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M.S. Engineering, Industrial Engineering Concentration

Master of Science in Engineering, Industrial Engineering Concentration


Welcome to the webpage for the industrial engineering concentration of the Master of Science in Engineering program. Dr. Beth Hegab is the Program Coordinator and academic advisor for students enrolled in the coursework only, online program; Dr. Jun-Ing Ker is the Program Coordinator and academic advisor for students in the on-campus thesis and practicum programs. The program provides training that includes a mix of research methods, computational methods, as well as mathematical, statistical, and risk modeling and analysis. It also includes systems design, engineering management, project management, and systems analysis to enable the graduate to be more effective in technical managerial, analysis and leadership roles in a business environment. These skills further develop engineering degrees, practical experience in the field, and business experience with innovative aptitude.

Program Highlights

2018 Best Online Colleges for Industrial EngineeringThe coursework only, industrial engineering concentration of the Master of Science in Engineering program is one of two degrees in the College of Engineering and Science that can be completed entirely online. The focus is on providing an education to working professionals to enhance their value and mobility in their organization - either commercial or government.

Louisiana Tech is an outstanding value - ranked in the Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges by Kiplinger's Magazine.

The program earned the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech the #12 position in the SR Education Group "2018 Best Online Colleges for Value".

The program offers a Louisiana Tech University Six Sigma Green Belt Certification by successfully completing INEN 514 Statistical Analysis for Six Sigma and ENGR 566 Six Sigma and Quality Control with a B or higher. Click the link here or on the left to find out more.

The program also offers a Louisiana Tech University Six Sigma Black Belt certification. This can be earned by successfully earning the Louisiana Tech University Green Belt certification and successfully completing STAT 507 Design and Analysis of Experiments and INEN 557 Six Sigma Black Belt Project with a B or higher. Click the link here or on the left to find out more.

Demand for Skill Set

Nationwide, the importance and value of this type of graduate degree program which integrates traditional engineering/science and statistical analysis skills is receiving increased attention and funding. This degree benefits both traditional and emerging business environments rich in innovation and desiring growth in the nations demanding economy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an expected 9% national growth rate from 2010 to 2020 in number engineering management jobs, with a median annual income of $119,260. According to the March 2012 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median salary for engineers of all disciplines requiring bachelor’s degrees was $82,205. This is an increase in salary of $37,055 to move from engineer to engineering manager.


Louisiana Tech is uniquely qualified to offer this type of program. Dr. B. Hegab has both a B.S. and M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering as well as an MBA and a Doctorate in Business (finance). Dr. Easley has a B.S. degree in Management with an M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering. Dr. Ker is the Program Chair of Industrial Engineering and brings nearly 25 years of experience with a long history of working with area companies to improve and optimize processes. He has a B.S., an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering. Dr. Cronk has a B.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, providing unique skills in the area of human factors, ergonomics, project management, and engineering administration. Dr. Madadi has a B.S. in Applied Mathematics, an M.S. in Industrial Systems Engineering, an M.S. in Statistics, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering.


Louisiana Tech University has a strong tradition of providing an outstanding undergraduate engineering education.  The Industrial Engineering Program dates back to 1955 with over 700 alumni, many of whom have risen to the highest ranks in Fortune 500 companies. Louisiana Tech has offered a Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering since 1970.