2019 Best Master's in Industrial Engineering Online Programs

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The 12 colleges on this list represent the best schools for obtaining an online master's degree in industrial engineering, based on reported median alumni salaries and tuition. University of Central Florida, with an annual tuition of $9,572, is the most affordable. Though it ranks #12, alumni report median mid-career salaries over $100,000 per year. North Carolina State University ranks #1 overall, with a high median salary of $133,500. Students can obtain a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from #2-ranked New Mexico State University for only $13,216 per year, and graduates report median mid-career salaries of $131,400.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 North Carolina State University $21,165 $133,500
#2 #2 New Mexico State University $13,216 $131,400
#3 #3 Oklahoma State University-Main Campus $16,678 $131,400
#4 #4 The University of Texas at Arlington $16,120 $129,800
#5 #5 Georgia Institute of Technology $16,300 $127,700
#6 #6 Purdue University - Main Campus $19,530 $125,500
#7 #7 Texas A & M University-College Station $21,632 $122,700
#8 #8 Kansas State University $11,379 $121,300
#9 #9 Arizona State University $13,860 $113,000
#10 #10 New York University $26,970 $113,100
#11 #11 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville $12,240 $107,100
#12 #12 University of Central Florida $9,572 $105,600
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  • Annual Tuition: $21,165
  • Median Salary: $133,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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North Carolina State University offers an online Master of Industrial Engineering (MIE) program as well as a Masters of Engineering with an Industrial Engineering Concentration (ME). The MIE requires 33 credits, while the ME requires 30. Neither requires a thesis or oral exam. Admission to either stipulates a bachelors in engineering, sciences or related discipline, or behavioral sciences, together with GRE scores and a 3.0 GPA. The ME concentration requires 9 courses from the MIE program. Among the courses offered are Modeling and Analysis of Supply Chains, Logistics Engineering, and Scheduling and Inventory Control. In-state online graduate tuition is priced at $874 per credit, while non-resident tuition is priced at $1,245 per credit. NCSU is located in Raleigh, NC, and has offered distance education since 1978.

  • Annual Tuition: $13,216
  • Median Salary: $131,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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New Mexico State University offers a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE). Admission requires a 3.0 GPA, and bachelor's degree, with science and math backgrounds preferred.The MSIE requires 30 credits, and students may choose a project or a course-only option. A campus visit is required for the final oral exam.The program focuses on preparing students for managerial positions, with four areas of emphasis: Computer Modeling, Operations Research, Manufacturing Systems, and Quality and Reliability Engineering. Courses include Queuing Systems, Nonlinear Programming, Manufacturing Quality Analysis, and Ergonomics in Manufacturing Systems. In-state tuition is $252.70 per credit up to 6 credits, non-resident is $315.88 per credit up to 6 credits, and $881.10 per credit for more than 6 credits. Sample lectures are available on the program website.

  • Annual Tuition: $16,678
  • Median Salary: $131,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Oklahoma State University offers a highly ranked Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management (MSIEM) online program. Its focus is a combination of strong technical expertise combined with business management, which prepares students for management positions in the industry. Admission requires a bachelors degree in industrial engineering or related field, with a 3.0 GPA and GRE scores. The program has a 30 credit thesis option, and a 33 credit all coursework option. The thesis requires an oral defense. All MS/IEM students choose one of four tracks: General Engineering, Engineering Management, Operations Research or Supply Chain and Logistics. Each track has its own required courses. Courses include Stochastic Processes, Supply Chain Strategy and Network Optimization. Resident graduate tuition is priced at $230.45 per credit, while non-resident tuition is priced at $360 per credit.

  • Annual Tuition: $16,120
  • Median Salary: $129,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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The University of Texas at Arlington has an online Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) degree. Admission stipulates GRE scores, a 3.0 GPA and a bachelor's degree. The 30-credit program has both a thesis and non-thesis option, which replaces the thesis with a capstone project. Students select one of three tracks: Industry Applications, Decision Analytics or Logistics. The degree has common core courses, with specific additional requirements for each track, and a comprehensive final exam. Students with a background in math, science or engineering have preference. Offered courses include Operations Research, Human Engineering, and Global Supply Chain Management. The UTA program is one of the top rated in Texas, and non-resident tuition is priced at $2,997.31 for three credits.

  • Annual Tuition: $16,300
  • Median Salary: $127,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Georgia Institute of Technology offers an online Master of Science in Engineering (MSIS) degree. The 30 credit program does not require either a thesis or a capstone. Admission requires GRE scores, a 3.0 GPA and a bachelor's in science or a related field. Georgia Tech is one of the top rated engineering institutions in the world, and their Industrial Engineering program is the largest in the country. The MSIS focuses on the traditional industrial domains of manufacturing, warehousing and supply chains. Core classes include Manufacturing Systems, Warehousing Systems, Queuing Theory, and Transportation and Supply Chain Systems. Georgia Tech is located in Atlanta, tuition priced at $1,100 per credit, and online students are offered extensive support.

