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The online Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology curriculum is designed to prepare you for employment leading to supervisory and management positions in the production, automation or maintenance areas of industry. The role of the Industrial Technology graduate is to facilitate ideas from senior management to the production floor. Completion of the four-year online curriculum provides an excellent background in science, mathematics, design and human relations. This is coupled with the practical use of automated machinery and the associated tools, as well as knowledge of industrial manufacturing processes, materials and logistics.

Some courses require students to participate in on-campus workshops. Workshops are held four Saturdays per semester. Courses with this requirement are denoted with an asterisk (*) in the program structure.

Program highlights:

  • 124 hours are required to complete the program.
  • Transfer up to 62 hours from an accredited community college or accredited four-year university
  • This program is not completely online.. Some courses require students to participate in on-campus workshops, which will be held on our Starkville, MS, campus during four Saturdays in the semester.
  • Two concentrations are available: 1) Industrial Automation and 2) Manufacturing & Maintenance Management.

What are some potential careers?

Choose from two concentrations:

  • Manufacturing and Maintenance Management involves the management, maintenance, and day-to-day operation and improvement of manufacturing processes.
  • Industrial Automation includes fixed automation, robotics, and the troubleshooting of automated systems and their role in the manufacturing environment.

Many of our graduates have started their careers with outstanding companies such as Caterpillar, Milwaukee Electric Tool, Nissan North America, and more!

Some of the most recent job titles of our graduates include Production Supervisor, Quality Engineer, and Engineer Specialist.

Who should pursue this degree?

This degree may be for you if you have an associate degree in a technical field or if you’re working in a technical field in industry and want to advance your career into the areas of management and supervision.

Program Structure

To graduate with a degree in Industrial Systems, a student must:

  • Complete a minimum of 124 hours
    • Up to 62 hours transferred from an accredited community college may count toward the degree
    • 62 hours must be from an accredited four-year university
    • 36 hours must be upper-level (3000 and above) emphasis area course work
    • The final 32 hours of course work must come from MSU
  • Students must have a 2.00 MSU GPA, and a 2.00 overall GPA in order to graduate

Degree Application Deadlines

For a full list of academic deadlines, visit the Office of the Registrar and click the appropriate term.

All students who enter MSU must meet the common core curriculum requirements as set by the Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning of the State of Mississippi to qualify for any bachelor's degree.

This is a general overview of what you need to take in order to satisfy the core curriculum requirement.

General Education Requirements

English Hours
EN 1103 English Composition I 3
or
EN 1163 Accelerated Composition I
EN 1113 English Composition II 3
or
EN 1173 Accelerated Composition II
Total Hours: 6
Fine Arts Hours
General Courses 3
Total Hours: 3
Natural Sciences Hours
CH 1043 Survey of Chemistry 3
CH 1051 Experimental Chemistry 1
PH 1013 Physical Science Survey I 3
PH 1011 Physical Science Survey I Lab 1
PH 1023 Physical Science Survey II 3
Total Hours: 11
Math Hours
MA 1323 Trigonometry 3
MA 1613 Calculus for Business Life Sciences I 3
or
MA 1713 Calculus I
BQA 2113 Business Statistical Methods 3
or
MA 2113 Introduction to Statistics
or
ST 2113 Introduction to Statistics
Total Hours: 9
Humanities Hours
General Courses 3
Total Hours: 6
Social/Behavioral Sciences Hours
General Courses 3
Total Hours: 6

Major Core Courses

Course Number Course Title Hours
INDT 1203 Industrial Communications 3
INDT 1814* Basic Industrial Electricity and Electronics 4
INDT 2113 Introduction to PLC Programming 3
INDT 2123* Introduction to CNC Programming 3
INDT 2323* Welding Technology 3
INDT 3044 Industrial Safety 4
INDT 3063 Industrial Human Relations 3
INDT 3104* Advanced Industrial Electricity and Electronics 4
INDT 3223 Industrial Materials Technology 3
INDT 3243 Industrial Metrology 3
INDT 3343 CAD/CAM 3
INDT 3363* Motion and Time Study 3
INDT 3373 Forecasting and Cost Modeling 3
INDT 3683* CNC Machining Processes 3
INDT 3813 Writing for Industry 3
INDT 4113* Industrial Fluid Power 3
INDT 4213 Survey of Energy Sources and Power Technology 3
INDT 4224 Quality Assurance 4
INDT 4801 Senior Seminar 1
Total Hours: 59

*Indicates an on campus workshop requirement. On campus workshops require students to be on campus 4 Saturdays in the semester.


Concentrations

Students must choose one of the following concentrations.

Industrial Automation
Course Number Course Title Hours
ACC 2013 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
or
ACC 2203 ACC Survey of Accounting
BL 2413 The Legal Environment of Business 3
INDT 4103* Industrial Control Systems 3
INDT 4203* Automated Systems 3
INDT 4233 Maintenance Management 3
INDT 4603* Automated Systems II 3
INDT 4303* Industrial Robotics 3
INDT Approved Electives (Choose one)
INDT 4343 CAD/CAM II 3
INDT 4373 Lean Six Sigma 3
INDT 4263 Manufacturing Technology and Processing 3
Total Hours: 24

*Indicates an on campus workshop requirement. On campus workshops require students to be on campus 4 Saturdays in the semester.

