Texas Tech University

Master of Industrial Engineering

The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering degree, offered by the Department of Industrial Engineering, prepares competent industrial engineers and engineering managers for industry, consulting, university teaching and research.


Program Overview

Red Raider industrial engineers gain experience in the traditional industrial engineering application areas of applied optimization, engineering management, supply chain and logistics, transportation, biofuels, and ergonomics and human factors, but build on that knowledge to integrate decision support systems and skills that are gained through course projects, senior projects, and the department's unique entrepreneurship certicate. The department is also developing research and coursework in emerging areas of advanced and additive manufacturing integrated utilizing a systems approach.

Graduates occupy leadership positions in academia, government and the military, and many are CEOs and presidents of large organizations.

Our graduate programs are consistently ranked among the top programs in the nation, and the Systems and Engineering Management programs offer highly ranked Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees by distance.

Application Process

Although there is no application deadline, prospective students are encouraged to submit all application materials at least three months prior to projected initial enrollment.

  1. Apply to Texas Tech University's Graduate School.
    • Complete the Graduate application.
      • $60 initial application fee or $50 for each subsequent application (including changes of entry date, add/change program requests, or readmission requests).

      • Students planning to pursue a master's degree are strongly encouraged to submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores to the Graduate School. Scores must be less than five years old at the time of application.
        • The average GRE score of graduate students in engineering programs is around 1100 on the math and verbal sections, when combined.
    • International students must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to the Graduate School. Scores must be less than two years old at the time of application. Learn more.
  2. Contact the Program Coordinator.
    • Verify the required test scores or other required admission materials with the advisor of the program that interests you.
  3. Apply for financial aid and/or scholarships.
    • Financial aid is distributed based on full-time enrollment and several other eligibility requirements. Your enrolled hours as of the 12th day of class in the fall and spring semesters determines your enrollment status for the semester, and financial aid is disbursed accordingly. Attending less than full-time could mean a reduction in aid. Student status.
  4. Check your admissions status. Texas Tech University will notify you of your admissions status by updating the Applications tab in your Raiderlink

Program Requirements

Prerequisite: Bachelor's Degree

With the counsel of a graduate advisor, students are expected to design individualized academic programs. The master's level program consists of two options: (1) a 30-hour thesis option, including 6 credit hours of thesis research, and (2) a 30-hour non-thesis option. The course selection may include a minor in an area outside industrial engineering.

  • 30 hour master's program with or without thesis
  • 6 credit hours of thesis research for thesis option.
  • Students are not required to enroll in a certain number of courses each semester, so completion time varies by individual. Learn more about the difference between part-time and full-time Student status.
  • Semester-based courses align with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University. New students may enroll at the beginning of any one of the four semesters throughout the year.

The program incorporates courses taken in each of the five specialty areas below.

  • Engineering Management: Systems theory, decision theory, industrial cost analysis, advanced engineering economics, performance improvement in organizations, project management, and productivity management.
  • Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering: Occupational biomechanics, work physiology, industrial ergonomics, environmental hygiene, cognitive engineering, human performance, human computer interaction, and occupational safety.
  • Manufacturing and Quality Assurance: Manufacturing engineering and design, computer integrated manufacturing/CAD/CAM, process analysis and economics, automated manufacturing and process planning, programmable control systems.
  • Operations Research: Simulation modeling, scheduling and sequencing, just-in-time production systems, inventory and production control, linear and nonlinear programming, network analysis, artificial intelligence and expert system.
  • Statistics and Quality Assurance: Design of experiments, statistical data analysis, reliability and maintainability, on-line and off-line quality assurance, and total quality assurance.

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