Overview

The MS in manufacturing and mechanical systems integration is designed for individuals who wish to achieve competence in mechanical or manufacturing engineering. The program combines engineering, business, and management functions to effectively guide and lead in a range of manufacturing enterprises.

The program is offered by the department of manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology in collaboration with the Saunders College of Business and the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Plan of study

The program consists of 36 semester credit hours and is comprised of core courses, a three-course concentration, electives, and a capstone project, thesis, or comprehensive exam. Concentrations are available in product design, automation, quality, or electronics manufacturing. Students may be required to take additional prerequisite courses depending on their background and the concentration they select. The graduate director may approve the waiver of courses in the prerequisite group from graduation requirements, depending on a student's academic and employment background.

Cooperative Education

Full-time students are eligible to participate in RIT’s cooperative education program. After completing two semesters (a minimum of 18 credit hours), students may request approval to complete up to one year of cooperative education employment related to their field of study.

Electives

The number of electives is based on whether the student chooses to complete a thesis, capstone project, or comprehensive exam. The thesis option requires one elective; the capstone project requires two electives, and the comprehensive exam option requires three electives. Elective courses can be any course from a different concentration from the one chosen, a graduate-level course from another program (if approved by the graduate director and faculty member teaching the course), or an independent study course (if approved by the student’s graduate program director).

Industries

  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Defense
  • Aerospace

Typical Job Titles

  • Associate Quality Engineer
  • Operations Test Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Field Sales Engineer
  • Leadership Development node

Curriculum

Manufacturing and mechanical systems integration (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

First Year

  • MFET-650 Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Fundamentals
  • STAT-670 Designing Experiments for Engineers and Scientists
  • GRCS-701 Research Methods
  • MFET-730 Six Sigma for Design and Manufacturing
  • ACCT-706 Cost Management
  • MFET-788 Thesis Planning
  • Concentration Courses

Second Year

  • MFET-790 Thesis
  • DECS-744 Project Management
  • Elective*
  • Concentration Course

Manufacturing and mechanical systems integration (capstone project option), MS degree, typical course sequence

First Year

  • MFET-650 Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Fundamentals
  • STAT-670 Designing Experiments for Process Improvement
  • GRCS-701 Research Methods
  • MFET-730 Six Sigma for Design and Manufacturing
  • ACCT-706 Cost Management
  • Concentration Courses

Second Year

  • MFET-797 Capstone Project
  • DECS-744 Project Management
  • Concentration Course
  • Elective*

Manufacturing and mechanical systems integration (comprehensive exam option), MS degree, typical course sequence

First Year

  • MFET-650 Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Fundamentals
  • STAT-670 Designing Experiments for Process Improvement
  • GRCS-701 Research Methods
  • MFET-730 Six Sigma for Design and Manufacturing
  • ACCT-706 Cost Management
  • Elective*
  • Concentration Courses

Second Year

  • MFET-795 Comprehensive Examination
  • DECS-744 Project Management
  • Concentration Course
  • Electives*

Concentrations

  • Automated manufacturing
  • Electronics packaging
  • Management systems
  • Product development
  • Quality management

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in manufacturing and mechanical systems integration, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college in the field of engineering, engineering technology, or computing. Students with degrees in other disciplines will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have completed college-level course work in computer programming and probability and statistics.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent). Applicants with a lower GPA will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be admitted on a probationary basis. These students will have to secure a B or better average in the first three graduate courses to be considered for full admission.
  • Submit a one-page personal statement of educational objectives.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
Program taught in:
  • English
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