Master of Science in Industrial and Human Factors Engineering

photo of a student writing in a notebook outside of a classIndustrial and Human Factors Engineering (IHE), a highly customizable degree in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, prepares working professionals towards effective design and operation of a variety of systems in healthcare, manufacturing, aerospace, distribution, retail, and many others. While industrial engineers utilize the tools of simulation, optimization, computing, and statistics to design and improve modern technology-laden systems, human factors engineers design systems that effectively integrate human abilities/limitations and machines/tools.

Because students enrolled in the program are diverse in both geography and work-profile, eligible students are able to complete the MSIHE degree entirely online.

Why WSU's Industrial and Human Factors Engineering Program?

The BIE Department offers both a Master of Science Degree and a PhD in Engineering focus area in IHE. The Master of Industrial and Human Factors Engineering program has a non-thesis alternative in addition to the traditional thesis option. Students choose their coursework in one of four available focus areas: Decision Analytics, Logistics and Supply Chain, Human Factors and Ergonomics, and Neuroengineering.   All focus areas offer hands-on courses and laboratories in state-of-the-art research facilities in the Russ Engineering Center and the new Neuroscience-Engineering Collaboration Building.

Career Opportunities

The demand for Industrial and Human Factors Engineers is very high, with graduates hired in industry, government agencies, industrial research and development, and consulting firms. Industrial and Human Factors Engineering is consistently listed as one of the most satisfying career areas in national surveys, as well as one with many job openings in the region.

Master Course-Option Focus Areas

Decision Analytics Faculty Advisors

Logistics and Supply Chain Faculty Advisors

Human Factors and Ergonomics Faculty Advisors

Neuroengineering Faculty Advisors


Entrance Requirements

  • GPA of at least 2.7 in undergraduate course work.
  • GRE Total of at least 290 with a minimum GRE Quantitative score of 145 for applicants (1) whose undergraduate degree is not in engineering or (2) whose undergraduate degree is not from and ABET-accredited engineering program.
  • Additional pre-requisite course work may be required if your undergraduate degree is not in engineering.
  • Letters of recommendation are recommended but not required.

How to Apply

Graduate students should apply for admission through Wright State's Graduate School.

Degree Requirements

  • Minimum 30 semester hours
  • Minimum 12 hours of 7000 level or above from BIE Department
  • Maximum 8 hours thesis
  • Maximum of 4 hours independent study or non-thesis research
  • BME or IHE 6010 - Ethics in Engineering Research & Practice
  • Minimum 18 hours of program specific courses
  • Minimum 6 hours of math-intensive coursework

BIE Department math-intensive courses

  • BME 7110 Biomedical Signals (3 credit hours)
  • BME 7521 Advanced Biotransport (3 credit hours)
  • EGR 7050 Design & Analysis of Egr Experiments (3 credit hours)
  • IHE 6980 Fundamentals of Probability & Statiscs (4 credit hours)
  • IHE 7300 Research Methods in HFE (3 credit hours)
  • IHE 7510 Data Mining (3 credit hours)
  • IHE 7711 Integer Optimization and Heuristics (3 credit hours)