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2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 12, 2024
2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Industrial Engineering

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Contact Information

Department Chair: Bopaya Bidanda
Main Office: 1025 Benedum Hall
Fax: 412-624-9831

Additional information concerning the department’s graduate program may be obtained from the graduate secretary at the above address, or e-mail

Graduate Degree Programs

The Department of Industrial Engineering’s graduate programs prepare engineers to assume leadership positions in industry, government, and service organizations.  The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering program is very flexible, and students may either choose to focus on some area or opt for a more broad-based curriculum with coursework spanning multiple areas.  Narrower concentration areas in Data Science, Engineering Management and Safety Engineering are also available.

In addition, the department also offers a dual degree (MSIE/MBA) program in cooperation with the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, and several options with the Master’s program  including (1) a Graduate Certificate in Safety Engineering, (2) opportunities for Lean Six Sigma Certification, (3) a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Systems Engineering in cooperation with the Graduate School of Public Health, and (4) a Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Engineering in cooperation with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree  is the department’s flagship graduate program. Currently, the primary areas of research include all aspects of operations research, manufacturing science and nontraditional manufacturing, and supply chains. Doctoral graduates are qualified for academic research careers as well as technical leadership positions in industry.


Applicants must possess an undergraduate or graduate degree from an ABET-accredited program in any engineering discipline, or a degree in a complementary technical discipline, such as mathematics, physics, or computer science. The department also requires undergraduate knowledge of calculus-based probability and statistics, calculus, linear algebra, and proficiency in computer programming.

Applicants for admission must submit the application form and fee, transcripts of all college-level work, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of career goals/objectives. International applicants to the full-time Masters program and all applicants to the PhD program must also submit scores on the verbal, quantitative, and writing assessment-analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants to the part-time master’s program are generally not required to take the GRE. International applicants whose first language is not English must take the TOEFL administered by the Educational Testing Service with a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test)/213 (computer-based test)/ 80 (internet-based test). It is desirable for PhD applicants to have an interview with a faculty member, although this is not a requirement for admission.

Domestic applicants are considered on a rolling basis, while deadlines for international applicants are as follows: fall term - April 1 and spring term - July 1. International applicants are not accepted for enrollment beginning in a summer term.  Prospective students are encouraged to apply early whenever possible.

Applications may also be completed online by going to

Applicants to the MSIE-MBA program must apply through the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business

Financial Assistance

It is the department’s policy to provide graduate teaching or research assistantships to as many PhD students as possible. However, these awards are limited in number and highly competitive, and are awarded on the basis of merit and departmental research/teaching requirements. Financial support comes from the department, not individual faculty, and is generally restricted only to students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree. All decisions on assistantships are made by the chair based upon the recommendations of the departmental graduate committee. Barring unforeseen circumstances, students who are awarded financial support will have their financial support continued as long as they maintain their level of academic excellence and make satisfactory progress toward their degree objectives. For full consideration, students must apply early for financial support and in no case later than January 31 for the fall term and July 31 for the spring term.


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