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Industrial Management, MS

Industrial Management Master’s Degree

Lead people effectively and manage efficient teams in a dynamic organization with the University of Central Missouri’s Industrial Management master’s degree.

In this graduate Industrial Management program, you’ll learn the key skills for supervisory success:

  • Leadership
  • Decision-making
  • Problem-solving
  • Project management

By adding a specialization to your master’s degree in Industrial Management, you can even earn a Lean Six Sigma Graduate Certificate before you graduate.

You’ll build these abilities while learning from our dedicated, highly experienced faculty who are industry professionals with expertise leading teams in the manufacturing and service industries. Your UCM faculty mentors will draw on their years in the field to pass along everything you need to know to succeed in a wide range of industrial management jobs.

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Sue Rodchua, Ph.D.
Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Gaines Technology Complex, Room 318D
Warrensburg, MO
Tel: 660-543-4438

College of Health, Science and Technology

School of Industrial Sciences and Technology

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92% job placement rate within 6 months

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ATMAE-accredited program since 2008

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Lean Six Sigma grad certificate option

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Complete in as few as 5 semesters

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Only 15–20 students per class

What you will study

In the University of Central Missouri’s Industrial Management master’s degree program, you’ll take operation and production management courses that prepare you for supervisory roles in the technology industry. Our Industrial Management master's program builds both soft and hard skills, so you’re prepared to lead the human side of the workplace, as well as the technical side.

You’ll study project management, facilities engineering, legal issues in the industry, applied research for technology and more in courses such as Current Issues in Industry, Engineering Economy, Lean and Quality Management, Organizational Dynamics and Production and Operations Management.

By the time you earn your graduate Industrial Management degree from UCM, you’ll be able to:

  • Develop a project plan and lead it to completion
  • Communicate effectively about personnel issues and on all technical levels
  • Assess a project’s technical needs and know what’s needed to complete it
  • Apply the right management skills in any professional situation to lead an organization
  • Perform research in your area of specialization

Lean Six Sigma Graduate Certificate

You can add an area of specialization to your industrial management courses that allows you to work toward earning a Lean Six Sigma Graduate Certificate. This certificate shows employers that you’re adept at analyzing workplace processes to reduce costs and maximize productivity.


Excellence in Industrial Management 

  • UCM's Industrial Management master’s program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).
  • UCM's ASQ-UCM Student Chapter is sponsored by the American Society for Quality, the largest organization for quality professionals in the country.


Unique learning opportunities in UCM’s Industrial Management degree program

Your industrial management courses offer many chances for you to learn how to succeed in the industry through hands-on, real-world experience. These could include:

  • Internships: Learn on the job by participating in an internship while you’re in UCM’s Industrial Management master’s program. Past students have interned at domestic and international organizations.
  • Facility tours: Get a first-hand look at how local facilities in the Kansas City metro area run. Your industrial management courses include frequent opportunities to tour local companies. This experience offers insights into a wide array of industrial management jobs.
  • Graduate research: Work with a faculty mentor or on your own to investigate a problem in any type of industry, as well as identify the best ways to solve it. Graduate students in UCM’s Industrial Management degree program have had their work published and have had opportunities to present their research at local and national conferences.
  • Quality Management Conference: Organized, in part, by UCM’s Industrial Management master’s program, this annual event brings companies and technology industry professionals to the Warrensburg and Lee’s Summit campuses. Learn the latest industry news, showcase your work and network with colleagues to learn about available industrial management jobs.
  • Student life: Participate in UCM’s student chapter of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) to build a network and share ideas about how to improve processes and make companies run more efficiently. You’ll also have the chance to help plan UCM’s annual Quality Management Conference.


What can you do with an Industrial Management master’s degree from UCM?

Your industrial management courses will prepare you to lead in a wide variety of industrial management jobs, both locally and globally. Graduates of UCM’s Industrial Management degree program have found successful careers in pharmaceuticals and logistics, as well as companies such as:

  • Boeing
  • CST Corp. Morocco
  • Harman Mexico
  • Honeywell
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Milbank Manufacturing
  • Overhead Door Company
  • Saudi Cable Company

If you’re planning to become an educator, you’ll also be prepared to enter doctoral programs such as UCM’s Technology Management Ph.D. You’ll find our Industrial Management degree program graduates teaching at institutions in the United States as well as internationally.

Industrial management jobs and careers

Using the interactive tool below, you can explore available Industrial Management degree jobs, as well as information about career growth, employment trends, operations management salary details and more.




Financial assistance options for your Industrial Management master’s degree

The University of Central Missouri gives you an affordable way to earn your master’s in Industrial Management. In addition to low-cost tuition, we offer a number of options to help you finance your education, including:

  • Scholarships
  • Graduate assistantships
  • Grants
  • Tuition awards
  • Loans

Through UCM, you’ll also have access to federal financial aid options, which may provide you with additional assistance.

