Louisiana State University

Location:   Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Department:  Construction Management and Industrial Engineering


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Directory of Graduate Programs


Title of program:

Industrial Engineering, Master of Science, and Ph.D. (students may choose HFE as their focus area)        

Year human factors/ergonomics
program was established:


Accredited by HFES?


Contact person for more information, including applications:

Laura Ikuma
Louisiana State University
Industrial Engineering Department
3261 Patrick F. Taylor Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-6409
(225) 578-5364


Office of Student Records and Registration
Louisiana State University
112 Thomas Boyd Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Academic calendar:


Human factors/ergonomics graduate degrees offered:

MS, Industrial Engineering and PhD, Industrial Engineering

Goals, objectives, and emphasis of the programs:

Industrial engineering (IE) at LSU is a unique academic program in Louisiana. It provides opportunities for students in ergonomics and occupational health, information technology, and production/manufacturing systems, and allows them to develop skills in traditional industrial engineering activities. The program relies on rigorous mathematical and logical approaches to theoretical and practical problem solving, with extensive use of computers and industrial-class software for the optimization of integrated processes and systems. The graduate programs in industrial engineering develop skills to tackle immediate challenges across multiple industries and provide a basis for graduates to advance professionally in academia, research, industry, and government. While building a wide knowledge of industrial engineering, students can focus on several areas, including ergonomics and human factors, healthcare, supply chain systems, and information technology engineering.

Number of degrees granted during last 3 years:

15 Masters; 1 PhD

Can students attend part-time?


Are required courses offered through distance learning?

Yes, we have an online master's program for industrial engineering. 

Are classes offered during summer


Does the university have an HFES student chapter?



Application deadlines:

Fall: June 11
Spring: November 15


Application Fees:




Minimum requirements

  • GPA: 3.0
  • GRE: N/A
  • Other: International students must have TOEFL scores that meet LSU requirement.

Importance of other criteria as admission factors:

  • Previous research activities: high
  • Relevant work experience: medium
  • Letters of reccomendation: high
  • Interview: medium
  • Extracurricular activities: low 

Tuition and fees

Resident: $6,701/semester
Nonresident: $15,173/semester


Number of students applying to the human factors/ergonomics program last year:


Number of students accepted into the program last year:


Number of students entering the program last year:


Anticipated number of openings per year for the next two years:



Percentage of students in program receiving financial assistance:


Amount received per year:

$13,796.40 for half-time, $27,592.68 for full-time

Types of assistance available:

Fellowships, TA, RA, scholarship (all tuition exempt)

When should students apply for financial assistance?

With application


Graduate degree offered:

MSIE and PhD

Number of units required:

MSIE: 30
PhD: 54 plus dissertation

Exams required:

MSIE:  Oral defense of thesis
PhD: General and Oral Defense of dissertation

Language requirements:


Research required:

MSIE: research required for thesis option
PhD: research required

Practical experience required:


Typical number of years required to obtain degree:

5 years

Is there a non-thesis option?



Required Courses (units):

IE 4461 Human Factors Engineering (3)
IE 4462 Safety Engineering (3)
IE 7361 IE Research Methods (3)
IE 7460 Applied Occupational Ergonomics (3)
IE 7464 Work Physiology (3)
IE 7465 Occupational Biomechanics (3)
IE 7466 Human Interaction with Computer (3)
IE 7467 Cognitive Ergonomics and Work Environments (3)

Number of courses outside department that are required:

Two experimental statistics courses

Number of courses outside department that are recommended:


Average or typical class size in a required course:

5 to 10


Research and support facilities available to students in the program:
The Human Factors Laboratory houses a wide spectrum of equipment for use in work analysis, human performance measurement, human computer interaction, and  evaluation of the environment.  A bicycle ergometer, treadmill, dynamic and static strength measuring device, oxygen consumption  apparatus, anthropometer, reaction timer, and other such items are included in the lab.  Apparatus for the Biomedical recordings of EKG, EEG, EMG, heart rate, and ventilation and respiration rates are also available.  This laboratory is supported by a variety of computers.  The Industrial Hygiene Laboratory includes equipments like light meter, sound level meter, two thermal stress monitors, sound level meter with octave band analyzer, digital light meter, audio function generator, bello & piston type air sampling pump, digital air velocity meter and printer, carbon monoxide monitor, oscilloscope, air velocity meter, air quality monitor, 4 Gas monitor and 2 gateway Pentium computers.
Current research activities and projects being carried out by program faculty and/or students:
Human-robot interactions, evaluation of sit-stand workstations, addressing physical ergonomics risks in the petrochemical industry, healthcare applications: Lean and Ergonomics in process improvement, alarm management.
Teaching opportunities available to students in the program:
Graduate students are assigned as lab instructors for IE 2400, IE 4461, and IE 7465.


Current number of active students in program, by gender:

28 men, 11 women

Current number of first-year students in program:


Based on current graduate students in the program, the mean score on admission tests and undergraduate GPA by degree being sought are:

Degree: MS
Mean GRE Verbal: 149
Mean GRE Quantitative: 159
Mean GRE Analytical: 3.175
Mean GRE Combined: n/a
Mean undergraduate GPA: n/a
Degree: PhD
Mean GRE Verbal: 149
Mean GRE Quantitative: 159
Mean GRE Analytical: 3.13
Mean GRE Combined: n/a
Mean undergraduate GPA: n/a


Laura Ikuma, Ph.D.,  Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Human Factors/Ergonomics, Psychosocial Factors, Healthcare applications

Fereydoun Aghazadeh, Ph.D., Texas Tech; Occupational Biomechanics, Safety Engineering, Workplace Measurement and Design

Craig Harvey, Ph.D., Purdue University; Human Computer Interaction, Usability Engineering, Human Collaboration within Complex Environments

[Updated Spring 2023]