Curriculum Overview

Educational Objective

To educate graduates to lead teams and organizations within a manufacturing or service enterprise for successful competition in a complex global economy, through the integration of business and technical skills.  The application-oriented MML program is designed to help experienced professionals move into mid- and senior-level management positions in operations, manufacturing, supply chain management, and process improvement.

Key Capabilities of Graduates

  • Ability to make sound business decisions in a complex global economy: business planning with full understanding of outsourcing and offshoring; financial management and total/life-cycle cost; agile decision-making.
  • Ability to manage the global supply chain: supply chain strategy development and execution; logistics management (quality and delivery assurance); systems needs for supply chain management; and supply chain optimization.
  • Ability to manage global, multi-site production and operations: managing distributed teams; process technology transfer to domestic and international locations; service operations; enterprise and manufacturing strategies; lean operations; location strategy and facility design; state-of-the-art tools; regulatory issues and established norms.
  • Comprehensive understanding of quality and continuous improvement principles, with application to the manufacturing and operations management.
  • Strong leadership and management skills applied to global high technology manufacturing: systems thinking, planning, and management; applications (“hands-on”) orientation; project management expertise (planning, relationship management, control, risk management and decision-making); creative leadership to drive innovative solutions; enhanced ability to recognize barriers to success early, when corrective actions are least costly.

Courses

The 30-semester-credit MML program consists of 9 business and engineering courses, including one elective, plus a Capstone project (3 credits):

  • Organizational Behavior and Leadership (MGMT-740)
  • Supply Chain Management (ISEE-703)
  • Manufacturing Systems (ISEE-745)
  • Global Facilities Planning (ISEE-723)
  • Engineering of Systems I (ISEE-771)
  • Systems and Project Management (ISEE-750) or Project Management (BUSI-710)
  • Lean Six Sigma Fundamentals (CQAS-682)
  • Accounting for Decision Makers (ACCT-603 ) or Cost Management in Technical Organizations (ACCT-794)
  • MML Capstone (ISEE-793)
  • Elective

Elective Courses

An elective course offers students the opportunity to better meet personal and organizational needs.  Students may select from a long list of courses. Recommended electives include such offerings as Decision & Risk Benefit Analysis, Advanced or International Project Management, Breakthrough Thinking and Creativity, Customer Centricity, and others.

Capstone Project

Students complete a project during the final academic year of the program, based on a real problem often identified in the companies where they work. The corporate-oriented Capstone project (3 credits) is directed at the solution of a manufacturing or services management problem or process improvement initiative.   It enables students to broaden the educational experience and demonstrate the knowledge and skills essential to business leadership.  The project provides immediate benefits to sponsoring organizations and is an excellent opportunity for students to gain visibility and recognition.  Projects result in substantial cost savings or improved efficiencies.