Masters in Industrial Engineering

Program Mission

The master’s program of industrial engineering has a mission to educate leaders and managers with the knowledge and tools to enable them to assist any organization to continuously improve its system and processes. Their training will allow them to benefit organizations by reducing operational cost while providing superior quality services and products.

Role of Industrial Engineers

The role of the industrial engineer is to effectively and efficiently utilize software technologies, machine tools, math and scientific concepts, and human resources in order to solve problems, provide products or services at minimal cost, and produce on time at the optimum output level to satisfy customer demands. The industrial engineering master’s program (MSIE) at Bradley is designed to broaden the career paths of our students in manufacturing fields, financial organizations, health care and service industries, entertainment enterprises, government occupations, or non-profit industries.

An education at Bradley offers knowledge regarding not only increasing profits based on continuously improving the sector’s system, but also reducing waste and product defects for increasing productivity. A list of possible industrial engineering careers for master’s degree holders are outlined, but certainly not limited to, the following:

  • Industrial engineers at UPS are the world’s best communicators, as they train drivers to understand the importance of production and delivery output, use queuing theory to design on-time package delivery systems, and devise simulations or supply chain tools for their system integration tasks.
  • Industrial engineers at Disney Parks ensure accessibility for Disneyland customers and enjoyment of the most value-added time in each attraction with minimal lead time. Further, the implementation of green systems is formulated to meet the needs of customers.
  • Industrial engineers at Caterpillar, John Deere, or Boeing design best facility and process plans for new products, provide manufacturability analyses, and create cost analysis process planning. Industrial engineers in these organizations are also taking leadership roles in conducting life-cycle management and green engineering initiatives toward environmentally-friendly projects.
  • Industrial Engineers at the Mayo Clinic re-engineer facility and process planning for the emergency room to reduce both patient waiting time and doctor/nurse travel time. These efforts eventually minimize heath cost and maximize throughput. Industrial engineers also use ergonomic principles to create flexible beds and chairs to accommodate the varying needs of patients.
  • Industrial engineers serve as managers in small and medium-sized industries because they understand the management of people and resources, internal and external customer perspectives, effective communication skills, and important business practices and ethics. Most of all, they have the ability to continuously improve the entire system, from working with materials, tools, and technologies to successfully managing staff and human resources.

Educational Development for Future Success

MSIE at Bradley not only provides a self-constructed program of study for each student based on his or her career interests, but also encourages graduate students to conduct research projects to expand their knowledge in a specific field. The independent research and project management skills gained through this type of training are considered key core competencies of engineers in any organization. MSIE students will be encouraged to begin research projects early in their academic training in order to foster interactions between faculty and students and increase chances for industry or federal agency-funded projects.

Estimated Time for Program Completion

Full-time students can complete the MSIE program in 1.5 years. Part-time students have up to a maximum of five years to complete the program.

Financial Assistance

The Graduate School awards scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships on a competitive basis to graduate students. Awards range from partial tuition support to full tuition support that may include a stipend. Students seeking financial assistance should apply according to the deadlines set by the Graduate School at


Faculty in the MSIE program share the same core values to provide the best curriculum and classroom experience possible. Our diverse staff represent varying academic experiences and areas of expertise. This provides a wide range of research opportunities to meet specific student needs, allowing them to not only understand the theory but also grow through industrial or practical projects. The faculty education background can be found here.

Expert Research Support

Two full-time technicians with mechanical and computer networking expertise aid the Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering & Technology. They support the faculty and graduate students with a multitude of project needs, such as creating fixtures for prototype developments, assisting in networking, and preparing specimens for experiments.

Degree Requirements

The program offers students three options: thesis, research project, and a courses only option. The thesis option and the research-project option each require a total of 30 credit hours. The all-course option requires a total of 33 credit hours. A minimum grade point average of 3.00 is required for degree completion. Credit hours must be fulfilled as follows:

A. Core courses - 9 credit hours

IME 511 Engineering Statistical Methods 3
IME 512 Design and Analysis of Experiments 3
IME 514 Introduction to Operations Research 3

B. Thesis (6 credit hours), research project (3 credit hours) – not required for all-course option

IME 600 Seminar R/0
Periodic research presentations; all graduate students are required to enroll for this class
Thesis Option
IME 699 Thesis Work 6
Research-Project Option
IME 691 Research 3

Both thesis and project options should lead to a scholarly publication which must demonstrate comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of a topic in a concentration. It should be suitable for submission to a refereed publication acceptable to the Program of study (POS) committee. A thesis involves more extensive and in-depth research than a research-project. For more detailed information on these options, please refer to the following document. (Rules for Thesis and Project Options) Responding to input received from industry and our alumni, the masters of Industrial engineering program (MSIE) has been modified to allow students to select from one of the following concentrations:

1) Systems Engineering Concentration 2) Engineering Financial Management Concentration

This document provides definitions and rules relative to research-projects, theses and comprehensive exams to be completed by students in the graduate programs in the IMET Department.

C. Concentration courses (Min of 12 credit hours from any one of the concentrations)

Systems Engineering Concentration
(1) IME 515 Linear Programming 3
(2) IME 522 Manufacturing Quality Control 3
(3) IME 526 Reliability Engineering 3
(4) IME 561 Simulation of Man-Machine Systems 3
(5) IME 566 Advanced Facility Planning 3
(6) IME 583 Production Planning Control 3
(7) IME 585 Human Factors Engineering 3
(8) IME 587 Occupational Safety and Health 3
Engineering Financial Management Concentration
(1) IME 501 Engineering Economy and Costs 3
(2) FIN 522 Introduction to Finance 2
(3) FIN 622 Financial Management 3
(4) FIN 624 Capital Budgeting

(5) FIN 625 Financial Analysis 3

D. Elective courses

Remainder of the credit hours should come from the list below
a. Any 500-600 level course(s) offered in the IMET Department
b. Any other graduate level course(s) in the University with consent of the project/thesis adviser