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Engineering: Industrial and Systems Engineering Focus

Katie Schenk - December 18, 2019

Industrial and systems engineering degrees

Want to get your master’s degree in industrial or systems engineering (either MS or ME) in the United States? There are plenty of opportunities and the sector is growing at a faster than average pace.

How much do systems and industrial engineers earn in the US?

According to PayScale.com, Master of Science in Industrial Engineering degree holders earned an average of $78,260 annually. The average for those with an MS in Systems Engineering is $104,000.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) put the 2016 median pay (across degrees) at $87,040 per year, with a mean annual salary of $91,630.

The industries with the highest salaries, according to the BLS, are:

  • Outpatient Care Centers: $127,120 

  • Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil: $123,680 

  • Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas: $115,040 

  • Telecommunications: $114,530 

  • Natural Gas Distribution: $111,700

Where do industrial engineers work in the US?

In case you’re wondering as you browse the employers that recruit MS and ME industrial engineers on university campuses, the states employing the highest numbers of industrial engineers are:

  • Michigan employment: 31,520
  • California employment: 26,220
  • Texas employment: 17,910
  • Ohio employment: 15,440
  • New York employment: 12,030

That might help you determine the best programme for your studies as you consider some of the top schools below.

Top US industrial and systems engineering masters programmes

Want to learn more about the top MS and Meng industrial and systems engineering programmes in the US? Take a look at their rankings, degrees, estimated cost of attendance and the companies recruiting on their campuses. 

Georgia Institute of Technology - College of Engineering

Atlanta, Georgia | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 7
  • USNWR industrial and systems department rank: 1
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,134
  • Degrees available
    • MS in Industrial Engineering 

    • MS in Supply Chain Engineering 

    • MS in Analytics MS: Analytics Online 

    • MS in Operations Research 

    • MS in Statistics 

    • MS in Health Systems 

    • MS in Quantitative & Computational Finance 

    • MS in Computational Science and Engineering 

    • MS in International Logistics

University of Michigan Ann Arbor - College of Engineering

Ann Arbor, Michigan | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 5
  • USNWR industrial and systems department rank: 2
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $72,724
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Industrial and Operations Engineering
  • Offers winter admissions

University of California Berkeley - School of Engineering

Berkeley (San Francisco), California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 3
  • USNWR industrial and systems department rank: 4
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $60,932
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research
    • Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Berkeley graduates.

Virginia Tech - College of Engineering

Blacksburg, Virginia | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR industrial and systems department rank: 4
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $46,050
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems Engineering
    • Master of Science in Operations Research

    • Master of Engineering in Operations Research

    • Master of Science in Systems Engineering

  • Occasionally offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Virginia Tech graduates.

Purdue University - College of Engineering

West Lafayette, Indiana| Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 8
  • USNWR industrial and systems department rank: 6
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,908
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE)
  • Offers spring admissions.

University of Wisconsin ​Madison - College of Engineering

Madison, Wisconsin| Midwest

Pennsylvania State University University Park - College of Engineering

University Park, Pennsylvania | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 35
  • USNWR industrial and systems department rank: 6
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $54,000
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (M.S.IE)
  • Offers spring admissions.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - School of Engineering

Cambridge (Boston), Massachusetts | Northeast

Cornell University - College of Engineering

Ithaca, New York| Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 14
  • USNWR industrial and systems department rank: 9
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $86,876
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering (M.Eng.SE)

Columbia University - The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

New York, New York | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 11
  • USNWR industrial and systems department rank: 11
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $87,335
  • Degrees available
    • MS in Management Science and Engineering (MS&E)
    • MS in Business Analytics (MSBA)
    • MS in Financial Engineering (MSFE)
    • MS in Operations Research (MSOR)
    • MS in Industrial Engineering (MSIE)
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Columbia graduates.

Texas A&M University - Dwight Look College of Engineering

College Station, Texas | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 15
  • USNWR systems and industrial department rank: 11
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $40,672
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Engineering Systems Management

    • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

    • Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering

  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Texas A&M graduates.

