Industrial Engineering Graduate Programs

MASc Industrial Engineering

Graduate programs in Industrial Engineering are designed to meet the clear and growing need for highly qualified personnel trained to have a deep appreciation for the important systems issues in manufacturing and prepare candidates for an academic career in teaching, research or leadership roles in industrial research and development.

This advanced thesis-based Masters Degree provides graduates with the option of pursuing a Doctoral Degree or to apply the state of the art knowledge they have acquired by delivering results and innovation through critical thinking and integrated problem-solving leadership.

Areas of research include:

  • Manufacturing systems design, operations and control
  • Robotics
  • Automotive Assembly Engineering
  • Design and Building Products for Profit
  • Supply Chain Engineering
  • Operational Research
  • Corporate Logistics
  • Warehousing and Inventory Management
  • Facility Engineering
  • Plant Engineering
  • Tool Engineering
  • Fastening Engineering
  • Manufacturing Driven Product Design
  • Process Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Quality Engineering, Six Sigma
  • Ergonomics Engineering
  • Integration of Human Factors in Product Design
  • Production Operations Management


  • Applications welcomed throughout the year (no deadline)
  • Admission offers made by Office of the Registrar, Grad Studies Div
  • Minimum Admission Average = B (undergraduate degree)
  • Minimum TOEFL = 600 (required if English not primary language)
  • GRE recommended for non North American Bachelors Degree
  • Thesis or Major Paper Option

Thesis: A thesis incorporating the results of an original investigation is required of all candidates except those students who are doing non-thesis research toward a major paper. Before writing the thesis the student must meet with the Master's committee to obtain permission to write the thesis. The Master's committee will grant this permission when the student has shown sufficient competence and has accomplished substantial research. After completion of the thesis, each candidate will be required to make a satisfactory oral presentation and defense of the thesis.

Major Paper: For those candidates doing non-thesis research, a major paper is required. The topic of the major paper is normally research based on the existing literature in the field of study. The candidate will be required to make an acceptable oral presentation to the Master's committee based on the major paper.


PhD in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (Multi-Disciplinary Program)

MAME invites applications for a multi-disciplinary PhD in the field of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering. Industrial engineering is an integrated discipline that includes the study, management and control of integrated systems of people, machines, and technologies, in order to improve the quality and productivity of the entire system. Industrial engineering includes not only the manufacturing systems themselves, but also the operational research, and human factors (ergonomics: both physical and cognitive). Operational research is involved with developing models, algorithms and optimization; e.g. inventory control & production planning. Information technology is an integration tool.

Identifiable areas of research interest includes:

Supply Chain Management
Operational Research
Operations Management
Product Design and Manufacture
Human Factors and Manufacturing Systems Design
Operation and Control Human

Individual faculty expertise is clustered around focus groups such as those belonging to the Center for Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS), Environmentally Conscious Design and Manufacturing, Ergonomics and Human-Centered Manufacturing, the Manufacturing Systems Modeling and Operational Research.

Graduate Courses & Minimum Course Requirements

The specific minimum program requirements for the PhD include the successful completion of:

1) Course Requirements: Satisfactory completion of at least four courses, comprising a minimum of eight term hours, beyond the courses required for the Master's degree. 

View courses (Students must take at least two courses from Category A and one course from Category B)

Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering PhD students must also take 91-595. Students are expected to register in 91-595 every semester offered. Normally in the final year of their degree, students are to give a seminar presentation and will receive a Pass/Fail grade.

2) A comprehensive examination.

3) Satisfactory progress in research within each review period. The doctoral committee will establish by periodic review, which will include at least one formal seminar a year, that adequate progress in research has been accomplished by the candidate. The doctoral committee will also grant permission to write the dissertation when it decides the candidate has achieved sufficient competence in carrying out research, and when the candidate has done substantial research.

4) A dissertation on the research. Each candidate will be required to make an oral presentation of the dissertation research and will be examined orally on the subject of the dissertation and related fields.  

5) A letter of support from a responsible person in the outside institution giving approval of the proposal and accepting these regulations.

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