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  • Annual Tuition: $19,530
  • Median Salary: $125,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Purdue University offers both a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) and an MS in Interdisciplinary Engineering/Industrial Engineering (MS/MSE). These highly regarded programs are 30 credits each, and may be completed in 3 or 4 semesters. Both offer thesis and non-thesis options. Admission requires a bachelor's degree, GRE and a 3.0 GPA; an engineering mathematics background is preferred. MSIE students may specialize in Human Factors, Production Systems, Manufacturing Systems, or Operational Research. The concentration is noted on the transcript. MS/MSE students may choose from 12 specialties including Materials Engineering, Computer Science and Astronautics Engineering. Support for online students is exceptional. Resident graduate tuition is priced at $3,417 for a 3-credit class, while non-resident tuition is priced at $3,906. The Purdue program is one of few that offer a manufacturing emphasis.

  • Annual Tuition: $21,632
  • Median Salary: $122,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Texas A & M University offers an online Master's of Engineering in Industrial Engineering (MEIE). This 30-credit program can be completed in 18 months. There is no thesis requirement, but there is an oral final exam. The focus is on enhancing student analytical skills for management positions. Admissions stipulates GRE scores, a 3.0 GPA and a bachelor's degree in engineering, math, physics or a related field. Among the courses offered are Quality Engineering, Optimization and Modeling Tools, and Engineering Decision Tools. TAMU's MEIE program is the top-rated online engineering program in Texas. Resident online graduate tuition is priced at $2,522.99 for a 3 credit course, and $3,356.99 for non-residents.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,379
  • Median Salary: $121,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Kansas State University offers a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE). This top rated program requires 30 credits, and has a thesis and all-coursework options. A bachelor's in engineering, math or sciences, together with GRE scores and a 3.0 GPA are needed for admission. Students complete a thesis or a culminating experience. Students who reside within 250 miles of the campus must attend on campus. Students further away present via teleconference. Courses include Quality Engineering, Big Data Analytics and Multiple Criteria Decision Making. The university has a virtual commencement ceremony for online students who are not able to attend graduation on campus. Impressive support for online students is available through K-State's Global Campus. All Global Campus students pay the same tuition, which is $567.90 per credit.

  • Annual Tuition: $13,860
  • Median Salary: $113,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Arizona State University offers a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, and a combined MBA and Master of Science in Engineering in Industrial Engineering (MBA/MSE). Both are top rated. The MSIE focus is on enhancing analytical skills to solve issues within large organizations, and the MBA/MSE focuses on both analytics and business management. The 30 credit MSIE offers three areas of study: Information Systems, Operations Research and Quality and Reliability. A certificate program is offered in International Logistics. Admission requires a bachelor's, 3.0 GPA and GRE scores. The 56 credit MBA/MSE are concurrent programs. The MBA classes last 7.5 weeks each and are taken one at a time. Online students all pay the same tuition, which is $8,316 for a 3 credit course. ASU is located in Tempe, Arizona.

  • Annual Tuition: $26,970
  • Median Salary: $113,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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New York University offers a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE). The 30 credit interdisciplinary program is offered through the Tanden School of Engineering. The program is interdisciplinary, and stresses technical skills to improve quality and efficiency, as well as business leadership. Admission requires a bachelor's with a 3.0 GPA. Students without a background in engineering or economics will be admitted conditionally, and will be required to take appropriate background courses. Concentrations are encouraged, and students may choose among Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering, Operations Management, Construction Management, Transportation Engineering or Technology Management. Courses include Facility Planning and Design, Lean Manufacturing, and Human Capital Engineering. Tuition is priced at $1,798 per credit.

  • Annual Tuition: $12,240
  • Median Salary: $107,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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The University of Tennessee-Knoxville offers an online Master of Science in Industrial Systems Engineering in Engineering Management (MSISE/EM). This 30 credit program has a thesis and non-thesis option. The non-thesis option is a capstone design project. Admission requires a bachelor's degree in a relevant field, a 3.0 GPA and GRE scores. This concentration also requires 2 years of experience as a practicing engineer in science or that the student is currently employed full-time in a related position. The program provides practicing engineers with enhanced analytical and management skills to prepare students for leadership in technical settings. Core courses include Statistical Methods, Advanced Engineering Economic Analysis and Optimization Methods. In-state online tuition is priced at $626 per credit, while out-of-state is priced at $701 per credit.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,572
  • Median Salary: $105,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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The University of Central Florida offers no less than seven online Master of Science programs in Industrial Engineering. They include Industrial Engineering MS degrees in Operational Research, Quality Systems, Simulation Modeling, Systems Engineering, Human Systems, Interactive Simulation and Industrial Engineering. The focus varies, but is generally on design and improvement of systems, operations and products. Admission requires a bachelor's degree in engineering, math, physics or a related field. Students have thesis or non-thesis options; the thesis requires a defense. The non-thesis option requires a capstone project. The 30-credit programs usually take 2 years, at the typical rate of two courses per semester, but may be completed in 3 semesters by a heavier course load. In-state tuition is priced at $327.23 per credit, while non-resident tuition is priced at $694.82 per credit.

Online Master's in Industrial Engineering Overview

Online master's degree programs in industrial engineering can be found at many colleges and universities. There are several flexible online options available for working professionals who wish to complete their degree while remaining employed. In order to be admitted to an online master's program, a student will need to have a bachelor's degree in a related subject with a GPA of at least 3.0. A statement of purpose or admissions essay is also a standard requirement. Depending on the school, prospective students may also need to take a graduate admissions test such as the GRE and provide letters of recommendation.

Typical coursework includes classes in factory simulation, production science, lean manufacturing, human factors in engineering, and mathematical programming. Upon completion of a master's degree, graduates will be qualified for advanced management positions in the field and may also find work teaching or conducting research.

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