As an industrial engineering major, you will learn how to apply science, mathematics and fundamental engineering principles to complex systems and operations in order to make them better. 

What courses will you take?

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The B.S. in Industrial Engineering at UMass Lowell emphasizes manufacturing and automation and gives students hands-on experience through problem-based learning. 

You will 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, you can choose courses within the Francis College of Engineering, the Kennedy College of Sciences and the Manning School of Business. In addition, you may also pursue minors in areas such as robotics, production and operations management.

Visit the Academic Catalog for a complete course listing.

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

  • Degree Pathways are a semester-by-semester sequence of courses recommended for successful completion of a degree, diploma, credential or certificate from the university. The most current degree pathway is:

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  • Program Educational Objectives are defined as the expected accomplishments of graduates of the program in first few years after graduation. Graduates of the BSE Industrial Engineering program at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell will be able to:
    • Pursue successful careers, in mechanical engineering or related fields, that sustain or improve socio-economic levels for themselves and their families and/or enhance personal fulfillment. 
    • Engage in continuing education and development in their professional field. 
    • Engage in service activities, related to their profession, that benefit society and the community. 
    • Continually evaluate their professional actions in light of their personal and professional ethics. 
    • Apply the principles of sustainable engineering in their professional careers. 

    The student outcomes for the BSE degree in industrial engineering at UMass Lowell are as follows. At graduation students should: 

    • Be able to apply the principles of advanced engineering math and science to the solution of problems in engineering. 
    • Be able to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. 
    • Be able to design, build, and test a system, component, or process to meet required needs. 
    • Be able to integrate the use of modern computer-based engineering tools into engineering practice. 
    • Be able to communicate effectively and function on multi-disciplinary teams.
    • Understand the need to assess the impact of engineering designs on society. This should include factors such as economics, ergonomics, the environment, and sustainability. 
    • Understand the concept of the engineering profession through an exposure to professional societies, professional registration, the need for lifelong learning, and professional ethics.

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 3.000 or better
• Offers a continuous, coordinated sequence of courses
• Reduced credit-hour requirements can save you time and money

What can you do with a degree in industrial engineering?

Industrial engineers are in high demand, earning median salaries of more than $95,000, with employment expected to grow by 10% over the next decade. 

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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