New online master of engineering degree to be offered through World Campus

Miranda Buckheit
July 16, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Today’s engineers need to be equipped to meet the ever-changing demands of a modern society and to understand how to innovate and better streamline processes. In order to meet these needs, Penn State will offer a new online degree -- master of engineering in industrial engineering -- beginning in fall 2019 to meet these requirements.

This 30-credit master of engineering program, offered online through Penn State World Campus in partnership with the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, allows students from diverse engineering backgrounds to develop their skills in industrial engineering and in focus areas of their choice.

“The curriculum has been developed to allow engineers to develop strategic skills that will broaden their professional horizons and equip them with specialized knowledge in focus areas they are interested in,” said Robert Voigt, professor of industrial engineering and graduate program coordinator for the department.

The program is intended to be flexible to suit the needs and interests of the students in the program. It features courses in areas such as product innovation, service system engineering, advanced manufacturing processes and systems, organizational excellence and human factors.

During the last semester, students will use the skills they acquire throughout the program to identify and complete a capstone project to solve an industrial problem typically based on their workplace needs. 

“This program is great for those who want to earn their graduate degree but can’t make it back on campus,” said Andris Freivalds, Lucas Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. “There is great flexibility with online education as it allows professionals to work and study.”

Applications to begin the program in fall 2019 are being accepted through Aug. 1. Applications for spring 2020 admission will be accepted through Dec. 1. This program is designed for working professionals who a hold bachelor's degree in engineering and want to enhance their knowledge and skills to advance their careers. 

Visit the industrial and manufacturing engineering graduate programs page for more details about this online master's degree.

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Last Updated July 16, 2019