M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering


The Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering develops individuals with leadership depth and technical breadth for engineering management positions in a manufacturing or service industry. Coursework focuses on manufacturing engineering problem solving, strategic quality and performance management, and decision making. 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 Engineering program offers professionals with engineering, science or liberal arts backgrounds an opportunity to strengthen their engineering 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.

* International students: The M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering is a STEM-designated and approved master's degree program.

  • 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 manufacturing engineering theories and practices, and immediately adapt what you learn to your business or organization.

  • 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, automation, 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 may be delivered via distance learning technologies.

In response to COVID-19, the University of St. Thomas has made prudent decisions to act on the advice of state and medical professionals.  The format for fall 2021 will be in-person, hybrid or live online, with faculty ready to pivot to have all classes fully online if needed. The classes are still being held during their normal time on weeknights and Saturdays. 

We are happy to help you in every way possible on your journey to apply, register, and start classes. Each of our classes meet once a week or every other Saturday. 

Our staff and faculty are ready to assist you with your questions so e-mail us at gradengineering@stthomas.eduThat is why we are here.   

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

  • An overall grade-point-average (GPA) of at least 2.7 out of 4.0. (Applicants with a GPA less than 2.7 will be considered for provisional admission with their professional experience factored into the decision.)

Effective fall 2015, to complete the requirements for the Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering, students must successfully complete 10 courses (30 graduate semester credits) and maintain a GPA of at least 2.7.

REQUIRED COURSES (10 courses = 30 total credits)

Core Courses (All 5 courses required = 15 Credits)

  • ETLS 501 Production and Operations Systems
  • ETLS 502 Manufacturing Processes
  • ETLS 505 Managerial Accounting and Performance Management
  • ETLS 506 Statistical Methods for Manufacturing Quality
  • ETLS 858 Engineering Capstone

Quality Systems and Processes (1 course required = 3 credits) 
Choose ONE course from this topic area:

  • ETLS 551 Strategic Quality Management
  • ETLS 640 Lean Six Sigma
  • ETLS 701 Design of Experiments
  • ETLS 722 Medical Device Quality Systems

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
  • ETLS 851 Enterprise Information Systems OR SEIS 709 Enterprise Architecture and IT Strategy

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

  • ETLS 601 Program/Project/Team Management
  • ETLS 602 Management Science
  • ETLS 671 Human Aspects of Technical Management
  • ETLS 674 Managing for Improved Performance
  • ETLS 853 Managing Intellectual Property

Leadership (1 course required = 3 credits)
Choose ONE course from this topic area:

  • ETLS 660 Engineering Leadership
  • ETLS 652 Technology Forecasting and Risk Management
  • ETLS 815 Leadership and Technology
  • ETLS 840 Technology Transfer / Contemporary Problems
  • ETLS 855 Implementing Innovation 

Related Elective (1 course required = 3 credits)
Choose ONE course from this topic area:

  • ETLS 504 Excellence in Operations
  • ETLS 520 Design and Manufacturing in the Medical Device Industry
  • ETLS 571 Automation Systems in the US and Overseas
  • ETLS 603 Design and Production Transition
  • ETLS 677 Sustainable Development Strategies
  • ETLS 682 Safety, Health and Environmental Considerations in Manufacturing 
  • ETLS 720 Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Devices
  • ETLS 723 Biomaterials in the Design of Medical Devices
  • ETLS 730 Cardiovascular Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Devices
  • ETLS 770 Automated Control of Manufacturing Processes
  • ETLS 771 Materials Engineering
  • ETLS 778 Process Design and Improvement – Computer Based Tools 

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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