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Industrial engineers are often thought of as "efficiency experts" for reducing costs and increasing throughput in a manufacturing setting. You’ll also find them in sales, hospitals, warehousing, distribution, construction, finance, retail and virtually any organization.

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34th Best Value Industrial Engineering Department in the U.S. (College Factual)


What is Industrial Engineering at WVU like?


Industrial and management systems engineers focus on improving performance for an entire system — productivity, quality, cost, safety, sustainability, employee health and market enhancement. They can be found in manufacturing, healthcare, logistics and distribution, retail environments, government agencies, financial institutions and virtually any product or service that has complex processes.

Industrial engineers balance inputs to achieve the greatest good for the organization and society — the right combination of human resources, natural resources and man-made structures and equipment. Professionals in this field bridge the gap between management and operations, motivating people in addition to determining what equipment, information, etc., should be used and how.

Industrial Engineering program highlights:

At a Glance

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Fast Facts

What makes Industrial Engineering at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

Students are encouraged to conduct research with IE faculty and in research facilities. Projects have included:

  • Designing ergonomic assists for the development of a novel in-vivo PET-scan helmet to model brain function
  • Modeling the energy efficiency of dryer systems for compressed air
  • Modeling health systems, perioperative information and processes from the vantage of a complex supply chain network
  • Using myoelectric muscle stimulation to determine acceptable lifting loads for lower back and shoulder movements
  • The interaction of the Microsoft Holo Lens for VR immersion in a smart manufacturing environment

Early College Program

Get a head start (and save money) in our High School ACCESS program for high school students. Choose from online, on-campus or dual credit courses that fulfill requirements for general education or Industrial Engineering. Online courses to consider for this major include:

  • ENGR 101: Engineering Problem-Solving 1
  • ENGR 102: Engineering Problem-Solving 2
  • ENGR 140: Engineering in History

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

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Do you want a another career option? You can earn a secondary teaching certificate through WVUteach while completing a four-year degree in WVU's Industrial Engineering major. One degree, two degree options.


How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Career path choices for our 2017 graduating class included project industrial engineering (30%), project management-construction (7%), consulting (7%), sales engineering (6%), supply chain (4.5%) and entrepreneur (4.5%).

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Industrial Engineering major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


Graduates from this major have gone to work at:


What are the courses like in Industrial Engineering at WVU?

Plan of Study

Check out a program overview, learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plan of study for WVU's Industrial Engineering major.

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Popular Courses

IENG 220:
Re-Engineering Management Systems

Principles and techniques associated with system, job and task re-engineering. Work measurement systems, work flow analysis and time study techniques. Introduction to factors influencing people machine.

IENG 350:
Introduction to Operations Research

An introduction to the basic principles and techniques of operations research. Topics include linear programming, integer programming, transportation and assignment problems, project scheduling, queuing theory, and computer applications.

IENG 471:
Design of Productive Systems 1

The integration of industrial engineering principles in the design of productive systems. Emphasis will be on analysis of different systems for productivity management.

IENG 473:
Team Facilitation

This course prepares students to facilitate continuous improvement teams. Students learn basics of team operations, facilitation tools and facilitation practices.

Capstone Projects

Before graduating, all undergraduates in this major complete an academic project (or "capstone") to demonstrate their research, communication and critical thinking skills.

IENG 471 requires every graduating senior to participate in some type of summer internship or semester co-op experience.

Cost and Aid

How much does Industrial Engineering at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $443
Per Semester $5,316
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,632
Per Credit $1,167
Per Semester $14,004
Fall and Spring Semesters $28,008
Per Credit $1,167
Per Semester $14,304
Fall and Spring Semesters $28,608
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Early College Program

Get a head start (and save money) in our High School ACCESS program for high school students. Choose from online, on-campus or dual credit courses that fulfill requirements for general education or Industrial Engineering. Online courses to consider for this major include:

  • ENGR 101: Engineering Problem-Solving 1
  • ENGR 102: Engineering Problem-Solving 2
  • ENGR 140: Engineering in History

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Extra Merit-based Scholarships

Incoming freshmen to the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources may qualify for merit-based scholarships based on GPA and SAT/ACT test score. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Industrial Engineering has transfer articulation agreements with:

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What are the requirements to apply for Industrial Engineering at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Industrial Engineering major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2022-23 academic year. They also must meet one of the following admission requirements. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

  • ACT Math: 19
  • SAT Math: 510
  • ALEKS: 30
Engineering (Test Optional Requirements):
  • GPA: 3.50

If you don't meet the admission requirements for WVU's Industrial Engineering major, check out some related programs.

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