Top Schools for Industrial Engineering

Nov 08, 2021

Read about programs in industrial engineering, through which students learn how to use energy, information, machines, and people more efficiently. Learn about the degree options at four top-notch schools, and find a list of other postsecondary institutions that offer programs in industrial engineering.

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School Overviews

Industrial engineering programs can be found at the undergraduate and graduate levels at many high-ranking institutions, all of which prepare students for professional work in the field. Four of the top schools for industrial engineering include the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Auburn University, and Stanford University, all of which received high rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Each of the schools offers a bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree in industrial engineering or a closely related field of study.

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor ranked second for its undergraduate industrial engineering program in 2017, according to U.S. News & World Report. The university's Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Science (M.S.) in Industrial and Operations Engineering. Students can also pursue a Master of Science in Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Industrial Operations Engineering. An honors program in engineering leadership and a combined bachelor's/master's degree program, known as Sequential Graduate Undergraduate Studies, are also offered.

Georgia Institute of Technology

The H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech was ranked first for its undergraduate industrial engineering program by U.S. News & World Report in 2017. The institute also placed 34th among national universities for 2017. At the school, students can pursue a B.S. in Industrial Engineering in one of the following five specializations: general studies in industrial engineering, quality and statistics, economic decision analysis, operations research, and supply chain engineering. Graduate programs lead to an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering. Additional programs include a dual master's degree program offered in cooperation with the National University of Singapore.

Stanford University

At Stanford University, students can pursue studies in industrial engineering through the Department of Management Science and Engineering. The university placed fifth among national universities on U.S. News and World Report's list for 2017. The department takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of industrial engineering and offers a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering. Departmental emphasis is on research, which may include topics in production and operations management, decision and risk analysis, or system modeling and optimization.

Auburn University

This school ranked 43rd among all public schools on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list. The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. An accelerated B.S./M.S. program is available. The department has 17 research areas, including manufacturing systems design, ergonomics, and engineering management.

Top Industrial Engineering Schools

Other top schools for industrial engineering include:

School Name Distinction Location
Lehigh University Offers seven different minors for industrial engineering students Bethlehem, PA
Ohio State University Has an Engineering Education Innovation Center for undergraduates Columbus, OH
Purdue University - West Lafayette Has a HUB-Collaborative Initiative program for industrial engineering students West Lafayette, IN
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Has the Archer Center for Leadership Development Troy, NY
Texas A&M University Has two master's degree programs available through distance learning College Station, TX
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Has a Sequential Graduate/Undergraduate Studies program Ann Arbor, MI
Virginia Tech Offers an international dual master's degree program with L'École des Mines des Nantes in France Blacksburg, VA

The top industrial engineering programs may offer combined degrees, different research areas, and specializations. Programs may also offer students the chance to study abroad or take online courses.

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