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.

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. 

The application deadline for entry in the fall semester is January 1. (Fall admissions only)

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.

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Graduate School Admissions

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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 processes related to funding.

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


Minimum Credit Requirement 30 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 16 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework 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 (
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required.
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.
Assessments and Examinations Requirements determined by the program.
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
Industry Thesis (Optional for course only option)3
Elective Courses 212
Students must take 9 elective credits from the two areas listed below, with no more than 7 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
Business Strategy
Operations and Technology Management
Contemporary Topics (Topic: Technology Entrepreneurship)
Sustainable Approaches to System Improvement
Sustainable Design of Innovative Products, Services and Systems
Strategic Systems and Sustainability
Seminar in Operations and Technology Management
Engineering Management of Continuous Process Improvement
Organization and Job Design
Total Credits30

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 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 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 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
OTM 758 Managing Technological and Organizational Change 13
OTM 861 Strategic Systems and Sustainability3

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

Graduate Program Handbook

A Graduate Program Handbook containing all of the program's policies and requirements is forthcoming from the program.

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.


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.


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 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.


Students enrolled in these programs are not permitted to accept teaching assistantships, project assistantships, research assistantships or other appointments that would result in a tuition waiver. Students in these programs cannot enroll in other graduate programs nor take courses outside the prescribed curriculum.

The Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program Guide, with academic information for students, can be found here.

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