Manufacturing Leadership MS

Graduate Admissions Counselor

Katie Beczak

Department Contact

Mark Smith

Online Program Available

This program may be completed online. Visit RIT Online for additional information.

Please contact the admissions counselor below for additional information about applying to the online program.

Matt Stever

Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Program Available Online? Yes
Application Deadline Rolling
Admit Term Fall/Spring
Entrance Exam None
English Language Exams:
TOEFL (Internet) 79
PTE Academic 58


Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.

Program overview

The MS degree in manufacturing leadership is designed for experienced professionals moving to mid- and senior-level positions in manufacturing and service organizations. The program integrates business and engineering courses, delivering them in an online format where students continue to work while taking classes. The program can also be taken on a full-time basis, with several courses available on campus.

Manufacturing leadership is a focused program developed jointly by the Kate Gleason College of Engineering and Saunders College of Business. Particular emphasis is placed on supply chain management, global manufacturing and operations, lean thinking, leadership, and decision making. A capstone project, oriented to the solution of a manufacturing or service management problem or process improvement initiative, enables students to apply new skills and capabilities to the solution of a pressing real-world problem, with significant financial benefit to sponsors.


Manufacturing leadership, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MGMT-740 Organizational Behavior and Leadership 3
ISEE-771 Engineering of Systems I 3
ISEE-682 Lean Six Sigma Fundamentals 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   ISEE-750    Systems and Project Management  
   BUSI-710    Project Management  
Choose one of the following:   3
   ACCT-603    Accounting for Decision Makers  
   ACCT-794    Cost Management in Technical Organizations  
Second Year
ISEE-745 Manufacturing Systems 3
ISEE-703 Supply Chain Management 3
ISEE-723 Global Facilities Planning 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   ISEE-793    MML Capstone  
   ISEE-792    Engineering Capstone  
  Engineering Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 30


Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in manufacturing leadership, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college. 
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Have at least two years of experience in a manufacturing-related organization or business environment.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Submit one letter of recommendation.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • Exceptions to admission requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis. No graduate entrance exam is required, although candidates are welcome to support their application with results from the GMAT or GRE.


Additional information

Prerequisite knowledge

Admitted students must possess knowledge and skills at the introductory course level in probability and statistics, engineering economy, or basic accounting. Areas that need strengthening may be addressed by guided reading, independent study, or formal course work.


Students may start the program during any semester and complete the course work at their own pace. Classes are available online but several courses may be taken on campus for local or full-time students.

Students may take up to three courses on a nonmatriculated basis. Credits earned while enrolled as a nonmatriculated student may be applied to the degree program following formal admission.

Career Outcomes

The RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education website provides information pertaining to student skills and capabilities, salary data, career information, job outcomes, and contact information for the Career Services Coordinator by program.

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