Master’s in Manufacturing Engineering

Master of Science
manufacturing engineering

WPI’s master’s in Manufacturing Engineering gives you the skills and the knowledge to turn product ideas into functioning products that can be brought to the global market with improved cost, effectiveness, and sustainability.

Value Proposition Description

In our flexible part-time or full-time program, you’ll advance your research studies and sharpen your professional understanding of how materials properties change during manufacturing processes while working with our expert faculty across engineering disciplines. You’ll choose to focus on one area or on a more comprehensive scope that could include additive manufacturing, robotics, machining, axiomatic design, materials processing, health care, or design. 

Whether you move into industry or into research, you’ll become part of the next wave of engineers who find answers to the complex problems of continuing the rapid pace of industrial evolution with products that are environmentally safe, economically sustainable, practical, and useful.



The master’s in Manufacturing Engineering includes courses in several engineering disciplines and a degree plan that includes either an independent study project, directed research, or a thesis. You’ll get a solid foundation in modern manufacturing techniques and business practices and an understanding of the science behind the processing/structure/property/performance relationships.

The program lets you choose a particular core area of interest from the following areas:

  • Control systems
  • Design
  • Financial processes
  • Health systems engineering
  • Manufacturing and materials processes
  • Manufacturing systems
  • Materials engineering
  • Statistics and quality assurance

Students in the program have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including the Metal Processing Institute, the largest university-industry consortium in North America.

Research in WPI’s manufacturing and materials engineering program impacts industries as varied as healthcare, transportation, defense, consumer electronics, and energy.

The manufacturing and materials engineering field is broad—students at WPI find themselves exploring varied research, including analyzing mathematical models for selecting the proper heat treatment of gears or exploring nanocomposites.

Students work with WPI faculty—experts in cold-spray processing, heat treating, casting, surface metrology, rare earth metal extraction, or battery recycling and reuse—on research that will have immediate impact to humanity.

A multidisciplinary approach means your work in manufacturing and materials engineering will consider the impacts your research has on other disciplines—the final result becomes stronger because of it.

Graduate students come to WPI with different goals—their academic plans don't all look the same. Whether your career goal leads to industry or academia, you’ll tailor your own path to meet your individual goals.


Master’s in Manufacturing Engineering students have access to many state-of-the-art labs and facilities for research and experiments. Our cutting-edge equipment includes several 3-D printers, an Alscan unit, and state-of-the-art surface metrology equipment.

Some of our innovative facilities:


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Faculty Profiles

Isa Bar-On
Isa Bar-On
Adjunct Teaching Professor,
The Global School

My favorite activities involve guiding students in projects and research. I like to give them independence and to learn from their work. I enjoy challenging them and myself to find better answers, explanations, and solutions. I am very interested in socio-technical systems, such as the healthcare system or the energy delivery system.

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Sharon Johnson
Sharon Johnson

I enjoy teaching at WPI because students bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to their learning; I am also inspired by their optimism. My teaching also reflects topics that motivate me:  detailed process design in our Industrial Engineering program, exploring the implications of operational excellence in our graduate programs, and advancing health care systems. 

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Renata Konrad
Renata Konrad
Associate Professor, The Business School

The application of Industrial Engineering and mathematical knowledge has always been a rewarding challenge for me. I draw on a variety of Industrial Engineering techniques including optimization and simulation. My research has included evaluating anti-human trafficking efforts, computationally characterizing episodes of care from health insurance claim records, and examining the impact of physician incentives on patient outcomes, as well as research related to mental health, patient flow and practice guidelines.  

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Makhlouf Makhlouf
Makhlouf Makhlouf

Makhlouf M. Makhlouf is professor of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). He was Director of the Advanced Casting Research Center (ACRC) between 1992 and 2015. ACRC is a collaboration between the academic and industrial sectors focusing on issues that benefit the global foundry industry. It brings fundamental understanding to existing processes, develops new methods, and addresses management-technology interface matters.

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Sneha Narra
Sneha Narra

The broader impact of my research will result in advanced processing techniques and advanced materials that will lower carbon footprint either through reduced material and/or operational usage or through enabling transformative technologies such as nuclear fusion and high-efficiency turbine systems. At present, my research thrusts are:

Earn Your Master’s 100% Online Instead

Looking for a more flexible and customizable option to pursue you master’s in manufacturing engineering? Consider earning your degree in as short as two years with our master’s in manufacturing engineering online degree. You’ll have the ability to work closely with faculty advisors who have a breadth of experience in fields ranging from robotics to materials processing, machining, and more. Are you particularly intrigued by materials sustainability? Explore our master’s in materials science online which combines manufacturing engineering with management and industrial engineering principles  so you can gain an understanding of the structure, properties, and application of materials processing. If you prefer to study in person, we also offer an on campus master’s in material science and engineering full-time or part-time. You’ll have access to our state-of-the-art labs as you conduct breakthrough research in materials research.

Not Quite Ready for a MS? Earn a Bachelor’s.

Are you thinking about gaining an edge in the manufacturing industry, but first need to earn your bachelor’s? Check out our bachelor’s in industrial engineering which bridges engineering and management together so students can gain knowledge about manufacturing procedures, staffing models, and more. Maybe you’re more interested in a management role? Our bachelor’s in management engineering is perfect for students looking to gain managerial experience while also diving into tech to provide solutions to industries like manufacturing, product development, and service delivery.