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MSE Program

NOTE: The M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MSE) Program is no longer accepting new applicants.

The Center for Manufacturing Systems Engineering (CMSE) is cross-disciplinary, and works with faculty in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, the College of Business and Economics and the College of Arts and Science. The Center was created in response to the expressed needs of industry for educational and research activities directed at solving problems of manufacturing industries. The predominant activity of the Center is a cross disciplinary graduate program leading to a Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Systems of manufacturing are an essential foundation for maintenance of quality of life. Manufacturing embraces all engineering activities and disciplines; without manufacturing there would be only limited capability for advancements in the sciences, technology and international comity. Manufacturing systems contribute to and enhance the overall wealth of society. The Center collaborates, coordinates, drives, and supports activities that advance these aims.

Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program - Graduate Study Overview

The cross-disciplinary manufacturing systems engineering program is designed for engineers and managers to assist in their understanding and response to current and future trends in industry.

Candidates must have industrial experience. Students work together and in company teams using classroom learning to solve real time problems. They engage in innovative academic research that crosses disciplines and colleges. Projects encourage collaboration and teamwork.

Key features of the program include:


  • Courses in agile and lean manufacturing, e-commerce, international supply-chain management, sustainability, and other current topics that are immediately applicable in the workplace.
  • The opportunity to work on teams with other professionals to solve real-time problems.
  • Flexibility - The MSE Program is structured for part-time students. Degree requirements can be completed in two years. Classes are offered on-campus, and delivered in real time from Lehigh's classrooms to students in their homes, workplace, or while traveling, and also in an asynchronous online format.

The MSE program allows students to integrate systems perspectives with interdisciplinary education, combining the academic study of engineering and business with project work, and topical industry-related research activities. It encompasses business planning and management, product design, and manufacturing processes and technology, and emphasizes that quality assurance is introduced at the design level and monitored through the total manufacturing cycle, including customer service. Students wishing to enroll in the MSE program must have industrial experience. Thirty credits are required for the M.S. A forty-five credit MBA&E degree with an MSE concentration is available. A certificate can be earned by the satisfactory completion of 12 MSE credits.

The MSE program is administered by the Center for Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Faculty affiliated with the program represent the academic departments in the Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, the College of Business and Economics, and the College of Arts and Sciences. All have extensive backgrounds in technology transfer with industry. 

The program received the University LEAD Award (Leadership and Excellence in Application and Development of Computer Integrated Manufacturing) from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers for incorporating the latest in graduate education and research relating to manufacturing.

MSE course work has a successful history as a component of the General Motors Technical Education Program. MSE courses have been included as electives for programs at Kettering, Purdue, the University of Michigan, and other institutions. 

More MSE Program information is located in the university catalog located under other university centers. The catalog pages also list MSE Program courses.

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