30 Best Online Master’s in Industrial or Systems Engineering Degrees

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In this article, we profile the 30 best online master’s in industrial engineering or systems engineering programs.

Industrial and systems engineering are highly specialized engineering disciplines that require specific training and knowledge. While entry-level careers require a bachelor’s degree, advanced roles demand additional training. Master’s degrees are essential for career advancement. Thankfully, some of the nation’s top institutions are now offering online options for earning a master’s in industrial or systems engineering.

Top 10 Best Online Master’s in Industrial or Systems Engineering Degrees 2017

Rank School Location
1 New Mexico State University Alamogordo, NM
2 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
3 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
4 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
5 Texas A&M University Killeen, TX
6 Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA
7 Iowa State University Ames, IA
8 Clemson University Clemson, SC
9 Purdue University Hammond, IN
10 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
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Accredited Online College Programs

We looked at 73 accredited colleges and universities listed by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator that offered online master’s in industrial or systems engineering, or closely related disciplines. We narrowed our original list of schools by choosing those with regional or national rankings from major publications like U.S. News and World Report. We then listed them in order of affordability based on the in-state graduate tuition rates published by NCES College Navigator.

The resulting selections for our top 30 best online master’s in industrial or systems engineering degrees are listed below in order of affordability.

  1. New Mexico State University
    Location

    Alamogordo, NM

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    The most affordable online master's in industrial and systems engineering on our list is found at New Mexico State University. Students may complete the master's in industrial engineering entirely online with minimal on-campus requirements. There is also a project or course-only option, both of which require 30 credits. Online courses include engineering and managerial economics, logistics, operations research, project management, quality control, and strategic planning. Admission to the program requires that the applicant hold an undergraduate or advanced degree from an accredited college or university with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. New Mexico State is a top nationally ranked institution by major publications like U.S. News and World Report. In recent years, the online graduate engineering programs have earned national recognition.

  2. Kennesaw State University
    Location

    Kennesaw, GA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Kennesaw State University's accredited online master's in systems engineering degree program is designed for working students with real-life experience in the field of systems engineering. Admission requires an undergraduate degree in engineering or closely related major from an accredited institution, GRE scores, two recommendations by former or current supervisors, professors, or professional colleagues, and a current resume. All courses are delivered online and include economic decision analysis, introduction to systems engineering, reliability and sustainability, statistics for quality assurance, systems analysis and design, and system architecture. Kennesaw is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a top national university. According to the most recent edition of Best Colleges, Kennesaw's online graduate engineering programs rank #56 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

  3. Texas Tech University
    Location

    Lubbock, TX

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Texas Tech University offers one of the most affordable online master's in industrial and systems engineering degree programs on our list. Students may earn either a master's in industrial engineering or master's in systems and engineering management entirely online. The application process requires the completion of the GRE with cumulative scores on the math and verbal sections of 1100. A bachelor's degree in engineering or closely related discipline is required prior to admission. Online courses include engineering management, ergonomics and human factors engineering, manufacturing and quality assurance, operations research, and statistics and quality assurance. Texas Tech is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the 176th best national university and 93rd top public school. Also, the online graduate engineering programs are ranked #17 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

  4. University of Central Florida
    Location

    Orlando, FL

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    One of the most affordable online master's in industrial and systems engineering is the industrial engineering program at University of Central Florida. The program is research-focused and offers six concentration areas so that students may tailor their degree toward career goals and interests. These concentrations include human systems engineering, interactive simulation and training systems, operations research, quality systems engineering, simulation modeling and analysis, and systems engineering. The degree requires 30 credits with thesis and non-thesis options available. University of Central Florida is a top-ranked institution. In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranks the school as the 176th best national university and 93rd top public school. Also, for those interested in a doctoral engineering degree, University of Central Florida ranks #91 for best engineering program (doctorate).

  5. Texas A&M University
    Location

    Killeen, TX

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    The online master's in industrial engineering program at Texas A&M University is one of the most affordable on our list. This 30-credit hour, non-thesis degree can be completed entirely online by taking a series of courses with practice-oriented curriculum. Online courses include data analytics and tools, engineering economy, human factors, logistics and inventory control, optimization models and tools, and simulation engineering models and tools. Admission to the master's program requires an earned bachelor's degree in engineering from an accredited college or university and complete application package. Texas A&M is ranked by major publications like U.S. News and World Report. In fact, the school is ranked as the 74th best national university and 21st best value institution. In recent years, the online graduate engineering programs have also earned rankings.

  6. Louisiana Tech University
    Location

    Ruston, LA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Louisiana Tech University offers an online master's in engineering degree with industrial engineering concentration option. Coursework may be taken on campus or online and includes required classes like engineering computational methods, introduction to engineering and science research methods, and professional development. Concentration course include economics and decision making, facilities planning, and manufacturing and operations analysis. The program is designed to fit busy schedules like those of professional engineering students who work full-time. The institution is ranked by major publications like U.S. News and World Report as the 202nd best national university and 110th top public school. The online graduate engineering programs have recently earned rankings from U.S. News and other publications.

  7. Iowa State University
    Location

    Ames, IA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    The online master's in industrial engineering from Iowa State University is an accredited and affordable program. All coursework is delivered online and taught by the same university professors who instruction on campus. A total of 30 credits are required for the degree. Required courses include design and analysis of allocation mechanisms, geometric variability in manufacturing, human factors in product design, reliability and safety engineering, and simulation modeling and analysis. Admission to the program requires a bachelor's in industrial engineering or its equivalent from an accredited university or college and GRE scores. Iowa State is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the 111th best national university in the most recent edition of Best Colleges.

  8. Clemson University
    Location

    Clemson, SC

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Clemson University offers an online industrial engineering master's degree program for professionals who want a high-quality advanced degree but do not want to leave their current full-time employment. To accommodate busy student schedules, the program offers asynchronous classes via web-based technologies. Classes include diverse businesses and industries, industrial engineering fundamentals, and solving current problems in the industry. Admission requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and relevant industry experience (three years minimum). Clemson is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the 66th best national university in the country, and the online graduate engineering programs are ranked #31 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

  9. Purdue University
    Location

    Hammond, IN

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Purdue University is listed among our top most affordable schools to offer an online industrial engineering master's degree. The 30-credit program is designed for working students with a bachelor's in engineering, or closely related degree discipline. Courses are delivered online and include human factors engineering, manufacturing systems engineering, mathematical programming, production systems engineering, and simulation and stochastic processes. Both thesis and non-thesis degree options are available. Purdue is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the 60th best national university. Also, the online graduate engineering programs rank #5 out of more than 1,200 programs surveyed by U.S. News.

  10. North Carolina State University
    Location

    Raleigh, NC

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    The online master's in industrial engineering program at North Carolina State University is among the most affordable on our list. The program is designed for the professional engineer with an earned bachelor's degree in engineering from an accredited institution. GRE scores and three letters of recommendation are also required. There is no thesis; however, all coursework must be completed prior to graduation. The program does not require campus visits or an on-campus residency. Courses are delivered entirely online and include applied engineering economy, human information processing, linear programming, manufacturing process engineering, and theory of activity networks. NC State is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the 92nd best national university and 62nd best value school. Also, the online graduate engineering programs rank #9 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

GSH Staff
April 2017

This concludes our list of the 30 best online master’s in industrial engineering or systems engineering degrees.

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