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Master of Industrial Engineering

Master's in industrial engineering

An Industrial Engineering professor shows lab equipment to a graduate student.The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering program is a blend of basic engineering knowledge, management techniques, people management skills, and computer technology integrated with applied mathematics and statistics.

The industrial engineer can design, implement, control and manage complex systems in an efficient manner.

Industrial engineering degree plans

Master’s degree options:

  • Thesis option: students complete 24 hours of course credit plus three credit hours of thesis work.
  • Project option: students complete 30 credit hours of course work plus a three-credit-hour project.

The program may be completed in 18 to 24 months. Students with degrees in other areas may be required to take prerequisite course work. The catalog explains course and degree requirements: Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

Other degree options:

  • Bachelor’s degree: Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
  • Combined degree: Students can complete both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in just five years. Following an intensive course of study, undergraduate students begin graduate course work during the senior year and complete a master’s degree in one year.
  • Joint degree: Students can also earn a joint Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Juris Doctorate degree.

Career opportunities for industrial engineers

Job market flexibility is a distinctive aspect of industrial engineering. Organizations that hire industrial engineers include manufacturers, government, insurance companies, banks, transportation and consulting firms.

Typical job specialties include statistical quality control, reliability, systems analysis, project management, safety, human factors and ergonomics, manufacturing, production, robotics, facilities planning, cost analysis, Lean and Six-Sigma quality and automation.

Graduate admission requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor of science degree in computer engineering, electrical engineering or a closely related discipline. Applicants who earned a bachelor’s degree in a closely related discipline, such as physics or mathematics, may be admitted with the provision that they take prerequisite courses. The graduate program director will evaluate applicants from other disciplines on an individual basis.

Applicants must also have a:

  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (A = 4.00) for their bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum GRE quantitative score of 148.

For a list of all requirements, please see the catalog.

Financial Aid

St. Mary’s offers various scholarships, grants and assistantships to graduate students. Military, their dependents and Department of Defense employees may be eligible for a tuition discount. Please contact the Office of Financial Assistance at 210-436-3141 or for additional information or visit

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