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Manufacturing Leadership MS

Program overview

The master of science 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, and several courses are available on-campus.

Manufacturing leadership is a highly focused program developed jointly by the Saunders College of Business and the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. 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 services 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

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MGMT-740 Organizational Behavior and Leadership 3
ISEE-771 Engineering of Systems I 3
CQAS-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  
Elective Non-Business 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:

  • Hold a baccalaureate (or equivalent) degree from an accredited institution,
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0,
  • Have at least two years of experience in a manufacturing-related organization or business environment,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Submit one professional recommendation,
  • Submit a current resume, and
  • Complete a graduate application.

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 Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (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 all 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

Job Titles

Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Global Supply Chain Manager, Global Operations/Production Manager, Plant Manager, Procurement Manager, Process Engineering Manager, Product Engineer, Quality Engineering Manager


Operations, logistics, supply chain management, manufacturing and production, (business) process (re) engineering (including lean six-sigma black belts), workplace design, operations research (data analysis, modeling, simulation), database management

Recent Employers

Bausch & Lomb, Corning, Danisco, Goodrich, Borg-Warner, Lockheed Martin, Gleason, Xerox, Harris, Moog,Raymond

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