Prospective Students

What is Industrial Engineering?

Industrial engineers (IE) are everywhere! And what do they do? Dr. Jim Noble, director of undergraduate studies for Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Mizzou, explains it all here. IEs design processes and systems to improve how things work to make a difference for countless companies and organizations that benefit our entire world.

What can Industrial Engineering at Mizzou do for you?

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering students at Mizzou have the unique opportunity to obtain real-world experience before graduation through summer internships or coops, participate in intersession study abroad courses, earn an optional green-belt certificate in lean six sigma, or graduate with a 5-year BSIE/MBA or BSIE/MSIE dual degree.

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering students are prepared for the growing industry by talented and dedicated faculty focused on cutting-edge research and teaching. Engineering is about problem solving, math and physics. Learning probability, statistics and optimization, students become strong quantitative thinkers.Industrial engineering students put theory into practice on competitive teams, combining their efforts with fellow engineering members and students from other majors.

Students can take advantage of internships and co-ops to receive credit toward their degree. The senior experience culminates with the capstone design project, a real-life design project completed jointly with practicing engineers from industry and government organizations.

Student Testimonials

You can expect a degree in industrial engineering to launch you into an amazing career. Hear what some of our undergraduate students and graduate students have to say about Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Mizzou.

Undergraduate Students

Start by taking engineering basics, then delve deeper into applied mathematics and production system designs. Take technical electives in data analytics, health care systems, manufacturing, supply chain systems or sustainability. This flexible program allows you to customize your educational experience.

Your program will culminate with a unique capstone project. Our capstone course is industry based and allows you to serve as a consultant and help local businesses solve real-world problems.

Graduate Students

As a graduate student in the IMSE Department, you’ll hone your skills to prepare for advanced roles in industry or academia.

Choose to combine your industrial engineering education with business and join the industrial engineers who thrive at Fortune 500 companies. Or, earn a dual degree in industrial engineering and health administration and prepare to lead health-care delivery systems and operations.

Our PhD in Industrial Engineering allows you to focus on operations research and statistics, manufacturing and production or human/enterprise systems, Regardless of your path, you’ll gain a solid understanding of the tools and techniques of system design and the ability to use this knowledge to develop innovative solutions.

Leadership and Career Opportunities

Explore your interests and learn beyond the classroom at Mizzou Engineering. Conduct an internship or co-op to hone your skills and build a professional network. Meet like-minded peers by getting involved in engineering organizations.


Gain real-world experience before you graduate through an internship or co-op experience and get credit toward your degree completion. Mizzou Engineering will help you see who’s hiring, polish your resume and prepare for that first interview. Each semester, you’ll also network with employers and professionals during our popular career fair events.

Student Organizations with Emphasis in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

With four IMSE-centric student organizations and more than 50 engineering clubs, you’ll have lots of opportunities to get involved, make friends and take on leadership roles. Or, be part of one of our competition teams.

Outside of engineering, Mizzou has more than 600 organizations across campus, allowing you to truly create a one-of-a-kind college experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do Industrial Engineers Study at Mizzou?

Discover the classes needed to obtain your bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering at Mizzou. Work as a “consultant” during your capstone class in a 100% industry-based role to solve real-world problems and improve how things operate.

What Special Opportunities Does IMSE Offer?

Grow educationally and professionally with IMSE beyond just a bachelor’s degree. Earn a bachelor’s degree and MBA in just five years and/or study abroad in Ireland with the Six Sigma Green Belt Project.

What Problems do Industrial Engineers Solve?

What problems do industrial engineers solve? Mizzou Engineering’s Director of Undergraduate Studies of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering Jim Noble explains how IMSE engineers improve operations and save resources for industries and government agencies, including health care, transportation and energy.

Where Do Industrial Engineers Work?

Learn the average starting salary for IMSE graduates, opportunities for career advancement and how almost any organization has a place for an industrial engineer.

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