Master of Manufacturing Systems Engineering (for catalogs prior to fall 2015)

The Master of Manufacturing Systems Engineering program (Manufacturing Engineering track) develops engineers that can demonstrate leadership and applied engineering skills in the manufacturing field and creates a competitive advantage in the workplace.  Coursework focuses on manufacturing design, engineering problem solving, and decision making.  The program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Why choose the Manufacturing Engineering track?

  • Prepares practicing engineers for manufacturing systems leadership positions.
    Engineers need to be specialized experts with broad systems and business understanding. The Manufacturing Engineering program offers practicing engineers an opportunity to prepare for manufacturing systems leadership positions through advanced study of technical and management subjects. Students gain cutting-edge knowledge in manufacturing systems engineering with broad options to integrate technical skills with industry strategy.

  • Emphasis on broad, systems thinking.
    Students repeatedly tell us this program's 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.

  • Work closely with an advisor to select specialized, career-oriented courses.
    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.

  • Industry-based curriculum that addresses real workplace issues.
    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.

  • Instructors with extensive industrial experience.
    Our full time and practicing 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.

  • Rewarding work/life balance.
    Our program serves working professionals with already busy lives. You can set your own pace of study and start any time of the year.

"I'm learning a new approach to leadership, how to evaluate and improve systems, to be a critical thinker at work."- Jon D Camp, Senior Production Engineer, Honeywell, Inc


Entrance Requirements

  • You must have an ABET accredited undergraduate degree in the field of Engineering (or international equivalent) to be eligible for admission to this program.

  • An overall grade-point-average (GPA) of at least 3.0 out of 4.0. (Applicants with a GPA less than 3.0 will be considered for provisional admission with their professional experience factored into the decision.  Please note: Applicants with a GPA less than 3.0 may be asked to provide a GMAT or GRE score.)

Degree Requirements

To complete the requirements for the Master of Manufacturing Systems Engineering, students must successfully complete 15 courses (39 graduate semester credits) and maintain a GPA of at least 2.7.

Required Courses

[11 three-credit courses + 3 one-credit Leadership courses + 1 three-credit Capstone course = 39 credits]:

Core Courses (All 4 courses required – 12 Credits)

  • ETLS 501 Production Operating Systems
  • ETLS 502 Manufacturing Processes
  • ETLS 505 Managerial Accounting and Performance Management
  • ETLS 506 Statistical Methods for Manufacturing Quality

Materials Engineering (1 course required -- 3 credits)

  • ETLS 771 Materials Engineering

Operations and Management (2 courses required -- 6 credits)

  • ETLS 504 Excellence in Operations
  • ETLS 601 Program/Project/Team Management

Design (1 course required -- 3 credits.) 
Choose ONE course from this topic area:

  • ETLS 555  Advanced Product Design
  • ETLS 672  Excellence in Product Design

Quality Systems and Processes (1 course required -- 3 credits) 
Choose ONE course from this topic area:

  • ETLS 640 Lean Six Sigma
  • ETLS 701 Design of Experiments

Engineering Technology (1 course required -- 3 credits) 
Choose ONE course from this topic area:

  • ETLS 591 Advanced Thermal Systems
  • ETLS 744 Intro to Power Systems

Applied Engineering (1 course required -- 3 credits)
Choose ONE course from this topic area:

  • ETLS 777 Finite Element Analysis
  • ETLS 881 Engineering Project – Advisor pre-approval required

Leadership (All 3 courses required – 6 credits)
ETLS 550 Leveraging Leadership for a Lifetime I (1 Credit) – take early in program
ETLS 650 Leveraging Leadership for a Lifetime II (1 Credit) – take mid program
ETLS 850 Leveraging Leadership for a Lifetime III (1 Credit) – take late in program

Capstone (1 course required – 3 credits)
ETLS 858 Capstone Course

Course Sequence

Please meet with your advisor for this program, Professor Bob Bach, early in your program to determine the best class sequence, as some classes are only offered bi-annually.  

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