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Master's Programs

The Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering has a strong and diverse master's program that provides opportunities for study in specific areas in industrial and systems engineering, as well as general master's study. Both thesis and non-thesis tracks are available for all students. Master's graduates can select a plan that leads to advanced study at the PhD level, or one that prepares them to challenging positions in the public or private sectors.

Prospective Master's students should have a strong academic background that is commensurate with their desired field of study within the department. Students can select one of the general focus areas for their graduate study - human factors and ergonomics, management systems, manufacturing systems, or operations research or they can select the general industrial engineering track, which provides more flexibility in tailoring their study. The links to each option area provide more detail about the required background for each.

General Focus Areas and Tracks

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    Master of Engineering Administration (MEA)

    This degree program is designed for individuals who are interested in leadership positions or career opportunities in the management of research, engineering, or technology development enterprises.

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    Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics

    Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics (HFEE) is concerned with ways of designing jobs, machines, operations, and work environments so they are compatible with human capacities and limitations.

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    Management Systems Engineering

    Management Systems Engineering (MSE) is the definition and application of engineering design and analysis processes and methodologies to systems involving people and technologies within organizations.

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    Manufacturing Systems Engineering

    The Manufacturing Systems Engineering Masters of Engineering program is designed to provide in-depth coverage of a wide range of topics related to manufacturing systems engineering.

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    Operations Research

    Operations Research (OR) is the application of scientific and mathematical methods to the analysis, management, and design of complex systems, and analytics is the use of data to gain insight into systems and improve decision-making.

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    Systems Engineering

    Systems engineering analyzes the operational needs of industrial, business and government enterprises and by applying scientific and engineering technology develops the integrated hardware and software required to meet those needs.