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Industrial Engineering


Industrial engineering is the work of orchestrating the diverse elements of industry to help a company make the best possible use of time, human effort, production systems, and financial and physical resources. If you were born with the hands of an engineer and the heart of a social scientist, this might be the career for you.

The job of an industrial engineer is flexible and diverse, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Hofstra University will prepare you for each new challenge. You'll be ready to develop production schedules, engineering specifications, and other vital processes of manufacturing. You will learn to create management control systems that maximize the efficiency of financial planning and cost analysis, and quality control procedures to minimize costs and improve production. And you will be capable of working directly with clients, vendors or internal staff members to discuss product specifications, production goals and the status of complex projects.

As part of the DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science (ranked #32 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for engineering programs that do not offer a doctoral degree), our industrial engineering students take advantage of an extraordinary array of sophisticated laboratory facilities. These include the Mechatronics Lab, the Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Lab, the Computer Architecture, Embedded Systems and Mobile Computing Lab, and 14 other engineering and computer science laboratories.

As an industrial engineering student at Hofstra, you will also have plenty of opportunities to apply what you've learned in the classroom and labs to actual workplace settings. Our robust co-op education and internship programs have placed hundreds of Hofstra students in businesses and institutions throughout the New York metro area and beyond.

Career prospects in industrial engineering are strong. In the New York region, graduates with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering earn an average annual salary of $75,175 and job growth for this major is projected to increase about 10.6% by 2026, according to New York area labor market data retrieved in July 2018 by Burning Glass Technologies.

Hofstra is deeply committed to fostering a welcoming environment where students from all backgrounds and cultures receive the kind of support and mentorship they need to become leaders in their field.

We keep our class sizes small. Our average class size is 20 students, which encourages teamwork and the formation of close mentoring relationships with our faculty. Every engineering class is taught by actual faculty members, not teaching assistants. They are always ready to act as trusted mentors, guiding you toward success as both a student and an eventual industrial engineering professional. Many of our adjunct faculty members are also practicing engineers who are ready give their personal insight into the real-world challenges ahead. What's more, the Engineering Department has built a thriving Advisory Board of high-ranking professional engineers from many diverse settings. Along with other visiting industry leaders who join us to share their experiences, they can offer essential guidance as you prepare for a successful career as an industrial engineer.


Like every engineering student at Hofstra, your first years in pursuit of a BS in Industrial Engineering will focus primarily on building a foundation in universal engineering theories, mathematics, and the physical sciences. From there, you will go on to more advanced courses in not only engineering, but also in accounting, management, computer science, and the social sciences. This broad knowledge set will leave you well prepared for the multifaceted job of an industrial engineer. In your last two years, you will delve more deeply into diverse subjects directly or tangentially important to the industrial engineer, taking classes in such areas as:

  • Computational Methods in Engineering
  • Static and Dynamic Mechanics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Project Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Industrial Psychology
  • Management of Change and Innovation in Organizations

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BS in Industrial Engineering Requirements

Industrial engineering students at Hofstra learn from many disciplines, working closely with students and faculty in many academic areas throughout the University.

In addition, we encourage all of our students to understand the role of engineers in society at large through such courses as Designing the Human-Made World, Technology and Society, and Technology and Human Values.

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Industrial Engineering students in the DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are well prepared to excel in either the workplace or in advanced degree programs at prestigious institutions.

Recent graduates of Hofstra's industrial engineering program have found employment in such companies and organizations as:

  • Boeing Co.
  • Con Edison
  • Lizardos Engineering
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division

Several engineering graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in prestigious universities such as:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Columbia University
  • Georgetown University
  • New York University
  • Princeton University
95% are employed, grad school or both
94% accept a position within six months
$62K median salary*
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*Represents median salary for the first year following graduation

Hands-On Learning


What you learn in the classroom and laboratory is important, of course. But what impresses potential employers most are clear demonstrations that you have put what you learned to the test in actual workplace settings. That's why most of our students take advantage of our robust co-op and internship programs: to launch their careers with a measurable competitive advantage.

The robust DeMatteis Co-op Program offers full-time professional working and learning experiences at more than 150 corporate partners throughout the U.S. Seven in 10 engineering students take on one or more internships at businesses and institutions in the New York metro area, while continuing their regular course work. By participating in these programs, you build your professional network and enhance your desirability as a job-seeker in the world of business and industry.

You'll also have the chance to participate in research programs and design competitions, such as the summer-long Advanced Summer Program in Research (ASPiRe), in which students work alongside a faculty mentor on a research project related to their major.

In addition to their coursework and work experiences, our students often enjoy participating in Hofstra's broad array of exciting extracurricular activities and organizations. You may also choose to share ideas and meet like-minded people through such engineering-oriented organizations as the Hofstra chapters of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers. Some join the local chapter of Theta Tau, America's oldest and largest co-ed professional engineering fraternity, further growing their personal network via a prestigious organization whose members can be found in businesses and industries throughout the U.S.

By the time you have earned your degree in industrial engineering from Hofstra University, you will be more than ready to begin a challenging professional career orchestrating the many facets of a successful and productive industrial organization.

Meet Dr. Richard Puerzer


Dr. Richard Puerzer, is an associate professor of engineering and chairman of the department of engineering at the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science. He is also an avid baseball historian, a regular presenter at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and has written on a broad array of baseball topics.

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