Industrial engineers apply science, mathematics and fundamental engineering principles to complex systems and operations in order to make them better. Our industrial engineering program emphasizes manufacturing and automation and gives students hands-on experience through problem-based learning. 

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What Courses Will You Take?

In the newly developed industrial engineering program at UMass Lowell, students learn to design, improve and implement integrated systems of people, materials, information, equipment and energy.

Our students follow a rigorous and well-rounded curriculum that provides a solid science and engineering foundation, with advanced coursework in automation and control, manufacturing process, ergonomics, analytics and operations management. Designed to be multidisciplinary, the program offers students the opportunity to take courses within the Francis College of Engineering, the Kennedy College of Sciences and the Manning School of Business. In addition, students may also pursue minors in areas such as robotics, production and operations management.

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Want to switch to the industrial engineering major from another UML department? View the requirements.

Why Study Industrial Engineering at UMass Lowell?


Fun Outside the Classroom

Put your learning into practice. Check out some of the fun ways UML students come together. 
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Research Opportunities

Our faculty excel in several primary research areas, including dynamic systems, thermofluid transport, and mechanics and materials.

Students can benefit from learning how to conduct research in one of our 11 faculty-run research labs focusing on energy and sustainability, defense and security, manufacturing and industry, and engineering education. UMass Lowell is also home to several renowned research centers that promote interdisciplinary collaborations in areas such as 3D printing, baseball research, wind energy, nanomanufacturing and robotics.

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Co-op Program

Our highly successful co-op program allows you to apply your engineering knowledge in the technical job market and develop skills necessary for success after graduation. Since 2010, more than 3,100 students have participated in co-ops at a wide variety of high-tech and industrial companies.

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Bachelor’s-to-Master's Program

Get on the fast track to an advanced degree with our combined B.S.E./M.S.E. program. 

• Available to juniors and seniors with a grade point average of 3.0 or better
• Offers a continuous, coordinated sequence of courses
• Reduced credit-hour requirements can save you time and money

If you meet all the requirements, you can earn a B.S.E. at the end of your fourth year and an M.S.E. at the end of your fifth year. 

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What can you do with a degree in industrial engineering?

Industrial engineers are in high demand, earning median salaries of more than $88,000 a year, with employment expected to grow by 10% over the next decade. 

Our versatile graduates can work in a wide range of industries, from manufacturing and transportation systems to health care and business administration, as well as in new fields such as nanomanufacturing, 3D printing and biomedical manufacturing. 

Job roles can include:

  • Project manager
  • Production engineer
  • Consultant
  • Process analyst
  • Quality engineer
  • Reliability engineer
  • Operations manager
  • Supply chain analyst