Furthermore, UCM provides scholarships and other financial aid awards to students in certain programs of study. You can learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Take your degree further.

Build on the knowledge gained in the Industrial Management master’s program by continuing your education in a doctoral program at UCM.

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Make yourself more marketable.

Stand out from others applying for industrial management jobs by adding a graduate certificate to your resume.

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Admittance Requirements

To be accepted into this program, a student must have a minimum GPA of 2.60 in his or her undergraduate major. A student not meeting this requirement may petition the department for admittance on a conditional basis. GRE or GMAT scores are not required. Applicants must submit a "Career Goal Statement" and resume including three contact references. This program also facilitates articulation to a Ph.D. in Technology Management program.

In addition, our graduate program offers a Lean Six Sigma graduate certificate and a Networking Security graduate certificate which can be counted as cognate studies toward this M.S. in Industrial Management.

International students are welcome. Please read more details on admittance requirements.

Courses (Minimum of 33 Credit Hours)


Required Core Graduate Courses 18
IndM  5210 Industrial Management 3
IndM  5160 Organizational Dynamics 3
IndM  5212 Production & Operations Management 3
IndM  5240 Engineering Economy 3
Engt 5580 Quality Systems Engineering (or)
IndM 5130 Lean and Quality Management
SOT   5010 Applied Research for Technology 3
Culminating Experience
(taken the last semester(s) of student's program)
IndM  5230 Seminar in Industrial Management OR 3
SOT   5290 Thesis 3-6
Cognate Requirements
(Choose any 3 courses with Thesis or 4 courses with Seminar)
 IndM  5110 Current Issues in Industry
 IndM  5210 Human Factors Engineering
 IndM  5140 Facilities Engineering
 IndM  5150 Project Management
IndM  5180 Industrial Statistics
IndM  5015 Legal Aspects of Industry
IndM  5020 International Technology Management
IndM  5222 Principles and Practices of Lean Systems
IndM  5232 Seminar in Lean Six Sigma Implementation
IndM  5260 System Anal. & Mgmnt. Info. Systems
IndM  6580 Advanced Strategic Quality and Standard
Departmentally approved graduate electives 
Minimum Total 33

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes:

The Master of Science in Industrial Management program is designed to prepare professional managers who possess skills and knowledge acquired through education and on-site experience necessary to manage manufacturing processes including bid preparation, project acquisition, project management, quality, safety, and supervision of the industrial enterprise. The diagram below illustrates the suggested articulation for this degree.

Management Skills

Outcome #1 - Apply management skills and concepts to specific situations.

  • The student will apply the principles and philosophy of management systems, cost accounting, and economics to industry, including the interpretation of contracts, and the value of team building.
  • The student will execute industrial safety standards including the ability to interpret the OSHA industry standards, establish safety and health procedures on the project site, and perform hazardous material and process analysis.

Project Management

Outcome #2 - Plan and implement a project.

  • The student will identify the appropriate management principles necessary to complete a business plan, evaluation supply chains, and produce project plans.
  • The student will create change orders, organize contract agreements, interpret engineering drawings, operations schedules, and develop a return on investment analysis.
  • The student will prepare a complete project schedule, develop a procurement timetable, and establish a control manual.
  • The student will develop a plan showing the logical sequence of activities and time duration in order to monitor progress and update schedules. 

Human Resources

Outcome #3 - Analyze and develop a human relations strategy.

  • The student will identify the management code of ethics for organizations and management individuals.
  • Students will investigate union operations and labor relations within the industrial enterprise.

Communications Skills

Outcome #4 - Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.

  • The student will apply oral, written, graphic and listening skills as each enhances the behavioral principles or attitude and effective communications.
  • The student graduating from the program will be a manufacturing service provider and marketer of management skills and knowledge.
  • Students will demonstrate the skills necessary to incorporate the technological tools used in industry to effectively communicate and collaborate with other professionals at a distance.

Industrial Economy

Outcome #5 - Explain and apply the basic concepts of an Industrial Economy.

  • The student will complete the estimating, cost accounting, and bidding sequence necessary for project job acquisition and completion.
  • The student will prepare a complete cost control analysis including the ability to establish an enterprise budget, prepare cost reports, and forecast expenditures.

Technical Skills

Outcome #6 - Introduce and adapted technical expertise to a given process or product.

  • The student will implement the various forms of technology necessary to complete the task of process management, utilizing the computer and electronic data processing.
  • The student will create complete word-processing, database, spreadsheet, and presentation applications for delivery on the information highway.
  • The student will understand the science of materials and methods of manufacturing.

Research Skills

Outcome #7 - Perform, interpret, and explain research.

  • The student will apply scientific knowledge of the mathematical, physical, and management sciences to the economic utilization of materials and forces of nature affecting operations of the industrial enterprise.
  • The student will effectively communicate in this digital and information technology era
  • Students will practice techniques for developing innovative concepts and adding value to product/process


Program Accreditation

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The Industrial Management master’s degree program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).


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