The Department of Industrial Engineering graduate program prepares engineers to be the research and technical leaders of the future. The departmental philosophy is to provide those earning a master's degree the technical and managerial skills necessary to practice at a sophisticated technical level, to provide those earning a doctoral degree the scholarly experience necessary for a lifetime of innovation and research, and to develop a strong commitment to the profession. Information for prospective applicants: http://www.pitt.edu/admissions/graduate-professional. Information for accepted applicants: http://www.pitt.edu/academics/graduate-and-professional
Please refer to the Graduate Manual (edited July, 2020) for more details.
The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering is a STEM designated degree program (CIP code 14.3501). It is highly flexible and requires a minimum of 30 credits of graduate coursework. It can be completed either with or without a thesis option. We also offer a joint degree MSIE-MBA as well as a joint degree MSIE-MSSCM program in cooperation with the Katz Graduate School of Business, both of which can be completed in two years or less.
Most full-time students take a total of 16 months to complete the program. It is possible to complete the program in as few as 12 months, although this requires a heavy workload while limiting the course options and internship/co-op opportunities available to the student, and is generally not recommended. Other students choose to extend their program to 20 months while spending a term as an intern or co-op working at a company; in many cases students who opt to work try to do so during the summer term so that they can still graduate in 16 months. These work rotations are integral to the program because they provide valuable experiential learning, with real-world applications of concepts learned in classes. While it is up to the student to identify these opportunities, the department encourages co-op and internship assignments and along with the co-op office helps student to find suitable assignments. Students register for 1 credit (via ENGR 2090 or IE 2998) and submit a final report describing their co-op/internship activities.
For part-time students, it typically takes two to three years of study to complete the program. Many courses are offered in the evenings for the convenience of working professionals and at least three courses are offered over the summer term.
The master's thesis must show marked attainment in one of the departmental concentration areas. Acquisition of the methods and techniques of scientific investigation should also be demonstrated. A faculty member knowledgeable in the student's area of interest must supervise the thesis.
The Swanson School of Engineering's
Cooperative Education Program provides opportunities for relevant, paid work experience for students by connecting them with local companies.
In addition, it might also be possible for students to independently find paid internship opportunities.________________________________________
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The Department of Industrial Engineering is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities to part-time students at the Master's degree level.
The academic requirements for part-time students are identical to those of full-time students; however, the nature of part-time education precludes some of the interactions that are possible for full-time students. A majority of Master's level courses are offered during the evening so that students working during the regular workday can attend. Courses that require team projects often require part-time and full-time students to work together and exchange ideas.
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Within the guidelines of the department's requirements, a student's individual program is highly flexible. It can be very broad-based with courses in very diverse areas; more generally focused on areas such as operations research, manufacturing sciences, or engineering management; or more narrowly focused on a specialized concentration area. By judiciously selecting their electives, the following optional concentrations are currently possible:
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This joint degree program, offered in conjunction with the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, combines quantitative and analytical engineering coursework with coursework in business topics. It positions individuals with an undergraduate degree in engineering or the hard sciences to leverage their skills and become supply chain professionals who can work in a business environment. bout four years. This program can be completed in 4 terms over a 20-month period and results in two degrees: the MSIE from Swanson and the MSSCM from Katz.
A total of 24 credits from the Department of Industrial Engineering are required:
The following is a sample program schedule; an actual schedule can be developed in conjunction with the student's academic advisers:
For application instructions and details on the curriculum requirements for the MSSCM portion of the program, please visit the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business website.
This joint degree program, offered in conjunction with the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, positions individuals with an undergraduate degree in engineering or the hard sciences to take a management role in a company that has a significant engineering and/or technological focus. Full-time students can complete both degrees in 20 months, while part-time students can do so in about four years.
A total of 25.5 credits from the Department of Industrial Engineering are required (12 credits in core classes, 12 credits in electives, and 1.5 credits in the integrated project) as follows:
*IE 2303 is required from the elective core for students without an undergraduate degree in IE
For application instructions and details on the curriculum requirements for the MBA portion of the program, please visit the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
Offered by the Swanson School of Engineering and the
Graduate School of Public Health
, University of Pittsburgh, the goal of this certificate program is to develop students with the specific competencies and analytical tools required for effective problem solving relevant to quality management and process engineering in the health care industry. These students will be prepared to serve as quality champions and change agents in addressing the challenges facing health care in the 21st Century Engineering student will gain knowledge of health care operations, the organization culture and strategic issues facing the industry. Health care management students will apply engineering principles, models and tools within a systems approach to analysis, problem-solving and project implementation.
This certificate is intended for individuals pursuing careers in health systems management and process engineering. Primarily designed for Master's degree students in the Department of Health Policy & Management and the Department of Industrial Engineering, this program will provide a rigorous and multi-disciplinary education as a complement to the core curriculum of both programs. With a focus on enhancing innovation, effectiveness and efficiency in health care and public health, the program's ultimate goal is to produce well-educated professionals and leaders in their disciplines.
to see a suggested study plan for the HSE certificate.
