Industrial Engineering

Grainger College of Engineering


What is Industrial Engineering?

Industrial Engineering solves problems through the integration of engineering and business principles. Industrial systems engineers work to improve performance and productivity using problem solving. This major creates leaders who often serve as a link between engineering and management. Upon graduation, you will know how to manage budgets and projects. This major may be for you if you’re interested in:

  • Streamlining processes
  • Evaluating and reducing strain on workers and the environment
  • Saving companies money
  • Eliminating waste of time, money, materials, energy, and other commodities

Career Options

  • Automotive, control systems, & manufacturing
  • Business systems integration & consulting
  • Communication & computer systems
  • Construction
  • Engineering administration
  • Marketing & product testing
  • Operations & quality control
  • Robotics

Post-Graduation Success1

89% employed or continuing education

77% employed after graduation

12% attending graduate school

$64,216 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), AIG View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, London Business School, Northwestern University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong math and science coursework and performance
  • Calculus preferred and physics expected (if available at high school)
  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal communication skills
  • Interest in improving society through engineering
  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the engineering major selected

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.9 years to degree

91% first-year retention rate

65% four-year graduation rate

88% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,976
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $41,126


  • Tuition: $39,736
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $63,226


  • Tuition: $42,868
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $66,358