Industrial and Management Systems Engineering

Industrial and Management Systems Engineers (IMSE’s) optimize the ways in which organizations deliver goods and services. They apply mathematical models, engineering problem-solving, human factors and managerial concepts to improve efficiency, create safer and more productive workplaces, and optimize the allocation of scarce resources. The knowledge and skills of an IMSE apply broadly across many sectors of society, including manufacturing, finance, transportation, health care, communications, energy, construction, entertainment, and government.


IMSE knowledge and skills enjoy broad appeal because the problems of making efficient use of resources, increasing health and safety, and improving quality and productivity are problems all organizations face. This gives IMSE’s versatility to work in diverse sectors and flexibility in career paths.

Since IMSEs are employed in every facet of American business and industry, they are usually "people-oriented problem solvers" who enjoy diversity in their assignments and careers.  IMSE combines technical problem-solving of engineering with knowledge of business and management functions, making graduates highly sought after by many types of employers.

Since 1923, alumni from this program have found engaging and productive careers as project managers, manufacturing engineers, hospital administrators, consultants, quality assurance managers and engineers, technical sales engineers, production supervisors, department heads, business owners and company presidents.  You can view class pictures from the last three decades of graduates from this long-standing and successful program.

The IMSE curriculum is designed to achieve a set of educational objectives and produce specific student outcomes.  For more details on the curriculum, including the list of required courses, please visit the MSU Catalog.  
Recent enrollment and graduation figures can be found here.

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