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Thematic VISP Track: Industrial & Systems Engineering

The first bachelor of science in industrial engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison was awarded in 1972. Today, the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department (ISyE) at UW-Madison is consistently one of the nation’s top 10 IE programs.

The UW-Madison ISyE Department is a national leader in research funding. At the cutting-edge of industrial engineering and systems research, the department offers state of the art facilities in which faculty, staff and students can excel. Our faculty are leaders in their fields, respected nationally and internationally for their research. Learn more about our facilities, faculty and research here.

In the UW-Madison ISyE Department, you have the opportunity to gain the technical knowledge and people skills you need to succeed.

Program Overview

The industrial engineer applies problem-solving techniques in almost every kind of industry, business, or institution. Our course curriculum is set up to provide a diversified background and at the same time allow choices according to individual interests. Specialized coursework might be categorized in four main areas:

  • Engineering Analytics and Operations Research
  • Healthcare Systems Engineering
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management

State-of-the-art lab facilities and world-class faculty enrich the academic experience and provide a broad range of options from which students can choose their academic path. Courses focusing on teams and design projects prepare students to succeed in the workplace.

Student Support

From the time you apply to the end of your stay, the VISP staff will be there to assist you. As a VISP participant you have full access to all academic and student support services, such as libraries, computer labs, clubs, and sports facilities; the opportunity to participate in VISP sponsored social and cultural events; and upon completion you will receive an official UW–Madison transcript.

Program Eligibility

Participants must meet the VISP eligibility criteria for admission into this program. This Thematic Track admits students at the Undergraduate, Graduate, or Dissertator level. Dissertator applicants accepted pending available faculty member in primary field of study.

Available Terms

Students can participate in the fall and/or spring semester as well as in the summer term.

Academics & Course Offerings

ISyE Faculty and staff will assist students in their course selection. Each semester, you’ll take the majority of your fulltime credit requirement (9 of 12 credits for undergraduate-level students) within ISyE, selecting from the many courses offered by our department. You can complete your fulltime course load either with additional ISyE courses — or we will help suggest relevant courses to seek out in a related discipline.

Cost of Attendance

Estimated cost of attendance information is available on the VISP website.

Application Instructions

Submit your VISP application and in your essay please include: “I am applying for the Industrial & Systems Engineering VISP track.”

Questions? Please contact the VISP coordinators.

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