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College of Engineering

Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering

Face the challenges of modern industry with a master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering.

Almost every part of our economy, from supply chains to server rooms, depends on industrial systems working smoothly. The world needs expert engineers who understand how to build these systems and maintain and update them to meet the technology demands of the future.

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is the top degree producer for African-American industrial and systems engineers. Our high-quality master’s degree on the topic offers a diverse, flexible program that’s also highly affordable. You’ll have the opportunity to tailor your engineering degree to your target career and work with internationally recognized faculty, all at a reasonable cost.

You can fit your education to your life by choosing between learning in-person and online, as well as full-time and part-time schedules. You can even elect for a hybrid model, taking some courses in-person and others online. In this way, you can maintain the flexibility you need without sacrificing the quality of your education.

Why choose a master’s in industrial and systems engineering at N.C. A&T?

There’s a reason N.C. A&T is the top degree producer for African Americans in industrial and systems engineering. Our Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering stands out for:

Its flexibility. You can choose to earn your master’s degree in engineering online or in-person—or both. Online courses cost less than in-person courses, so you can save money without sacrificing the quality of your education by electing to learn online. Or you can get the best of both worlds by choosing whether to learn online on a course-by-course basis.

Its certificate opportunities. You’ll have the opportunity to take at least one professional certificate exam as part of your master’s degree in engineering. This allows you to graduate with both an engineering degree and a more specialized industrial engineering certificate, making you more attractive to employers.

Its future-focused curriculum. While we’ve offered this master’s degree in engineering since 1980, the curriculum has evolved every year. We are dedicated to teaching the engineering principles of the future, including ways to apply data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence to industrial engineering. This degree is meant to equip you to solve the complex problems of tomorrow.

Its affordability. At N.C. A&T, we’re proud of our affordable prices for both in-state and out-of-state students. On top of that, we offer a lower price for online students, a limited number of free courses in the summer and a textbook initiative that can make free textbooks available to graduate students.

Industrial and systems engineering master’s degree concentrations 

Human-Machine Systems Engineering (HMSE) - This concentration explores the interaction of people with computers and equips you to build or maintain systems where humans interact with machine interfaces. You’ll study advanced disciplines like cognitive systems engineering, human-machine interactions and occupational biomechanics.

Manufacturing and Service Enterprise Engineering (MSEE) - Apply industrial engineering concepts to complex organizational and logistics systems with this concentration. You’ll learn how to design and optimize manufacturing, service and supply chain enterprises from the perspectives of both process management and technical design.

Operations Research and Systems Analysis (ORSA) - This concentration is ideal for anyone seeking a career optimizing industrial processes. Learn to analyze information systems and other industrial processes to discover inefficiencies and propose solutions.

Dream. Career paths for industrial and systems engineering graduates

Graduates of our industrial and systems engineering master’s degree can enter a myriad of fields. We enable students to tailor their engineering degrees to their desired careers, and many of the skills you will learn can be easily transferred across industries and sectors.

As a result, graduates can go on to work in sectors as varied as manufacturing, health care, defense, automotive and aerospace, NASA, technology, and more.

After earning your master’s degree in engineering, you can find jobs in:

  • System design and improvement
  • Managing and modeling complex systems
  • Data analytics
  • Risk and reliability analysis
  • Building resilience in infrastructure

Connect. Industrial and systems engineering faculty

Our industrial and systems engineering faculty is nationally and internationally recognized for their research and authority in the field.

Many of our faculty are involved in ongoing research in industrial engineering and are internationally cited for their findings. In addition, several are leaders in professional societies and organizations that have worldwide memberships, granting them authority and recognition in the field. 

Master’s in industrial and systems engineering courses and curriculum


You’ll have opportunities to tailor your learning to your career goals. Within each concentration, you can further narrow down your studies to focus on topics like supply chain management, data analytics, biomedical systems and more.

Some examples of courses you can take when pursuing your engineering degree include:

  • Manufacturing processes
  • Nano materials science
  • Human machine systems engineering
  • Operations research
  • Data analytics
  • Machine learning



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Explore. Scholarships and financial aid for industrial and systems engineering master’s students

At N.C. A&T, we believe you should be able to pursue your education as affordably as possible. We offer several forms of scholarships and financial aid for graduate students.

In addition, online students save even more money due to the lower cost of the online program. If you’re taking just some of your classes online, you can save money on those specific classes.

Finally, we offer some unique benefits that can help you save money, including a limited number of free classes during the summer of 2023 and free textbooks for graduate students.

Discover. Programs related to the master’s in industrial and systems engineering

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