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M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering

The M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering is a 10 course (30 credit) program. Our program develops individuals with leadership depth and technical breadth for engineering management positions in a manufacturing or service industry. Coursework focuses on manufacturing engineering problem solving, strategic quality and performance management and decision making. This program helps you acquire a great network and competitive edge by working through challenging assignments and responsibilities.

The Manufacturing Engineering program offers professionals with engineering, science or liberal arts backgrounds an opportunity to strengthen their engineering management and leadership skills. Students learn to view their organizations as systems — networks of customers, technologies, markets, distribution channels and people. Through study of best practices and ideas in the context of real-world manufacturing and service systems, students gain the skills and confidence to handle daily operations and make well-informed decisions.

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Robert Bach

Clinical Professor and Director, M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering Program
Robert Bach.
Phone Number
651-962-5510

Program Advantages

  • Theory Balanced by Practice
  • Systems Perspective
  • Instructors with industry experience
  • Applications oriented, industry-focused curriculum
  • Opportunities to specialize
  • Theory Balanced by Practice

    As you manage multiple and complex functions, you need ideas and approaches that make sense in the context of your career. You'll study a variety of manufacturing engineering theories and practices, and immediately integrate what you learn to your business or organization.

    Systems Perspective

    Our students say that our program's operations emphasis on broad, systems thinking makes them better decision makers and leaders. You'll examine an integrated process of complex technologies, human relationships, distribution networks and financial systems.

    Instructors with industry experience

    Our full-time and adjunct faculty members bring both academic credentials and industry experience to the classroom. These executives, managers and engineers share a passion for teaching and improving the industrial welfare of our society. They emphasize hands-on learning, promote interaction among students and encourage the free exchange of ideas.

    Applications oriented, industry-focused curriculum

    Our program serves working professionals with busy lives. Set your own pace and start fall, spring or summer. Most graduate students take one to two classes per semester. Classes are offered evenings, weekends, or online.

    Opportunities to specialize

    You will work with your program director to select electives that align with your career goals. You can choose to study in areas such as quality, lean operations, medical devices, automation, product development, manufacturing process improvement and engineering management.

    Theory Balanced by Practice

    As you manage multiple and complex functions, you need ideas and approaches that make sense in the context of your career. You'll study a variety of manufacturing engineering theories and practices, and immediately integrate what you learn to your business or organization.

    Systems Perspective

    Our students say that our program's operations emphasis on broad, systems thinking makes them better decision makers and leaders. You'll examine an integrated process of complex technologies, human relationships, distribution networks and financial systems.

    Instructors with industry experience

    Our full-time and adjunct faculty members bring both academic credentials and industry experience to the classroom. These executives, managers and engineers share a passion for teaching and improving the industrial welfare of our society. They emphasize hands-on learning, promote interaction among students and encourage the free exchange of ideas.

    Applications oriented, industry-focused curriculum

    Our program serves working professionals with busy lives. Set your own pace and start fall, spring or summer. Most graduate students take one to two classes per semester. Classes are offered evenings, weekends, or online.

    Opportunities to specialize

    You will work with your program director to select electives that align with your career goals. You can choose to study in areas such as quality, lean operations, medical devices, automation, product development, manufacturing process improvement and engineering management.

    Graduate Programs That Work For You

    Our evening class schedules allow both industry professionals and career changers to achieve their educational goals. And each class meets just once per week.

    Convenient Schedule

    Our programs serve working professionals with busy lives. You choose how quickly you move through the curriculum. And you may start in any of our three starts: fall, spring or summer.
    View Our Course Schedule

    Coursework and Degree Requirements

    To complete the requirements for the M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering, students must successfully complete 10 courses (30 credits) with a minimum GPA of 2.7.

    See course descriptions in our course catalog

    STEM Approved Program

    All five courses required = 15 credits

    • ETLS 501 Production and Operations Systems
    • ETLS 502 Manufacturing Processes
    • ETLS 505 Managerial Accounting and Performance Management
    • ETLS 506 Statistical Methods for Manufacturing Quality
    • ETLS 858 Engineering Capstone

    Choose ONE course from this topic area (1 course required = 3 credits):

    • ETLS 551 Strategic Quality Management
    • ETLS 640 Lean Six Sigma
    • ETLS 701 Design of Experiments
    • ETLS 722 Medical Device Quality Systems

    Choose ONE course from this topic area (1 course required = 3 credits):

    • ETLS 552 Supply Chain Synchronization
    • ETLS 570 Purchasing, Logistics and Distribution
    • SEIS 709 Enterprise Architecture and IT Strategy

    Choose ONE course from this topic area (1 course required = 3 credits):

    • ETLS 601 Program/Project/Team Management
    • ETLS 602 Management Science
    • ETLS 671 Human Aspects of Technical Management
    • ETLS 674 Managing for Improved Performance
    • ETLS 853 Managing Intellectual Property

    Choose ONE course from this topic area (1 course required = 3 credits):

    • ETLS 660 Engineering Leadership
    • ETLS 652 Technology Forecasting and Risk Management
    • ETLS 815 Leadership and Technology
    • ETLS 840 Technology Transfer / Contemporary Problems
    • ETLS 855 Implementing Innovation

    Choose ONE course from this topic area (1 course required = 3 credits):

    • ETLS 504 Excellence in Operations
    • ETLS 520 Design and Manufacturing in the Medical Device Industry
    • ETLS 571 Automation Systems in the US and Overseas
    • ETLS 603 Design and Production Transition
    • ETLS 677 Sustainable Development Strategies
    • ETLS 682 Safety, Health and Environmental Considerations in Manufacturing
    • ETLS 720 Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Devices
    • ETLS 723 Biomaterials in the Design of Medical Devices
    • ETLS 730 Cardiovascular Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Devices
    • ETLS 770 Automated Control of Manufacturing Processes
    • ETLS 771 Materials Engineering
    • ETLS 778 Process Design and Improvement – Computer Based Tools

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    Attend an Information Session

    Attend an online information session to get program details and receive $20* off your application fee just for attending. Our programs serve working professionals with busy lives. Set your own pace and start fall, spring or summer. Classes are offered in the evenings. We look forward to meeting you.

    *St. Thomas alumni, St. Thomas returning graduate students, St. Thomas employees, and all U.S. active and retired military personnel and veterans are eligible for a full $50 application fee waiver.

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    Faculty

    Robert Bach

    Robert Bach

    Mr. Bach serves as a clinical professor and program director for the M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering program at St. Thomas Prior to teaching at St. Thomas, Bob was a senior manufacturing engineer at St. Jude Medical and Honeywell. He has expertise in tool & machine design, and process validation using designed experiments (DOE).

    Robert Bach
    Dr. John Wentz

    Dr. John Wentz

    Dr. Wentz joined the University of St. Thomas in 2009 with the goal of developing engineering graduates that have a global perspective of engineering as well as being technically excellent. Before joining St. Thomas, John was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois where he worked on various projects related to fluid dynamics and sustainable manufacturing.

    Dr. John Wentz
    Thomas Becker.

    Thomas Becker

    Mr. Becker has extensive experience as a product line manager, budgeting manager, marketing manager, distribution channel manager, customer service manager and sales manager. He has worked at Fortune 1000 companies such as Andersen Windows, 3M, Cummins Power Generation and Donaldson Company.

    Thomas Becker