Industrial and Systems Engineering Master of Science Degree

An industrial engineering master's degree that offers an in depth look at the contemporary manufacturing process and its product development and logistics processes. A customized curriculum includes research opportunities that prepare you to lead integrated systems.


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Outcome Rate of RIT Graduates


Overview

Focused on the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems of people, materials, information, equipment, and energy, this master of science in industrial and systems engineering allows you to customize your course work while working closely with industrial and systems engineering faculty in a contemporary, applied research area. You will graduate with a variety of skills in the areas of contemporary manufacturing processes, product development, ergonomic analysis, logistics and supply chain management, and sustainable design and development.

Our industrial engineering master's degree allows you to customize your course work while working closely with industrial and systems engineering faculty in a contemporary, applied research area. Faculty members are currently conducting applied project and research work in the areas of contemporary manufacturing processes/systems, ergonomic/biomedical analysis, logistics and supply chain management, sustainable design and development, systems engineering/product development, and systems simulation.

Careers and Experiential Learning

Typical Job Titles

Continuous Improvement Engineer Industrial Engineer
Lean & Quality Leadership Development Associate Manufacturing Engineer
Operations Leadership Development Associate Process Engineer
Project Manager Quality Engineer
Safety Specialist/Engineer Technology Energy Analyst
Reliability Engineer Sustainability Engineer
Materials Planner Production Planner
Logistics Planner Human Factors Engineer
Ergonomics Engineer Project Engineer
Operations Manager Director of Engineering
Vice President of Manufacturing Systems Engineer

Salary and Career Information for Industrial and Systems Engineering MS

Cooperative Education

What’s different about RIT’s engineering education? It’s the opportunity to complete engineering co-ops and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a master’s degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart.

Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your engineering field of study. And it sets RIT engineering graduates apart from their competitors. RIT co-op is designed for your success.

Cooperative education is optional but strongly encouraged for graduate students in the industrial engineering master's program. 

Curriculum for Industrial and Systems Engineering MS

Industrial and Systems Engineering, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ISEE-601
Systems Modeling and Optimization
An introductory course in operations research focusing on modeling and optimization techniques used in solving problems encountered in industrial and service systems. Topics include deterministic and stochastic modeling methodologies (e.g., linear and integer programming, Markov chains, and queuing models) in addition to decision analysis and optimization tools. These techniques will be applied to application areas such as production systems, supply chains, logistics, scheduling, healthcare, and service systems. (This course is restricted to students in the ISEE-MS, ISEE-ME. SUSTAIN-MS, SUSTAIN-ME or ENGMGT-ME program.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
ISEE-760
Design of Experiments
This course presents an in-depth study of the primary concepts of experimental design. Its applied approach uses theoretical tools acquired in other mathematics and statistics courses. Emphasis is placed on the role of replication and randomization in experimentation. Numerous designs and design strategies are reviewed and implications on data analysis are discussed. Topics include: consideration of type 1 and type 2 errors in experimentation, sample size determination, completely randomized designs, randomized complete block designs, blocking and confounding in experiments, Latin square and Graeco Latin square designs, general factorial designs, the 2k factorial design system, the 3k factorial design system, fractional factorial designs, Taguchi experimentation. (Prerequisites: ISEE-325 or STAT-252 or MATH-252 or equivalent course or students in ISEE-MS, ISEE-ME, SUSTAIN-MS, SUSTAIN-ME or ENGMGT-ME programs.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
ISEE-771
Engineering of Systems I
The engineering of a system is focused on the identification of value and the value chain, requirements management and engineering, understanding the limitations of current systems, the development of the overall concept, and continually improving the robustness of the defined solution. EOS I & II is a 2-semester course sequence focused on the creation of systems that generate value for both the customer and the enterprise. Through systematic analysis and synthesis methods, novel solutions to problems are proposed and selected. This first course in the sequence focuses on the definition of the system requirements by systematic analysis of the existing problems, issues and solutions, to create an improved vision for a new system. Based on this new vision, new high-level solutions will be identified and selected for (hypothetical) further development. The focus is to learn systems engineering through a focus on an actual artifact (This course is restricted to students in the ISEE BS/MS, ISEE BS/ME, ISEE-MS, ISEE-ME, SUSTAIN-MS, SUSTAIN-ME, PRODEV-MS, MFLEAD-MS or ENGMGT-ME programs or those with 5th year standing in ISEE-BS or ISEEDU-BS.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
ISEE-795
Graduate Seminar*
This class introduces students to state of the art research and research methods in industrial, systems, and sustainable engineering. Presentations include off campus speakers and students/faculty presentations on current research under way in the department. (This course is restricted to students in ISEE-MS, SUSTAIN-MS or ISEE BS/MS.) Seminar 1 (Fall, Spring).
0
 
Electives
9
Second Year
 
Electives
6
Choose one of the following:
6
   ISEE-788
   Project with Paper, plus one Engineering Elective
This course is used by students as a capstone experience. The student must demonstrate an acquired competence in a topic that is chosen in conference with a faculty advisor. The work may involve a research and/or design project with demonstration of acquired knowledge. A written paper and an oral presentation of the work are required. Project 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
 
   ISEE-790
   Thesis
In conference with a faculty adviser, an independent engineering project or research problem is selected. The work may be of a theoretical and/or computational nature. A state-of-the-art literature search in the area is normally expected. A formal written thesis and an oral defense with a faculty thesis committee are required. Submission of bound copies of the thesis to the library and to the department and preparation of a written paper in a short format suitable for submission for publication in a refereed journal are also required. Approval of department head and faculty adviser needed to enroll. (Enrollment in this course requires permission from the department offering the course.) Thesis (Fall, Spring, Summer).
 
   ISEE-792
   Engineering Capstone, plus one Engineering Elective
For the Master of Engineering programs in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Engineering Management, and Sustainable Engineering. Students must investigate a discipline-related topic in a field related to industrial and systems engineering, engineering management, or sustainable engineering. The general intent of the engineering capstone is to demonstrate the students' knowledge of the integrative aspects of a particular area. The capstone should draw upon skills and knowledge acquired in the program. (This course is restricted to students in ISEE-ME, ENGMGT-ME, SUSTAIN-ME or the ISEE BS/ME programs.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
 
Total Semester Credit Hours
30

* Graduate Seminar (ISEE-795) must be completed twice in the first year of study.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in industrial and systems engineering, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete an online graduate application. Refer to Graduate Admission Deadlines and Requirements for information on application deadlines, entry terms, and more.
  • Submit copies of official transcript(s) (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work, including any transfer credit earned.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or US equivalent) from an accredited university or college in engineering, mathematics, or science.
  • Recommended minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required. Refer to Application Instructions and Requirements for additional information. 
  • Not all programs require the submission of scores from entrance exams (GMAT or GRE). Please refer to the Graduate Admission Deadlines and Requirements page for more information.
  • Submit a personal statement of educational objectives. Refer to Application Instructions and Requirements for additional information.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. Students below the minimum requirement may be considered for conditional admission. Refer to Graduate Admission Deadlines and Requirements for additional information on English requirements. International applicants may be considered for an English test requirement waiver. Refer to Additional Requirements for International Applicants to review waiver eligibility.

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Research

The faculty and students in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering are engaging in numerous areas of research, which takes place across all of our engineering disciplines and often involves other colleges at RIT, local health care institutions, and major industry partners. Explore the college's key research initiatives to learn more about our research in:

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