated to specific engineering departments. In addition, office staff provide support for registration and help with records and scheduling. Part-time and evening students can arrange for these services at night by appointment.

Academic Enrichment

Honors Program: The Honors Program is designed to enhance the academic and professional experiences of qualifying students. In addition to participating in Honors general education curriculum, students have access to special courses, seminars, projects, and advising in the Gleason College.

The RIT Honors Engineering program provides gifted engineering students the experiences above and beyond those offered in standard engineering classes. Students take honors engineering classes that emphasize product development in a global economy. Travel and field trips to key industrial sites allow students to observe core engineering disciplines as practiced in a variety of corporate environments and to appreciate the many dimensions of engineering professions. Seminars and social events with engineering faculty and advisers round out the program. Visit the RIT Honors Program for additional information.

Study Abroad: International experience is becoming increasingly more important for students to demonstrate in the engineering world. Employers, for both co-op and permanent positions, continually seek out candidates whose resumes show evidence of experience in an international setting. There are many opportunities to study engineering courses at universities around the world. At some schools the courses are taught in a foreign language. If you haven’t yet mastered a foreign language there are other universities that teach courses in English.

Engineering students interested in studying abroad should also consider taking a term at RIT Dubai. Here they can stay current with their RIT courses while experiencing another culture and studying with students from a wide variety of countries in the Middle East and beyond. All classes are taught in English and carry RIT credit.

Check out for opportunities and to get more information. 

Minors: RIT offers students more than 100 minors to choose from to enhance their academic program or further develop a personal area of interest. The industrial and systems engineering department offers the following minors:

  • Engineering Management
  • Sustainable Product Development

Special Opportunities

Options: Undergraduate students may choose to focus their upper level course work on one of the following options:

  • Ergonomics
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainable Engineering

Accelerated and dual degree options are available to current ISE students who qualify academically. Students may apply for these programs in their second year of study.

Accelerated dual degree option: An accelerated, five-year dual BS/MS or BS/MEng degree is available to qualified students. These degrees offer students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in less time than pursuing each degree individually. Students can combine their BS degree with any of the departments master's degrees.

Another opportunity is to combine the BS in industrial engineering with an MBA from the Saunders College of Business at RIT. This program includes five years of study for the BS and one year of study for the MBA.  More information can be found here, or contact

Graduate study: The Industrial and Systems Engineering Department offers master of science degrees in industrial and systems engineering and sustainable engineering.  Master of engineering degrees are offered in engineering management, industrial and systems engineering, and sustainable engineering. In the master of engineering program additional coursework and a capstone project with paper replaces the thesis required in the master of science degree program. Please refer to Graduate Admissions or the ISE website for more information.

Student Organizations and Clubs

RIT offers you abundant opportunities to keep your mind sharp by keeping busy and getting involved. Just some of the options you’ll find on campus include a radio station, a campus magazine, a jazz ensemble, student government and community service opportunities.

Our campus is alive with sports and recreation activities as well. RIT’s men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic teams have a history of excellence, posting impressive winning seasons and capturing a number of national championships, and our intramural program offers independent and coed leagues in many indoor and outdoor sports. The Center for Campus Life has more information on student activities.

The Gleason College is home to a variety of student organizations and clubs that enrich the academic and social experiences of our students. To learn more about engineering clubs and organizations please click here.

Industrial and systems engineering students often join IIE, the Institute of Industrial Engineers student chapter, and/or Engineers for a Sustainable World.

Take the next step!

For admissions requirements, costs of attendance, online applications, and more, visit the following websites:

Links for Prospective Undergraduate Students

Links for Prospective Graduate Students

For more questions specifically about the Industrial and Systems Engineering program, please contact:

Jennifer Barretta
Sr. Staff Asst.

Phone: 585-475-4876
Office: GLE/1519

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