M.S. Manufacturing Engineering

Do you want to improve your ability to respond to the needs of modern manufacturing?
Degree Type Master of Science
Careers & Salaries Graduate Degree Outcomes
Delivery Online

UW-Stout's Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering offers a high-quality, affordable option to advance in your profession. Courses are 100% online with assignments and projects that apply to real-life industry problems. You'll develop your expertise in: 

  • Continuous Process Improvement
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Project Management
  • Manufacturing Engineering Processes

The flexibility of our online program makes it possible to continue in your current job while furthering your education. There is an increasing demand for engineering professionals in numerous industries with high salary expectations.


Program Overview

View program plans, credit requirements and course descriptions.


The adaptability of the customized instruction program allows you to choose from three available course paths:

  • Coursework only (No Thesis)
  • Field Project
  • Thesis

Students enrolled in M.S. Manufacturing Engineering program may be qualified to receive a Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate.

Now is the time to consider furthering your career with an online master's in manufacturing engineering. Use the Request Information form to receive a program summary and learn more about the Masters of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering.

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Women in Engineering

UW-Stout's engineering programs are continually engaging current and future female engineering students with curriculum and programming relevant to their lives. As a woman in engineering at UW-Stout, you will become a positive force to improve our society's quality of life and demonstrate the value of diversity.

"I chose to pursue a master’s degree in engineering because I was looking for more opportunities to advance my career. Having attended UW Stout for my undergraduate degree I knew, no matter the program, I would be receiving an education that would challenge me as an engineer and help me grow as an individual.

I chose the Manufacturing Engineering program because of the variety of classes offered and the flexibility of the course work. The courses align directly with the work that I am doing as a process engineer and provide regular guidance for how I can make improvements.

The professors are also passionate and knowledgeable about the subject areas that they are teaching, providing firsthand experience examples and always willing to help. Being a female engineer has its obstacles to overcome, but I’ve always found great support from UW Stout and the Manufacturing Engineering program."

- Cora Martell, Process Engineer
Loparex LLC, Hammond, WI Plant

No matter your gender, one way to advance in a competitive field is through earning a master’s degree. Our master's in manufacturing engineering program will give you the specialized knowledge you need to succeed and provide you with valuable skills to take on a leadership role in any engineering organization. 

Tuition & Fees

Customized Instruction at UW Stout can be described as programs that are designed with the adult learner in mind. If you're comparing UW-Stout's customized instruction tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:

  • Customized instruction tuition rate includes the textbook rental fee.
  • There are no additional university-based semester or technology fees.
  • Students in customized instruction programs pay the same rate of tuition regardless if Wisconsin residents, out-of-state or international participants.

Value for Your Money

There’s more to value than just tuition. UW Stout also provides:

  • Program Director – faculty with discipline expertise.
  • Student Services adviser – one point of contact, providing support to students for each program.
  • Courses and programs may be stackable for use in another program.
  • Courses are flexible and convenient for working professionals.

Other universities will present costs and value differently - make sure you're comparing apples to apples.

Admission Requirements

General UW-Stout Graduate School Application

All prospective graduate students at UW-Stout must follow a standard application process through our Graduate School. Beyond that, each graduate program has specific requirements that must be met to be successfully admitted to the program:

Program-Specific Admission Requirements


To be admitted with full status to the M.S. Manufacturing Engineering program, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology, engineering, or a closely related discipline such as physics or chemistry.
  • Have earned a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Have, or obtain in advance, the appropriate mathematical and statistical background.
  • If English is your second language, a minimum TOEFL score of 79 (composite iBT) is required.

Program Application

To successfully apply to the program, please attach your resume to your UW System application or email it to gradschool@uwstout.edu.

Computer Requirements

This program is presented through courses and lectures delivered by streaming video or prerecording, along with face-to-face lecture and laboratory opportunities. A few classes are synchronous with all students online simultaneously via software such as Tegrity. Access to a dedicated computer by each student is necessary. In addition, a high-speed Internet connection is required for the streaming video. A few classes use specialized software such as Minitab, Arena, Solidworks or others. Software is not provided; students are required to obtain or have access to educational versions of the software used in the class.

Graduate students studying on campus are encouraged to supply their own laptop computer.

Objectives & Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives 

The M.S. Manufacturing Engineering Program develops manufacturing engineers who work in a professional setting to:

  • Develop leadership skills and sound engineering judgment skills.
  • Select, design and conduct research, using proper methods and methodology, making sound recommendations and drawing logical conclusions.
  • Plan a project, develop documentation schedule and monitor project progress against the schedule.
  • Engage in continuous product and process quality improvement practices.
  • Evaluate manufacturing competitiveness through project based learning.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the M.S. Manufacturing Engineering program can: 

  • Apply mathematical models to the analysis of practical engineering problems.
  • Integrate the design and operation of manufacturing processes and systems with the principles of lean manufacturing methods.
  • Evaluate and create technical reports relating to practical industry projects. 
  • Design statistically sound experiments resulting in data based decisions for industry. 
  • Synthesize the knowledge gained to create solutions for practical manufacturing problems. 
  • Apply and practice quality tools like principles of Six Sigma. 
  • Apply project management skills.
MS MFGE Advisory Committee

2020-2021 MS MFGE Advisory Committee

Christopher Arneson Principal Reliability Engineer Thermo King
Danny Bee Assistant Professor, B.S. Manufacturing Engineering Program Director CSTEMM, Engineering and Technology Dept.
Christopher Bendel Professor, CSTEMM Associate Dean CSTEMM, Mathematics , Statistics, and Computer Science Dept.
Glenn Bushendorf Senior Lecturer CSTEMM, Engineering and Technology Dept.
Paul Craig Instrumentation Innovator - Instruction CSTEMM, Engineering and Technology Dept.
Andrew Davis Manufacturing Engineer Anderson Dahlen, Inc.
Xuedong Ding Professor, M.S. Operations and Management Program Director CSTEMM, Operations and Management Dept.
Shannen Domecq Adult Student Services Coordinator Stout Online
John Dzissah Professor, Operations and Management Department Chair CSTEMM, Operations and Management Dept.
Emily Fanucci Program Manager Advanced Molding Technologies
Ben Ferron Design Engineer Parker Hannifin Corporation
Cody Gadzinski Reliability Engineer Kohler
Brian Gowling Industrial Engineering Manager Hutchinson Technology Inc.
Tom Lacksonen Professor, Engineering and Technology Department Chair CSTEMM, Engineering and Technology Dept.
Phillip Lundborg Manufacturing Engineer Greenheck
Pete Mangan President ProMed Molded Products
Robert Meyer Chancellor Emeritus Retired
Gregg Mizerk President L.E. Phillips Career Development Center
Gindy Neidermyer CSTEMM Interim Dean CSTEMM, Operations and Management Dept.
Ann Parsons Professor, CSTEMM Interim Associate Dean CSTEMM, Biology Dept.
Dave Peterson Manufacturing Engineer Manager Ashley Furniture
Anne Schmitz Assistant Professor, M.S. Manufacturing Engineering Program Director CSTEMM, Engineering and Technology Dept.
Scott Springer Professor CSTEMM, Engineering and Technology Dept.
Kevin Thiel Senior Management Engineer Manufacturing Outreach Center, Operations and Management Dept.
Scott Wessel Manufacturing Engineer Graco
Holly Yuan Professor, Program Director of Computer Network and Information Technology, Director of Cybersecurity Research and Outreach Center CACHSS, Communication Technologies Dept.

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