Why ISE at Ohio State?

Important Note for New Engineering Students

If you are a new Ohio State student in the College of Engineering, you can be directly admitted to Industrial and Systems Engineering at your Summer Orientation! No application required. Simply speak to an academic advisor when you come to campus.

Making Products Better Through Process Management and Innovative Design


The ISE Department offers degrees in industrial and systems engineering (B.S., M.S. and Ph.D.). These degrees focus on the design, operation and management of complex systems, providing students with a blend of technical, management and  human-centered design skills. (Scroll down to see "Why ISE at OSU", in our own students' words.)

Diverse Career Opportunities: A degree in ISE offers career opportunities in a whole host of industries:  manufacturing and production * healthcare * finance * energy systems * retail and distribution * aviation * information technology * marketing * education.

In Demand:  According to the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, there are about 22,400 openings for industrial engineers each year.  And this profession is listed as having a ‘Bright Outlook’ in O*NET Online.

High Employment Rates: Our students have exceptional employment opportunities that add further value to this degree. For the past 3 years, each year over 82% of our graduates have been hired for jobs within 3 months of graduation.

ISE Foundations: Our program provides students with a strong engineering foundation coupled with core ISE coursework in engineering economics * simulation * optimization * quality control * supply chain management and logistics * project management * manufacturing processes * lean engineering * workplace and facility design * ergonomics * systems thinking * cognitive systems engineering, along with practical experience from internships and capstone projects.

Depth and Breadth: Students who major in ISE gain depth of knowledge through choosing of one of five Technical Elective tracks: Data Analytics and Optimization *  Human-Systems Integration and Design * Management Systems and Operations Research * Manufacturing * Supply Chain Management and Logistics.  Students also gain breadth of knowledge through choosing their remaining technical electives in ISE, other engineering areas, or other disciplines.  Students can also complete additional specializations and minors focusing in areas including: Integrated Lean Six Sigma * Business * Computer Science * Design * Humanitarian Engineering.  Optional undergraduate research provides even more learning opportunities.

Why ISE at Ohio State?

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