Degree Requirements

For the MS

The Manufacturing Engineering (MFE) program is intended to be flexible in order to meet student needs. Many MFE graduate students work full time as engineers, others are graduate teaching and research assistants. Some of the courses are offered in the evenings.

The MS Degree in MFE requires 30 credit hours of graduate studies. The 30 credits consist of a minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework, plus 18 credit hours of any combination of coursework, independent study, directed research or thesis that complies with the following constraints: if there is a thesis, it must be at least 6 and no more than 12 credits; there can be no more than 9 credits of directed research; and the total number of credits from the Management Department cannot exceed 14.

The minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework must include a minimum of two credits each in at least four of the eight core areas. The coursework should be selected in consultation with an advisor from the MFE faculty. All full-time students are required to participate in the non-credit seminar course MFE 500.

The eight core areas, and corresponding suggested courses that students can select from to fulfill the requirements in each of these areas, are listed below. Courses that appear in more than one core area can only be used to fulfill the requirements in one.

  1. Manufacturing Systems
    1.1. MFE 530 Computer Integrated Manufacturing
    1.2. OIE 544 Supply Chain Analysis and Design
    1.3. OIE 548 Productivity Management
    1.4. OIE 555 Lean Process Design
    1.5. MIS 573 System Design and Development
    1.6. MIS 574 Enterprise Systems
  2. Manufacturing Processes
    2.1. MFE 520 Design and analysis of Manufacturing Processes
    2.2. MFE 511 Industrial Robotics
    Or any graduate Manufacturing Engineering or Materials Science and Engineering course on a manufacturing process
  3. Control Systems
    3.1. MFE 510 Control and Monitoring of Manufacturing Processes
    3.2. MFE 511 Industrial Robotics
    Or any graduate course in the Dynamics and Controls section of Mechanical Engineering
  4. Design
    4.1. MFE 540 Design for Manufacturability
    4.2. MFE 520 Design and Analysis of Manufacturing Processes
    4.3. ME 545 Computer-aided Design and Geometric Modeling
  5. Materials
    Any graduate course in Materials Science and Engineering
  6. Financial Processes
    6.1. ACC 501 Financial Accounting
    6.2. FIN 502 Finance
    6.3. FIN 508 Economics of the Firm
    6.4. FIN 509 Domestic and Global Economic Environment of Business
    6.5. ACC 514 Business Analysis for Technological Managers (prerequisites: ACC 501, FIN 502, OIE 505, MKT 506 and FIN 508)
  7. Statistics and Quality Assurance
    7.1. OIE 505 Quantitative Methods
    7.2. MKT 506 Principles of Marketing
    7.3. OIE 558 Designing and Managing Six-Sigma Processes
    Or any graduate Mathematical Sciences course on statistics
  8. Health Systems Engineering
    MIS 571. Database Applications Development
    MIS 579 E-Business Applications
    OIE 541 Operations Risk Management
    SD 550 Foundation: Managing Complexity
    SD 551 Modeling and Experimental Analysis of Complex Problems
    CS 505 Social Implications of Computing
    BME 560 Physiology for Engineers

    Suggested courses from other cores:
    MIS 573 System Design and Development can be taken as part of Manufacturing Systems
    MIS 574 Enterprise Systems can be taken as part of Manufacturing Systems
    OIE 555 Lean Process Design can be taken as part of Manufacturing Systems
    MFE 520 Design and Analysis of Manufacturing Processes can be taken as part of Design
    OIE Quantitative Methods can be taken as part of Statistics and Quality
    OIE Designing and Managing Six-Sigma Processes can be taken as part of Statistics and Quality
    A course taken from the Financial Processes core

For the PhD

The doctoral (PhD) program in MFE is a research degree with no required courses. All candidates must pass a comprehensive exam which is based on the material in four of the eight core areas required for the MS degree in MFE. All candidates must complete at least one year in residence, have a dissertation proposal accepted, then complete the dissertation and defend it successfully.

The dissertation is based on original and, generally, externally sponsored research. A broad range of research topics is possible, including investigation into the fundamental science on which manufacturing processes are based, material science, manufacturing engineering education, metrology, quality, machine tool dynamics, manufacturing processes, design methodology and production systems, and health systems research.

MFE Seminar

Seminar speakers include WPI faculty and students as well as manufacturing experts and scholars from around the world. Registration for, attendance at and participation in the seminar course, MFE 500, is required for full-time students. The seminar series provides a common forum for all students to discuss current issues in manufacturing engineering.

       
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