About the Program

Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is a 30-credit-hour interdisciplinary master's degree program. 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.

As in the cases of existing MS degree programs in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the course offerings for the MSE (MSE) program are mainly in late afternoon and evening hours to enable students to earn the degree through part-time study. The program may be completed entirely on campus, entirely online, or through a combination of on-campus and online courses.

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MSE in Manufacturing Systems Engineering
I have been very pleased with the fact that I can take online courses.
Kelsey Waugh, MSE in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, ‘19

Program Details

Program Goals

Program Goal:

To provide students with systems-oriented graduate-level knowledge in manufacturing engineering.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge in process engineering, system design and management aspects of manufacturing
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge in product quality and process control.
Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Degree Required

Bachelor of Science in engineering or a physical science from an accredited program with an average of B or better (3.0 GPA or higher)

Standardized Test Scores

GRE not required


Admission to the program as a regular student requires a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or a physical science from an accredited program with an average of B or better (GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale). Interested persons from other fields should consult with the director of the program. If the applicant has been on the job for a year or more, the letters of recommendation should address any significant engineering accomplishments. Deficiencies in prerequisites may be made up after entering the program; however, credits received in courses elected to make up the deficiencies do not count toward the degree. 


Prerequisite Course Descriptions

Prerequisite Courses

  • a background in probability and statistics*
  • a background in engineering materials*

In addition to the above admission requirements, the following are also required:

Students must have a background in probability and statistics. If not, the student will be required to take an undergraduate level statistics course (equivalent to IMSE 317) within the first two semesters after admission. No credit will be given for this course.

The entering student must have a background in engineering materials. Otherwise, the student will be required to take either ENGR 250 (or equivalent) as a prerequisite to AE 587 or ECE 385 (or equivalent) as a prerequisite to ECE 539. No credit will be given for the undergraduate courses.



The College of Engineering and Computer Science has well-equipped computer facilities that include IBM compatible computers, UNIX-based SUN workstations, and Macintosh computers.  A variety of software is also available.  These include I-DEAS, ABAQUS, ANSYS, CMOLD, I-CAD, etc.  


Laboratory facilities in the Manufacturing area include:

  • Metrology Laboratory

    The Metrology Laboratory was established in 1993 through grants from the State of Michigan, National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Brown & Sharpe Manufacturing Company.  The laboratory is housed in an environmentally controlled room in the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Laboratory (MSEL).  It contains two Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM), a laser interferometer system, a surface roughness tester, and digital and mechanical precision tools such as micrometers, bore gages, height gauge, etc.  The metrology laboratory is currently used for conducting research as well as teaching several laboratory exercises for two manufacturing courses. 

  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) Laboratory

    The CIM Laboratory contains an educational computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) system that consists of two milling stations, and a material handling system.  The machining stations include a medium size milling machine and a lathe.  The CIM can be used to produce small parts weighing up to one kilogram.  The CIM laboratory was constructed based on an NSF-ILI grant.  The CIM system is currently used as the prime laboratory for three courses, namely Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Manufacturing Processes II, and Industrial Robots.  It is also used as a demo tool for several graduate and undergraduate courses. 

  • Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) Laboratory

    The CAM Laboratory consists of a CNC milling machining center, a medium size milling machine, and a small CNC lathe.  This equipment can be used to produce a variety of rotational and prismatic parts.  The laboratory was established using a grant from the State of Michigan, and a special equipment grant from the Chancellor of UM-Dearborn.  The CAM laboratory is currently used for teaching laboratory exercises for manufacturing courses and also for conducting research. 

  • Robotics Laboratory

    The Robotics Lab contains tabletop robots:  five SCORBOT-ER V robots, three RHINO XR robots, and a robot arc-welding cell.  The robotics laboratory is used for teaching fundamentals of robotics and automation.  It is currently used as the prime laboratory for two courses, namely Industrial robots, and Computer Integrated Manufacturing. 

  • Rapid Prototyping Laboratory

    The rapid prototyping technology allows for parts to be produced faster and directly from three dimensional CAD data.  This will require no human interaction during the fabrication phase.  Rapid prototyping systems are used to build prototype parts rapidly which could be used as concept models for evaluation of design, form, fit, and functions.  The produced part could be used as a master pattern for manufacturing applications.  This laboratory contains the following facilities: 

    Rapid Prototyping Tools and Software

    • FDM1650, Fused Deposition Modeling System, Stratasys Inc. 
    • QuickSlice, Stratasys Inc. 
    • D-600L Digital Camera 
    • PhotoModeler 3.0 Pro

    CAD Software 

    • SDRC I-DEAS Master Series 
    • I-CAD Intelligent Design Tool, Concentra 

    Process Planning and Cost Estimating 

    • Decision Classification (DClass), CAM Software Inc. 
    • EZ-Quote Cost Estimating Software 

