Admissions to the Manufacturing Systems Engineering: Engineering Management Specialization, M.S. have been suspended as of fall 2022. If you have any questions, please contact the department.

This is a named option within the M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering.

This program addresses problems in the design, development, implementation, operation, evaluation, and management of modern manufacturing systems. This program is ideal for students with a special interest in management issues pertaining to manufacturing.

Admissions to the Manufacturing Systems Engineering: Engineering Management Specialization, M.S. have been suspended as of fall 2022. If you have any questions, please contact the department.

Please consult the table below for key information about this degree program’s admissions requirements. The program may have more detailed admissions requirements, which can be found below the table or on the program’s website.

Graduate admissions is a two-step process between academic programs and the Graduate School. Applicants must meet the minimum requirements of the Graduate School as well as the program(s). Once you have researched the graduate program(s) you are interested in, apply online.

Fall Deadline December 15
Spring Deadline The program does not admit in the spring.
Summer Deadline The program does not admit in the summer.
GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Required.*
English Proficiency Test Every applicant whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English must provide an English proficiency test score and meet the Graduate School minimum requirements (
Other Test(s) (e.g., GMAT, MCAT) n/a
Letters of Recommendation Required 3

The GRE is not required for domestic U.S. students.

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 are only admitted in the Fall term. 

Admission to the master’s program in manufacturing systems engineering (MSE) steps:

  1. Please visit the UW–Madison Graduate School Admissions to review requirements for admission. Frequently Asked Questions.
  2. Apply at the UW–Madison Graduate School.   
  3. Please submit the required application materials to the MSE program uploaded to the online application system including a statement of purpose, 3 letters of recommendation, current vitae/resume' and transcript information for all post high school education.  (Students applying from non-U.S. universities must supply GRE and either TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS scores).

After you have submitted all the application materials to the MSE program as well as the graduate school, we will review your qualifications and check if everything is complete. The MSE program will then recommend qualified candidates for admission to the graduate school.

For further information, please contact

International Applicant Financial Information

Graduate School Resources

Resources to help you afford graduate study might include assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, and financial aid. Further funding information is available from the Graduate School. Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and restrictions related to funding.


The Manufacturing Systems Engineering program does not offer Teaching Assistantships, Project Assistantships, or Research Assistantships. Students seeking Teaching Assistantships and Project Assistantships should directly contact academic departments that offer courses (e.g., Mechanical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering). Research Assistantships are only available to students in the research thesis track. Students seeking Research Assistantships should directly contact faculty who they want to conduct thesis research with. 


Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may be eligible to receive some level of funding through the federal direct loan program. These loans are available to qualified graduate students who are taking at least 4 credits during the fall and spring semesters, and 2 credits during summer. Private loans are also available. Learn more about financial aid at their website


For information on International Student Funding and Scholarships visit the ISS website.

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

Review the Graduate School minimum academic progress and degree requirements, in addition to the program requirements listed below.

Named Option Requirements


Face to Face Evening/Weekend Online Hybrid Accelerated
Yes No No No No

Mode of Instruction Definitions

Accelerated: Accelerated programs are offered at a fast pace that condenses the time to completion. Students are able to complete a program with minimal disruptions to careers and other commitments.

Evening/Weekend: ​Courses meet on the UW–Madison campus only in evenings and/or on weekends to accommodate typical business schedules.  Students have the advantages of face-to-face courses with the flexibility to keep work and other life commitments.

Face-to-Face: Courses typically meet during weekdays on the UW-Madison Campus.

Hybrid: These programs combine face-to-face and online learning formats.  Contact the program for more specific information.

Online: These programs are offered 100% online.  Some programs may require an on-campus orientation or residency experience, but the courses will be facilitated in an online format.


Minimum Credit Requirement 30 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 16 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement 15 credits must be graduate-level coursework. Details can be found in the Graduate School’s Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) policy (
The department recommends taking coursework in College of Engineering, the School of Business, the Department of Statistics, the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, or the Department of Computer Sciences.
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required.
This program follows the Graduate School's policy:
Other Grade Requirements Grades of C or lower do not count toward the degree.
Assessments and Examinations The research-thesis track requires student to submit a thesis and defend to a committee of faculty. The industry-thesis track requires students to submit an industry thesis and defend it to a committee of faculty. The course-only track does not require a thesis.
Language Requirements No language requirements.

