Industrial Engineering (MEng, MASc, PhD)

Industrial Engineering is at the heart of the systems that are essential to our society. From airlines to online retailers, hospitals to manufacturers, telecommunication companies to world-wide shipping companies, industrial engineers design solutions to improve the performance of complex systems of people, technology, and information.

Students entering this program come from a variety of backgrounds, including Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, and others. Each student is provided with a personal work area in one of the graduate student offices. Ample computer resources are available, and many students are also provided with teaching and research assistantships.


Possession of a baccalaureate degree or its academic equivalent from an academic institution recognized by Dalhousie University, in which the language of instruction is English, or four years of full-time post-secondary instruction at a university where English is the primary language of instruction and in a country where English is the principal language; otherwise, a satisfactory score on an approved English language examination is required. The Program requirement for the TOEFL is 580.

To be admitted to an academic program, an applicant must be accepted by a professor into his/her research program in addition to meeting the other requirements for admission.

Please note: In addition to the general requirements for admission to Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University, the Department of Industrial Engineering requires that applicants with undergraduate degrees from non-Canadian universities submit a GRE score before an application for MASC and PhD will be considered. GRE score is not required for MENG applications, however it is recommended. For more information on the GRE (Graduate Record Examination), visit the GRE Website.

Program requirements

  • The MEng degree requires 7 courses and a project.
  • The MASc degree requires 4 courses and a research thesis.
  • The PhD Degree requires 4 courses if a candidate already has a research Master’s degree; otherwise, it requires 8 courses. An original research thesis is also required.

Length of program

  • MEng - typical time to complete is 2 years
  • MASc - typical time to complete is 2 years
  • PhD - typical time to complete is 3-4 years

Research areas

Areas of research include operations research, ergonomics, and a variety of other fields related to the professor's specialties. Students entering the Master's program come from a variety of backgrounds, including Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, and others.

Learn more about research in the department.

Funding and scholarships

Various sources of funding support our graduate students, ranging from scholarships obtained individually to research assistanceships and teaching assistanceships. For more information on funding opportunities, visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

Admission requirements

Contact information

Subject Code: IENG
Tel: 902-494-1288
Address: Faculty of Engineering, Graduate Studies & Research Office, Sexton Campus, 1360 Barrington Street,
Halifax, NS, Canada, B3J 2X4
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. John Blake
Graduate Coordinator Tel: 902-494-6068
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