Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems - Manufacturing Operations (for catalogs prior to fall 2015)


To develop individuals with leadership depth and technical breadth for operations management positions in a manufacturing or service industry. This program helps you to gain a competitive edge for acquiring more challenging assignments and responsibilities, and to develop a network of experts in your field.

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.


  • 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.

  • A bachelor's degree in any discipline from a regionally-accredited educational institution in the U.S. (or international equivalent). 

  • 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.)

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

[9 three-credit courses + 3 one-credit Leadership courses + 1 three-credit Capstone course = 33 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

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

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

Supply Chain (1 course required -- 3 credits) 
Choose ONE course from this topic area:

  • ETLS 552 Supply Chain Synchronization
  • ETLS 570 Purchasing, Logistics and Distribution

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

Advanced Management (1 course required -- 3 credits)
Choose ONE course from this topic area:

  • ETLS 670 Masterful Leaders & Leadership
  • ETLS 671 Human Aspects of Technical Management
  • ETLS 674 Managing for Improved Performance

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

ELECTIVE COURSES (2 courses required = 6 credits):

Choose two additional 3-credit courses to meet individual objectives. Advisor approval required.

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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