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Industrial Engineering Graduate Programs

Clemson Industrial Engineering offers several graduate degrees in industrial engineering. The Clemson IE graduate program is ranked 18th among public institutions by US News & World Report. Clemson Industrial Engineering is also ranked “ best supply chain option” for industrial engineering master's programs.

Students have several options when pursuing an industrial engineering graduate degree. Industrial Engineering at Clemson University is committed to supporting students with a diversity of backgrounds in engineering, math, and other undergraduate degrees. Our industrial engineering graduate programs are designed to help all students and professionals achieve their educational and professional goals. Clemson Industrial Engineering faculty and researchers support our graduate programs with scientific expertise and innovative approaches to learning.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Industrial Engineering 

The Clemson Industrial Engineering department offers a traditional Master of Science degree with both a thesis and non-thesis option. This degree program is offered at Clemson University’s main campus and can be completed in as little as two semesters when pursued as part of the Combined BS/MS program. The Master in Industrial Engineering (M.S.) program prepares graduates for careers in both industry and academia. Please view more information about admissions, costs, and curriculum on our MS Graduate page.

Master of Engineering (MENG) in Industrial Engineering

The Clemson Industrial Engineering department also offers a 100% online Master of Engineering degree in Industrial Engineering. This degree program is designed for working professionals and since 2008 has produced more than 300 graduates who are able to apply their new knowledge directly to their current work. For more information about admissions, costs, and program delivery view our MEng Graduatepage.

Systems Engineering in Industrial Engineering

The Department of Industrial Engineering at Clemson University collaborates with departments across the College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences to offer students interdisciplinary degree programs in Systems Engineering. Pursue a 12-credit hour Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering or pursue a Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering (MENG SYSE) by stacking graduate certificate programs in route to your degree.  For more information about admissions, costs, and program delivery click view our Systems Engineering page.  

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Industrial Engineering

The Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering program is a 60 credit-hour degree program comprised of a core curriculum and doctoral research. The Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering is designed for students pursuing a career in research, teaching, or highly specialized fields. For more information about the research conducted by Clemson industrial engineering faculty and graduate students, curriculum, and costs view our Ph.D. Graduate page.

Master of Engineering vs. Master of Science

For many students, selecting the right industrial engineering graduate program starts with comparing the Master of Engineering vs. Master of Science degrees. Master of Engineering degrees are designed to be a terminal professional degree – the MBA equivalent for Engineering fields. Master of Science degrees can prepare students for a career in industry or pursuit of a PhD degree. To understand which program is the right fit for your career goals review our website or contact us.


Students who graduate with advanced degrees from Clemson IE go on to succeed in prestigious jobs in industry and academia. Increasingly, IE students are being recognized for their research contributions with national fellowships and awards. Furthermore, the success of our graduate programs has been recognized by the most prestigious institutions. This recognition is due, in large part, to our student-centered approach to graduate education and research.

Research Excellence

Graduate students are afforded the opportunity to participate in research projects funded by prestigious federal agencies (e.g., NSF and NIH), as well as industry partners. Our faculty frequently partner with interdisciplinary collaborators and focus not only on methodological advances but also on pragmatic solutions that have a real impact on local manufacturing and service organizations. Students can choose to specialize in a variety of IE areas including manufacturing, operations research, or human factors engineering. The results of their research are often published in the top journals of our field, including Operations Research, IISE Transactions, Human Factors, and many others.

Inclusive Environment

Clemson IE is committed to excellence in industrial engineering research, education, and service, and we believe that our academic mission and vision are best realized in an inclusive environment where each person is empowered to achieve excellence. We are proud to provide an environment in which all graduate students are valued and included as part of the IE family. Our department is known as a warm and welcoming place in which young scholars are nurtured and encouraged to become outstanding researchers or practitioners. Additionally, all of our PhD students are housed in Freeman Hall, which provides easy access to IE faculty, research facilities, and classrooms.


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Contact Information

If you have program-related questions about the PhD program, please first check our FAQs page. If your question is not answered, please contact Dr. Thomas Sharkey. For general inquiries or graduate school forms, please contact