Required COURSES

Four courses selected from the Core Course Areas 112
One of the four courses must be:
Managing Technological and Organizational Change
Capstone Course
I SY E/​M E  641 Design and Analysis of Manufacturing Systems (Offered in spring semester)3
Elective Courses15
Students must take 6 credits of any subject 300 and above in consultation with their advisor. 2
Students must take 9 elective credits from the two areas listed below, with no more than 6 credits from any one area. At least six of the credits must be from the School of Business.
Accounting, Finance, and Management
Managerial Accounting
Introduction to Finance
Organizational Behavior
Entrepreneurial Management 3
Business Strategy 3
Operations and Technology Management
Contemporary Topics (Topic: Technology Entrepreneurship) 4
Sustainable Approaches to System Improvement
Strategic Systems and Sustainability
Engineering Management of Continuous Process Improvement
Organization and Job Design
Total Credits30

At least one course must be selected from each of the three core areas.


Up to one credit of I SY E 702 Graduate Cooperative Education Program or M E 702 Graduate Cooperative Education Program may count as elective credit toward the degree program requirements.  A written report must be approved by the advisor. 


This course is offered in variable credit versions. Engineering Management Specialization students must register for a 3-credit section.


This course number can be used for multiple seminar classes.  Please talk to your advisor to confirm that a special topics course option will count towards program requirements prior to enrollment.

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 Transport Phenomena in 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 445 Mechatronics in Control & Product Realization3
M E 446 Automatic Controls3
M E 447 Computer Control of Machines and Processes3
M E 449 Redesign and Prototype Fabrication3
M E 469 Internal Combustion Engines3
M E 514 Additive Manufacturing3
M E/​N E  565 Power Plant Technology3
M E/CBE 567 Solar Energy Technology3
M E/E C E 577 Automatic Controls Laboratory4
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 S & E 434 Introduction to Thin-Film Deposition Processes3
M S & E 461 Advanced Metal Casting3
M S & E/​M E  462 Welding Metallurgy3
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 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 748 Optimum Design of Mechanical Elements and Systems 13
MARKETNG/​OTM  427 Information Technology in Supply Chains3
MARKETNG/​OTM  727 Information Technology in Supply Chains3
I SY E 412 Fundamentals of Industrial Data Analytics3
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 516 Introduction to Decision Analysis3
I SY E 520 Quality Assurance Systems3
I SY E/​COMP SCI/​E C E  524 Introduction to Optimization3
I SY E/B M E 564 Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics3
I SY E 575 Introduction to Quality Engineering3
I SY E 601 Special Topics in Industrial Engineering 21-3
I SY E 602 Special Topics in Human Factors 23
I SY E 603 Special Topics in Engineering Analytics and Operations Research 21-3
I SY E 612 Information Sensing and Analysis for Manufacturing Processes3
I SY E 620 Simulation Modeling and Analysis3
I SY E/M E 643 Performance Analysis of Manufacturing Systems3
I SY E 645 Engineering Models for Supply Chains3
OTM 654 Production Planning and Control3
STAT/M E 424 Statistical Experimental Design3
Fundamentals of Business and Management
ACCT I S 300 Accounting Principles3
ACCT I S 710 Managerial Accounting3
FINANCE/​ECON  300 Introduction to Finance3
FINANCE 720 Investment Theory and Practice3
FINANCE 757 Entrepreneurial Finance 1, 33
I SY E/PSYCH 653 Organization and Job Design3
M H R 700 Organizational Behavior3
M H R 710 Challenges & Solutions in Business Sustainability3
M H R 715 Strategic Management of Innovation 1, 33
M H R 722 Entrepreneurial Management 1, 33
M H R 723 Business Strategy 33
M H R 734 Venture Creation3
M H R 741 Technology Entrepreneurship3
MARKETNG 300 Marketing Management3
MARKETNG/​OTM  421 Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management3
MARKETNG/​OTM  722 Logistics Management 33
MARKETNG/​OTM  724 Strategic Global Sourcing3
OTM 752 Project Management 33
OTM 758 Managing Technological and Organizational Change 13

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


This course number is used for multiple seminar classes. Please talk to your advisor to confirm a specific topic will count.


This course is offered in variable credit versions. Engineering Management Specialization students must register for a 3-credit section.

Graduate School Policies

The Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures provide essential information regarding general university policies. Program authority to set degree policies beyond the minimum required by the Graduate School lies with the degree program faculty. Policies set by the academic degree program can be found below.

Named Option-Specific Policies

Prior Coursework

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.

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.

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.


This program follows the Graduate School's Probation policy.


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.


15 credits

Time Limits

This program follows the Graduate School's Time Limits policy.

Grievances and Appeals

These resources may be helpful in addressing your concerns:

Students should contact the department chair or program director with questions about grievances.



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