Master of Science in Industrial Engineering – Human Factors and Health Systems Engineering

By examining, designing, testing and evaluating products, environments and how people interact in it, Human Factors and Health Systems Engineering professionals can create productive, safe and satisfying environments for humans, and apply industrial and systems engineering tools and approaches to specific health care problems.

Is This Program Right for You?

The demand for engineers who can combine a concern for the human component with traditional engineering principles is great. The Human Factors and Health Systems Engineering program provides students content from physical ergonomics, cognitive ergonomics, macroergonomics and broad issues in health care, including long-term care, prevention, quality improvement, health care financing, and system evaluation.

This program considers human reliability, psychomotor capabilities and human characteristics in equipment. As an important aspect of equipment design is human-computer interaction. Engineers are concerned with the complex physical relationships between people, machines, job demands and work methods, design, work quality and assessment of skill. Also important are organizational issues such as management approaches, job design, participative problem solving, psychological stress, job satisfaction, performance effectiveness, product/service quality, and quality of work life.

Effective model building requires strong systems analysis skills. While skill in manipulating statistical and mathematical models is essential to an industrial engineer’s success, the health systems engineer must also be able to initiate resolutions to strategic problems using knowledge of how organizational decisions are made.

What You Learn

  • Articulates, critiques, or elaborates the theories, research methods, and approaches to inquiry or schools of practice in industrial and systems engineering including areas such as decision science and operations research, quality engineering, manufacturing and health systems, and/or human factors.
  • Identifies sources and assembles evidence pertaining to questions or challenges in industrial and systems engineering.
  • Selects and/or utilizes the most appropriate industrial and systems engineering methodologies and practices.
  • Evaluates or synthesizes information pertaining to questions or challenges in industrial and systems engineering.
  • Communicates clearly in ways appropriate to industrial and systems engineering.

If questions, please contact COE Grad Admissions at; Subject Line: IE Grad Admissions and ISyE Seniors please contact Pam Peterson with any questions. Please see admission requirements under the Apply Now tab below.

At A Glance
DeliveryIn class instruction
Credits30 Graduate Credits
TimeframeComplete in one calendar year: Three semesters, including courses during summer session
TuitionResident: $5,993/semester + $2,985 for 6 summer credits
Nonresident: $12,657/semester + $6,317 for 6 summer credits *Additional fees may apply
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Degree ConfirmedMaster of Science in Industrial Engineering
Offered ByThe UW-Madison College of Engineering
Application DeadlinesFall: January 1* *Non-UW IE students can ONLY apply for Fall semester.
Spring Admissions: ONLY UW-Madison IE seniors are eligible for Spring admission - October 1st.

Degree & Prospective Student Information

  • 30 credit degree program; may transfer up to 7 credits of prior graduate coursework if applicant has previous MS degree from institution other than UW-Madison with approval by department advisor
  • UW-Madison students completing their bachelor’s degree in the Industrial and Systems Engineering department at UW-Madison may count up to 7 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above towards the degree with prior program approval
  • With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of graduate course work from other institutions.
  • Complete in one calendar year: Three semesters, including courses during summer session

Applicants must first meet all of the requirements of the Graduate School

Applicants must also meet department specific requirements as outlined below:

  • BS degree in industrial engineering or related area or equivalent
  • Non-native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 580 (written), 243 (computer-based test), or 92 (Internet version).
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is *required for all masters programs in ISyE. Information on taking the GRE exam can be found here: note: Applicants should plan to take their exam by Dec. 1st to allow scores to be sent and processed.

*ISyE undergrads and applicants with prior institutional approval are waived from the GRE requirement.

How to Apply:

  1. Fill out an online application through the Graduate School website and pay the application fee.
  2. Include three recommendation letters and the recommenders’ contact information as part of the online application*. An email will be sent to the recommender, asking that they submit their letter online using the Graduate School’s recommendation form. Applicants can log back into their online application to re-send the email request if the recommender loses the email. Letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically.
  3. Submit a Statement of Purpose with your online application.
  4. GRE EXAM INFORMATION (STARTING FALL 2018): The course-only option does require the GRE exam be taken by prospective students as part of the application but note there are no specific scoring guidelines for the exam as the GRE is only one part of consideration for admission into the program. Please note: Applicants should plan to take their exam by Dec. 1st to allow scores to be sent and processed.
  5. TOEFL EXAM INFORMATION: Ask ETS to submit your TOEFL scores to the UW-Madison Graduate School (Institution Number 1846). If you have your scores sent to UW-Madison, they will be available online to all departments to which you have applied. The institution code, therefore, is the only number needed. For more information please visit the Graduate School Requirements page. (Please note: Exam information must be valid at start date of the semester that you are applying for (non-expired)).
  6. Electronically submit one copy of your official transcript with your application. Unofficial copies of transcripts will be accepted for review but official copies are required for admitted students.


  1. UW IE Undergrads no longer need to submit a separate paper application – only the online application is required with a statement of purpose.
  2. Three letters of recommendation are NOT required for students completing their ISyE bachelor’s degree at UW. Please note that the application system will still require you to list three individuals as recommenders. You are welcome to list Jim Luedtke, Pam Peterson, and Maria Zarzalejo to bypass this requirement.
  3. ISyE undergrads and applicants with prior institutional approval are waived from the GRE requirement.
  4. UW-Madison undergraduate students applying to this program do not need to submit a UW transcript.

→Submit only the documents requested.

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*Application deadlines are strictly enforced and ALL application materials including transcripts, letters and TOFL scores MUST be included and submitted by the application deadline. Please note our office does not provide feedback to applicants as to their potential for admission – please review both the ISyE department and Graduate School requirements for admission and if you feel you meet the necessary criteria for applying, please do so.

Information for Current Students

Below is a typical curriculum for those pursuing a MSIE-Course Only option in Human Factors and Health Systems Engineering.




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Please DO NOT mail any paper copies of application materials. They will not be reviewed. Please only upload the required application materials with the Graduate School application. This includes official transcripts. If an applicant is admitted by the ISyE Admissions Committee, they will receive further instructions from the ISyE Graduate Admissions Office.

Applicants should monitor your application status by visiting the “Graduate Application Status” window within your MyUW portal (information on this is received after submitting an application). You may need to activate a NetID to gain access to the MyUW portal.

Applicants will receive an email from the ISyE Graduate Admissions Office with the Admissions Committee’s decision as soon as the office receives it.

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