Areas and Programs

Students can earn graduate degrees—a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Science (MS)—in Industrial Engineering, as well as a Master of Engineering with a concentration in Data and Information Fusion or Production Management. An Advanced Certificate in Advanced Manufacturing, and non-degree programs in Occupational Health and Six Sigma are also available. Students completing MS degrees with a thesis option or pursuing their PhD can focus their research in areas of Operations Research, Human Factors, and Production/Manufacturing Systems. 

Details about the different student research areas and academic programs are provided in the subsections below.

  • Data Analytics Engineering
    The Industrial and Systems Engineering MS with a course focus in Data Analytics Engineering equips graduates with the skills needed to transform vast amounts of data into meaningful information for decision-making.
  • Engineering Management
    This Master of Engineering (ME) degree program provides graduate study for any engineer who desires to enhance their technical competence to more effectively take leadership roles within an organization. Graduates of the program are able to apply best practices and engineering approaches to make strategic decisions and shape policies about personnel, finance and operations.
  • Industrial Engineering
    The Industrial Engineering graduate specialization is a course-based MS perfect for students who wish to deepen their general ISE knowledge apply it to an industrial setting.
  • Human Factors/Ergonomics
    Human factors and ergonomics applies industrial engineering, physiology, psychology, and computer science to the design of working and living environments with explicit consideration of the physical and mental characteristics of users.
  • Operations Research
    Operations research is the application of scientific and especially mathematical methods to the study and analysis of problems involving complex systems.
  • Production Systems
    In production systems engineering, challenges in manufacturing service and healthcare systems are tackled through the application of the engineering sciences.
  • Occupational Safety and Health Traineeship
    MS students specializing in Human Factors/Ergonomics are eligible to participate in the Occupational Safety and Health Traineeship.
  • Six Sigma Certification
    Qualified candidates complete a single, two-semester Six Sigma Black Belt project at a host company, committing approximately 12 to 16 hours per week to working on projects mostly onsite. Candidates are paired with Six Sigma Black Belt certified mentors through a partnership with UB's Center for Industrial Effectiveness.
  • Advanced Certificate in Advanced Manufacturing
    Students in the Advanced Manufacturing certificate program take courses with graduate faculty members in Industrial and Systems Engineering or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and have access to state-of-the-art facilities and interaction with UB’s Community of Excellence in Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies (SMART).
  • Advanced Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health
    The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Advanced Certificate focuses on strengthening the pool of qualified OSH professionals in New York State. The program aims to meet industry needs by providing multidisciplinary training that includes coursework, projects, and research in safety, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, and epidemiology.
  • Micro-Credential in Quality Engineering
    The Quality Engineering micro-credential serves the critical needs of students who are determined to pursue a career on improving quality of products and service in various industries, military and government agencies. All of these organizations, regardless of their business or operations, inevitably need quality improvement.