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B.S. Manufacturing Engineering

Format: In person on the Statesboro Campus
Credit Hours: 130

Georgia Southern University received approval to offer the Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering on its main campus beginning August 2015. The program is unique in that it provides a substantial hands-on, kinesthetic approach to learning compared to traditional engineering programs. Classroom instruction is enhanced with many hands-on laboratory experiences to train the students in the areas of fundamental and advanced manufacturing, such as additive manufacturing, advanced materials, robotics and automation. The Manufacturing Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Manufacturing engineering graduates are highly sought and find employment before or immediately upon graduation in variety of manufacturing organizations.

Manufacturing engineering is coming back in America and is expected to add 30,000 more jobs by 2029 — more than double the national average. – U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

But U.S. companies need students like you to join this high-demand, high-paying industry today.

With a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Georgia Southern University, you’ll be the driving force behind safe and efficient production processes. Our faculty mentors will equip you with the skills to design, analyze, and modify every stage of a manufacturing system to produce a product in the most time-efficient, cost-effective way possible while maintaining staff safety and product quality.

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The Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering program at Georgia Southern is the only undergraduate manufacturing engineering program in Georgia, and one of only two ABET-accredited programs in the southeast United States.

The Georgia Southern experience gives you hands-on learning in a community environment equipped with resources to advance your career training:

Student organizations, including a chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Mentorship from seasoned manufacturing engineers through internships and co-ops

A state-of-the-art facility for research, teaching and outreach

What is Manufacturing Engineering?

Manufacturing engineering is one of the hottest fields right now, producing graduates that are in-demand nationwide and who are getting jobs before they even cross the graduation stage. But manufacturing engineering may be a misunderstood field, and is often confused with industrial engineering or mechanical engineering.

Manufacturing engineering is NOT assembly line work. It’s not dirty or greasy. Modern manufacturing facilities are clean and high tech. Manufacturing engineers design the assembly lines and work with advanced technologies like robotics and automation. They create the systems that produce products sold all over the world — everything from microchips to food processing to vehicle assembly lines. The manufacturing engineer is an industrial problem-solver for the plant floor who can create workflows that integrate facilities with equipment, personnel, and methods necessary for the efficient and safe manufacture of goods. Manufacturing engineers create and support production systems that use, for example, robots, industrial controllers, software, machine tools, automated machinery, material processing equipment, and additive manufacturing.

What’s the difference between manufacturing engineering and industrial engineering or mechanical engineering?

The biggest difference between manufacturing engineering and industrial engineering is that manufacturing engineering deals with the physical process including the machinery to make products. Industrial engineers will deal with the process but only to the extent of analyzing data and trying to make improvements based mainly on data. Manufacturing engineering includes use of data too but with more emphasis on data from physical processes.

Mechanical engineers create and develop mechanical systems for everyone. Mechanical engineers design a wide variety of products including automotive, aircraft, spacecraft, personal computers, air conditioners, medical devices, production machines, and power plants. Manufacturing engineers interact with Mechanical engineers and use the designs to make the quality products efficiently.

Manufacturing engineers utilize all technologies and are responsible for production of products in all industries.

Is Manufacturing Engineering a Good Career?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment opportunities in industrial/manufacturing engineering to grow by 10% between now and 2029. In 2019, the average median salary for industrial/manufacturing engineers was $88,020 per year, or $42.32 per hour.

Jobs in Manufacturing Engineering

Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to follow a career path that can take you to jobs such as:

  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Production Supervisor
  • Robotics Engineer
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Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s (ABM) Degree

The Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree Program is intended for the current undergraduate students in the Department of Manufacturing Engineering at the Georgia Southern University. It will produce a pathway to earn both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree within five years. 

In accordance with SACSCOC requirements, students admitted to the MSAE-ABM may use up to 9 credit hours of graduate-level courses offered in the MSAE curriculum in meeting the requirements of both the BSMfgE and MSAE degree programs. SACSCOC requires 150 unique credit hours between the two programs. Because the MSAE-ABM program contains the required 150 unique hours between BSMfgE and MSAE degree programs, MSAE-ABM students may share a maximum of 9 credit hours of graduate-level courses (5000G) in satisfying the requirements of both degree programs.

ABM Admission and Requirements

Regular Admission

For regular admission to the Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s of Science in Applied Engineering (ABM-MSAE) degree program, the applicant must:

  • Be enrolled in the undergraduate manufacturing engineering program (BS-MFGE) in the Department of Manufacturing Engineering at the Georgia Southern University.
  • Have completed at least 25 credit hours of undergraduate coursework in MFGE discipline including MFGE   2531, MFGE   2142, MFGE   2533, MFGE   2239, and MFGE   2534.
  • Have a 3.0 or higher Georgia Southern Institutional GPA.
  • ABM programs do not allow provisional admission. ABM programs are designed for students who have demonstrated a high level of undergraduate academic performance that validates their ability to be a successful graduate student. Students who do not meet the minimum requirements for regular admission may be granted admission to the program upon approval of an admissions committee consisting of at least the Department Chair and the Graduate Program director.

ABM Degree Requirements: 30 Credit Hours (Thesis and Non-Thesis)

  1. A student in the ABM program will be allowed to use up to 9 credits MFGE 5000G level courses offered within the Manufacturing Engineering program in meeting the requirements of both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree.
  2. Maintain a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 (grade of “B” or better) in their graduate degree course work (including the 9 credits of graduate course work shared with the undergraduate degree).
  3. Meet all requirements for both the BS-MFGE and M.S.A.E. degrees.
  4. An undergraduate student enrolled in graduate classes is limited to 6 credit hours of graduate coursework per semester.
  5. A minimum of 50% of courses for the Master of Science in Applied Engineering degree must be taken at or above the 6000 level.

Professional License Disclosure

Licensure in engineering falls under the authority of state licensing boards. The Manufacturing Engineering program results in a student earning “an ABET accredited degree,” which is one of the requirements for the Professional Engineers license for all states. Other requirements include passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, passing the Principles & Practices of Engineering (PE) examination, and engineering work experience.

If you intend to pursue professional licensing, which we recommend, we advise you contact the state licensing board ( in the state(s) you want to become licensed to familiarize yourself with their specific requirements. Information for licensing in Georgia is available at

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Manufacturing Engineering Program Georgia Southern University

Phone: 912-478-2464

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 7991
Statesboro, GA 30460

Shipping Address:
1100 IT Drive
Statesboro, GA 30460

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Last updated: 11/14/2023