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Online Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

This program is designed for working professionals across a variety of industry backgrounds looking to expand their technical engineering skills, as well as business understanding, and prepare to lead a diverse team—all through convenient, on-your-schedule, online courses.

UofL’s online MSIE offers a broad range of courses across two focus areas with strong market growth potential: Operations Research and Decision Analytics, and Logistics and Supply Chain. Through the progam's unique modularized 8-week course format, you’ll experience the flexibility needed to balance earning your master’s degree while working full-time and managing other priorities. Industrial Engineering (IE) is ranked #1 on the list of “10 Fastest Growing Engineering Jobs in the USA until 2028” with an expected job growth of 10% between 2019-2029 (bls.gov). This advanced IE degree can boost your current career in the industry and/or prepare you to move into another industry. Relevant industries include manufacturing, supply chain, automotive, healthcare, defense, entertainment, banking, insurance and more.

This online master’s degree is offered through the J. B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville.

How Much Will I Pay?

Tuition & Aid    

Tuition rate does not include costs associated with a specific course or program, such as textbooks.


  • Advance your engineering career in industries such as healthcare, supply chain, manufacturing, automotive, entertainment, banking, insurance and more.
  • Customize your degree to match your career goals: increase your depth of knowledge in one specialized area (by taking 3 or more focused courses) or your breadth of knowledge (taking 1-2 courses in various areas).
  • Enrich your practical experience with theoretical knowledge and state-of-the-art techniques.
  • Take advantage of 100% online classes, with access to coursework anytime, anywhere.
  • Complete the 10 required courses in as quickly as 1.5 – 2 years; all courses are 3 credit hours and taught over 8-week terms.
  • Choose your own pace and take advantage of 6 starting terms each year.
  • Work with the MSIE department to devise a Plan of Study (PoS) that fits your educational needs and meets your prescribed timeframe.
  • Pay the same affordable tuition as traditional in-state students no matter where you are around the globe.
  • Enhance opportunities to advance on the technical management ladder with this degree.


Is UofL’s online MSIE program the right one for you?

The online MSIE accepts students with undergraduate degrees in both engineering and non-engineering disciplines. If you have a technical degree or relevant experience, and a passion for Industrial Engineering, our program could be a great fit for you. Review the admission requirements, along with prerequisites, under the Application Tab.


Advance your IE knowledge on your own time through fully online coursework.


Complete the program in just 10 courses (30 credit hours).


Designed to help you balance your work-life-education goals.

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"The Master of Science of Industrial Engineering at the University of Louisville offers a completely online, highly modularized (8-week terms) and flexible curriculum to advance your career in industrial engineering. We take pride in our personal attention to every single student from program inquiry to admission to advising to career consultation. By leveraging the renowned co-op program at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering that has yielded over 95% job placement rate for undergraduate students, our master's students can also explore enormous networking opportunities. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to high-quality educational experiences that will prepare you to the next step of your career."

Dr. Lihui Bai
Program Director
M.S. in Industrial Engineering

An IE degree will allow you to contribute at all levels of product or service innovation, from design inception to delivery to the end user. The depth and breadth of knowledge embedded in this degree will provide a boost to your professional career at a pace convenient to you. You will gain the expertise and skills needed to undertake higher responsibilities in your current role, rise up in your company, and/or pursue a new role in a growing area. Our graduates have landed jobs at leading companies such as Tesla, Boeing, Disney, Johnson & Johnson, UPS, and eBay in positions including:

  • Operations engineer/manager
  • Supply chain analyst/consultant
  • Procurement engineer/manager
  • Data scientist
  • Data analyst/manager
  • Revenue management analyst
  • Health systems engineer
  • Process improvement engineer
  • Project manager


Industrial Engineering Job Areas

Application Deadline Term Start Date
July 1 Fall (Term I) August
September 1 Fall (Term II) October
December 1 Spring (Term I) January
February 1 Spring (Term II) March
April 1 Summer (Term I) May
May 1 Summer (Term II) June

Note: Admissions are on a rolling basis. The preferred deadlines help you complete the application process on time, be notified of acceptance, and enroll before the term begins. Although admissions are granted for a specific term up to the day classes start, we recommend you submit your complete application well in advance of the preferred deadline, as obtaining transcripts and other materials may take more time.

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete online graduate application
  2. Submit $65 non-refundable application fee
  3. Submit all official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work from all previous institutions (Note: Electronic transcripts are only accepted directly from the institution(s). Please have electronic transcripts sent directly to UofL Graduate Admissions Office.)
  4. Submit current resume with application
  5. Submit two letters of recommendation with application

Note: GRE/GMAT is not required for admission to UofL’s online MSIE program.


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related field from an accredited institution
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 to be admitted in good standing

Transfer Credits

Transfer up to six (6) credit hours from another graduate engineering program at UofL or from an accredited college or institution* (subject to department approval).

*See the Graduate School Transfer of Credit Policy for more information.

For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or by email at online@louisville.edu.


The online Master of Science in Industrial Engineering is a 30-credit hour program that requires 2 core courses (6 credit hours) and 8 courses in an area of focus or across multiple areas (24 credit hours), including optional thesis or project. For students who choose a focus area, the 8 courses will include at least 3 focus-area courses and other electives. For students who choose a general study, the 8 courses may consist of 1-2 courses in each focus areas with other electives. Students will work with the MSIE Program Director to develop a Plan of Study (PoS) upon admission, which may be revised as student progresses throughout the program.

MSIE Core Courses Hours
IE 560 Probability and Statistics for Engineers 3
IE 563 Experiment Design in Engineering 3
Total Credit Hours 6

Focus Areas

Students may choose to either focus their coursework on one of two specialized areas or to customize their coursework by selecting courses from across all the available options.

Focus Area Courses1 Hours
Operations Research and Decision Analytics
IE 515 Operations Research Methods 3
IE 541 Simulation 3
IE 561 Decision Support System in Excel 3
Logistics and Supply Chain
IE 515 Operations Research Methods 3
IE 621 Facility Planning 3
IE 625 Production and Inventory Control 3
Focus Area Course Total Credit 9

Thesis, Project or Course-Only Option [choose 1] Hours
Thesis Option
IE 690 Master Thesis 6
IE/technical electives2,3 9
Project Option
IE 699 Master Project 3
IE/technical electives2,3 12
Course-Only Option
IE/Technical elective2,3 15
Thesis/Project/Course Total Credit Hours 15

1 Focus area technical advising faculty:

  • LSC: Dr. Lihui Bai
  • ORDA: Dr. Lihui Bai
2 Electives must be chosen so that at least one-half of the credits counted towards the degree are 600-level.
3 At least fifteen (15) credit hours of coursework must be in IE/technical electives.


Course Descriptions