The Auburn University Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) offers three graduate degrees for students interested in Occupational Safety / Ergonomics and Occupational Injury Prevention.

  • Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering (Non-Thesis)
    Non-thesis professional degree, 33 Graduate Credit Hours
  • Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering
    Research thesis, 34 Graduate Credit Hours
  • PhD Doctor of Philosophy
    60 Graduate Credit Hours


  • Safety and Ergonomics core (18 hours for MS thesis; 21 hours for MS non-thesis)
  • Research and Thesis (4 hours, MS only)
  • Research and Dissertation (10 hours)
  • Interdisciplinary Forum & Practicum Seminar (1 credit hour; 2 semesters for Masters and 4 semesters for Ph.D.)

Ph.D. students with an OSE focus must also complete advanced courses in safety (INSY 8010) and ergonomics (INSY 8060). Ph.D. students with an OIP focus will take advanced courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, and public health as prescribed by their graduate committee.

For each degree option, some courses may be exempted depending on the students background and experience. However, the major professor works with the student to develop an individualized plan of study that will support the student's career aspirations.

All courses are available on campus and online through the graduate outreach program.

Graduate Certificate

Students who graduate from any of these programs have the option to earn a graduate certificate in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics in addition to their degree. Students not enrolled in OSE/OIP are eligible to receive this certificate, as well. For further questions, please see the Graduate Certificate FAQ.