The master of science in manufacturing systems engineering (MSE) is an on-campus, multidisciplinary degree, drawing courses and faculty from engineering, business, computer sciences, and statistics. As the first program of its kind in the United States, and among the first in the world, MSE has long been recognized as a leading provider of resourceful engineers for global and dynamic manufacturing firms. Hands-on projects, along with classes taught by internationally recognized experts and state-of-the-art technology, provide an ideal foundation for anyone entering today's advanced manufacturing environment.

MSE graduates leave the program skilled beyond narrow specialties and equipped to lead technical teams. Students are exposed to practical problems and cutting-edge concepts, resulting in engineers who combine management skills with advanced technical abilities. Courses cover a broad range of manufacturing issues, while reinforcing a systems approach. The variety of subjects allows students to tailor their studies to individual goals or interests. More than 400 MSE alumni currently work in industry.

The student body of the MSE program is predominantly composed of students returning from industry or working for their degrees while employed. The program also has a substantial number of international students. Prospective students find the midsized program an ideal learning environment.

Specifically, the program addresses solutions to problems in the design, development, implementation, operation, evaluation, and management of modern manufacturing systems. An named option in the MSE M.S. degree titled "engineering management specialization" is also offered, ideal for engineering students with a special interest in management issues pertaining to manufacturing. For students seeking advanced training in management, the School of Business offers an MBA in operations and technology management. A maximum of 6 advanced credits of MSE course work can be used to satisfy some of the MBA degree requirements.

Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress

To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress in addition to the requirements of the program.

Master's Degrees

M.S., with available course only, industry thesis, and research thesis tracks, M.S. with named option Engineering Management Specialization

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

30 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

16 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework (15 credits out of 30 total credits) must be completed in graduate-level coursework in the College of Engineering, the School of Business, the Department of Statistics, the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, or the Department of Computer Sciences; courses with the Graduate Level Coursework attribute are identified and searchable in the university's Course Guide.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 12 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions toward the minimum graduate degree requirement and toward the minimum graduate coursework (50%) requirement. No credits from other institutions can be counted toward the minimum graduate residence credit requirement. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, up to 7 credits from the UW–Madison Undergraduate career numbered 400 or above may be counted toward the minimum graduate degree credit requirement. No prior coursework from the UW–Madison undergraduate career may be counted toward the minimum graduate coursework (50%) requirement or the minimum graduate residence credit requirement. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval, students are allowed to count up to 15 credits of coursework numbered 400 or above taken as a UW–Madison Special student toward the minimum graduate residence credit requirement and the minimum graduate degree credit requirement; coursework numbered 700 or above may satisfy the minimum graduate coursework (50%) requirement. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00

Other Grade Requirements

The Graduate School requires an average grade of B or better in all coursework (300 or above, not including research credits) taken as a graduate student unless conditions for probationary status require higher grades. Grades of Incomplete are considered to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the next enrolled semester.

Probation Policy

The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School.

Advisor / Committee

Every graduate student is required to have an advisor. To ensure that students are making satisfactory progress toward a degree, the Graduate School expects them to meet with their advisor on a regular basis.

The director of the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program is assigned as the advisor to incoming students. Students can be suspended from the Graduate School if they do not have an advisor. An advisor is a faculty member, or sometimes a committee, from the major department responsible for providing advice regarding graduate studies.

Assessment and Examinations

Requirements determined by the program.

Time Constraints

Master's degree students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.

Courses 

The on-campus manufacturing systems engineering M.S. program has three tracks: course only, industrial thesis, and research thesis. Students may also pursue an named option in engineering management specialization. Students must take four courses from the core course areas with at least one course from each of the core course areas.  All students are required to take the capstone course I SY E/​M E  641 Design and Analysis of Manufacturing Systems. The remaining course requirements vary depending on the program track that is chosen and are described in the table below.

Program Tracks
Select one of the following tracks:30
Course-Only Track:
Select four courses from the Core Course Areas listed below
Design and Analysis of Manufacturing Systems (offered in spring semester)
Select 12 credits of elective courses
Industry Thesis - Not required for courses only track
Industry Track:
Select four courses from the Core Course Areas listed below
Design and Analysis of Manufacturing Systems (spring semester)
Industrial Thesis
Select 12 credits of elective courses
Research Thesis Track:
Select four courses from the Core Course Areas listed below
Design and Analysis of Manufacturing Systems (spring semester)
Research Thesis
Select three hours of elective courses

