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Whether you intend to pursue research or are seeking advancement, higher pay or job security, now is a good time to pursue a Master of Science degree in Engineering, with a concentration in Industrial and Systems Engineering.

UWM, one of Wisconsin’s two R1 research universities, is located in one of the largest manufacturing and industrial regions in the nation. You’ll benefit from our long-standing collaborations with this vibrant community and our role in working with them as they transition to an Industry 4.0 economy.

This is a far-reaching discipline and our flexible program welcomes those whose undergraduate degrees were in industrial engineering and related disciplines such as Applied Mathematics, Supply Chain, Applied Computing, Data Science and other fields within engineering.

Qualified UWM undergraduate students can apply to begin this program during their senior year by participating in the integrated BS-MS Program.

Program Type


Program Format

On Campus

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Boost Your Career

An advanced degree in industrial and systems engineering can increase your salary, provide job security and open the door to new jobs and management positions.

Job prospects may be best for those with knowledge and experience in the most recent advances in the field.

At UWM, you’ll gain hands-on experience at our next-gen factory, a test bed where you can virtually simulate solutions to manufacturing challenges (applying AI to the manufacturing process, fluid flow management, and more) then physically execute them.

Next-gen lab on UWM's campus
Digital Manufacturing Test Bed Tour: CSI – A Model of Industry 4.0 Production

What to Expect

In coursework, research labs, and in our next-gen factory, students acquire knowledge and skills in engineering statistical analysis, operations research in engineering management, scheduling, systems optimization, Lean Six Sigma, reliability engineering, realtime resource management, ergonomics, occupational biomechanics and more.

As you complete your studies, you will have the following options: 

Thesis option; non-thesis option

The thesis option is designed for people planning to pursue research. Students complete an original thesis research project, supervised by a faculty advisor. 

The non-thesis option is designed for working professionals. In lieu of a thesis, students take an additional seven hours of coursework.   

Teaching Assistantship / Research Assistantship

You can apply to work as a Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant, which will help your education and build leadership skills. Typically, teaching assistantships are offered to students in the MS-Thesis track. Assistantship decisions are made by the academic departments only after an applicant has been accepted into the program.

More Information

Contact the College of Engineering & Applied Science Graduate Programs Office.

You’ll have the opportunity work with faculty engaged in leading-edge research in areas such as:

  • Automation of manufacturing systems 
  • Data analytics 
  • Industrial ergonomics 
  • Lean manufacturing 
  • Logistics 
  • Material handling & distribution 
  • Occupational biomechanics  
  • Political redistricting 
  • Predictive analytics 
  • Process and systems optimization 
  • Real-time resource management 
  • Six Sigma 
  • Systems design modeling 

Research Labs

Advanced Manufacturing and Design Laboratory

The research conducted in this lab leads to better design of complex multi-physics systems ranging from CT scanners to EV batteries.

Connected Systems Institute/Next-gen factory

This institute includes an industry test bed and production line, a sandbox for students to learn about modern manufacturing and the sophisticated tools being used by leading industrial suppliers.

Industrial Assessment Center

This U.S. Department of Energy-supported lab helps manufacturers and utilities increase their productivity and competitiveness by reducing energy and water consumption, enhancing cybersecurity, and adopting smart manufacturing technology.

As an R1 research institution, research is integral to our work at UWM and to the experience of students pursuing graduate degrees. Our college has a wide range of faculty-led labs that perform cutting edge research. Please see the Faculty tab to the right for the specific research interests and labs of each civil and environmental engineering faculty member. For a full list of our college’s research labs, centers and institutes, click here.


Satya Akundi
  • Assistant Professor, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
  • Professor, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
  • Geospatial Data Science Lab
Dah Chuan Gong
  • Scientist II, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
Jaejin Jang
  • Associate Professor, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
  • Department Chair, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
Khan, Iftekharuddin
  • Teaching Faculty 1, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Lab Manager
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  • Associate Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Co-Director (Co-PI), UWM Industrial Assessment Center
  • Director, NSF/S-STEM: Preparing Engineers Computer Scientists
Matthew Petering
  • Associate Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Dean Brett Peters
  • Dean, Engineering & Applied Science Office of the Dean
Hamid Seifoddini
  • Associate Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


Therese Crary
  • Advisor, Graduate Programs
  • Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Health Informatics
Bob Packard
  • Advisor, Graduate Programs
  • Civil/Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering
Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

Contact Info:

Street Address
College of Engineering & Applied Science
3200 North Cramer Street
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Mailing Address
College of Engineering & Applied Science
P.O. Box 784
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0784