For more information, contact Caroline Kolman, HSE Certificate Program Director
The University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering (SSoE) has created a Safety Engineering graduate program dedicated to meeting the nation's critical and ongoing workforce development needs for safety engineering professionals. By offering a distance-enabled Graduate-Level Certificate in Safety Engineering, the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Industrial Engineering (IE) furthers its commitment to make a major contribution to the Pittsburgh region's industrial, oil and gas, nuclear, construction, healthcare and other workforce development needs. By offering this unique program in several critical industry sectors, IE is well-positioned to build a technical base of competency to address the safety engineering needs of regional and national employers, as well as to bring publicity and notoriety to the Pittsburgh region.
The graduate Safety Engineering Certificate program was developed to meet the ever-increasing importance of and need for engineers to be trained in the application and implementation of safety engineering concepts, principles and practices. The increasing presence of the oil and gas industry in the region, the increasing emphasis on world-wide nuclear energy, the increasing evidence of safety-related concerns and injuries in the healthcare industry and the sustained concern of safety engineering in construction, manufacturing and mining have fueled the interest in and implementation of this certificate program.
The certificate is intended for engineers seeking training in safety engineering to enhance their operational abilities or if they become newly assigned to positions that have higher levels of safety engineering responsibilities. The certificate will also enhance the capabilities of non-engineering based safety professionals seeking training in safety engineering.
Safety is fundamental to planning, construction and installation, operation, maintenance and dismantling and disposal, etc. Therefore, it has a place in all industries at all points in the life cycle. This certificate program, through its acceptance criteria, course work and design experiences, produces trained engineers with a fundamental background in safety engineering where quantitative analysis methods and design principles are thoroughly covered.
The safety engineering field is governed by several well-recognized and widely-known certifying entities. These entities require that board certified safety professionals maintain their certifications through specific educational and work-experience related activities. Most state engineering licensing boards also require that licensees actively seek on-going education and knowledge development. The proposed certificate program affords the opportunity for engineers and other working professionals to maintain their certifications and licensure.
Equip the engineering professionals taking these courses with broader capabilities in safety engineering-related analytical skills, problem solving and solutions design.
Engineers will acquire a more thorough and in depth understanding of critical operational safety related hazards.
Engineers will gain an understanding and an ability to analyze dynamic hazard scenarios and design protective systems preventing those hazards from manifesting themselves into injuries, fires, explosions, releases, etc.
Engineers will be able to analyze and quantify risk as well as be able to apply risk-based safety and business decision making.
Engineers will gain an understanding of human performance and human-based system.
Provide for the energy, health care, manufacturing and construction industries, a pool of engineering professionals qualified to address the challenges posed by the hazardous nature of our industries.
The admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are equivalent to the admission requirements for the MS in Industrial Engineering. When completing the application, simply click the appropriate "certificate" box on the application indicating their interest in applying for the safety engineering certificate program. If one does not have an undergraduate engineering degree, work experience will be considered and with the approval of the program director and an additional leveling course or two (depending on the nature of the degree held), one can still be admitted to the program.
Students already enrolled in the Swanson School of Engineering may apply for admission to the program by contacting their respective Graduate Coordinator. Certificate admission may be initiated anytime after the applicant has been admitted to the degree program. Once approved by the coordinator, the certificate applicant will submit to the certificate admission committee a brief statement addressing interest in safety engineering, previous experience and areas of interest with safety engineering and their relation to career goals.
There are no prerequisite courses for this program, however if an applicant does not have an undergraduate engineering degree, there may be some additional courses required for acceptance in the program. This will be determined by the program director in consideration of the applicant's work experience and undergraduate degree.
Possible considerations may be:
Industrial Engineering Department provides students with a unique opportunity
to pursue certification in the Six Sigma discipline. The Six Sigma methodology found its roots in
the manufacturing sector as a way to effectively apply data to drive strategic
organizational decisions. Since that
time, the successful implementation and application of Six Sigma methodologies
has seen the application of these techniques expand to financial institutions,
the service sector, hospital administration and many more.
are provided the ability to achieve both a Green and a Black Belt Certification. Both courses provide in depth training in the
DMAIC process. Students also explore the
application of Change Management in Six Sigma projects and the relationship of
Six Sigma and Lean techniques.
Welcome to the Department of Industrial Engineering's Master of Science program! We are committed to providing you
with the best education possible and to preparing you for a successful
professional career. You will probably
find the academic system here at Pitt to be a lot different from what you are
accustomed to as an undergraduate, and while the faculty and staff will always help
you adjust, it will also require effort on your part. Our experience is that it would benefit you
greatly to use any time you have between now and your start date to (a) improve your
English as much as possible if you are a non-native speaker, and (b) do some self-study on three topics:
computer programming, linear algebra, and statistics.
This is completely optional and does not affect your admission status in any way – it is just a suggestion
to maximize your chances of being successful in your studies. Please visit the Preparing for the Masters Program page for details.
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