Montana State University

Industrial Engineering Program

Industrial Engineering (IE) is the broadest of all engineering disciplines!

The Industrial Engineering program at Montana State University was established in 1923, and is one of the oldest IE programs in the country.

Montana State University is rated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as one of ONLY three Institutes for Very High Research and Very High Undergraduate Teaching!



Since IE's 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.

  • For example, IE alumni include plant managers, manufacturing engineers, teachers, hospital administrators, consultants, quality assurance managers and engineers, technical sales engineers, production supervisors, and department heads.  

IE's are active in all kinds of manufacturing, as well as service operations such as hospitals, banks, airlines, transportation and distribution companies, retailers, utilities, and local, state, and federal governments.

For more information see our brochure and poster.




The Industrial Engineering (IE) program has just received approval for a Seamless Masters degree designed to allow qualified undergraduate IE students to complete their BSIE and MSIE degrees simultaneously in only one more year beyond a four year undergraduate program. By pursuing a Seamless Masters degree, students may obtain both a BS and MS degrees at graduation with a reduction of six credits compared to obtaining a BS and MS separately at different institutions.



Dr. Durward Sobek, IE Program Coordinator, discusses the Implications of Organization Culture on Change Implementation within an Engineering Workforce.

Dr. Stanley announces a recent National Science Foundation Grant on Hazard Perception in Virtual Environments.

MSU students apply Industrial Engineering tools to drive sustainability at MSU.

  Part 1 - Industrial Engineering students explore ways to improve recycling at MSU.
  Part 2 -Industrial Engineering students share how their work improved MSU recycling by 50%.



View Dr. Ward's Presentation, "Transforming Traffic Safety Culture: A necessary condition for TZD" at the RITA Transportation Speakers Series.