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Industrial & Management Systems Engineering (Doctorate)

Conduct research in order to apply advanced engineering thinking to analyze, design and manage responsive and sustainable engineering solutions to complex real-world problems.

Industrial & Management Systems Engineering – Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Engineering, Industrial & Management Systems Engineering Emphasis

In the doctoral Industrial & Management Systems Engineering program at Montana State, candidates pursue advanced technical topics in order to design, analyze and manage solutions that can solve issues posed by businesses, nonprofit organizations or government organizations. As a part of the industrial engineering programs at Montana State, the doctoral Industrial & Management Systems Engineering program emphasizes social justice as a design approach that broadly serves society. As such, the program integrates technical depth with social awareness from a multidisciplinary point of view.



Industrial Engineering doctoral students work with award-winning researchers such as Mark Jankausi, whose work examining the relationship between vibration and flying efficiency in insects earned him a $619,000 CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation.



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Carnegie Classified
The prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education® ranks Montana State University among the Top 5 public, 4-year universities for Very High Research Activity with a STEM-dominant research doctoral program.

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Startup Prowess
The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship rated Montana #4 in Startup Activity out of the 25 smaller states and ranked Bozeman #3 in Main Street Entrepreneurship.

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Adventure Awaits
LendEDU has ranked MSU #1 in Outdoor Recreation, due to its proximity to world-class skiing, blue-ribbon rivers for fishing and seemingly endless hiking opportunities, as well as access to rental equipment from the ASMSU Outdoor Recreation Program.




Fund Your Education

The Graduate School at Montana State is dedicated to helping students secure funding during their time at MSU. Some resources the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering department and Graduate School offer includes:

Additionally, most of our incoming graduate students are funded with teaching assistantships for at least their first year. During that period, they connect with faculty and typically receive research assistantships for the remainder of their graduate studies. Applicants must be admitted before being considered for funding.


As part of the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department, Industrial & Management Systems Engineering doctorate students have access to the following laboratories and more within the program:

  • 3-D Printers Lab
  • Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Laboratory
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) Laboratory
  • Decision Support Systems (DSS) Laboratory
  • Machining (Manufacturing & Welding) Laboratory
  • Ragsdale Production Systems & Facilities Laboratory
  • Work Design Laboratory




Admissions Requirements

Note: no GRE Required.

Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission, and the Industrial & Management Systems Engineering doctoral program is not different. To ensure that you start your application on the right foot, please review the admissions requirements for the Industrial & Management Systems Engineering doctoral program. This includes any additional deadlines that the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering may have aside from the Graduate School, which does practice rolling admissions.