University of Southern California - Viterbi School of Engineering

Los Angeles, California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 9
  • USNWR industrial and systems department rank: 13
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $84,307
  • Degrees available
    • MS in Industrial & Systems Engineering (MSISE)

  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Viterbi graduates.

Ohio State University - College of Engineering

Columbus, Ohio | Midwest

University of Illinois Urbana-​Champaign - College of Engineering

Urbana, Illinois | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 10
  • USNWR industrial and systems department rank: 15
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,134
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng.ME)
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Illinois graduates.

North Carolina State University - College of Engineering

Raleigh, North Carolina| South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 24
  • USNWR industrial and systems department rank: 15
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,473
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Industrial Engineering (MIE)
    • Master of Industrial Engineering / Master of Business Administration (MIE-MBA)

    • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE)

    • Master of Operations Research (MOR)

    • Master of Science in Operations Research (MSOR)

    • Master of Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MIMSE)

  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting NC State graduates.

Arizona State University - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Tempe, Arizona | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 44
  • USNWR industrial and systems department rank: 18
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,555
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

    • Dual degree: MS in Industrial Engineering/MBA

  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting ASU graduates.

University of Florida - Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Gainesville, Florida | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 45
  • USNWR industrial and systems department rank: 18
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,234
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering (M.S.ISE)
    • Master of Engineering in Industrial and Systems Engineering (M.Eng.ISE)
  • Offers spring admissions.

University of Pittsburgh - Swanson School of Engineering

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 47
  • USNWR industrial and systems department rank: 18
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $65,136
  • Degrees available
    • MS in Industrial Engineering (MSIE)
    • Dual degree: MS in Supply Chain Management/MS in Industrial Engineering (MSIE/MSSCM)
    • Dual degree: MSIE/MBA
  • Offers spring admissions.

University of Texas ​Austin - Cockrell School of Engineering

Austin, Texas| West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 11
  • USNWR industrial and systems department rank: 21
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $39,476
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering
  • Occasionally offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Cockrell graduates.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - School of Engineering

Troy, New York | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 41
  • USNWR industrial and systems department rank: 29
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $74,306
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Industrial and Management Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Industrial and Management Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Rensselaer graduates.

University of Pennsylvania - School of Engineering and Applied Science

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 17
  • USNWR industrial and systems department rank: 24
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $80,206
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Engineering in Systems Engineering

University of Washington - College of Engineering

Seattle, Washington | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • USNWR industrial and systems department rank: 24
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $54,219
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE)
    • Master of Industrial & Systems Engineering (MISE)
  • Take a look at companies recruiting U of Washington graduates.

Iowa State University - College of Engineering

Ames, Iowa | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 41
  • USNWR systems and industrial department rank: 24
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,902
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (M.S. IE)

    • Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering (M.Eng. IE)

    • Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering

  • Offers spring admissions.

University of Minnesota Twin Cities - College of Science and Engineering

Minneapolis, Minnesota | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • USNWR systems and industrial department rank: 29
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,164
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Industrial & Systems Engineering (MSISyE)
    • Dual MS in ISyE and Civil Eng (Transportation Engineering Focus)
  • Occasionally offers spring admissions.

University of Virginia - School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Charlottesville, Virginia | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 41
  • USNWR industrial and systems department rank: 29
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,532
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Systems Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

Northeastern University - College of Engineering

Boston, Massachusetts | Northeast

Boston University - College of Engineering

Boston, Massachusetts | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 36
  • USNWR industrial and systems department rank: 41
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $75,472
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Systems Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

Case Western Reserve University - Case School of Engineering

Cleveland, Ohio | Midwest

Have you already found the industrial or systems engineering programme you want to attend?

Once you've gotten in, we'd love to help you out. 

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Post updated for accuracy and freshness on December 18, 2019. Originally published on November 9, 2017.



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