Core Course Areas

Fundamentals of Process and Technology
CBE 450 Process Design3
CBE 470 Process Dynamics and Control3
CBE 540 Polymer Science and Technology3
CBE 541 Plastics and High Polymer Laboratory1-3
CBE 770 Advanced Process Dynamics and Control 13
E C E 412 Power Electronic Circuits3
E C E 453 Embedded Microprocessor System Design4
E C E/​B M E  462 Medical Instrumentation3
E C E/N E 528 Plasma Processing and Technology3
E C E 549 Integrated Circuit Fabrication Laboratory3
I SY E 415 Introduction to Manufacturing Systems, Design and Analysis3
I SY E 605 Computer Integrated Manufacturing3
M E 417 Introduction to Polymer Processing3
M E 418 Engineering Design with Polymers3
M E 419 Fundamentals of Injection Molding3
M E 429 Metal Cutting3
M E 437 Advanced Materials Selection3
M E/E C E 439 Introduction to Robotics3
M E 446 Automatic Controls3
M E 447 Computer Control of Machines and Processes3
M E 469 Internal Combustion Engines3
M E/​N E  565 Power Plant Technology3
M E 514 Additive Manufacturing3
M E/E C E 577 Automatic Controls Laboratory4
M E 601 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (Fundamentals of Microfabrication) 21-3
M E 601 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (Design and Prototype Fabrication) 21-3
M E 601 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (Material Selection) 21-3
M E 717 Advanced Polymer Processing 13
M E/E C E 739 Advanced Robotics 13
M E 747 Advanced Computer Control of Machines and Processes 13
M E/CBE 567 Solar Energy Technology3
M S & E 434 Introduction to Thin-Film Deposition Processes3
M S & E 461 Advanced Metal Casting3
N E 405 Nuclear Reactor Theory3
M S & E 465 Fundamentals of Heat Treatment3
N E 405 Nuclear Reactor Theory3
Fundamentals of Systems Engineering and Design
CBE 430 Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design3
CIV ENGR 498 Construction Project Management3
CIV ENGR 370 Transportation Engineering3
CIV ENGR 498 Construction Project Management 23
COMP SCI/​E C E  755 VLSI Systems Design3
COMP SCI/E C E 756 Computer-Aided Design for VLSI 13
E C E 427 Electric Power Systems3
M E 418 Engineering Design with Polymers3
M E 444 Design Problems in Elasticity3
M E 535 Computer-Aided Geometric Design3
M E 549 Product Design3
M E 601 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (Mechatronics in Control and Product Realization) 21-3
M E 601 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (Design of Computer Control Systems) 21-3
M E 601 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (Computer Aided Design and Analysis of Mechanical Systems) 21-3
M E 748 Optimum Design of Mechanical Elements and Systems 13
MARKETNG 427 Enterprise Systems and Supply Chain Management3
MARKETNG 440 Emerging Issues in New Product Development3
MARKETNG 740 Emerging Issues in New Product Development3
OTM 860 Sustainable Design of Innovative Products, Services and Systems3
I SY E/M E 510 Facilities Planning3
I SY E/​M E  512 Inspection, Quality Control and Reliability3
I SY E 515 Engineering Management of Continuous Process Improvement3
I SY E 520 Quality Assurance Systems3
I SY E/B M E 564 Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics3
I SY E 575 Introduction to Quality Engineering3
I SY E 612 Information Sensing and Analysis for Manufacturing Processes3
I SY E/​OTM  620 Simulation Modeling and Analysis3
I SY E/M E 643 Performance Analysis of Manufacturing Systems3
OTM 654 Production Planning and Control3
OTM 770 Sustainable Approaches to System Improvement 1,34
OTM 875 Seminar in Operations and Technology Management3
STAT/M E 424 Statistical Experimental Design3
Fundamentals of Buisness and Management
ACCT I S 300 Accounting Principles3
ACCT I S 301 Financial Reporting I3
ACCT I S 710 Managerial Accounting3
GEN BUS 765 Contemporary Topics1-4
FINANCE/​ECON  300 Introduction to Finance3
FINANCE 757 Entrepreneurial Finance 13
I SY E/PSYCH 653 Organization and Job Design3
M H R 700 Organizational Behavior3
M H R 715 Strategic Management of Innovation 13
M H R 722 Entrepreneurial Management 13
M H R 765 Contemporary Topics 11-4
MARKETNG/​OTM  421 Fudamentals of Supply Chain Management3
MARKETNG/​OTM  422 Logistics Management3
MARKETNG 724 Strategic Global Sourcing3
OTM 365
OTM 765
Contemporary Topics
and Contemporary Topics
2-7
OTM 758 Managing Technological and Organizational Change 13
OTM 861 Strategic Systems and Sustainability3
1

Most 700-level courses are only taught every three or four semesters. Please check with instructor about the next offering before completing study plan.

2

This course number is used for multiple seminar classes. Please check the Course Guide for correct listing.

3

 Offered online through Sustainable Systems Engineering.

Admission information for the on-campus Manufacturing Systems Engineering M.S. To be admitted to the M.S. program, applicants must satisfy the Graduate School's minimum admission requirements as well as the following program requirements: undergraduate engineering degree from an ABET-accredited program or its equivalent (students with a physical sciences degree other than engineering and considerable industry experience are also eligible); an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (exceptions may be made by the admissions committee in favor of applicants with industry experience); and at least two years of work experience in manufacturing. Students applying from non-U.S. universities must supply GRE and either TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS scores. For more information, contact mse@engr.wisc.edu.

Knowledge and Skills

  • demonstrate a strong understanding of mathematical, scientific, and engineering principles in the field.
  • demonstrate an ability to formulate, analyze, and solve advanced engineering problems.
  • demonstrate creative, independent problem solving skills.
  • apply the latest scientific and technological advancements, advanced techniques, and modern engineering tools to these problems.

Professional Conduct

  • recognize and apply principles of ethical and professional conduct.

Faculty: Pfefferkorn (director; Mechanical Engineering), Ceglarek (Industrial and Systems Engineering), DeCroix (School of Business), Duffie (Mechanical Engineering), Engelstad (Mechanical Engineering), Finster (School of Business), Krishnamurthy (Industrial and Systems Engineering), Lazimy (School of Business), Li (Industrial and Systems Engineering), Livny (Computer Science), Lorenz (Mechanical Engineering), Matusumura(School of Business), Moskwa (Mechanical Engineering), O’Leary (Engineering Professional Development), Oliva (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Osswald (Mechanical Engineering), Radwin (Industrial and Systems Engineering), Ran (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Rowlands (Mechanical Engineering), Russell (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Shi (Industrial and Systems Engineering), Stone (Material Science and Engineering), Suresh (Mechanical Engineering), Turng (Mechanical Engineering), Veeramani (Industrial and Systems Engineering), Vieth (Engineering Professional Development), Wemmerlov (School of Business), Zhou (Industrial and Systems Engineering)