UofL’s M.S. in Industrial Engineering is designed for students across a variety of backgrounds looking to expand their technical engineering skills, as well as business understanding, in order to lead a diverse team.
The MS degree program is suitable for individuals with an accredited baccalaureate degree in engineering or from any other discipline (e.g. mathematics, business, psychology, physics, and alike). Applicants without college math background should consult with the Program Director (Dr. Lihui Bai) on their readiness and necessary remedial work in order to succeed. The University of Louisville is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) to award master’s degrees.
graduate within a year if so desired for the 30-hour curriculum
Our students are hired by:
Product Specialist Emerson Electric Company
“The instructors are friendly and are always willing to help. They are well connected in the industry, which makes the courses really engaging. There is a practical problem we get to solve as part of the projects. Employers prefer real-life experience and these projects became instrumental for me in securing my first job. For international students UofL’s international office staff simply put are just amazing. Lastly Louisville is just the right size as far as city is concerned: all the fun with almost no traffic jams!”
MAJ, SF/49 Chief, Plans & Analysis Branch Operations Division The Adjutant General Directorate U.S. Army Human Resources Command
“The Speed School of Engineering MSIE program provides ample opportunity to expand your analysis and problem solving tool kit. Multiple courses incorporate analyzing actual problems from companies in various industries using real data. I returned to college in my mid-thirties knowing I wanted more than just the degree, and the professors were always willing to expound on course material that I found interesting or practical. Overall, this experience definitely honed my critical thinking, data analysis, and R programming skills, making me better at my job as an ORSA in the United States Army.”
“I was impressed with the diversity within the IE department at the University, including the number of female professors. As a woman in the engineering profession, it has always been a challenge to find female role models within the profession. I was clearly nervous, restarting my education after a long break in my career and having no prior work experience in industrial engineering. New to the program and the school, professors were happy to make introductions to other students to partner with for team projects and homework. The faculty is very supportive and interested in ways they can help me to be successful and gain research experience in my areas of interest. Overall, the experience has been challenging and rewarding at the same time.”
“The IE department at the Speed School of Engineering have always been supportive and welcoming. Being an international student, I was a bit worried about my education in the US, but the financial support I got is helping me a great deal. The amazingly experienced and student friendly faculty is second to none. They always go an extra mile to make sure students are on the right track. I am very grateful for the support I get and consider myself extremely lucky to be pursuing my masters in this department.”
The following frequently asked questions are here to assist those who are interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering degree on campus.
We admit MSIE students on rolling basis. Below is the suggested deadline for full consideration with a completed application.
Yes. The minimum requirement for admission is the baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. Diverse acceptable bachelor’s degree can be from psychology, political science, business, mathematics, chemistry, physics, computer science, among others. Contact program director Dr. Lihui Bai for your readiness and fit with the program. In some cases, remedial work can be done in advance by taking course(s) either at UofL or at recommended community colleges.
Calculus I or higher
The minimum requirement for admission is the baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution.
The successful applicant will typically have an undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or above (on a 4.00 scale).
International students whose primary language is not English must show English language proficiency by either TOEFL/IELTS score or demonstration of a degree award from an acceptable English language institution. The successful applicant will typically have a total TOEFL score of 79 or higher or overall IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.
Official transcripts are required as a part of a complete application, therefore are needed at the time of application for full consideration. Unofficial transcripts (with graduate posted) may be considered on case by case basis.
If you are interested in ending your graduate studies with an M.S. degree, apply for MSIE program. If you are interested in working toward a PhD and do not already have an M.S. degree, you may apply for the direct PhD degree program, but only applicants with exceptional credentials are directly admitted into the Ph.D. program without an M.S. degree.
Scholarships opportunities may exist for exceptional MSIE students contingent on funding availability for the department. If available, these limited scholarships, designed to partially offset the tuition, are determined on a semester basis. There is no guarantee for renewal in subsequent semesters. Official offer letters to individual students will contain details.
Once a complete application is received, within two to four weeks applicants will be contacted by UofL. If you are contacted by International Center on financial aid documents, we encourage you to provide all necessary financial aid documents within 4-6 weeks. Once International Center receives requested financial aid documents, it will be approximately four to six weeks to hear from us on the final decision. We follow the best practices to provide you the final admission decision; but the process also depends on how quickly you can provide us with the financial aid documents.
Please refer to clear statements in the admission or offer letter to individual applicants.
If you are an international student, you will also need to complete the Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 visa (Form I-20). U.S. universities are required by law to verify that students entering the United States on F-1 and J-1 visas have adequate financial resources to meet expenses. University of Louisville’s International Center will assist you to obtain an I-20 (international mail service is paid by applicant) in order for you to have visa interview for your F1-visa at a U.S. consulate serving you.
University of Louisville’s Graduate School offers some new graduate student handbook and orientation. Please review the following webpages to see if these documents address your concerns.