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Industrial Engineering

Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)

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Credits Required: 30
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Industry Highlights

  • Overall engineering employment is expected to grow by 11% from 2010 to 2020.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Prepare yourself to succeed in a rapidly growing field

Industrial Engineering is a wide-ranging field that touches many different industries and many different parts of our national economy. It's concerned with the design, improvement and installation of systems integrating people, materials, equipment and energy. The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (IENM) program is designed to prepare students who hold a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering or other engineering disciplines for advanced level professional practice in industrial engineering.

Why Industrial Engineering at Western Michigan University

The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Western Michigan University strives to be recognized as a leader in state-of-the-art education, providing continuously improving, student-centered education and research environments for students and faculty. We offer programs that emphasize a strong relationship with industry, fostering student interaction with faculty and industry professionals focused on appropriate methods for improving processes, products, and systems.

WMU's Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering is a Registered Education Provider for the Project Management Institute. Earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) for your Project Management Professional (PMP) credential when you take IME 6140.

Who should apply

Students with a B.S. in industrial engineering are not usually required to take any prerequisite classes. Students with other majors are encouraged to apply, but may be required to take prerequisite courses depending upon their background. Applicants must:

  1. Satisfy all the master's admission requirements of both the University and the department.
  2. Possess a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  3. Submit GRE scores for the General Test.

Note: Applicants with a GPA of at least 2.6 but under 3.0 will be given probationary admission - non-degree status. They may be granted regular admission after completing nine hours of approved graduate courses with a grade of "B" or better.

Career opportunities

The number of career opportunities for those with both technical competence and managerial skills are rapidly growing. Graduates of this program are qualified to work in mid-high level areas of supervision and management in the manufacturing and service environment.

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 46 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.