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Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering

Format: In person on the Statesboro Campus
Credit Hours: 30
Entry Terms: Fall and Spring
Time to Complete: 2 years

Are you ready to become a problem-solver and leader
in consumer, commercial or industrial engineering?

Georgia Southern University’s Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering (MSMfgE) gives you practical, real-world experience outside of the classroom with an immediate impact on community businesses. You’ll work closely with area industries, helping them solve a wide range of engineering problems. You’ll have opportunities to collaborate with world-class professors doing leading-edge research in our state-of-the-art laboratories.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment opportunities in industrial/manufacturing engineering to grow by 10% between now and 2029. In 2020, the average median salary for industrial/ manufacturing engineers was $88,950 per year, or $42.76 per hour.

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Or, you can:

Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Concentration

Forge ahead as a leader of manufacturing processes. The MSMfgE with a concentration in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering program equips you with the skills to design and develop innovative technology to optimize a facility’s manufacturing operations. Choose from coursework in advanced manufacturing areas such as

  • robotics
  • additive manufacturing
  • automation
  • materials processing
  • nanomanufacturing
  • materials characterization
  • lean manufacturing
  • production control and quality
  • safety and ergonomics

Engineering Management Concentration

Step up to a new level of your career with the momentous responsibility of filling the present and future needs of our society. The MSMfgE Engineering Management concentration emphasizes collective and critical thinking in product innovation. Choose from coursework in engineering management areas such as

  • management and leadership
  • production planning
  • facilities design
  • international manufacturing
  • environmental law
  • hazardous waste management
  • lean manufacturing
  • production control and quality
  • safety and ergonomics

Application Requirements

Regular Admission

  • a bachelor’s degree in engineering from an accredited college or university
  • with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale)

Provisional Admission

  • A student may be granted provisional admission if the undergraduate grade point average is higher than 2.75.
  • A recommendation by the Department of Manufacturing Engineering’s Graduate Program Director is necessary.

Masters in Manufacturing Engineering FAQ

What is the difference in requirements for thesis versus non-thesis?

A thesis is research that should “extend the art or science” and must be formally submitted to the College of Graduate Studies (COGS) for publication. The thesis is defended orally to a review committee at the candidate’s final comprehensive examination, which must be scheduled and announced formally through the COGS. Thesis must follow the COGS guidelines and we recommend the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing be used for the MSMfgE thesis.

Non-thesis candidates must complete an applied engineering research project and document their results following one of the common technical journal publication standards (ASME, IEEE, SME, etc). We recommend the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers as a source of writing technique. The project is also defended orally to a review committee at the candidate’s final comprehensive examination, but is not formally submitted to the COGS.

I have a BA degree. Can I still apply for an MSAE?

Yes. There are BA undergraduates who have chosen to pursue their Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering. While it is required that you have a 4 year degree from an accredited College or University, you are not required to have a BS or BT.

How long does it take to obtain an MSAE?

It depends on how many courses you take a semester. The typical course load for a full time graduate student is about 3 to 4 classes (9 to 12 credit hours) per semester. At this rate, it is possible to finish your degree in 3 to 4 semesters.

Where is the campus located?

Georgia Southern’s Statesboro campus is located in Statesboro, GA about 45 minutes from Savannah and 3 hours from Atlanta.

Do you offer online courses?

Yes. Online courses are available for the Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering and more are being added at this time.

Where can I find costs and financial aid information?

Does Georgia Southern offer a doctorate degree in applied engineering?

No, Georgia Southern does not offer a doctorate degree in manufacturing engineering at this time.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

Please contact the program director. You can find their contact details below. Please feel free to e-mail with questions about the Master of Science in Applied Engineering degree.

Can I apply online?

Yes. You can apply online here.

Have Questions? Contact Us!

Dr. Kamran Kardel
Graduate Program Director
Department of Manufacturing Engineering
P.O. Box 7991
Statesboro, GA 30460

Phone: 912-478-8566


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Last updated: 5/19/2023