Program: M.S., Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Program Description

The Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering facilitates in-depth knowledge of manufacturing systems based on engineering principles. The core foundation in computer-based and automated design, manufacturing and assembly is complemented by expertise in selected areas, such as advanced manufacturing systems, materials and processes, and quality and management. The evolving curriculum, contemporary laboratory facilities and internationally published faculty enable students and practicing professionals to pursue a versatile field of study having a wide range of career opportunities. The program places its graduates in the academic community and in every facet of industry.

Program Requirements

A. Requirements for Admission to the Program

  1. Satisfaction of all requirements for graduate admission to the University.
  2. Approval by the department graduate coordinator.

B. Requirements for Advancement to Classified Graduate Status

  1. Satisfaction of University requirements for classified status.
  2. Approval of a program of study plan by an assigned advisor.
  3. Approval by the department graduate coordinator.

C. Special Requirements

  1. This program is intended primarily for students who hold a B.S. degree in Engineering, Computer Science or a related technical field. Prospective students who work in technical environments and hold degrees in nontechnical fields should contact the department to discuss any prerequisite courses with a faculty advisor.
  2. No more than 6 units of advisor-approved 400-level courses may be included in the graduate program of study.

D. Required Courses (33 units)

1. Required Core Courses (15 units)

MSE 508/L CAD/CAM Systems and Lab (2/1)
MSE 509 Computer-Aided Manufacturing Systems (3)
MSE 603 Computer Integrated Manufacturing (3)
MSE 609 Advanced Topics in CAD/CAM (3)
MSE 611 Robotics and Programmable Automation (3)

2. Required Specialization Courses (6 units)

Each student must choose one of the three areas of specialization as given below:

Advanced Manufacturing Systems

MSE 511/L Robotics with Applications and Lab (2/1)
MSE 516/L CAD/CAM Advanced Tools and Lab (2/1)
MSE 614 Intelligent Manufacturing (3)

Materials and Processes

MSE 512 Fundamentals of MEMS Fabrication (3)
MSE 513 NDE Methods and Analyses (3)
MSE 527/L Mechanical Behavior of Materials and Lab (2/1)
MSE 528/L Principles of Materials Engineering and Lab (2/1)

Quality and Management

MSE 504 Engineering Management (3)
MSE 600 Decision Tools for Engineering Managers (3)
MSE 604 Engineering Economy and Financial Analysis (3)
MSE 617 Engineering Quality Management and Analytics (3)
MSE 618 Six Sigma Quality Engineering (3)

3. Advisor-Approved Electives (9 units)

Recommended electives require faculty advisor guidance and approval, and they can be selected from courses offered by the department, with the limitation of a maximum of two 400-level courses. Other electives may be suitable for meeting individual student program goals.

4. Culminating Experience (3 units)

MSE 697MSF Manufacturing Systems Directed Comprehensive Studies (3)

Total Units Required for the M.S. Degree: 33


Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management
Chair/Graduate Coordinator: John Pan
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 4510
(818) 677-2167

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering will be able to:

  1. Expand student knowledge of manufacturing systems engineering principles.
  2. Ensure student understanding of breadth and depth of manufacturing environments.
  3. Enable student expertise in at least one of the following: capabilities in automation and CAD/CAM manufacturing systems, understanding the behavior and properties of materials and processes, or competencies in quality and management engineering.
  4. Develop student knowledge and abilities needed in the industrial community.