Master of Science with a Major in Manufacturing Systems Management


Program Director: Jim Webb, D.M.


Manufacturing is undergoing rapid change. Global competition, rapid advances in manufacturing technology, integration across the enterprise, and an expanding role for software are putting pressure on manufacturing businesses from the Fortune 500 to small job shops. Success now requires manufacturing professionals with up-to-date knowledge and skills in these rapidly evolving fields.

Developed in consultation with business and industry leaders and professionals in manufacturing, SMU's Master of Science in manufacturing systems management program is unique in providing both the latest in technology and the broad management skills needed for success in today’s business. This interdisciplinary program prepares manufacturing professionals to lead their company in the integration of the entire product commercialization process – including concept, design, manufacturing process development, production and distribution. The program provides a broad set of business skills to manage this integrated process including strategies, globalization, project management, and quality.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering admission requirements for an M.S. degree, applicants are required to have a B.S. in one of the engineering disciplines or a closely related scientific field, or five years of directly relevant professional experience after completion of a B.S. degree.

Degree Requirements

In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering degree requirements for an M.S. degree, candidates are required to satisfy additional requirements. These 10 courses, currently taught in the Hybrid Executive Format*, are required:

ME 7301 Entrepreneurship and Business Development in Manufacturing
ME 7303 Organizational Leadership
ME 7351 Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems
ME 7352 Manufacturing Methods and Systems
ME 7353 Manufacturing Management
ME 7354 Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma
ME 7365 Strategies for Manufacturing Firms
ME 7366 Global Manufacturing
ME 7369 Innovation Management
ME 7382 Finance and the Manufacturing Enterprise

*Courses in the Hybrid Executive Format are compressed so that there are not multiple subjects competing for the student’s time. One course is offered at the beginning of the term and another at the end. Students have the option of attending a Monday evening lecture or downloading the lecture via streaming video to view at a time of their choosing. Saturday classes are designed to optimize student interaction with distance education students participating via online interactive tools.

All of the instructors teaching in the manufacturing systems management program have a minimum of 20 years of practical experience in their subject area in addition to advanced degrees. Many students have indicated that they have taken what was learned in the classroom and applied it to their work the following day.

Degree Plan

Course Descriptions

Graduate Catalog

Graduate Catalog Archives

MS | Manufacturing Systems Management Flyer (.pdf)