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Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Administrative Unit:Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program
College/School: College of Engineering
Admitting Plans:M.S.
Degrees Offered:M.S., M.Eng.
Minors and Certificates:Doctoral Minor
Named Options: Engineering Management Specialization (M.S.)

Faculty: Pfefferkorn (director; Mechanical Engineering), Ceglarek (Industrial and Systems Engineering), DeCroix (School of Business), Duffie (Mechanical Engineering), Engelstad (Mechanical Engineering), Finster (School of Business), Krishnamurthy (Industrial and Systems Engineering), Lazimy (School of Business), Li (Industrial and Systems Engineering), Livny (Computer Science), Lorenz (Mechanical Engineering), Matusumura(School of Business), Moskwa (Mechanical Engineering), O’Leary (Engineering Professional Development), Oliva (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Osswald (Mechanical Engineering), Radwin (Industrial and Systems Engineering), Ran (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Rowlands (Mechanical Engineering), Russell (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Shi (Industrial and Systems Engineering), Stone (Material Science and Engineering), Suresh (Mechanical Engineering), Turng (Mechanical Engineering), Veeramani (Industrial and Systems Engineering), Vieth (Engineering Professional Development), Wemmerlov (School of Business), Zhou (Industrial and Systems Engineering)


The master of science in manufacturing systems engineering is a multidisciplinary degree, drawing courses and faculty from engineering, business, computer sciences, and statistics. As the first program of its kind in the United States, and among the first in the world, MSE has long been recognized as a leading provider of resourceful engineers for global and dynamic manufacturing firms. Hands-on projects, along with classes taught by internationally recognized experts and state-of-the-art technology, provide an ideal foundation for anyone entering today's advanced manufacturing environment.

MSE graduates leave the program skilled beyond narrow specialties and equipped to lead technical teams. Students are exposed to practical problems and cutting-edge concepts, resulting in engineers who combine management skills with advanced technical abilities. Courses cover a broad range of manufacturing issues, while reinforcing a systems approach. The variety of subjects allows students to tailor their studies to individual goals or interests. More than 400 MSE alumni currently work in industry.

The student body of the MSE program is predominantly composed of students returning from industry or working for their degrees while employed. The program also has a substantial number of international students. Prospective students find the midsized program an ideal learning environment.

Specifically, the program addresses solutions to problems in the design, development, implementation, operation, evaluation, and management of modern manufacturing systems. An engineering management specialization is also offered, ideal for engineering students with a special interest in management issues pertaining to manufacturing.

For students seeking advanced training in management, the Wisconsin School of Business offers an MBA in operations management with a focus on operations and technology management (OTM). A maximum of 6 advanced credits of MSE course work can be used to satisfy some of the MBA degree requirements.


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 applying from non-U.S. universities must supply GRE and either TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS scores.


The Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program has three tracks: course only, industrial thesis, and research thesis. Students may also pursue an named option in engineering management specialization. Students must take four courses from the core course areas with at least one course from each of the core course areas.  All students are required to take the capstone course ISyE 641. The remaining course requirements vary depending on the program track that is chosen and are described in the table below.


 Four courses selected from the Core Course Areas  12
 Capstone Course, ISyE 641 (offered in spring semester)  3
 Elective Course   12
 Industry Thesis (Not required for courses only track)  3
 Four course selected from the Core Course Areas   12
 Capstone Course, ISyE 641 (spring semester)  3
 Industrial Thesis  3
 Elective Courses  12
 Four courses selected from the Core Course Areas  12
 Capstone course, ISyE 641(spring semester)  3
 Research Thesis  12
 Elective Courses  3



