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The Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering offers students five different concentration areas from which to choose, with both thesis and non-thesis options available. Major areas of study are industrial systems, operations research, manufacturing systems, management systems engineering and human factors and ergonomics.

Program highlights:

  • Completing an advanced degree will prepare you to resolve “big picture” challenges faced by manufacturing and service enterprises.
  • The coursework is fully online and taught by the same faculty as our on-campus program.
What are some potential careers?

Industrial and systems postgraduates work for some of the world’s top companies where an advanced degree has translated to advancing in their careers. Other have begun successful careers in academia and research.

Who should pursue this degree?

If you have an engineering degree and are ready to learn more and have greater opportunities to advance in your workplace, an advanced degree in industrial and systems engineering can help. If you have a desire to teach in higher education, you will also find yourself well prepared by obtaining a postgraduate degree.

"I completed my B.S. in Industrial Engineering Technology, but a lot of companies wanted an engineering degree and not an engineering technology degree. So, I started doing some research and comparisons and discovered that Mississippi State had very good business and engineering programs. I reached out to the staff, and they made my registration and application very easy and straight forward. I have been working on my M.S. degree since 2012, very slowly because I've had twins and a girl all in the last five years. However, it has paid off in my career as I just received a good promotion and will be graduating this April. If it were not for the distance program, there would have been no way I could have worked full time, built a family and pursued higher education."

Roger Varnadore, Lucedale, MS

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