Master's in Manufacturing Engineering (M.S.)

If you are or aspire to be a decision-maker in manufacturing engineering, engineering graphics and design, process engineering, quality assurance and tooling design, the Master of Science in manufacturing engineering is for you. You'll conquer advanced competencies in computer-aided manufacturing; computer-aided design and analysis; and integrated processing of polymers, metals and composite materials.

Pride points

  • 96% of graduate students are working or continuing their education after graduation

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  • $80K - $90K median starting salary for recent master's and Ph.D. College of Engineering and Applied Sciences graduates working full time

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  • 96% of graduate students working full time after graduation have a job related to their degree

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Is the 30-credit-hour master's in manufacturing engineering right for me?

Your goals drive your choices. In the Master of Science in manufacturing engineering you will tackle core topics with opportunities to focus on your career.

Recent graduates are working as

  • engineering manager
  • engineering analyst
  • senior engineer
  • design engineer
  • quality engineer

Among the companies they work for are

  • Whirlpool
  • GE
  • Haworth
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Nissha Eimo Technologies
  • Stryker

How can I fund my M.S. in manufacturing engineering degree?

How can I fund my M.S. in manufacturing engineering degree?

Western strives to ensure you can readily manage the expense of graduate school. You can fund your graduate degree through federal aid, loans, scholarships, grants, research assistantships and more.

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What can I expect in the 30-credit-hour program?

Program requirements

 You will complete the following:

  • 15 credit hours of core courses that focus on such topics as computer integrated manufacturing; concurrent engineering; cost and budget analysis; process monitoring and control; and regression analysis.
  • 15 credit hours of electives that focus on your goals. You'll  select courses for the areas that meets your needs! The catalog provides a partial list of approved electives and you can work with your faculty advisor to approve other options.

Graduate Student Guide

Attendance policy

Graduate students are expected to attend all classes starting from the first class period of the semester through the final exam week. It is the student’s responsibility to know when the semester starts and stops (note the University Calendar). Individual faculty members establish the attendance expectations in their classes, but be aware that lack of attendance may adversely affect your learning in the course as well as your final course grade.

Admissions info

Decisions: Once all applications requirements are submitted to WMU, it typically takes two-to-four weeks for students to receive a decision on their application.

You may be granted admissions to the manufacturing engineering graduate program if you meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree in a technical field such as engineering or technology.
  • Show evidence of competency in computer programming, mathematics through the calculus level, statistics, at least one semester of physics, and one semester of chemistry with laboratories.
  • Possess a grade point average of 3.0/4.0 or better.
  • completed undergraduate courses or have equivalent work experience in CAD, properties of materials, manufacturing processes, statics, and strength of materials. If a candidate’s background is deficient, foundation courses will be required.


International admissions and requirements

We get it. Applying and filling requirements for a degree in another country is daunting. WMU is here to help and seeks to make the transition as easy as possible for you. Let us know what you need.

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