Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering


Join this respected graduate Engineering program at North Carolina A&T State University — America's largest public HBCU, the country's top producer of African American engineers and the leader in percentage of engineering master’s degrees awarded to women. Students from diverse STEM majors will grow high-level, high-demand skills based on current and emerging industry standards. The program emphasizes skills in systems engineering, collaboration and engagement that are critical to overcoming complex societal problems. Students tackle these issues in a supportive environment working with nationally recognized faculty. Courses in industry-desired areas include data analytics, human factors, entrepreneurship, supply chain, project management and Lean/Six Sigma. The program is interdisciplinary by its nature, and students have the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research in diverse areas, including:

  • Advanced manufacturing processes
  • Energy and sustainability
  • Ergonomics and biomechanics
  • Healthcare systems and systems safety
  • Homeland and cybersecurity
  • Human-machine systems
  • Logistic and supply chain management
  • Production and manufacturing
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  • Credits required: 30
  • Time to completion: 2-3 semesters if full-time
  • Tuition: $233/credit hour (in-state); $860/credit hour (out-of-state)

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An advanced degree will allow you to expand your knowledge, stay up-to-date with trends and technology, be more competitive in the job market, and increase your earning potential. According to data from PayScale, the average base salary of graduates with an M.S. in Systems Engineering is 20% higher than that of graduates with a B.S. in the same field. Industrial and Systems Engineers (ISEs) are known for solving complex problems requiring the integration of people, technologies, materials and environments. As an ISE, you will make the world safer through better designed products and processes, and you’ll have a hand in devising solutions for some of modern society’s top problems. This program will give you the knowledge to improve organizational performance across a variety of industries, setting you up for a rewarding and prosperous 21 century career.


The versatility of ISEs makes their work valuable for many industries and companies that will be using new technologies to automate production processes. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for industrial and systems engineers to grow 10% from 2019 to 2029, more than double the overall job average of 4%. EMSI projects jobs in the region for ISEs with a master’s degree to increase 8.8% from 2020 to 2025.


Median pay per year, industrial engineers 2020


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This program allows entrance from a variety of engineering, psychology, technology and business undergraduate programs. For some applicants, one to three background courses may be required.

Program Requirements

The program requires 30 hours (10 courses), with project and course-only options. There are four required core courses (12 credits):

  • ISEN 625: Information Systems
  • ISEN 655: Production Control
  • ISEN 665: Human Machine Systems
  • ISEN 675: Design of Experiments.

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North Carolina A&T has established a number of financial support opportunities for outstanding graduate students in order to enhance research and graduate education. These include fellowships, scholarships, assistantships and out-of-state tuition supplements. Students who are pursuing the thesis option will receive tuition support and a monthly stipend.

Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Younho Seong,, 336-285-3734

Department Chair: Dr. Om Prakash Yadav,, 336-285-3735

Application Deadlines

  • Fall admission: Feb. 1
  • Spring admission: Sept. 1



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  • Spring admission: Nov. 1


Program graduates have been hired by Miter Incorp, Deloitte, Cisco, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SAPWAR) and Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) of the U.S. Navy, the Army Research Laboratory, and Wells Fargo, among others.



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Graduates will be prepared for systems design and improvement and/or management roles across any industry or public sector organization.

  • Architectural and Engineering Manager
  • Continuous Improvement Engineer
  • Facilities Engineer
  • Human Factors Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Industrial Production Manager
  • Operations Engineer
  • Plant Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Research and Development Engineer
Job data and information are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMSI and O*NET OnLine.