Industrial and Systems Engineering Master of Science Degree

An industrial engineering master’s degree that offers an in-depth look at contemporary solutions to challenges in services, manufacturing, product development, and data-driven decision-making.


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  • Focus on data analytics and optimization, ergonomic analysis, human computer interaction and augmented reality, logistics and supply chain management, advanced manufacturing processes, product development, and sustainable design and development
  • A flexible curriculum weaves research and co-op opportunities together to prepare you to become an innovative problem-solver that can design, analyze, and improve complex systems.

Industrial engineering is a multi-disciplinary engineering field at the intersection of mathematics, computer science, and business. The program teaches you how to design the systems behind products and services that affect our everyday lives.

The industrial engineering master’s offers you hands-on experiences designing, improving, and controlling complex systems to make them more profitable, practical, controllable, and flexible. As a result, you will become a problem-solver through a flexible program that leverages skills in advanced manufacturing processes, operations research, data analytics, human computer interaction and augmented reality, product development, ergonomics and human factors, health care, logistics and supply chain management, and sustainable design and development.

You also will have the opportunity to explore different domain areas while working closely with faculty doing research on contemporary problems. We encourage all of our students to participate in cooperative education, which enables you to apply your skills in the real world before you graduate, and helps to enhance your classroom learning once you return from co-op.

What is an Industrial Engineer?

An industrial engineer uses their knowledge of manufacturing and production systems, work efficiencies, energy, and natural resources and materials to develop, improve, and optimize integrated systems to become more efficient and sustainable. An industrial engineer improves how an organization integrates work processes, manufactures products, or provides services while also taking into account ergonomic analysis, logistics and supply chain management, and sustainable design and development with an overall systems approach.

RIT’s Master’s in Industrial Engineering

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 and advanced manufacturing processes/systems, ergonomic/biomedical analysis, human computer interaction and augmented reality, logistics and supply chain management, health systems, energy systems, sustainable design and development, systems engineering/product development, and systems simulation.

Students are also interested in: Engineering Management ME, Sustainable Engineering MS, Sustainable Systems MS


Careers and Cooperative Education

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 makes an RIT education exceptional? It’s the opportunity to complete relevant, hands-on engineering co-ops and internships with top companies in every single industry. At the graduate level, and paired with an advanced degree, cooperative education and internships give you the unparalleled credentials that truly set you apart. Learn more about graduate co-op and how it provides you with the career experience employers look for in their next top hires.

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
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, SUSTAIN-MS, ENGMGT-ME or MIE-PHD programs.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
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).
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, SUSTAIN-MS, PRODDEV-MS, MFLEAD-MS, ENGMGT-ME, or MIE-PHD programs or those with 5th year standing in ISEE-BS or ISEEDU-BS.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
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).
Second Year
Choose one of the following:
   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).
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).
   Engineering Capstone, plus one Engineering Elective
Students must investigate a discipline-related topic in a field related to industrial and systems engineering, engineering management, sustainable engineering, product development, or manufacturing leadership. 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-MS, ENGMGT-ME, SUSTAIN-MS, PRODDEV-MS, MFLEAD-MS or the ISEE BS/MS programs.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
Total Semester Credit Hours

* 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 language requirements. International applicants may be considered for an English test requirement waiver. Refer to the English Language Test Scores section within Graduate Application Materials to review waiver eligibility.

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