Graduate Programs



Lamar has low tuition costs, low cost of living, small class sizes, near many industrial employers in Beaumont and Houston, and tight connections between faculty and students.

Based on reviewing job posting and feedback from alumni, the department in fall 2020 determined that software and communication skills are key to finding a job and succeeding in the labor market. The department created a unique problem-based Applied Programming where students implement industrial engineering solutions with Python and SQL that is taught in the fall semester. The course assumes students have no background in programming and Python. The department also created a second elective software development course that assumes no background in programming in user interface design with JavaScript that is taught in the spring. Using electives, students can earn a Machine Learning Certificate or ERP Certificate focused on SAP as part of their studies. The department allows student to take courses in other engineering department, the business school (ERP with SAP, CRM with SAP, Project Management with Primavera, and similar courses) and computer science. 

Our faculty teach courses and conduct research in Manufacturing, Automation, Operations Research, Reliability, Data Mining, Supply Chain Management, Six Sigma, Lean, Project Management, Safety, Human Factors, Ergonomics, and Logistics. The department also teaches software skills including Python, JavaScript, SQL, PLC Programming with Rockwell RSLogix, R, JavaScript, and Autodesk Fusion 360 to implement the ideas presented in our coursework. Please watch the alumni video at the top of the page and the programs overview video at the end of the page for additional information.

Qualified graduate students (based on transcripts, GRE and TOEFL/IELTS) will be offered an out-of-state tuition waiver plus a $1,000/year general graduate scholarship. With this scholarship, the student only needs to pay in-state tuition, which is significantly lower than the full tuition. Highly qualified doctoral students are offered assistantships or fellowships with partial tuition waivers.

Lamar University College of Engineering offers the following graduate degree programs with a focus on Industrial Engineering: