Missouri University of Science and Technology offers a graduate certificate in manufacturing systems for working professionals who want to stay ahead of rapidly changing technology. The graduate certificate program consists of four courses from existing graduate-level courses. While the students admitted to the certificate program will have non-matriculated status, if they complete the four course sequence with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, they will be admitted to the master's degree program, if they apply. The certificate credits taken by students admitted to master's program will count toward their master's degree.
The admission decision will be made based upon prior degree(s) obtained by the student and the student’s performance in courses fundamental to the certificate, the student’s work experience, and any other information provided by the student. If the student does not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to take the courses in the certificate program, the student will be allowed to take "bridge" courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal certificate courses. Once admitted into the certificate program, the student will be given three years to complete the program so long as the student maintains a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the courses taken.
Students will need to take a four course sequence, one each from the four core areas in the manufacturing engineering program as outlined below:
Choose one of the following four Materials and Manufacturing Processes courses:
- MECH ENG 5220: Advanced Mechanics of Materials
- MECH ENG 5236: Fracture Mechanics
- MECH ENG 5282: Introduction to Composite Materials & Structures
- MECH ENG 6659: Advance Topics in Design and Manufacturing
Choose one of the following three Process, Assembly, and Product Engineering courses:
- ENG MGT 5515/MECH ENG 5757: Integrated Product and Process Design
- MECH ENG 5708: Rapid Product Design and Optimization
- MECH ENG 5763: Principles And Practice Of Computer Aided Design
Choose one of the following seven Manufacturing Competitiveness courses:
- ENG MGT 5710: Six Sigma Way
- ENG MGT 5613: Value Analysis
- ENG MGT 5615: Production Planning and Scheduling
- ENG MGT 5714: Statistical Process Control
- ENG MGT 6611: Lean Systems
- MECH ENG 5760: Probabilistic Engineering Design
- ERP 5510: Enterprise Resource Planning Systems Design and Implementation
Choose one of the following four Manufacturing Systems Design courses:
- ENG MGT 5314: Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems
- MECH ENG 5655: Automation in Manufacturing
- MECH ENG 5656: Design for Manufacture
- MECH ENG 5478: Mechatronics
Course description can be found in the catalog at catalog.mst.edu/graduate.
Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:
Manufacturing Engineering (MS/ME)
Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program.