Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering (MSMfE)

Program Overview

The Manufacturing Engineering program is designed to educate professionals who will design, build, operate, and control world class manufacturing systems with enhanced productivity and competitiveness.  The 33-hour program is structured with five interrelated areas: design, materials, processes, systems, and automation and integration.  A student must take at least 3 hours in advanced mathematics, one course from each of the five areas, and a minimum of 6 hours in non-manufacturing courses.  Either a 6-hour thesis or a 3-hour project is required.  Admission is open to holders of undergraduate degrees in engineering or science.  Applicants without appropriate backgrounds in processes, materials, mathematics, mechanics, computer science, and manufacturing systems may be admitted conditionally and required to take appropriate preparatory courses to gain unconditional admission to the program.

Program Requirements

The MSMfE program has a minimum requirement of 33 semester hours, including six semester hours which will be devoted to thesis work.  If a student elects not to undertake a thesis, a minimum of three semester hours must be devoted to project work.   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.  Please see the Graduate Catalog for a detailed explanation of the MSMfE program requirements.

Estimated Time to Complete the Program

Students carrying full-time course loads can reasonably expect to complete the MSMfE program in one and one-half to two years.  Students carrying part-time course loads have up to a maximum of five years to complete the program.

Faculty Research Interests

Detail about faculty and their research interests can be found on the department page.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the admission requirements of the Graduate School, individuals seeking admission to the MSMfE program should have a baccalaureate degree in engineering or science.  Successful applicants will have a background in the areas of processes, materials, mathematics, mechanics, computer science, and manufacturing systems.

Department Contact Information

Department Chair and Coordinator
Dr. Joseph Chen, (309) 677-2939,

Department Secretary
Michelle Hawkins, (309) 677-2740,