Industrial and Systems Engineering


Why study Industrial and Systems Engineering?

The Master of Engineering (MEng) track in Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) provides a graduate degree that focuses on the practice of engineering in order to better serve working professionals. Rather than culminate in a research experience and a thesis, the Master of Engineering curriculum provides skills and expertise that enhance the individual’s ability to contribute to the technical workforce. .

The UC ISE program aligns well with the new landscape in industries that saw explosive growth in data science, and integrates data science for the core mission of efficiency improvement and system optimization applicable for almost all industries. Three areas of concentration are offered, namely, data science, health and service systems, and Industry 4.0/5.0. The program will provide graduate level education that enables graduates to contribute to the field of industrial and systems engineering within a variety of industries and business organizations.

Admission Requirements

  • GRE - Required of all international students; GRE is exempt for students that earned a degree from an ABET accredited university (or equivalent accreditation) in the USA
  • Transcript(s) and Degree Certificates (unofficial transcripts are used for admissions review, only admitted applicants submit official transcripts)
  • GPA minimum 3.0 or equivalent
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation (three are preferred)
  • International students - English Proficiency Test: TOEFL (minimum 96 IBT) or IELTS (minimum 7)

Graduates work in roles including industrial engineer, system engineer, performance improvement engineer, data scientist, business analyst, consultant, process engineer, project manager, and operations research scientist. According to the BLS, jobs in these areas are expected to grow over the next 10 years with opportunities across the US. Employment is available in services, manufacturing, government agencies, and a variety of other sectors.

Students are encouraged to meet with the graduate program director to discuss curricular and career options.

Rather than a set "one size fits all" curriculum, students have a choice of several areas of emphasis.

The international track allows students to spend one semester abroad at a partner university and one semester at UC to earn the degree.

For those students seeking to complete the capstone requirement through an internship, the CEAS graduate office has a dedicated individual to help prepare students (particularly international students) for the US job market. This individual also helps to identify appropriate internship opportunities.

Completion of 30 credits of approved coursework

Capstone experience completed as either a project, paper or internship.

English language proficiency

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines and additional application information can be found at the CEAS Office of Graduate Studies. Generally, Fall Semester admission applications received by December 31 of the preceding year are automatically considered for additional support and assistantships.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Jing Shi
620R Old Chem
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-2380

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Program Code: 20MAS-ISE-MENG