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Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Integration MS degree

James H. Lee, Ph.D., PE, Program Director for Graduate Studies and Research
(585) 475-2899, james.lee@rit.edu

Program overview

The master of science in manufacturing and mechanical systems integration is an interdisciplinary degree designed for individuals who wish to achieve competence in mechanical or manufacturing engineering through an applied course of study. The program includes courses in engineering, business practices, and management functions found in many manufacturing enterprises.

The program is offered by the department of manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology in collaboration with the Saunders College of Business and the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Plan of study

The program consists of 36 semester credit hours and is comprised of core courses, a three-course concentration, electives, and a capstone project, thesis, or comprehensive exam. Concentrations are available in product design, automation, quality, or electronics manufacturing. Students may be required to take additional prerequisite courses depending on their background and the concentration they select. The graduate director may approve the waiver of courses in the prerequisite group from graduation requirements, depending on a students’ academic and employment background. Full-time students are eligible for two blocks (three months for each block) of cooperative education after completing two semesters (18 credit hours) of study.

Electives

Students in the thesis option must complete one elective, while students in the capstone project option must complete two electives. Students choosing the comprehensive examination option must complete three electives. Courses that fulfill elective requirements may be any course from a different concentration than the one chosen, a graduate course from another graduate program (if approved by the graduate director and faculty member teaching the course), or an independent study course if approved by the student’s graduate program director.

Curriculum

Manufacturing and mechanical systems integration (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MFET-650 Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Fundamentals 3
STAT-670 Designing Experiments for Engineers and Scientists 3
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
MFET=730 Six Sigma for Design and Manufacturing 3
  Concentration Courses 6
ACCT-706 Cost Management 3
MFET-788 Thesis Planning 3
Second Year
DECS-744 Project Management 3
  Elective* 3
  Concentration Course 3
MFET-790 Thesis 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

Manufacturing and mechanical systems integration (capstone project option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MFET-650 Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Fundamentals 3
STAT-670 Designing Experiments for Process Improvement 3
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
  Concentration Courses 6
MFET-730 Six Sigma for Design and Manufacturing 3
ACCT-706 Cost Management 3
Second Year
DECS-744 Project Management 3
  Concentration Course 3
  Elective* 3
MFET-797 Capstone Project  
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

Manufacturing and mechanical systems integration (comprehensive exam option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MFET-650 Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Fundamentals 3
STAT-670 Designing Experiments for Process Improvement 3
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
MFET-730 Six Sigma for Design and Manufacturing 3
ACCT-706 Cost Management 3
  Elective*  
  Concentration Courses 6
Second Year
DECS-744 Project Management 3
  Concentration Course 3
  Electives* 6
MFET-795 Comprehensive Examination 0
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

* Elective courses must be chosen from the list of concentration courses, but must be outside of the concentration the student has chosen as part of their program of study.

Concentrations

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
Automated manufacturing
ISEE-610 Systems Simulation 3
MFET-670 Manufacturing Automation Controls 3
MFET-685 Robots and CNC in Integrated Manufacturing 3
Electronics packaging  
MFET-655 Surface Mount Electronics Manufacturing 3
MFET-756 Advanced Concepts in Surface Mount Electronics 3
TCET-740 Fiber Optics Telecommunications Technology 2
TCET-741 Fiber Optics Telecommunications Lab 1
Management systems   
MGMT-740 Organizational Behavior and Leadership 3
MGMT-742 Technology Management 3
DECS-743 Operations and Supply Chain Management 3
Product development
MCET-620 Robust Design and Production Systems 3
MCET-670 Concept Design and Critical Parameter Management 3
MCET-720 Product and Production System Development and Integration 3
Quality management  
STAT-621 Quality Engineering 3
STAT-741 Regression Analysis 3
MCET-620 Robust Design and Production Systems 3

 

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in manufacturing and mechanical systems integration, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application. 
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college in the field of engineering, engineering technology, or computing. Students with degrees in other disciplines will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have completed college level course work in computer programming and probability and statistics.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent). Applicants with a lower GPA will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be admitted on a probationary basis. These students will have to secure a B or better average in the first three graduate courses to be considered for full admission.
  • Submit a one-page personal statement of educational objectives.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (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.



