Top Schools for Industrial Engineering

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 three top-notch schools, and find a list of other postsecondary institutions that offer programs in industrial engineering.

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Three of the top schools for industrial engineering include the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Stanford University. Each of the three schools offers a bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree in industrial engineering or a closely related field of study.

Top Schools for Industrial Engineering

1. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, ranked first among public institutions offering degrees in industrial engineering in 2010, as well as among the top ten public universities in 2014, 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 (IOE). Students can also pursue a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in IOE. An honors program in engineering leadership and a combined bachelor's/master's degree program known as Sequential Graduate Undergraduate Studies (SGUS) are also offered.

2. Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, GA

The H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech ranked first in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2010; the institute also placed 36th among national universities for 2014. 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.

3. Stanford University in Stanford, CA

At Stanford University, students can pursue studies in industrial engineering through the Department of Management Science and Engineering, which tied for fourth place in 2010, as designated by U.S. News & World Report. The university also placed fifth on USN&WR's list of national universities for 2014. 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.

List of Ten Schools with Good Industrial Engineering Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Auburn University Industrial engineering department outreach program Auburn, AL
Georgia Institute of Technology Dual master's degree program with the National University of Singapore Atlanta, GA
Lehigh University Offers seven different minors for industrial engineering students Bethlehem, PA
Ohio State University Engineering Education Innovation Center for undergraduates Columbus, OH
Purdue University - West Lafayette HUB-CI (Collaborative Initiative) program for industrial engineering students West Lafayette, IN
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Archer Center for Leadership Development Troy, NY
Stanford University Department structure that emphasizes multidisciplinary study Stanford, CA
Texas A&M University Two master's degree programs available through distance learning College Station, TX
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor SGUS program Ann Arbor, MI
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University International dual master's degree program with L'École des Mines des Nantes in France Blacksburg, VA
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