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Systems Engineering & Analytics

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

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The Systems Engineering and Analytics master’s program at UW–Madison teaches methods and models for data analytics and data-driven decision-making so you can solve problems in engineering systems.


Is this program right for you?

With the surge in big data and computer capability, the ability to effectively analyze and utilize data is quickly becoming a critical skill in engineering decision-making. In just one year, the Systems Engineering and Analytics master’s program from the University of Wisconsin–Madison supplements your existing engineering knowledge with deep computational and analytic skills.

Be prepared to meet the strong market demand for engineers who have mastered analytical tools and can transform data into insights. At UW–Madison, you gain expertise in optimization models and methods, applied industrial analytics, simulation modeling, and analysis—and use these tools in a real-world engineering systems setting.

Learn how to identify and solve problems that arise at every step of the systems design process, from data collection to testing and design. Our accelerated, flexible curriculum allows you to tailor your master’s program to suit your personal career objectives and graduate in just 12–16 months.

Work under the auspices of the foremost experts in the systems engineering and analytics field, in one of the world’s top-ranked departments for industrial engineering. You rapidly develop the analytical and computer skills that are increasingly sought after in industries from manufacturing and transportation to finance and health care.

With a UW–Madison Industrial Engineering master’s degree and an emphasis in Systems Engineering and Analytics, you graduate ready to lead in any data-driven industrial sector.

Is this program right for you?

With the surge in big data and computer capability, the ability to effectively analyze and utilize data is quickly becoming a critical skill in engineering decision-making. In just one year, the Systems Engineering and Analytics master’s program from the University of Wisconsin–Madison supplements your existing engineering knowledge with deep computational and analytic skills.

Be prepared to meet the strong market demand for engineers who have mastered analytical tools and can transform data into insights. At UW–Madison, you gain expertise in optimization models and methods, applied industrial analytics, simulation modeling, and analysis—and use these tools in a real-world engineering systems setting.

Learn how to identify and solve problems that arise at every step of the systems design process, from data collection to testing and design. Our accelerated, flexible curriculum allows you to tailor your master’s program to suit your personal career objectives and graduate in just 12–16 months.

Work under the auspices of the foremost experts in the systems engineering and analytics field, in one of the world’s top-ranked departments for industrial engineering. You rapidly develop the analytical and computer skills that are increasingly sought after in industries from manufacturing and transportation to finance and health care.

With a UW–Madison Industrial Engineering master’s degree and an emphasis in Systems Engineering and Analytics, you graduate ready to lead in any data-driven industrial sector.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a Bachelor of Science in engineering or related discipline from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Submit GRE scores using code 1846.^
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

^ Waived for all spring and fall 2022 applicants and UW–Madison Industrial and Systems Engineering students and alumni.

Ideal applicants will:

  • Have successfully completed a mathematical statistics course (e.g., Stat 312).
  • Have successfully completed an introduction to programming course (e.g., CS 301).

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation*

*Waived for UW–Madison Industrial and Systems Engineering students and alumni.

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Program highlights

  • The Systems Engineering and Analytics master’s degree is accelerated, so you graduate in just one year.
  • It’s also course-only, so you complete your degree in a predictable time frame.
  • With more than $12.8 million in annual research expenditures, nearly 100 patents, and 13 startups, our faculty and students are at the forefront of scientific discovery and real-world translation.
  • Our flexible curriculum allows you to customize your degree program to fit your personal objectives.

University of Wisconsin–Madison ranked Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs and Best Engineering Grad Schools by U.S. News & World Report.

How you'll learn

  • 12-16 months of full-time study on campus to earn your degree.
  • Flexible curriculum can be personalized to suit your needs.
  • Students who hold a graduate degree may transfer up to 9 credits of prior graduate work.
  • UW–Madison Industrial Engineering students may count up to 7 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above towards degree.
  • Complete in fall-spring-summer or fall-spring-fall (allows for summer job internship).

Sample curriculum

  • Introduction to Optimization
  • Simulation Modeling and Analysis
  • Fundamentals of Industrial Data Analytics
  • Introduction to Combinatorial Optimization
  • Inspection, Quality Control, and Reliability
  • Performance Analysis of Manufacturing Systems
  • Information Sensing and Analysis for Manufacturing Processes
  • Design and Analysis of Manufacturing Systems
  • Production Systems Control
  • Decision Making in Health Care
  • Engineering Economic Analysis
  • Introduction to Quality Engineering
  • Introduction to Decision Analysis
  • Facilities Plannings
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Linear Programming Methods
  • Independent Studies (up to 6 credits)

Job outlook

Top Job Titles
  • Systems Engineer
  • Senior Systems Engineer
  • Principal Systems Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Systems Engineering Manager

Market Salary
$63K median salary in 20191

Projected Job Growth
9.7% for Industrial Engineers (2016-2026)

Job Postings
21,785 in 2019

Top Employers
  • Raytheon
  • Northrop Grumman
  • SAIC
  • General Dynamics
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2020.
Source 1: NACE 2019 Salary Survey

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