M.S./M.Eng. in Industrial and Systems Engineering

We encourage you to register for our informational webinars to learn more about our Master's program. Multiple sessions will occur over the course of the fall and spring semesters, starting in September. Registration for these events is required. Please register on our events page:


We accept applications for Spring and Fall based on the following timeline:


- Application opens: September 1

- Application deadline: December 1


- Application opens: September 1

- Application deadline: July 15

On the basis of merit, a limited number of scholarships will be awarded. All ISE master's program applicants will be automatically considered for these scholarships; no additional action is needed.

The Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Master’s Program prepares professionals for applying and developing ISE in all industry sectors. It offers an exciting set of courses about the operations of energy, finance, healthcare, mobility & transportation, and supply chain management. Mid-career professionals and recent graduates with a background in engineering, business, mathematics, or applied sciences who intend to seek ISE positions are appropriate candidates.

The ISE Master’s Program is comprehensive in scope, and it welcomes students interested in enhancing their careers with the quantitative skills acquired in these programs, as well as those interested in pursuing research at the cutting edge of the discipline.

In addition, the ISE Master’s Program offers a strong training component in data analytics and machine learning, providing students the necessary knowledge base and skills about data related processes and algorithms needed for industry or research positions. Students can choose a variety of courses in descriptive and predictive analytics, such as

ISE 465 Applied Data Mining
ISE 364 Introduction to Machine Learning
ISE 410 Design of Experiments
ISE 409 Time Series Analysis
as well as courses in prescriptive analytics, such as

ISE 426  Optimization Models and Applications
ISE 455  Optimization Algorithms and Software
ISE 416  Dynamic Programming

The Lehigh ISE Department offers the possibility of converting such training into a Certificate in Data Analytics.

The program is delivered both in-person and remote/online. The duration is also flexible. It can be completed in 12 months (Summer-Fall-Spring), or in 18 months (Fall-Spring-Fall) to allow for a Summer internship.

Internship opportunities are provided through the industrial contacts of the faculty of the Lehigh ISE Department as well as through our companion Enterprise Systems Center (ESC) (located on the 2nd floor of our Mohler Lab building). In particular, ESC provides a professional platform for industrial projects and a vast network of enterprise opportunities. See also our Lehigh ISE Industrial Liaison Program and a list of our client-driven ISE UG Senior Capstone projects in the last 10 years.

To be admitted to the ISE Master’s Program, a candidate must demonstrate basic competence in basic mathematics (calculus, statistics, and linear algebra) and computer programming. A candidate lacking a certain background may be required to take introductory courses. The minimum program consists of 30 credit hours, of which at least 18 must be in the 400-level and at least 15 at the 400-level in the ISE Department. No more than 9 credit hours can be taken at the 300-level or 400-level from outside the ISE Department. The ISE Master’s Program Advisor approves all course work.

Master of Engineering
This degree is for those students whose interests are geared towards an industry career outside academia. The minimum program for the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree in ISE consists of 27 credit hours of approved courses and completion of a satisfactory 3 credit project or, optionally, 30 credit hours of approved courses. A faculty member supervises the project.
Master of Science
This degree can help prepare students applying for doctoral studies. The minimum program for the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in ISE consists of 24 credit hours of approved courses and completion of a satisfactory 6 credit thesis. A faculty member supervises the thesis.

Click here for the Core Requirements for the ISE Master's Program.


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Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Lehigh University
200 West Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015-1582
Phone: (610) 758-4050

E-mail: Joyce Gabay
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