The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering offers a number of master of science (M.S.) degree programs in Industrial Engineering:
The Industrial Engineering M.S. degree with a named option in Research takes approximately two years to complete. The program has a significant research component, giving students valuable hands-on research experience with mentoring by faculty in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. This program may require a written thesis and defense.
The Industrial Engineering M.S. degree with named options in Human Factors and Health Systems Engineering as well as Systems Engineering and Analytics are considered accelerated graduate programs. Each take approximately 16 months to complete, and must be completed within two (2) calendar years. These two programs include only coursework.
All students are mentored by the world-class faculty in the industrial and systems engineering department at UW–Madison. For a list of faculty and their corresponding research interests, please visit our faculty directory. For more information on research areas see our page on research in Industrial and Systems Engineering.
Students apply to the Master of Science in Industrial Engineering through one of the named options:
Graduate School Resources
Resources to help you afford graduate study might include assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, and financial aid. Further funding information is available from the Graduate School. Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and restrictions related to funding.
Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and restrictions related to funding.
Tuition and funding opportunities vary according to the specific MS program. Funding information for each named option program is available on the corresponding pages:
Industrial Engineering: Research, M.S. Industrial Engineering: Human Factors and Health Systems Engineering, M.S. Industrial Engineering: Systems Engineering and Analytics, M.S.
Please note that the Human Factors and Health Systems Engineering graduate program, as well as the Systems Engineering and Analytics graduate program, are considered accelerated programs. As such, students enrolled in these programs are ineligible to receive tuition remission for graduate assistantships, per UW-Madison policy.
For more information specific to graduate assistantships within the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, please consult the department's graduate program handbook.
Minimum Graduate School Requirements
Review the Graduate School minimum academic progress and degree requirements, in addition to the program requirements listed below.
|Minimum Credit Requirement
|Minimum Residence Credit Requirement
|Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement
|15 credits must be graduate-level coursework. Details can be found in the Graduate School’s Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) policy (https://policy.wisc.edu/library/UW-1244).
|Overall Graduate GPA Requirement
|3.00 GPA required.
This program follows the Graduate School's GPA Requirement policy
|Other Grade Requirements
|Grades of C and D received by a candidate in any graduate course will not be counted as credit toward the degree. These grades will be counted in the graduate GPA.
|Assessments and Examinations
|No language requirements.
Select a Named Option for courses required.
A named option is a formally documented sub-major within an academic major program. Named options appear on the transcript with degree conferral. Students pursuing the Master of Science in Industrial Engineering must select one of the following named options:
Students should refer to one of the named options for policy information:
Graduate School Resources
Take advantage of the Graduate School's professional development resources to build skills, thrive academically, and launch your career.
An Individual Development Plan helps with self-assessment, planning, and communication:
- An IDP can help you communicate your professional development and career planning needs and intentions to others including your mentor, which can lead to helpful advice and resources.
- You can use the IDP to make sure you and your mentor’s expectations are clearly outlined and in agreement so that there are no big surprises, particularly at the end of your training.
- The current job market is challenging and research has shown that individuals who perform structured career planning achieve greater career success and satisfaction.
The onus to engage in the IDP process is on you – although your mentor, PI, or others may encourage and support you in doing so. The IDP itself remains private to you, and you choose which parts to share with which mentors. Through the IDP process, you may decide to identify various mentors to whom you can go for expertise and advice.
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- Articulates, critiques, or elaborates the theories, research methods, and approaches to inquiry or schools of practice in industrial and systems engineering including areas such as decision science and operations research, quality engineering, manufacturing and health systems, and/or human factors.
- Identifies sources and assembles evidence pertaining to questions or challenges in industrial and systems engineering.
- Demonstrates understanding of the industrial and systems engineering field of study in a historical, social, or global context.
- Selects and/or utilizes the most appropriate industrial and systems engineering methodologies and practices.
- Evaluates or synthesizes information pertaining to questions or challenges in industrial and systems engineering.
- Communicates clearly in ways appropriate to industrial and systems engineering.
- Recognizes and applies principles of ethical and professional conduct.
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