About The Program

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 a part-time format where students continue to work while taking classes in the late afternoon and evening or online.

The MS in Manufacturing Leadership is a highly focused program developed jointly by the E. Philip 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 in a complex global economy. 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. Two electives allows for additional depth or breadth in subjects of relevance to students and their sponsoring organizations.


Students may start the MML program during any term and complete the coursework at their own pace. Classes are available on-campus (evenings) or on-line (video conference and asynchronous format) to accommodate the needs of local students as well as those who travel or are outside the Rochester area.

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