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Manufacturing Engineering, PhD

The manufacturing engineering doctoral degree program provides students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully meet the most difficult challenges of modern manufacturing industries on a global scale.

Program description

The PhD program in manufacturing engineering provides students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully meet the most difficult challenges of modern manufacturing industries on a global scale. The program involves faculty and industry members together with a hands-on philosophy to education and research, that provides students with various career development opportunities.

Career outlook

With the doctoral degree, graduates typically seek research-oriented academic appointments or industrial research and development positions.

Professionals with a doctorate in manufacturing engineering have substantial opportunities at all levels in manufacturing engineering in research and development at companies, research institutes and national laboratories (e.g., DOD, DOE, NASA). Relevant careers and related titles include the following:

  • industrial engineers
  • manufacturing engineers
  • materials engineers
  • materials scientists
  • mechanical engineers
  • mechatronics engineers


Applicants who meet the following requirements are eligible to apply.

  • a minimum of a BS or MS in manufacturing engineering or a closely related discipline from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or from appropriately credentialed institutions in other countries
  • a minimum of 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = A) in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor’s degree, or a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = A) in a applicable master’s degree program

The admission process begins by applying for graduate admission. The application requires that following items must be submitted:

  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose: Submit online a 300- to 500-word statement of purpose describing your motivation and rationale for obtaining a PhD in the Manufacturing Engineering program at Arizona State University and how it relates to your long-term career goals.
  • CV/Resume
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended.
  • Graduate admission application and application fee
  • 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.

Graduate faculty and funding opportunities

Degree requirements

A minimum of 84 semester credit hours are required for the PhD degree, distributed as follows:

  • A maximum of 30 credit hours of coursework from a previous master’s degree in engineering or a related field may be applied to the PhD.
  • Four core courses, plus Seminar totaling 15 credit hours.
  • 12 credit hours, at minimum, of MFG 792 Research
  • 12 credit hours of MFG 799, Dissertation
  • 42 credit hours, Electives or Research

Application deadlines

August 15 Spring semester (January)
January 15 Fall semester (August)

These are priority deadlines. Applications submitted after this deadline may still be considered.

Course requirements

All students enrolled in the PhD in Manufacturing Engineering must complete the required courses. Additional curriculum details are available in the PhD Manufacturing Engineering program handbook (linked left, below).

  • EGR 520: Engineering Analysis I
  • EGR 602: Principles of Independent Research

    Choose two research-related courses in consultation with faculty advisor. Examples below:

  • MFG 522: Engineering Statistics
  • MFG 523: Artificial Intelligence for Smart Manufacturing
  • MFG 574: Polymer Science and Additive Manufacturing
  • MFG 581: Simulating Manufacturing Systems
  • MFG 582: Metal Additive Manufacturing

    Complete three semesters of MFG 691 Seminar (1 credit each, 3 credits total)

Additional coursework will fall into three categories: Electives, Research, Dissertation.

If a student needs additional preparation before taking one or more of the core courses, the required deficiency courses may not be used as part of the Plan of Study, although the grades received in these courses will be used in computing the overall GPA. Additionally, PhD programs of study are dependent on both the background and the chosen specialization of individual students, and preparation beyond the minimum core requirements is occasionally necessary.