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What is industrial engineering?

Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM) is an engineering discipline that focuses on designing, operating, managing, and continuously improving manufacturing and service systems so that they are effective and efficient.

Why industrial engineering at OSU?

Industrial Engineering is the most people-oriented discipline within the engineering family.  The IEM program at OSU is the third oldest industrial engineering program in the world and is highly ranked.  Unique to Industrial Engineering is a program designed to enable IEM students to obtain a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in one year after the undergraduate program is completed.  Students from industrial engineering and other engineering disciplines also have an opportunity to pursue an accelerated one-year Master's degree in Industrial Engineering and Management or a Master's degree in Engineering and Technology Management, a 4+1 option.

Career opportunities

Professions in, but not limited to, healthcare, oil and gas, transportation, manufacturing organizations, service enterprises and governmental organizations with the following possible job titles:


among public universities by U.S. News and World report



World class

  • Alumni hold or have held top management positions for major corporations
  • World-class faculty
  • Gender-balanced classes
  • IEM is a close-knit family of faculty, staff, students and alumni
  • Modern facilities and learning environment
  • Graduate program ranked in the top 25 among public universities in the US by US News and World report

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Scholarship Opportunities

The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology offers a variety of competitive scholarships. To learn more, view all CEAT scholarship opportunities.

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