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Industrial Engineering (MS) 
Program Description

Industrial engineering focuses on the design and implementation of integrated systems of people, materials, machines, energy and information.  After specifying systems objectives, industrial engineers combine technical knowledge and skill from the physical, engineering and social sciences to design evaluate and monitor system performance.  The industrial engineer is charged with the responsibility of ensuring high quality while simultaneously meeting cost and output goals.  This is accomplished through the optimal allocation of resources throughout the system.  Industrial engineers practice in both administrative and production segments of manufacturing and service organizations.  Industrial engineers are commonly employed in heavy industry (such as steel), medium industry (such as plastics and computers), light industry (such as electronic assembly), health care delivery, electronics, telecommunication, transportation, service, government.  In each of environments, industrial engineers are involved with a variety of systems such as marketing, production and process design, production planning, management information, facility layout, job/workplace design, material flow and distribution.  This program is also offered online.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Systems & Industrial Engineering -

The Systems and Industrial Engineering (SIE) Department at the University of Arizona was established in 1961 as the nation's first department of systems engineering.  Since then, the SIE Department has achieved international prestige for its contributions to the inter-disciplinary design of large-scale complex systems involving people, technology, and information.  With the introduction of a modern industrial engineering curriculum in 1972 and a reliability and quality engineering degree in 1987, the department offers a truly diverse and successful graduate program.  Career opportunities for graduates of the Systems and Industrial Engineering programs are outstanding.  Over the years, graduates from these programs have found employment in the nation's leading corporations, research institutes, and universities.

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Campuses where offered
Main Campus - Tucson UA Online  
Admissions Contact
Cindy T Nguyen
Graduate Program Coordinator
Cindy T Nguyen
Director of Graduate Studies
Vignesh Subbian
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Guadalupe Estrella
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by the UA. Students who do not have a degree equivalent to the UA Bachelor of Science degree in Systems & Industrial Engineering may be admitted

into the graduate certificate program, but may be required to complete some undergraduate deficiency courses prior to enrolling in graduate courses.

You must have a 3.0 or higher GPA in your undergraduate degree or your last 60 units of your undergraduate degree. 

Standardized Tests

Required GRE Subject test is required if you are requesting funding.

Minimum GRE Verbal:  153
Minimum GRE Quantitative: 155
Minimum GRE Written: 4.0
Minimum TOEFL:  79
Minimum IELTS: 7 (no subject less than 6)


Financial Aid

The Systems & Industrial Engineering Department offers Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships to students on a competitive basis.  If applying for funding you must submit the required GRE scores of Verbal - 153, Quantitative - 155 and Analytical - 4.0

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15th
  • Spring: June 1st

International Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15th
  • Spring: June 1st
International Conditional Admission
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering requires 30 or 33 units to complete.  If you are completing using the report option you will need 27 units of approved coursework and 3 units of a Master's report.  If you are completing using the thesis option you will need 24 units of approved coursework and 6 units of thesis.  Both the Thesis and Master's Report require a 3 member committee and an oral presentation as well as a written report.

The Coursework option requires 33 units of coursework which includes one 3-unit course at the 600 level in which you must receive an "A" or "B".

The required courses for the MS/Industrial Engineering are SIE  SIE 530 and either SIE 540 or 545 in your plan of study.  INE majors must also complete one course from the SIE 56X or 58X series.

You must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout your degree.

Only 6 units of approved transfer credit can be applied from another master's degree.

Minor Requirements

The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering does not require a minor.

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Last revised 13 Sep 2018