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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.
 

Program overview

The master of science program in manufacturing and mechanical systems integration is a multidisciplinary degree offered by the department of manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology and packaging science, in collaboration with the E. Philip Saunders College of Business, the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, and the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. This program is designed for individuals who wish to achieve competence in the effective integration of the computing, manufacturing, design, quality, and management functions found in many manufacturing enterprises. Students take a set of common core courses and then elect a concentration in automated manufacturing, electronics packaging, management, product design, quality improvement, or software development.

Curriculum

The program consists of 52 quarter credit hours and is comprised of core courses, a concentration, electives, and a capstone project or thesis. Students may be required to take additional prerequisite courses depending on their background and elected concentration. The program adviser may approve the waiver of courses in the prerequisite group from graduation requirements, depending on students’ academic and employment backgrounds. Full-time students are eligible for two co-op blocks (three months for each block) after completing three quarters (nine months) of study at RIT.

Electives

Each student must take two graduate-level elective courses according to his or her concentration. Courses selected must be any course from another concentration, any course from another graduate program (if approved by the program adviser and faculty member teaching the course), and any independent study course if approved by the student’s academic adviser.

Manufacturing and mechanical systems integration, MS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0617-850 Flexible Manufacturing and Assembly Systems 4
0307-782 Quality Engineering 4
0617-631 Computer Aided Engineering 4
0101-794 Cost Accounting in the Manufacturing Environment 4
0106-744 Project Management 4
  MMSI Concentration Courses 20
  Approved electives 8
  Choose one of the following  
  MMSICapstone Project in CIM 4
  MMSI Thesis 4
Total Quarter Credit Hours 52

Concentrations (quarters)

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
Automated manufacturing
0617-833 Robotics in CIM  4
0617-870 Manufacturing Automation Controls  4
0610-830 Instrumentation and Computer Aided Data Acquisition  4
0303-710 Systems Simulation  4
0303-729 Advanced Systems Integration  4
Electronics packaging
0617-855 Electronics Packaging Fundamentals  4
0617-856 Advanced Concepts in Electronics Packaging  4
0307-721 Statistical Process Control  4
0307-770 Design of Experiments for Engineers and Scientists  4
0307-862 Reliability Statistics I  4
Management
0101-703 Financial Accounting Systems  4
0102-742 Introduction to Technology Management  4
0106-743 Operations Management and Process Improvement  4
0106-749 Manufacturing Strategy and Tactics  4
0307-781 Quality Management  4
Product design
0610-630 Tolerance Design  4
0610-710 Product Development and Integration  4
0610-820 Concept Design and Critical Parameter Management  4
0610-830 Instrumentation and Computer Aided Data Acquisition  4
0610-870 Robust Design  4
Quality improvement
0307-721 Statistical Process Control  4
0307-731 Statistical Acceptance Control  4
0307-781 Quality Management  4
0307-801 Design of Experiments I  4
0307-802 Design of Experiments II  4
Software development
0610-830 Instrumentation and Computer Aided Data Acquisition  4
4002-710 Object Technologies  4
4002-720 Data Object Development  4
4002-733 Fundamentals of Computer Communication  4
4002-750 Distributed Systems  4

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in manufacturing and mechanical systems integration, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited academic institution in the field of engineering, engineering technology, computing, or business. Students with degrees in other disciplines will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0. Applicants with a lower gpa will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be admitted on a probationary basis. These students will have to secure a B or better average in the first three graduate courses to be considered for full admission.
  • Have completed college-level course work in computer programming, and probability and statistics,
  • Submit two professional recommendations,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Submit a clearly written, one-page statement of purpose, and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). A minimum score of 550 (paper-based), or 79-80 (Internet-based) on the TOEFL is required. A score of 1,200 (V&Q) and an analytical writing score of 3.5 or higher are required on the GRE. Applicants with low GRE scores may be admitted conditionally; they may be required to take additional English language tests and, if required, English language courses along with a reduced MS program course load.