Manufacturing Engineering & Operations (for catalogs prior to fall 2015)

As manufacturing becomes increasingly knowledge-based and global, companies demand more of their professionals. Engineers need to be specialized experts with broad systems and business understanding.  Our Manufacturing Engineering & Operations graduate programs will help you to develop the technical depth and leadership breadth for engineering management positions.  Students gain cutting-edge knowledge in manufacturing systems engineering with broad options to integrate technical skills with industrial strategy.

The School of Engineering offers two Masters degree tracks in the field of Manufacturing:

By earning a Masters degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering (Engineering) or in Manufacturing Systems (Operations), you will sharpen your engineering skills and broaden your business knowledge. You’ll be prepared to assume intellectually challenging leadership roles in world-class organizations. Establishing a new network of colleagues in your field will broaden your career opportunities and enhance your learning experience.

"The engineering program at St. Thomas focuses on technology and operations management to help my career. ...What I have learned here is that it’s all about people creating solutions."  -- W. A. Lindholm '01 Strategic Planning Manager - 3M

Broad, systems perspective

Students repeatedly say that our emphasis on broad, systems thinking makes them better decision makers and leaders. By examining manufacturing as an integrated process of complex technologies, human relationships, distribution networks and financial systems, you will learn how to better contribute to your organization’s most important goals.

An opportunity to specialize

Working with an adviser, you can select a concentration area or electives that make sense for your career goals. Concentrations are offered in the areas of quality, medical device, software, product development, engineering management and technology management. If these aren’t right for you, you can create a specialized concentration.

Applications oriented, industry-based curriculum

Our program is industry-based and applied. You will bring your work experiences to class and apply what you learn on the job. You will use your assignments and research to address real work place issues.

Instructors with extensive industrial experience

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.

Flexibility and convenience

Our program serves working professionals. Set your own pace of study and start any time of the year. Classes are taught evenings at various sites throughout the metropolitan area, and some are delivered via distance learning technologies.

Offering a convenient and practical approach to learning

Our curriculum is multi-disciplinary, flexible and responsive to individual needs and industry trends. Our classes are offered at times and locations convenient to working adults. You will learn both applied engineering and management topics in a series of three-credit evening courses. You will demonstrate your ability to apply and synthesize your knowledge in a final engineering project or thesis.