Industrial Engineering - Online and Distance Education

Industrial Engineering

Master's Degrees | Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineering

Entrance Exam: GRE

Industrial engineers are in the business of making things work better and every industry can benefit from that. The field gives its practitioners an education in engineering and business, and the opportunity to work in a variety of fields such as bio- and nano- as well as traditional manufacturing, health care, entertainment, shipping and logistics, public utilities, telecommunications and management consulting.

The Master of Industrial Engineering (MIE) is designed to be a professional degree for the professional, practitioner-oriented individual who seeks graduate-level breadth in the field. It is intended as a terminal degree for self-supported, military, part-time, and co-op students preparing for a career in industry, government or consulting. Thus students pursuing this degree normally would not be considered for assistantship awards. No final oral examination or thesis research is required for this degree. Project work (up to six credit hours) is optional. Thus this degree may be obtained by course work only.

Students should have an undergraduate degree in engineering or in the behavioral, physical, or mathematical sciences. It is a 33 credit hour degree program that does not require a thesis, final oral exam or on-campus residency.


Applicants must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in an engineering or related discipline. The discipline does not have to be industrial engineering but it must have a strong engineering/mathematical curriculum.
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for all applicants.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (no more than two years old) for international applicants unless they have completed one year of study at a university in the United States.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons able to comment on the applicant’s qualifications for graduate study.


This master's degree requires 33 Engineering Online graduate credit hours. At 2020-21 tuition rates, the cost of the required courses is $513 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,361 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the 33-credit program is $16,929 for North Carolina residents and $44,913 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Plan of Study

minimum of 33 credit hours is required, of which at least 21 hours must be in Industrial Engineering courses. At least 27 hours of the 33 must be at the 500 level or above, and at least one 700 or 800 level ISE course must be included in the Plan of Graduate Work. Project work for the degree is optional; up to 6 hours of credit for ISE 677 (Industrial Engineering Projects) may be allowed toward the degree. As a breadth requirement, the student must elect one course from four of the five breadth requirement groups in ISE plus one course from Computer Science, Mathematics, or Statistics, for a total of 15 credit hours. No more than 6 hours of 400-level coursework are permitted on the Plan of Graduate Work from outside the Department of Industrial Engineering.

Breadth Requirement (15 hours)

This requirement is met by selecting:

  • One course from four of the following groups in the Breadth Requirement Course Listing (12 credit hours):
    • Economic Analysis and Decision Making
    • Human Factors and Ergonomics
    • Manufacturing Systems
    • Production Systems
    • Systems Analysis and Optimization
  • One course from group F (Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics) in the Breadth Requirement Course Listing.

For students with an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering, these breadth requirements should be discussed with the Director of Graduate Programs.

Minor Requirements

There is no minor; however, the student may elect a "concentration" from another department.

Project Work

Project work is optional. Credit may be allowed, for example, for work pursued during a co-op experience. Proposals for project work should be prepared using the form shown in the Appendix G, and must be reviewed and approved by the student's degree advisor. It is recommended that all project work should be documented in a formal report with properly listed references, abstract, etc. Such efforts should represent scholarly work above and beyond that done for other purposes, such as course term papers. M.I.E. students must register for ISE 677 (or ISE 589) in order to obtain course credit toward the degree for project work.