A Great Engineering School in the Heart of the Twin Cities, Minnesota

Our industry-leading programs began in 1986 with a focus on manufacturing systems engineering, and have expanded to the broader areas of engineering leadership, operations and technology strategy. In July 2004 the undergraduate and graduate programs combined to form the current school.

Our students blend technology with leadership and management skills, giving them the experience to advance in their careers. Our strong partnerships within the business community keep us current with industry trends and bring practical applications to the educational experience. Industry-experienced faculty and applied learning practices enhance the value of the learning and the lives of the learners.

We understand the needs of working adults, and our flexible schedules and personal service accommodate the many demands on their time. Our students often begin taking continuing graduate courses as a career enhancing step, but find the benefits are much more -- enhancing their entire lives.

The rapidly growing School of Engineering is located on the St. Paul Campus of the University of St. Thomas. The school offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) and Electrical Engineering (BSEE); and Master's degrees in Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MMSE), Manufacturing Systems (MSMS) and Technology Management (MSTM). Certificate programs are available in: Materials Science, Quality, Product Development, Engineering Management, Manufacturing Management, and Medical Device Manufacturing.

Engineering educational programs are tailored to meet the technological needs of the companies operating in our region. Accordingly, our curriculum specializes in several key technologies including:

  • Mechatronics: the electro-mechanical system knowledge relating to devices from factory automation and robotics to pacemakers
  • Embedded Systems: micro computing as a controller of a complete system
  • Finite Element Analysis: numerical simulation of mechanical, biomedical and thermo/fluid systems
  • Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow: understanding the thermal properties of electronic systems
  • Control Systems: causing a system variable to conform to some desired value
  • Medical Devices: design and manufacture
  • Manufacturing: strategies implemented through people for production of goods.

In addition to undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the School of Engineering offers executive seminars, certificate programs, short courses, in-house training and applied research. All department programming, in engineering, in entrepreneurship, and in the liberal arts is built upon a firm foundation of values and embedded in the context of industry leadership.

As a high-energy, entrepreneurial unit of the University of St. Thomas, the school supports the University's rationale for existence as expressed in the University's mission statement.


‌Equipment and facilities provide the resources necessary for high quality instruction in these technological areas. We are housed in the 210,000 sq. ft. Frey Science and Engineering Center completed in 1997. Our state-of-the art facility consists of Owens and O'Shaughnessy Science Halls. The engineering faculty designed our 9,949 sq. ft. laboratories to meet the high-tech requirements of the profession and to be flexible and adaptable to changing industry needs. Faculty members equipped the laboratories with tools including production machinery, research instrumentation, test equipment, educational demonstrations and models, and simulation and design software.


The BS degrees in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). In addition, our MMSE program is also accredited by ABET.
All of our programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission


Industry Advisory Board, Board of Governors

The Industry Advisory Board supplies the voice of industry to the School of Engineering. This group of more than 30 volunteer executives from industry and other universities advises on the strategic direction of the school. The IAB's guidance assures that engineering remains customer-focused, responsive, and practical applications-oriented. In addition, a Board of Governors also contributes to the School of Engineering.