Mar 30, 2023  
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED]

Manufacturing Engineering, M.S.

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Master of Science Degree The graduate program in manufacturing engineering has been designed in response to regional needs for a graduate program to provide educational incentives for recruitment and retention of engineers. The program will accommodate the work requirements of these full-time professionals with courses offered evenings and weekends or by distance delivery means. Workshops offered through UW-Stout’s Manufacturing Outreach Center (MOC) are incorporated into the degree program.

Upon completion of the degree graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply mathematical models to the analysis of practical engineering problems.
  2. Integrate the design and operation of manufacturing processes and systems with the principles of lean manufacturing methods.
  3. Evaluate and create technical reports relating to practical industry projects. 
  4. Design statistically sound experiments resulting in data based decisions for industry. 
  5. Synthesize the knowledge gained to create solutions for practical manufacturing problems. 
  6. Apply and practice quality tools like principles of Six Sigma 
  7. Apply project management skills

Entrance Requirements

Admission requirements include a bachelor’s degree in engineering, a minimum grade point average of 3.0, and, if English is a second language, a TOEFL Internet based score of 75 or higher, or a TOEFL Paper based score of 500 or higher, or IELTS of 6.0 or higher.  The GRE is not required. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in fields closely related to engineering and with appropriate engineering experience in manufacturing or with a grade point average below 3.0 may be admitted at the discretion of the program director.

Progress Toward Degree

Students will enroll in a sequence of courses that are offered via distance delivery and face-to-face instruction. Benchmarks include satisfactory completion of coursework with a grade of “B” or better and either a research project, a thesis, or an additional course-based opportunity, depending on students’ career development needs.


The program requires 30 hours of graduate credit, 15 of which must be graduate-only (700 level), with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better. Fifteen credits are included in the core curriculum, six credits are taken from a list of Selectives - Group One, and nine credits are to be taken from a list of Selectives - Group Two.

General Requirements
Master of Science Degree

Total for graduation 30 credits  
Core Curriculum 15 credits  
Selectives 15 credits  

Selectives (15 credits)

Selectives - Group Two Notes

^Students have three options in program plan:

24 course credits and 6 credits of master’s thesis (MFGE-770, Plan A); or 27 course credits and 3 credits of master’s project (MFGE-735 Plan B), or 30 course credits not to include either a master’s project or thesis.


Transfer Credit: With program director approval and subject to Graduate School policies, up to 1/3 of the total credits may be transfer credits from an institution accredited to offer graduate degrees.

* These courses are similar to undergraduate courses at UW-Stout in the Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering program and may not be taken by the Stout graduates. However, students may substitute other courses from the selective list to meet the program requirements.

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