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Field of Study: Industrial and Systems Engineering

Introduction

Industrial and systems engineering programs prepare people to apply math and science to a wide variety of engineering problems.

 

Overview

Industrial and systems engineering programs include topics such as:

  • Applied mathematics
  • Physical sciences
  • Computer applications
  • Engineering analysis
  • Systems analysis

Students in this program may be able to focus in a variety of fields such as business, health care, or production. They may also be able to concentrate in systems science and theory.

Schools
Community colleges and other 2-year schools offer associate degree programs. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree, students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in industrial and systems engineering. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four or five years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in industrial and systems engineering. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.