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Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Program Overview

The M.S. degrees in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering include three options for graduate students, including the M.S. in Industrial Engineering (MSIE), M.S. in Operations Research (MSOR) and Master of Engineering Management (MEM).

Courses, which are available through K-State Olathe, focus on problem solving, efficiency, and optimization methods and are combined with learning experiences geared at helping students gain skills needed to be successful in today’s work environment.

Program features

• K-State is a leader in online graduate engineering programs, according to U.S. News and World Report and other organizations.

• Online and on-campus courses offer flexibility for working professionals.

• With a balance of required core courses and electives, students can customize their programs to best fit their professional goals. 

• Industry-relevant courses equip students with tools and techniques to analyze processes and otpimize operations across industries in companies of all sizes. 

Curriculum Overview

Industrial Engineering

30-credit hours, thesis and coursework-only options
Requires B.S. in engineering, mathematics or a physical science field

Learn the mathematical, scientific and analytical skills to solve complex business problems in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, health care, transportation, government, military and more.

Operations Research

30-credit hours, thesis and coursework-only options
Requires bachelor’s degree and strong background in mathematics

Model problems mathematically and develop analytic solutions using methods derived from mathematical programming, statistics, probability theory, simulation, computer science and graph theory.

Engineering Management

30-credit hours, coursework only
Requires B.S. in engineering, mathematics or a physical science field

Designed for working professionals who seek the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively manage engineers and other technical resources. Topics include quantitative problem-solving, engineering project management, logistics, production and inventory control, and engineering economy.

Career Pathways

Graduates and current students from our programs work in a variety of industries, including:

Health careMilitary


Why pursue a master's degree from the industrial and manufacturing systems engineering program?

The faculty at the Olathe and Manhattan campuses are committed to student success. Industrial engineering is a growing field with great starting salaries. An industrial engineering master’s degree enhances a student’s analytical skills and decision-making abilities. The degrees include industry-relevant courses that will equip students with the tools and techniques to analyze processes and optimize operations across industries in firms of all sizes. The skills gained in this course of study enable students to solve complex business problems, improve efficiencies, reduce costs and manage the global supply chain. 

The MSIE, MSOR and MEM degrees each have a slightly different focus. The MSIE degree provides students with in-depth industrial engineering tools and techniques. The MSOR degree enhances students' analytical capabilities and introduces them to numerous methods to solve complex problems. The MEM degree provides students with the tools and techniques to effectively manage technical operations.


What is the job market like for our master's degree graduates?

Industrial engineers with each of these degrees are in high demand. Your graduate education prepares you to fill a variety of positions in the majority of industries. 


How flexible is the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering program at K-State Olathe and can I work full-time?

Students will be able to take a mix of online and on-ground courses while working full-time.


What requirements must be met for admission into the programs?

While all our master’s programs require a bachelor’s degree, other admission requirements vary. A GRE score is required for all who apply to the Industrial Engineering or Operations Research programs unless they will have completed an undergraduate degree from an ABET-accredited program. The Engineering Management program requires students to have at least three years of industrial experience by the time they complete the program.

Additional admission requirements for each program can be found online at imse.k-state.edu/grad.


How long will it take to complete the program?

Most students nish the program in two to four years.


Admission Guide for M.S. in Industrial Engineering

Admission Guide for Master of Engineering Management

Admission Guide for M.S. in Operations Research

• Graduate School Application

• GRE test scores (no minimum score is required for admission)

• Official transcripts for all college-level course work

• Statement of objectives (narrative letter addressed to MPH director)

• Three letters of recommendation 

Download the admissions checklist

More Information

To learn more about the admission requirements and application deadlines contact Admissions Representative at olatheapp@k-state.edu or 913-307-7313.

Program Instructor

Professor Deandra Cassone
Associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering Deandra Cassone.

Admission Guides

See a two-page guide (PDF) of the admissions requirements for the following engineering programs.

M.S. in Industrial Engineering

Master of Engineering Management

M.S. in Operations Research