Degree Programs

BS Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineering is the profession concerned with solving integrated engineering and management problems. The definition by the Institute of Industrial Engineers is as follows: “Industrial Engineering is concerned with the design, installation, and improvement of integrated systems of people, material, information, equipment, and energy by drawing upon specialized knowledge and skills in the mathematical, physical, and social sciences, together with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design to specify, predict, and evaluate the results to be obtained from such systems.” Key objectives of industrial engineering are to improve the quality and productivity of creating and delivering goods and services and to act as the interface between technology and humans. Engineering methods and practical knowledge are used in formulating decision models for the optimum application of engineering and management principles. Industrial engineers are systems thinkers who consider the impact of any improvements or design changes on people, community, economics, and the environment.


BS Manufacturing Engineering

Manufacturing Engineering is the profession that applies engineering analysis and methods to the production of all manufactured goods and services. The manufacturing engineer plans, develops, and optimizes the processes of production including methods of manufacture, and designs of tools and equipment for manufacturing. The emphasis is on both development and sustained operation of manufacturing systems, including computer-aided methods, automation, design for manufacture, production tooling, and material handling, as well as the processes and ancillary support systems of modern manufacturing.


MS Industrial Engineering

The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MS IE) program is designed to prepare students for a successful career in industry as well as a further study in a Ph.D. program, building on its strength in learn-by-doing and project-based engineering education and focusing on applied research. Students will sharpen both technical skills and non-technical skills required for success in their careers.

Key learning outcomes for the MS IE program:

  1. Design and improve manufacturing and business operations;
  2. Design experiments, analyze data, and solve real-world problems independently;
  3. Communicate effectively and practice strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.

Students typically work closely with industry to solve real-world problems. A large fraction of our recent graduates have landed positions in high-tech, manufacturing, services, and consulting companies to design and improve business operations.


Industrial Engineering Blended BS+MS Engineering Program

The IME Department offers the blended BS+MS degree program (BMS) leading to the MS IE or MS ENGR ITM degree. The BMS program is only open to continuing Cal Poly students. 

The objective of the blended BS+MS degree program (BMS) is to provide an accelerated route for excellent undergraduate engineering students at Cal Poly to obtain both bachelor's and master's (BS and MS) degrees simultaneously. The minimum units requirement for blended BS+MS is 225 total (BS 180 + MS 45). BMS students can pursue either

The BMS program is applicable only to Cal Poly continuing students. The BMS program allows the double counting of some undergraduate courses towards the masters' requirements. The number of double counted units in the BMS program shall be those in excess of the 180 units in the BS program but not to exceed 9 units.

All BMS students should complete their senior projects to satisfy their BS requirements before transition to graduate status. Students cannot double count senior project units.

Eligibility

  1. Students in any engineering major are eligible to apply for the Industrial Engineering BMS program.
  2. Students must have a minimum Cal Poly grade point average (GPA) of 3.3/4.0.
  3. Students should apply with less than three (3) quarters to graduate for a bachelors' degree. Note that applications must be approved before the student has completed 180 units toward their undergraduate curriculum requirement. If students reach 180 units for undergraduate requirement, they are not eligible for the BMS program.
  4. All lower-division work (including lower-division general education courses and American Institutions courses) shall be completed prior to changing to graduate degree objective status (CSU AA-2012-01).
  5. Prior completion of the GWR is strongly encouraged but not required.

Application Procedure

A prospective student that meets the eligibility requirements above should submit the following application documents to the IME Department Office (192-223) Attn: Graduate Coordinator.

  • Cover letter. If you are applying to the MSIE program, you shall talk to faculty members in the IME department and seek a thesis advisor based on his/her research interests.
  • Cal Poly BMS Application
  • IME BMS Program Application.
  • Post Baccalaureate Change of Objective form (PBCO)
  • One page resume: list in reverse chronological order education, employment, extracurricular/community activities, publications if any, and membership.
  • One page of statement of purpose: provide a summary of your career objectives and work experience with reference to the chosen field of graduate study in one page.
  • The names and contact information of three referees.

CSU Mentor $55 application fee is waived and no GRE exam is required for the BMS program.

Deadlines for admission: Full applications must be submitted to the graduate coordinator by March 1st for Fall quarter admittance, September 1st for Winter quarter, and December 1st for Spring quarter.

A faculty panel will interview all applicants and makes acceptance/rejection decisions.

If accepted, students' status will be officially changed from undergraduate to graduate during the quarter they complete 180 units towards their bachelor's degree.


Master of Science in Engineering - Integrated Technology Management

The Master of Science in Engineering with Specialization in Integrated Technology Management is designed to prepare students for a successful career in industry, building on its strength in learn-by-doing and project-based engineering education and focusing on applied research.

Key learning outcomes for the MS ENGR-ITM program are that students can:

  1. Design and improve manufacturing and business operations;
  2. Design experiments, analyze data, and solve real-world problems independently;
  3. Communicate effectively and practice strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.

Students typically work closely with industry to solve real-world problems. The IME graduate programs help students sharpen both technical skills and non-technical skills required for success in their careers. A large fraction of our recent graduates have landed positions in high-tech, manufacturing, services, and consulting companies to design and improve business operations.


Concurrent MBA/MS Engineering Management

The concurrent MBA/MS Engineering Management Program (EMP) is an interdisciplinary program that links the MBA and an MS in Engineering. It is the result of collaboration between the Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business and the College of Engineering (Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department). Successful graduates earn both an MBA and an MS in Engineering Management.

The EMP is focused on developing high quality “career ready” graduates who will be facilitators of change and integrators of engineering, business, and people issues. The major strengths of this program are to:

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills from engineering and business disciplines for effective responses to rapidly changing technological and business environments;
  2. Develop individual study plan tailored to the student’s unique background and career goals through flexible curriculum options.
  3. Take advantage of Cal Poly’s emphasis on learn-by-doing and project-based engineering education.