Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems - Manufacturing Operations


To develop individuals with leadership depth and technical breadth for operations management positions.

The Manufacturing Operations program offers professionals with engineering, science or liberal arts backgrounds an opportunity to strengthen their operations management and leadership skills. Students learn to view their organizations as systems - networks of customers, technologies, markets, distribution channels and people. Through study of best practices and ideas in the context of real-world manufacturing and service systems, students gain the skills and confidence to handle daily operations and make better decisions.


Why choose the Manufacturing Operations program?

  • Theory balanced by Practice

As you manage multiple and complex functions, you need ideas and approaches that make sense in the context of your job. You'll study the best of both operating theories and practices, and immediately adapt what you learn to your business or organization's operations

  • Systems perspective

Students say that our program's operations emphasis on broad, systems thinking makes them better decision makers and leaders. You'll examine an integrated process of complex technologies, human relationships, distribution networks and financial systems

  • Instructors with extensive industrial experience

All of our full time and adjunct faculty members bring both academic credentials and industry experience to the classroom. These executives, managers and engineers share a passion for teaching and improving the industrial welfare of our nation. They emphasize hands-on learning, promote interaction among students and encourage the free exchange of ideas

  • An opportunity to specialize

You'll work with an advisor to select electives that make sense for your career goals. You may wish to study in areas such as quality, medical devices, software, product development, engineering management and technology management

  • Applications oriented, industry-based curriculum

Our program is industry-based and applied. We expect you'll bring your work experiences to class and apply what you learn on the job. We want you to use your assignments and research projects to address real workplace issues

  • Flexibility and convenience

Our program serves working professionals with already busy lives. You can set your own pace of study and start any time of the year. Most students take one or more classes per semester. Classes are taught in the evenings at various sites throughout the metropolitan area, and some are delivered via distance learning technologies.

How does the Manufacturing Operations program work?

  • Three-credit evening courses -- Fall and spring courses meet one evening per week Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 or 6 to 9 p.m. Summer courses may meet one or two evenings per week.
  • Varied locations -- Classes are held at our St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses.
  • Semester schedule -- St. Thomas follows a semester schedule. We offer classes in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Self-paced -- You can pursue your Manufacturing Systems degree at a pace that fits your professional, financial and personal needs. Most students complete the program in three or more years, taking one or two classes per semester.
  • Begin when you're ready -- Enter our program at the start of any semester.
  • Tuition -- Tuition is paid on a per-class basis. See Registration Materials link on our Home Page or call 651-962-5756 for current rates.
  • Registration -- Registration is a user-friendly, streamlined process. It can be done by phone, in person or on the web.
  • Advising -- Students are assigned a faculty advisor upon entering the program.

Student Comment:". . . great facilities and locations . . . a good mix of technical and managerial topics . . . approachable faculty . . . very beneficial . . ."

Michelle Sammon,
Electrical Designer, Ag-Chem Equipment Co.

What will you gain from the Manufacturing Operations program?

As a graduate of the MSMS program, you'll be prepared for an operations management position in a manufacturing or service industry. You'll gain a competitive edge for acquiring more challenging assignments and responsibilities, and you'll develop a network of experts in your field.

Who should apply to the Manufacturing Operations program?

Degreed professionals in manufacturing companies seeking management / leadership positions across broad operational areas of responsibility.

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