Fundamentals of Process and Technology

CBE 450 Process Design
CBE 470 Process Dynamics and Control
CBE 540 Polymer Science and Technology
CBE 541 Plastics and High Polymer Laboratory
CBE 770 Advanced Process Dynamics and Control
ECE 412 Power Electronic Circuits
ECE 453 Embedded Microprocessor Systems Design
ECE 462 Medical Instrumentation
ECE 468 Digital Computer Projects in Control and Instrumentation
ECE/NE 528 Plasma Processing and Technology
ECE 549 Integrated Circuit Fabrication Laboratory
ISyE 415 Introduction to Manufacturing Systems, Design and Analysis
ISyE 605 Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
ME 417 Introduction to Polymer Processing
ME 418 Engineering Design with Polymers
ME 419 Fundamentals of Injection Molding
ME 428 Numerical Control
ME 429 Metal Cutting
ME 437 Advanced Welding Processes and Materials Selection
ME/ECE 439 Introduction to Robotics
ME 446 Automatic Controls
ME 447 Computer Control of Machines and Processes
ME 469 Internal Combustion Engines
ME 565 Power Plant Technology
ME 514 Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing
ME/ECE 577 Automatic Controls Laboratory
ME 601* Fundamentals of Microfabrication
ME 601* Design and Prototype Fabrication
ME 601* Material Selection
ME 717 Advanced Polymer Processing
ME 720 Advanced Powder Processing and Particulate Engineering
ME 729 Stochastic Analysis of Machine Tool Dynamics and Control
ME/ECE 739 Advanced Automation and Robotics
ME 747 Advanced Computer Control of Machines and Processes
ME/CBE 567 Solar Energy Technology
MS&E 434 Introduction to Thin-Film Deposition Processes
MS&E 461 Advanced Metal Casting
MS&E 749 Advanced Foundry Metallurgy
NE 405 Nuclear Reactor Theory
MS&E 465 Fundamentals of Heat Treatment
NE 405 Nuclear Reactor Theory

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

Fundamentals of Systems Engineering and Design

CBE 430 Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design
Civ Engr 498 Construction Project Management
Civ Engr 370 Transportation Engineering
Civ Engr 498* Construction Project Management
Civ Engr 698 Construction Engineering and Management
CS/ECE 755 VLSI Systems Design
Comp Sci/ECE 756 Computer-Aided Design for VLSI
ECE 427 Electric Power Systems
ME 418 Engineering Design with Polymers
ME 444 Design Problems in Electricity
ME 535 Computer-Aided Geometric Design
ME 549 Product Design
ME 601* Mechatronics in Control and Product Realization
ME 601* Design of Computer Control Systems
ME 601* Computer Aided Design and Analysis of Mechanical Systems
ME 712 Quality Product and Process Design
ME 735 Computer Integrated Concurrent Design
ME 748 Optimum Design of Mechanical Elements and Systems
ME/Comp Sci/ECE 780 Robot Motion Planning
Marketing 440 Emerging Issues in Product Development
Marketing 740 Emerging Issues in New Product Development
Marketing 427/727 Enterprise Systems and Supply Chain Management
OTM 860 Planning for New Services and Products
ISyE/ME 510 Facilities Planning
ISyE/ME 512 Inspection, Quality Control and Reliability
ISyE 515 Engineering Management of Continuous Process Improvement
ISyE 520 Quality Assurance Systems
ISyE/BME 564 Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics
ISyE 575 Introduction to Quality Engineering
ISyE 612 Information Sensing and Analysis for Manufacturing Process
ISyE 620 Simulation Modeling & Analysis
ISyE/ME 643 Performance Analysis of Manufacturing Systems
ISyE 655 Advanced CAD/CAM
ISyE 691* Financial Engineering in Manufacturing Enterprise Systems
OTM 654 Production Planning and Control
OTM 770 Quality and Productivity Improvement
OTM 770 is Offered Online through Sustainable Systems Engineering
OTM 875 Reorganizing the Factory: Competing Through Cellular Manufacturing
Stat/ME 424 Statistical Experimental Design for Engineers

*This course number is used for multiple seminar classes. Please check the Course Guide for
correct listing.

Fundamentals of Business and Management

Acct 300/700 Introduction to Financial Management
Acct 301/701 Financial Reporting
Acct 710 Managerial Accounting
Acct 720 Investment Theory and Practice
Gen Bus 765 Sustainability meets Entrepreneurship
Finance 300 Introduction to Finance
Finance 757 Entrepreneurial Finance
ISyE/PSYCH 653 Organization and Job Design
MHR 700 Organizational Behavior
MHR 715 Strategic Management of Innovation
MHR 720 Organization and Management Processes
MHR 722 Entrepreneurial Management
MHR 714 Strategic Management of Innovation
MHR 765 Technology Entrepreneurship
Marketing 421 Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management
Marketing 724 Strategic Global Sourcing
Marketing 422/722 Logistics Management
OTM 365/765 Database Concepts for Operations Management
OTM 758 Managing Technological and Organizational Change
OTM 861 Strategic Breakthrough Management and Quality Planning 

For more information: Professor Frank Pfefferkorn, Director, or Theresa Pillar-Groesbeck, Graduate Coordinator, Manufacturing Engineering Program, 1513 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706;608-263-3955;mse@engr.wisc.eduhttp://www.engr.wisc.edu/msep.html