Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is a 30-credit hour interdisciplinary master's degree program in the Rackham School of Graduate Studies of the University of Michigan. Its curriculum has been designed to educate manufacturing professionals who will be designing, building, and managing the competitive production systems of the 21st century. The curriculum consists of courses in both engineering and management. Evening courses and careful scheduling enable students to complete this highly demanding 30-credit hour program while maintaining productivity at work and a congenial family life. Full time students have completed the program in twelve or sixteen months; others have paced their studies over two, three, or even four years depending on their own needs.
Following are some of the highlights of the manufacturing systems engineering curriculum:
- Maintains a balance between manufacturing, design, management and human aspects through core courses
- Adds depth through concentration electives
- Adds depth in manufacturing systems, processes and management through electives
- Allows students the option of electing courses in the areas of their interest
The curriculum emphasizes fundamental methodologies used in the manufacturing field. It also provides the design and analysis tools that today's manufacturing engineers need to become successful in their work. To accomplish these objectives, the curriculum is divided into core courses that give fundamentals, and elective courses that give depth. The elective courses are offered in the following areas.
- Manufacturing Systems area with courses such as Intelligent Manufacturing Systems and Production Planning
- Manufacturing Processes area with courses such as Injection Molding, Metal Casting and Composites Processing
- Manufacturing Management area with courses such as Production Management, Global Operations Management, Supply Chain Management and Human Resource Management