 

Manufacturing & Maintenance Management

Course Number Course Title Hours
ACC 2013 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
or
ACC 2203 ACC Survey of Accounting
BL 2413 The Legal Environment of Business 3
INDT 4103* Industrial Control Systems 3
INDT 4233 Maintenance Management 3
INDT 4263 Manufacturing Technology and Processing 3
INDT 4373 Lean Six Sigma 3
INDT 4463 Manufacturing Technology and Processing II 3
INDT Approved Electives (Choose one)
INDT 4203* Automated Systems 3
INDT 4303* Industrial Robotics 3
INDT 4343 CAD/CAM II 3
Total Hours: 24

*Indicates an on campus workshop requirement. On campus workshops require students to be on campus 4 Saturdays in the semester.

Admissions Process

New Admissions

If you have never attended Mississippi State University, please complete the online Undergraduate Admissions Application. All new admits will pay a non-refundable application fee online.

  • If you are interested in the Online Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology Program and wish to have your transcripts evaluated, send transcript copies to the Industrial Technology program Coordinator. Include with these transcripts a valid phone number and email address.
  • You will choose Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology as your major and Online Education as your campus.
  • Request that official ACT or SAT scores be sent to MSU.
  • Request that your high school send your official transcript. Faxed transcripts will not be accepted.
  • Submit a separate official final transcript from each college or university attended; faxed transcripts will not be accepted. An applicant may not ignore previous college attendance and must list all colleges attended on the application for admission. You must be in good standing at the last college or university attended.
  • If you are able to submit official transcripts and other documentation electronically, you may send them to admit@msstate.edu.
  • If you are unable to submit official transcripts and other documentation electronically, you may send them via U.S. Postal Service to:
    Office of Admissions & Scholarships
    P.O. Box 6334
    Mississippi State, MS 39762

Academic Advising

After gaining admission to the university, you must contact your advisor to determine the courses that are most appropriate for you to take. Before the upcoming semester, your advisor will send an email to your MSU account, making course recommendations based on your program of study. Virtual individual and group advising sessions may also take place.

Mississippi State University uses email as its official means of communication with all MSU students. Please check your MSU email account (NetID@msstate.edu) daily. Information on setting up your MSU email can be found at the link for student services.

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Lara Threet

Industrial Technology

  • Advisor

On Campus Workshops

Some of the courses in the Industrial Technology program require on campus workshop sessions. Each course will have four (4) on campus workshop sessions per semester, which will be on a Saturday. The dates of these sessions can be found on the master class schedule. Workshop sessions are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Parking is readily available at the rear of the building. The Union is just a short walk away from the Industrial Education Building, for lunch and breaks.

INDT 2323 501 Welding Technology - Fall 2022 Lab Dates:

  • September 10, 2022
  • October 1, 2022
  • October 22, 2022
  • November 12, 2022

Career Outlook

MSU Industrial Technology BS Graduates Salary Averages $57,375 (4 salaries)

Placement Rates Status Percent
Employed full time (on average 30 hours or more per week) 72%
Employed part time (on average less than 30 hours per week) 6%
Enrolled in a program of continuing education 3%
Seeking employment 16%
Serving in the U.S. military 3%
Grand Total 100%

From this chart, you can say that 84% of INDT graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school within 6 months of graduation.

Possible Job Titles

  • Controls Engineer
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Design Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Engineer Specialist
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Maintenance Mechanic Assistant
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Production supervisor
  • Project Engineer
  • Quality Engineer

Possible Companies

  • Baldor Electric
  • Caterpillar
  • Diversified Conveyors Inc.
  • Esco Corporation
  • Faurecia
  • Hol-Mac Corporation
  • Huntington Ingalls
  • Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia
  • Milwaukee Electric Tool
  • Nammo Talley Inc
  • Nissan North America
  • Packaging Corporation of America
  • Pride Mobility Products
  • Siemens Energy
  • Taylor Machine Works
  • United Parcel Service
  • US Pipeline, Inc.
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • Yokohama

Contact Information

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Anusha Rijal

Online Education

  • Coordinator
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Dr. Marty Bray

Industrial Tech

  • Department Head
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Jody Buchanan

ATMAE Student Chapter Faculty Advisor Recruiting Coordinator, INDT

  • Instructor
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Jenn Dupre

Accreditation Coordinator, INDT
Media Coordinator, INDT
Enrichment Camp Coordinator, INDT

  • Instructor
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Dr. Kay Morgan

Virtual Reality Lab Coordinator

  • Assistant Clinical Professor
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Dr. Swapnil Patole

Transfer Student Liaison, INDT
BAS/BSIS Liaison, INDT

  • Associate Professor
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Dr. John Wyatt

Industrial Tech

  • Associate Professor