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Manufacturing engineering, MS

The manufacturing engineering MS explores manufacturing processes, systems and management.

Program description

Manufacturing engineers are leading the future of modern manufacturing. 

ASU’s master’s degree in manufacturing engineering prepares graduates to consider all aspects of integrated systems, leading to the output of high-quality, economically competitive products and processes. Special attention is focused on smart manufacturing techniques that are optimized for sustainability, efficiency, cost and performance.

You will be able to focus your program by developing a deeper expertise in either the process of altering materials for manufacturing, or manufacturing and systems management.

You will learn how to conceptualize, design and build complex manufacturing systems, applying knowledge gained in these areas: 

  • automation
  • additive and subtractive manufacturing processes (including CNC machining)
  • modeling and simulation
  • electronics manufacturing
  • manufacturing management

Career outlook

Graduates of the master of science program in manufacturing engineering will find opportunities in both large and small corporations and government agencies as well as within startup enterprises where they play a critical role. 

Typical job responsibilities include 

  • manufacturing process design, 
  • manufacturing process management, and 
  • quality control and assurance.

Graduates with advanced degrees have opportunities to participate in and lead research teams that are developing the next generation of advanced manufacturing technologies. Our graduates are well placed and command top salaries in their engineering careers.

Applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Minimum of an earned U.S. bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an international institution that is officially recognized by that country in engineering, physical sciences, mathematics or a similar field.
  • Minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.0=A) in the last 60 hours of a student’s first bachelor’s degree program.
  • Minimum of 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.0 = A) in the applicable master’s degree.
  • If the applicant does not meet the minimum GPA requirements, the application may still be considered. In certain cases, demonstrated aptitude through professional experience or additional post baccalaureate education will be considered.
  • An online graduate application.
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended.
  • As of Fall 2021, the GRE is no longer required for this program.
  • Submit a professional resume and personal statement as part of the online admissions application.
  • International applicants must also meet the English proficiency requirements, as defined by Graduate Admissions. Please be sure to review the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score requirements, as your application will not be processed without valid proof of English proficiency.

Degree requirements

The MS in Manufacturing Engineering requires a minimum of 30 credit hours. These credit hours must reflect one of the following options:

  • 30 credit hours and a portfolio, or
  • 30 credit hours including the required Applied Project course (EGR 593), or
  • 30 credit hours including the required Thesis course (EGR 599) and a thesis

Review the MS manufacturing engineering degree requirements and coursework in the program handbook for additional information.

Application deadlines

September 15 Spring semester (January)

April 1 Fall semester (August)

These are priority deadlines. Applications received after this date may still be considered but are not guaranteed to be evaluated for the semester of application.

Accelerated master’s

Finish two degrees faster by combining advanced undergraduate and graduate coursework during your senior year as part of the accelerated master’s program.



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Graduate program chair: Thomas Sugar