    Control Systems and Robotics 

    • I-COM, A.I. Series Ladder Logistics 
    • AB-5/20 Programmable Logic Controller 
    • RTX Robot, Universal Machine Intelligence

    Hardware and Network Support 

    • SGI 02 Workstation 
    • DELL Pentium (Windows 95 & NT) 
    • Windows NT Network Environment 
  • Simulation and Automation Laboratory

    The Simulation and Automation Laboratory is equipped with workstations that can handle discrete event simulation through software packages such as WITNESS, SIMAN/Cinema, AUTOMOD, and ROBOCAD, etc.  Undergraduate and graduate students in engineering, and in particular, in industrial and manufacturing engineering use this laboratory. 

  • Ergonomics and Human Performance Laboratory

    The Ergonomics and Human Performance Laboratory serve many purposes.  It provides a facility for laboratory exercises and experiments in human performance and work methods.  The laboratory has a controlled environment with specific controls in acoustic and light intensity.  Students and faculty utilize this laboratory for ergonomic and human performance design projects. 

  • Manufacturing Process Laboratory

    This laboratory is equipped with a rolling mill used for demonstration and sample preparation with AC, DC stick welders; a DC, MIG welder; submerged arc welder; spot welder; furnace equipment used for preparing samples; and hardness testing equipment such as Rockwell, Brinell, and Tukon testers.  Additional equipment includes microsample viewing equipment, tensile testing units and Baldwin and Tinius Olsen universal testing machines. 

  • Materials Testing Laboratory

    The purpose of the materials testing laboratory is to conduct research on the mechanical properties of materials, including static, fatigue and environmental properties.  This laboratory is equipped with a computer controlled MTS servohydraulic testing machine, and environmental chamber, flexural test fixtures, and fatigue softwares.  Other equipment in this laboratory includes tensile testing machines, strain gages and measuring devices, polariscope, plate bending fatigue machine and photographing facilities. 

  • Plastics and Composites Processing Laboratory

    In the last ten years, there has been a tremendous growth of plastics manufacturers and processors in Michigan.  To support the plastics industry as well as the automotive industry, engineers must be educated and trained in the design and manufacturing aspects of these materials.  Currently, we offer plastics courses to both undergraduate and graduate students as well as practicing engineers.  In addition, the university is engaged in a number of applied research projects on plastics and composite materials.  This laboratory contains a 90-ton injection molding machine, a hydraulic press with temperature controlled platens and a filament winding machine. 


he candidate must complete at least 30 semester hours of graduate work approved by the program advisor/graduate advisory committee with a grade point average of at least a B (3.0 on a 4-point scale) covering all courses elected. These 30 credit hours must include five required core courses and five elective courses. Students cannot have more than one B- in the program and must maintain a B average to remain in good academic standing.  A grade of B- in more than one course will not count for graduate credit. Any grade below B- is not acceptable.

These 30 credit hours must include five (5) required core courses and five (5) elective courses.

Curriculum Overview

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 their areas of 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
Core Courses (15 credit hours)
  • AENG 587         Automotive Manufacturing Processes
  • IMSE 5215        Program Budget, Cost Estimation and Control
  • IMSE 561          Total Quality Management and Six Sigma
  • IMSE 580          Production Management
  • EMGT 580        Management of Product and Process Design
Elective Courses (15 credit hours)

Select any 5 from the following list:

  • IMSE 504          Metal Forming Processes
  • IMSE 511          Design and Analysis of Experiments
  • IMSE 516          Project Management and Control
  • IMSE 517          Managing Global Systems
  • IMSE 538          Intelligent Manufacturing
  • IMSE 5655        Supply Chain Management
  • IMSE 5825        Industrial Controls
  • ME 580             Advanced Materials
  • ME 581             Materials for Manufacturing
  • ME 582             Injection Molding
  • ME 585             Cast Metals in Engineering Design
  • ME 586             Materials Consideration in Manufacturing
  • ME 587             Automotive Composites
  • ME 595             Digital Manufacturing
  • AENG 581         Materials Selection in Automotive Design
  • AENG 586         Design and Manufacturing with Lightweight Automotive Materials
  • AENG 588         Design and Manufacturing for Environment
  • AENG 589         Automotive Assembly Systems
  • OB 510             Organization Behavior
  • HRM 561           Human Resource Management

The student has the option of electing thesis in lieu of 6 credit hours of coursework in the elective area. The thesis work may be an actual industrial assignment if it meets certain requirements. The program director’s approval is required if the thesis option is selected.

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Heinz Prechter Engineering Complex (HPEC)
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