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MSE Manufacturing Systems Engineering

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

24135 USD
7945 USD

Application fee

International 60 USD
National 60 USD
College of Engineering
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)88
TOEFL-PBT (min)560
GRE (avg)310
GMAT (avg)702

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About this course


Following are some of the highlights of the manufacturing systems engineering curriculum:
Maintains a balance between manufacturing, design, management and human aspects through core courses

  • Adds depth through concentration electives
  • Adds depth in manufacturing systems, processes and management through electives
  • Allows students the option of electing courses in the areas of their interest

The curriculum emphasizes fundamental methodologies used in the manufacturing field. It also provides the design and analysis tools that today's manufacturing engineers need to become successful in their work. To accomplish these objectives, the curriculum is divided into core courses that give fundamentals, and elective courses that give depth. The elective courses are offered in the following areas.

  • Manufacturing Systems area with courses such as Intelligent Manufacturing Systems and Production Planning
  • Manufacturing Processes area with courses such as Injection Molding, Metal Casting and Composites Processing
  • Manufacturing Management area with courses such as Production Management, Global Operations Management, Supply Chain Management and Human Resource Management

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Eligibility Criteria

General Requirements :

The University of Michigan requires a high level of proficiency in English, so that all students are able to participate fully in University life, both in and out of class. Applicants that do not speak English as their native language are required to provide proof of English proficiency.

Testing requirements
Who must take an English Proficiency test?

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency and are required to provide an official score report of an accepted English Language Proficiency Test. Proficiency tests that are accepted are the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants only need to take one of these test options. Achieving the minimum score does not guarantee admission, only consideration.

English Proficiency Exemptions

Applicants who have earned or will earn a Bachelor or Master degree from an institution where the language of instruction is exclusively English are exempt from submitting an Official English Proficiency Score. Verification from the school may be required.

The following graduate degree programs will not grant this exemption and require submission of an accepted English Language Proficiency Test: 

  • Automotive Systems Engineering (PhD) - Effective August 26, 2015
  • Automotive Systems Engineering (MSE) - Effective August 26, 2015
  • Energy Systems Engineering (MSE) - Effective August 26, 2015
  • Information Systems Engineering (PhD) - Effective August 26, 2015
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MSE) - Effective August 26, 2015
  • Mechanical Engineering (MSE) - Effective September 15, 2015

Applicants who have earned or will earn a Bachelor or Master degree from a country where the official language is English (United States of America, Australia, or England) are exempt from submitting an Official English Proficiency Score.

Testing Information :

All three test options are offered around the world.  The MELAB is also offered at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  You will need to plan enough lead time to prepare for the exam, schedule a test date and allow for score reporting.  You may take any of the tests more than once, but only your most recent score will be considered.  Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

Requesting Official Scores
Official score reports must be requested in order to satisfy the admission requirement. 

TOEFL: Our ETS Institution Code for TOEFL registration is 1861. Individual department codes are not necessary for the TOEFL.  As long as the institution code is used, your scores will be electronically delivered to us.  

IELTS: IELTS scores are received electronically. An institution code is not required. Use the following information to locate the institution:  

University of Michigan-Dearborn - Graduate Studies
4901 Evergreen Road, 1055 Administration Building
Dearborn, MI 48128

MELAB: MELAB does not require an institution code.

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Course Modules

Core Courses (5): 15 credit hours

1. AE 587 Automotive Manufacturing Processes
ECE 539 Production of Electrical Products
2. IMSE 580 Production Management
3. EM 580 Management of Product and Process Design
4. IMSE 561 Total Quality Management and Six Sigma
5. IMSE 5215 Program Budget, Cost Estimation and Control

Elective Courses (5): 15 credit hours

Select any 5 from the following list:

  • IMSE 502: Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • IMSE 511: Design and Analysis of Experiments
  • IMSE 516: Project Management and Control
  • IMSE 517: Managing Global Systems
  • IMSE 538: Intelligent Manufacturing
  • IMSE 5655: Supply Chain Management
  • IMSE 581: Production and Operations Management II
  • ME 580: Advanced Materials
  • ME 582: Injection Molding
  • ME 585: Cast Metals in Engineering Design
  • ME 586: Materials Consideration in Manufacturing
  • ME 587: Automotive Composites
  • AE 586: Design and Manufacturing with Lightweight Automotive Materials
  • AE 588: Design and Manufacturing for Environment
  • ECE 516: Electronic Materials and Processing
  • EM 541: Accounting Fundamentals for Decision Making
  • OB 510: Organization Behavior
  • HRM 561: Human Resource Management
  • DS 520: Applied Statistical Modeling
  • OB 610: International Dimensions of Organization Behavior and Human Resource Management

The student has the option of electing thesis in lieu of 6 credit hours of coursework in the elective area. The thesis work may be an actual industrial assignment if it meets certain requirements. The program director’s approval is required if the thesis option is selected.

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How to Apply

Are You Qualified to Apply?

All graduate applicants are required to meet the following minimum requirements for admission: 

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association or completion of an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree from a college or university recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education or Commission responsible for higher education in the country where the degree is earned
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. Proficiency tests that are accepted are the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Our TOEFL institution code is 1861.

Freshmen Applicants :

Submit an Online Application

  • To start your application, create or enter login details and follow on-screen instructions. Note: the application does not need to be completed all at once. Your login and password will allow you to return at a later date. It is important to remember your login information so you can later check your application status online.

Note: It is vital that your complete legal name (as shown on a driver's license or passport) is included on all materials submitted to ensure proper matching of supporting documents to your application. 

Complete Your Statement of Purpose

  • Please describe your post-graduation career plans. How will your education, experience, and development to date help support those plans? How will this graduate program help you to attain your goals? Preferred length is around 500 words.
  • Statements may be entered directly into the online application or can be separately emailed as a Word document or PDF to address provided below.

Gather Letter(s) of Recommendation

  • Complete your portion of the required form and share with your recommender(s). Your recommender(s) will then need to email or mail the completed forms and accompanying letter of support directly to Graduate Admissions, Dearborn Michigan.

Submit Current CV/Resume

  • Two-page limit for master's applicants; Four-page limit for doctoral or specialist applicants. Please include education information; work experience; research, teaching, or internship experience; professional affiliations, volunteer activities; community engagement; and relevant honors or awards.

Request Official College/University Transcripts

  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be provided. Academic records provided must show the course work completed and grades or test scores earned. 

International Academic Records

  • In cases where the original document is in a language other than English, a version in the native language AND an official English language translation must be provided. Its recommended that you do not send your copy of your original transcripts for submission. Materials received by the university for admission purposes will not be returned to you. 

Please note: International transcripts will require an additional evaluation, which will appear in your checklist as "UM-Dearborn Transcript Review".

Request Official Test Scores (if required for your program)

Test scores more than five years old will not be accepted. 

  • We advise use of your legal name as stated on your passport or birth certificate when registering for any standardized test and when completing the online application.

International Students :

Each graduate program has its own admission criteria. In addition to program admission requirements, please note the additional  requirements for International students described below.

Students may submit their application first and then send any additional materials later.  All correspondence must be in English and should contain the full name of the applicant.

  • International Checklist of Required Materials for Admissions
  • Completed application form and any program-specific supporting materials.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • English Language Proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB)
  • Full Financial Support Information (Required for F and J Visa Students only)
  • Health Insurance
  • SEVIS DS-2019 Request Form (J Visa Students only)
  • Transfer Clearance document (required if student has a previous SEVIS I-20)

Send or drop off in person to: 
Office of Graduate Studies 
4901 Evergreen Road
1055 Administration Building
Dearborn, MI 48128-2406

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