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Manufacturing Systems Engineering (Master's)


The Master of Science Degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MSE) is cross-disciplinary and designed to provide engineers, scientists, managers and technical leaders in industry with continuous lifelong learning opportunities to maintain the competitiveness of their operations, and to understand, appreciate and respond to current and future trends.

Key features of the program include courses that deal with agile and lean manufacturing, e-commerce, international supply-chain management, sustainability, and other current topics that are immediately applicable in the workplace. 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. The program covers business planning and management, product design, and manufacturing processes and technology.

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30 credits are required comprising four mandatory MSE core courses, at least one elective with an MSE-number, three credits of project (MSE 451) or six credits of thesis (MSE 490), with remaining credits to be made up with courses offered by MSE or other programs related to engineering and business.

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Candidates for the MSE Program should have a B.S. degree in an engineering discipline or applied science. This degree must be from an accredited college or university. A GPA of at least 2.75 out of 4.0 is required for regular admission. We require decent levels of math on the transcript--calculus, linear algebra, statistics, etc. All MSE program participants must have a minimum of six-months industry work experience.

International candidates must present TOEFL scores of at least 620 or 260 on the computer scored test, and GRE scores above the 75th percentile.

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Core courses:
MSE 362 Logistics and Supply Chain Management (IE 362) MSE 443 Automation and Production Systems (IE 443)
MSE 402 / MBA 401 Introduction to the Organization and Its Environment MSE 438 Agile Organizations and Manufacturing Systems
MSE 403 Global Competitive Environment  
MSE 401 / ME 401 Integrated Product Development MSE 472 Special Topics
MSE 431 Marketing & the Invention to Innovation Process MSE 482 Aspects of Sustainable Systems & Design
MSE 446 International Supply Chain Management MSE 498 Special Topics (this has been ABC-ABM, Supply Chain, or other topics)
MSE 456 Micromanufacturing Systems & Technologies  

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Academic Advisor
Professor Keith Gardiner
Phone: 610-758-5070
E-mail: Keith.Gardiner@Lehigh.edu

Program Contact
Carolyn Jones
Phone: 610-758-5157
E-mail ccj1@Lehigh.edu

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Department Website

Manufacturing Systems Engineering center website:


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Additional Information


The Lehigh MBA is committed to developing leaders in business and in industry: the MBA & E unites two premier programs in one powerful joint degree by offering a solid foundation in both business and engineering. Graduates of the MBA & E program will be prepared to assume leadership positions in industrial planning, venture capital, and engineering management; and as senior managers in roles requiring both technical and business acumen.

The 45 credit hour program is taught in an interactive manner by faculty who are leaders in their fields with a wealth of practical experience; it also combines core business courses and a core of engineering courses:

  • MBA Core Courses, MBA (401-406)- 18 credits
  • Engineering Core Courses—12 credits
  • Business Electives—5 credits
  • Engineering Electives—6 credits
  • Elective—3 credits
  • Integrative Project—1 credit

Prerequisites [not required for admission] include: Basic Statistics for Business & Economics (ECO 401), Financial Reporting for Managers and Investors (GBUS 401), and Principles of Economics (ECO 001).

The program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in engineering. Applicants are required to have two years of professional work experience and must be accepted by both the College of Business and Economics and P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Applicants can, however, take engineering courses while they are fulfilling the work requirement.

The MBA & E offers engineering concentrations in the following: chemical engineering, management science and engineering, manufacturing systems engineering, and mechanical engineering. Upon graduation, a student will receive a MBA degree with a concentration in the engineering discipline.

For more information on MBA & E

Michael Tarantino, MBA
Director of Graduate Recruitment & Admissions
Graduate Programs
Lehigh University
Rauch Business Center
Phone: 610-758-3418
E-mail: mgt215@lehigh.edu

MSE Certificate 

Students who successfully complete four (4) MSE-numbered courses may apply to the Center for Manufacturing Systems Engineering for a Certificate. For more information, please contact our office at 610-758-4372.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of up to nine credits taken at the graduate level elsewhere may be transferred from an accredited graduate college or graduate university to a Lehigh University Engineering Master's Program. All courses must be assigned a grade of "B" or better to be eligible, and not have been used toward any prior degree. After admission, a petition must be submitted to the department along with course descriptions (syllabus) and transcript, and those courses must have been completed within four years of the first enrollment in the Lehigh master's program.

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