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Explore the interdisciplinary advantage

 

The MSE curriculum integrates engineering and business courses with options for more specific research interests or specialization in engineering management. The program can be completed in two years of full-time enrollment, and its flexible structure allows students to design a study plan around their personal and career goals.

 

Most MSE students follow the 30-credit independent study program. It combines core MSE subjects with a high degree of flexibility for individual specialization. In addition, the flexible MSE approach also offers a 24-credit thesis program for students interested in pursuing research and possibly obtaining a Ph.D. degree. For students interesting in a larger focus on management, the program offers a 30-credit Engineering Management Specialization. Below is a listing of the requirements for all three options.

 

 

30-credit independent study program

 

12 credits — Three credits from each of the four MSE core areas. The MSE program is framed by four core areas. They provide the solid foundation for the study of manufacturing systems engineering. Three credits must be taken in each of the following areas:

 

Manufacturing Processes and Controls Product Design and Process Planning Design, Operation and Improvement of Manufacturing Systems Managerial and Organizational Aspects

 

12 credits — Twelve credits of free electives. In addition, students complete 12 credits of free electives – courses drawn from disciplines of engineering, business, computer science and statistics. The course listings in these categories cover a broad range of manufacturing issues while reinforcing the systems approach of the program. The variety of subjects allows students to tailor their studies to individual goals and interests.

 

03 credits — Capstone Course. Students are required to take the Capstone Course – Design and Analysis of Manufacturing Systems.

 

03 credits — Independent study. In the 30-credit independent study program, students carry out a final independent study project to complete the degree. The final project is designed to allow students to apply the acquired skills to a real life situation in a company setting. For a list of previous project partner companies, check here.

 

 

24-credit thesis program

 

The 24-credit thesis program is geared towards students interested in research and future Ph.D. candidates.

 

24-credit thesis program requirements

 

Credits

 

Four courses selected from the Core Course Areas* 12

Capstone Course (spring semester) 3

Thesis 6

Elective Courses**** 3

 

MINIMUM TOTAL: 24

 

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**** Up to one credit of Independent Study for an internship may count as an elective credit toward the MSE degree. A written report must be approved by the adviser. This credit cannot be used toward fulfillment of the three credits of the required independent study project or 6-credit thesis.

 

 

30-credit engineering management specialization

 

The Engineering Management Specialization provides students with a stronger focus on business and management aspects.

 

 

30-credit engineering management specialization program requirements

 

Credits

 

Four courses selected from the Core Course Areas* 12

Three additional courses from the School of Business or College of Engineering** 9

Capstone Course (spring semester) 3

Independent Study*** 3

Elective Courses**** 3

 

MINIMUM TOTAL: 30

 

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**At least 9 of the 12 credits must be taken from the School of Business.

***Students may elect to do a thesis in this option as well but must substitute the thesis for the 3-credit independent study and the elective course. As a result, 24 other required credits will be needed, plus the 6 thesis credits, resulting in a 30-credit program.

**** Up to one credit of Independent Study for an internship may count as an elective credit toward the MSE degree. A written report must be approved by the adviser. This credit cannot be used toward fulfillment of the three credits of the required independent study project or 6-credit thesis.