Industrial Engineering: Specializations within MS

Industrial Engineering

At Galvanize, we find that students often have questions on the various specializations within the field of Industrial Engineering. The purpose of this blog is to help students understand more about Industrial Engineering and some of the different specializations available within the MS in Industrial Engineering program.

In general, students and working professionals from a wide variety of back-grounds apply for the MS in Industrial Engineering program. There will be people from various engineering back-grounds (mechanical, industrial, electrical engineering) as well as people with a math /applied math back-ground that will apply for an MS in Industrial Engineering.

In this blog, we have focused on 3 popular specialization choices that are available under the MS in Industrial Engineering program at some universities:

Operations Research:

  • The MS in Operations Research is a great choice for students who have a strong mathematical and quantitative background. Students take a wide variety of courses on mathematical programming/optimisation techniques, stochastic and simulation
  • OR has a wide variety of applications in supply chain, logistics, finance and management consulting and risk management giving students a wide variety of career choices after graduation
  • When applying for the MS in OR program, it is also recommended that students think about the area that they might like to work in after graduation. For example for someone who wants to work in Finance after graduation, the MS in OR program at Columbia University could be a great choice as it is located in New York city where a lot of financial companies are located
  • The increasing focus on data analytics across most companies positions the MS in OR graduates with a wide variety of career choices.

The MS in Operations Research is a great choice for students who have a strong mathematical and quantitative back-ground. Students take a wide variety of courses on mathematical programming/optimization techniques, stochastics and simulation.

OR has a wide variety of applications in supply chain, logistics, finance and management consulting and risk management giving students a wide variety of career choices after graduation.

When applying for the MS in OR program, it is also recommended that students think about the area that they might like to work in after graduation. For example for someone who wants to work in Finance after graduation, the MS in OR program at Columbia University could be a great choice as it is located in New York city where a lot of financial companies are located.

The increasing focus on data analytics across most companies positions the MS in OR graduates with a wide variety of career choices.

Supply Chain:

  • The Supply Chain specialization is great for students with an interest in areas like logistics/transportation, inventory optimization, operations management and sourcing/procurement
  • The courses that one takes in this specialization focus on improving supply chain efficiency in organisations by improved supply chain design and execution
  • Graduates from this program typically find roles in manufacturing/distribution companies, logistics providers and ecommerce companies in areas like demand planning / sales & operations planning, transportation/network optimization, new product launch and continuous improvement of processes and systems
  • Emerging industries like ecommerce have led to a highly increased focus on areas like supply chain as  companies try to delight consumers through reduced lead times to delivery while reducing  their supply chain costs at the same time

The Supply Chain specialization is great for students with an interest in areas like logistics/transportation, inventory optimisation, operations management and sourcing/procurement.

The courses that one takes in this specialization focus on improving supply chain efficiency in organisations by improved supply chain design and execution.

Graduates from this program typically find roles in manufacturing/distribution companies, logistics providers and ecommerce companies in areas like demand planning / sales & operations planning, transportation/network optimization, new product launch and continuous improvement of processes and systems.

Emerging industries like ecommerce have led to a highly increased focus on areas like supply chain as  companies try to delight consumers through reduced lead times to delivery while reducing  their supply chain costs at the same time.

Health Systems:

  • Some universities like the University of Wisconsin-Madison or Georgia Tech have a health systems specialization within the department of Industrial Engineering. These programs specialize in preparing interested students for the management, design and planning of health-care delivery systems
  • With the spiraling costs of health-care in the US, there is an increasing focus on improving the efficiency of health-care systems which is a classic application of a lot of industrial engineering techniques. In fact, hospitals are increasing focused on areas like supply chain efficiency, lean, quality etc to help them increase efficiency while continuously improving patient experiences
  • Graduates from the health systems specialization typically find opportunities in health-care delivery organisations (example hospitals), manufacturers of healthcare products (devices & pharmaceuticals) as well as management consulting firms

Some universities like the University of Wisconsin-Madison or Georgia Tech have a health systems specialization within the department of Industrial Engineering. These programs specialize in preparing interested students for the management, design and planning of health-care delivery systems.

With the spiraling costs of health-care in the US, there is an increasing focus on improving the efficiency of health-care systems which is a classic application of a lot of industrial engineering techniques. In fact, hospitals are increasing focused on areas like supply chain efficiency, lean, quality etc to help them increase efficiency while continuously improving patient experiences.

Graduates from the health systems specialization typically find opportunities in health-care delivery Organisation (example hospitals), manufacturers of healthcare products (devices & pharmaceuticals) as well as management consulting firms.

If you require any additional information or have any questions on the MS in Industrial Engineering program, please feel free to reach out to us at info@entrayn.com.

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