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Schools with Industrial Science Programs: How to Choose

Industrial scientists research, develop and produce goods or services for manufacturers and government organizations. Associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs with various educational tracks, including industrial engineering and materials science, are available at 2- and 4-year schools throughout the country.

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Industrial scientists conduct research in diverse fields, such as agriculture, biology, chemistry, communications, engineering and physics. Aspiring industrial scientists who are interested in maximizing production processes might consider degree programs in industrial science, technology or engineering.

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  • Industrial Technology
  • Operational Research

10 Schools for Industrial Engineering

Industrial science, technology or engineering programs are offered at these institutions.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition* (2015-2016)
Arizona State University-Tempe Tempe, AZ 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $10,158 (In-state Undergraduate); $10,610 (In-state Graduate)
Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $6,507 (In-state Undergraduate);
$9,684 (In-state Graduate)
Liberty University Lynchburg, VA 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's $20,109 (Undergraduate)
Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,504 (In-district Undergraduate); $3,184 (In-state Undergraduate); $3,544 (Out-of-state Undergraduate)
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus University Park, PA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $17,514 (In-state Undergraduate); $19,328 (In-state Graduate)
The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX 4-year, Public Master's, Doctoral $10,934 (In-state Graduate); $20,762 (Out-of-State Graduate)
University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $11,403 (In-state Undergraduate); $11,040 (In-state Graduate)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $15,054 (In-state Undergraduate); $15,023 (In-state Graduate)
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN 4-year, Public Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $13,790 (In-state Undergraduate); $15,844 (In-state Graduate)
University of Washington-Seattle Campus Seattle, WA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $11,839 (In-state Undergraduate); $15,207 (In-state Graduate)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

Students may want to consider several points when choosing an industrial science school.

  • Prospective industrial engineering students may wish to seek schools with the latest technology and lab facilities to make the most of any opportunities for hand-on experience.
  • Students may be able to find an organization whose faculty members are affiliated with a professional organization and can serve as mentors in the industrial science field.
  • Students should look for programs accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), as this is a requirement for some state licenses for industrial engineers (www.bls.gov).

Associate Degrees in Industrial Science

These 2-year degree programs prepare graduates for careers as industrial engineering technicians through introductory coursework in manufacturing technologies.

Bachelor's Degrees in Industrial Engineering Technology

Aspiring industrial engineers can choose from 4-year degree programs in industrial engineering and industrial technology.

Master's Degrees in Industrial Engineering

Master's degree programs in industrial engineering and systems and engineering management are available for professional engineers.

Those who are interested in attending a school with an industrial sciences program can opt to study industrial science, industrial engineering or industrial technology. Undergraduate and graduate programs are offered by both public and private institutions throughout the United States, and students may be influenced by the specific focus of the program or location when choosing a school.

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