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Thank you for your interest in the Center for Manufacturing Systems Engineering (CMSE). It is cross-disciplinary and works with faculty in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, the College of Business and Economics and the College of Arts and Science. The Center was created in response to the expressed needs of industry for educational and research activities directed at solving problems of manufacturing industries. The predominant activity of the Center is a cross disciplinary graduate program leading to a Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Systems of manufacturing are an essential foundation for maintenance of quality of life. Manufacturing embraces all engineering activities and disciplines; without manufacturing there would be only limited capability for advancements in the sciences, technology and international comity. Manufacturing systems contribute to and enhance the overall wealth of society. The Center collaborates, coordinates, drives, and supports activities that advance these aims.


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January 11, 2013

Professional Education for the 21st Century Workforce

Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program - Graduate Study Overview

Key features of the program include:

  • Courses in agile and lean manufacturing, e-commerce, international supply-chain management, sustainability, and other current topics that are immediately applicable in the workplace.
  • The opportunity to work on teams with other professionals to solve real-time problems.
  • Flexibility - The MSE Program is structured for part-time students. Degree requirements can be completed in two years. Classes are offered on-campus, and delivered in real time from Lehigh's classrooms to students in their homes, workplace, or while traveling, and also in an asynchronous online format.

The MSE program allows students to integrate systems perspectives with interdisciplinary education, combining the academic study of engineering and business with project work, and topical industry-related research activities. It encompasses business planning and management, product design, and manufacturing processes and technology, and emphasizes that quality assurance is introduced at the design level and monitored through the total manufacturing cycle, including customer service. Students wishing to enroll in the MSE program must have industrial experience. Thirty credits are required for the M.S. A forty-five credit MBA&E degree with an MSE concentration is available. A certificate can be earned by the satisfactory completion of 12 MSE credits.

The MSE program is administered by the Center for Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Faculty affiliated with the program represent the academic departments in the Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, the College of Business and Economics, and the College of Arts and Sciences. All have extensive backgrounds in technology transfer with industry.

The program received the University LEAD Award (Leadership and Excellence in Application and Development of Computer Integrated Manufacturing) from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers for incorporating the latest in graduate education and research relating to manufacturing.

MSE course work has a successful history as a component of the General Motors Technical Education Program. MSE courses have been included as electives for programs at Kettering, Purdue, the University of Michigan, and other institutions.

More MSE Program information is located in the university catalog located under other university centers. The catalog pages also list MSE Program courses.

Candidates apply on line through Graduate Admissions

Program Data

  • Degree offered: M.S.
  • Number of degrees awarded since 1984: 405
  • Companies that enroll students in the MSE program: Adecco Technical, Air Products and Chemicals, Avery Dennison, Beckton Dickinson & Co., Bihler of America, Biomarker Strategies, Boeing, Britech, CNH America, C.R. Bard, CVS Caremark, Carpenter Technology, Colorcon, Cosmos Electronic Machine Corp., Covidien, Crayola, DuPont, Endless Pools, The Estee Lauder Companies, FFE Minerals USA, Fairchild Semiconductor, Fluor, Fres-co Systems, GAI-Tronics, General Electric, General Motors, Genetech, Glaxo SmithKline, Government Accountability Office, Grove Worldwide, Heliae, Hewlett Packard, Honda of America, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Johnson Mathey, Just Born, LifeCell, Lockheed Martin, Mack Trucks, Inc., Merck & Co., Northrup Grumman, Parker Hannifin, Pfizer, Pulse Technologies, Raytheon Company, Sandia National Lab., Sanofi Pasteur (Aventis), Supelco, Inc., TE Connectivity, Teleflex, Tiffany, Tobyhanna Army Depot, TriQuint Semiconductor, US Govt. Securities and Exchange, Yunasko Limited, Xerox.

In the News

President Obama Announces Actions to Spur Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Revitalize American Manufacturing.

Industry Week - Manufacturing Universities: A Catalytic Step Toward Revitalizing American Manufacturing

Industry Week - Manufacturing Transformations in 2014

Bloomberg - U. S. Manufacturing Grows at Fastest Pace in Three Years

Industry Week - More than 80% of women in manufacturing today say that their work is interesting and challenging and half of women in manufacturing say that compensation is the most significant benefit of the sector. This is according to a new survey released on October 1st by Women in Manufacturing (WiM).

Center for Manufacturing Systems Engineering Contact Information:

Prof. Keith Gardiner, Director,
Carolyn Jones, Coordinator,

Phone: 610-758-5157 | Fax: 610-758-6527 |

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