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UW-Madison to offer new online manufacturing systems degree

Manufacturing engineers and engineering managers looking to advance to a senior position or drive even more productivity at their organizations can ramp up their skills with a new online graduate degree in manufacturing systems engineering from UW-Madison.

The program, Master of Engineering: Manufacturing Systems Engineering is currently accepting applications for its first class, which will start in the fall of 2016. Data indicates that UW-Madison’s new degree launch coincides with the expansion of the manufacturing industry. According to the U.S. Labor Bureau, more than 230,000 individuals will be employed in manufacturing by 2022, with employment growing about 5 percent per year.

The degree is completely online and offers students a blended curriculum of management and leadership skills, as well as technical skills, with foundational tools in supply chain and manufacturing engineering. Students will receive application-based education, with a balance of business, leadership, and advanced manufacturing skills that will help them be more efficient at their current jobs. They’ll also know how to drive productivity and quality in their organizations.

“The new program is unique as it is designed to immediately impact both the students and their organization,” says Susan Ottmann, manufacturing systems engineering program director at UW-Madison's Engineering Professional Development. “Having led numerous manufacturing teams across the globe, I have seen the need for these skills for both individuals and their respective companies to remain competitive in today’s challenging environment.”

The manufacturing systems engineering master’s program adds to UW-Madison’s already solid lineup of online graduate degree programs, which have consistently ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News and World Report.

For more information about the manufacturing systems engineering online degree program, please contact Susan Ottmann at or visit

Colleen Barrett