Manufacturing Leadership Overview

Program Overview

RIT's globally recognized colleges of Engineering and Business responded to a challenge from their industrial partners to develop a focused, interdisciplinary program that would meet the needs of working professionals in operations, manufacturing, and services. The result of this collaboration was the Master of Science in Manufacturing Leadership (MML) program, designed for experienced professionals who aspire to mid- and senior-level positions in manufacturing and service organizations.  The program integrates business and engineering courses consistent with cross-functional competence so critical to operational excellence in operations, supply chain management, manufacturing, and process improvement.

State-of-the-art tools and techniques are integral to the program, and unifying themes include leadership, cross-functional and cross-cultural teaming, global operations, lean thinking, process engineering, and systems-oriented business 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.

The 30-credit program is offered fully on-line or as a blend of on-line and on-campus courses.  Students may start any term (fall, spring, summer) and complete courses at their own pace, either part-time or full-time. 


Most students are sponsored by an employer who is committed to improving leadership capabilities in product development. Sponsorship includes financial support and a commitment to work with the student to provide clear expectations and a well-articulated career development plan that builds upon the program.  Candidates are welcome to sponsor themselves.  Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship for information.