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.
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.