Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering

The Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering & Technology offers two graduate programs leading to the Master of Science degree: either a M.S.I.E. in industrial engineering or M.S.Mf.E. in manufacturing engineering.

These degree programs respond to a wide range of manufacturing and service industry needs.

Each program has a graduate coordinator. The admission requirements for each are stated in the following program statements.

Industrial Engineering

The Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering & Technology offers a graduate program leading to the M.S.I.E. degree stressing the role of industrial engineers as problem solvers at managerial and staff levels in both manufacturing and service industries. The program offers students the opportunity to customize a plan of study, beyond an IE core, based on the student’s educational background and career objectives. Courses will be drawn from such disciplines as engineering, science, mathematics, and business administration.

Admission is selective and is open to holders of an undergraduate degree in engineering, science or mathematics who meet Graduate School admission requirements. Students without an IE undergraduate degree may be required to make up undergraduate deficiencies. Those who do not have an engineering degree should have worked in an engineering environment for at least three years. International graduates should have a TOEFL score of 550 for unconditional admission and a score of 52 on part 1 of the test. Both part-time and full-time students are welcome.

Degree Requirements

The total program is 30 semester hours of graduate-level work of which a minimum of 18 hours must be taken from IME designated courses, including 3 semester hours of a project course to demonstrate ability to identify, define and solve unstructured IE-related problems. Most entering students who do not have the undergraduate degree in IE must complete IME 500, Engineering Economy and Costs; other courses may also be required. These will count towards graduate degree requirements. A 36-hour, non-project program is also available.

A course of study must be prepared by each student in consultation with the academic advisor and must be approved by the department as early as possible but not later than the beginning of the second semester of study at Bradley.

Manufacturing Engineering 

The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Technology offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering. The objective of the program is to educate professionals who will design, build, operate, and control world-class manufacturing systems with enhanced productivity and competitiveness.

The program is structured with five interrelated areas: design, materials, processes, systems, and automation and integration.

Students applying for admission to the program must have a baccalaureate degree in engineering or science and must meet the grade point requirements of the Graduate School. Transcripts of all prior work at the college level and two letters of recommendation must accompany the application. All applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Successful applicants will have a background in the areas of processes, materials, mathematics, mechanics, computer science, and manufacturing systems. If a candidate does not have the required level or breadth of preparation in the areas specified above, the candidate may be admitted conditionally and will be advised of appropriate preparatory courses or conditions for full unconditional entrance to the program.

A total of 33 graduate credit hours is required to complete the program. Of the total credit hours:

  1. A minimum of 15 semester hours must be taken from the list entitled Manufacturing Engineering Areas. At least one course must be taken from each of the five manufacturing engineering areas. Selected topic courses and professional projects do not fulfill this requirement.
  2. Six semester hours should be devoted to thesis work. If a student elects not to undertake a thesis, a minimum of 3 semester hours must be devoted to project work.
  3. A minimum of 3 semester hours will be taken in advanced mathematics.
  4. A minimum of 6 semester hours must be taken outside of the program. A list of suggested courses is available from the graduate coordinator.

The student must file and secure approval for a plan of study with the manufacturing graduate advisory committee prior to completing 9 semester hours. Such a plan will specify the courses to be taken and the proposed thesis or project topic. In the event that a change in the plan is desired, such a change can be accomplished by filing a request for amendment with the advisory committee. This amendment must be approved prior to taking the alternative course. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate their capacity to draw upon and integrate their knowledge from all courses presented for their degree in a written comprehensive examination. Scheduling, grade reporting, and retakes will conform to the rules of the Graduate School.

Manufacturing Engineering Areas


  • IME 590 Geometric Modeling
  • IME 591 Design for Manufacturability
  • IME 592 Tribology


  • IME 531 Nonmetallic Materials
  • IME 533 Composite Materials


  • IME 541 Forming Processes
  • IME 543 Materials Removal Processes
  • IME 545 Joining and Fabrication


  • IME 563 Process Engineering
  • IME 568 Introduction to Expert Systems and Artificial Intelligence
  • IME 583 Production Planning and Control

Automation and Integration

  • IME 553 Advanced Computer Aided Manufacturing
  • IME 555 Computer Integrated Manufacturing

This is the official catalog for the 2009-2010 academic year. This catalog serves as a contract between a student and Bradley University. Should changes in a program of study become necessary prior to the next academic year every effort will be made to keep students advised of any such changes via the Dean of the College or Chair of the Department concerned, the Registrar's Office, u.Achieve degree audit system, and the Schedule of Classes. It is the responsibility of each student to be aware of the current program and graduation requirements for particular degree programs.