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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  • The Student Outcomes for the BSE degree in industrial engineering at UMass Lowell are as follows:

    Graduates of the Industrial Engineering program at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell will be able to demonstrate:

    1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
    2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
    3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
    4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
    5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
    6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
    7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
    The Program Educational Objectives for the BSE degree in industrial engineering at UMass Lowell are as follows:
    Graduates of the BSE Industrial Engineering program at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell will be able to:
    1. Apply engineering fundamentals, experiments, and practical tools to solve complex engineering problems and develop creative solutions.
    2. Engage in successful careers to better society through ethical engineering practice, sustainable solutions, and entrepreneurship.
    3. Enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities while growing in new directions through engineering practice and continuing education.
    4. Effectively communicate and contribute to interdisciplinary teams and their communities, both local and global.

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