Technology (Manufacturing Engineering Technology) (MSTech)

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Program Description
Degree Awarded: MSTech  Technology (Manufacturing Engineering Technology)

Manufacturing is in a period of dramatic transformation. Future manufacturing will involve a global supply network to enable innovation, design, and integration of products and services. At its core, manufacturing engineering is about creating and delivering products and services that have value to customers and society.

The MSTech with a concentration in manufacturing engineering technology provides students with graduate level expertise in the technologies and processes integral to this transformation. The program is flexible and permits students to develop a program of study, with faculty approval, to meet their individual career goals. Students can select a technical focus in manufacturing processes, management or automation. The degree concentration is designed to provide graduates with technical and professional skills that will facilitate preparation for, and advancement in, leadership positions in industry, education, government and military. Laboratories and classrooms are well equipped, and the faculty members teaching the classes have relevant teaching, research, industry, and training experience and background.

Entry into the program requires that the student have a sound technical undergraduate degree, but not necessarily in manufacturing engineering.

Research Activity

The program provides students with an opportunity to conduct research either as a master's thesis or as an applied project. Program faculty are engaged in theoretical and applied research projects, involving undergraduate and graduate students in manufacturing related projects. Graduate students employed in local industry are encouraged to develop research topics that address problems of interest to their employers. Current research interests of the faculty include:

  • machinability and manufacturing processes
  • manufacturing
  • manufacturing cost economics
  • modeling and simulation

Theses and applied projects are supported by a number of well-equipped laboratories and facilities:

  • automation laboratory
  • composite materials laboratory
  • computer numerical control machining center laboratory
  • computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing laboratory
  • energy conversion and combustion laboratory
  • welding and casting laboratory

Degree Requirements

33 credit hours and a thesis, or
33 credit hours including the required applied project course (MET 593)

All course work applied toward the minimum 33-credit-hour total must be at the 400 level or higher with a grade of "B" (3.00) or higher. A maximum of six credit hours of 400-level course work may be included in the student's plan of study. An oral defense of the written applied or research project (thesis) is required as the final examination in either option. This defense is typically done during the last semester of study. All course work outside the Engineering Programs must be preapproved and on the plan of study.

Thesis Option

In the thesis option, a minimum of 27 credit hours must be 500-level courses, allowing students to take up to six credit hours of 400-level course work to broaden their technical knowledge within the technical concentration or a supporting area. The course work may be a combination of manufacturing, mechanical or aeronautical engineering technology courses, or a limited number from outside the department. Students are required to complete six credit hours of MET 599 Thesis, write a thesis and present an oral defense.

Thesis Option

technical concentration area (18)
supporting area (6)
research methods courses:
EST 500 Research Writing (2)
EST 591 Research Seminar (1)
MET 599 Thesis (6)

Applied Project Option

In the applied project option, a minimum of 27 credit hours must be 500-level courses, allowing students to take up to six credit hours of 400-level course work to broaden their technical knowledge within the technical concentration or a supporting area. The course work may be a combination of manufacturing, mechanical or aeronautical engineering technology courses or a limited number from outside the department. The applied project requires a supporting report; the project and report are defended in a final oral examination.

Applied Project Option

technical concentration area (18)
supporting area (9)
research methods courses:
EST 500 Research Writing (2)
EST 591 Research Seminar (1)
MET 593 Applied Project (3)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must submit all the items below to complete an application file. Incomplete files will not be reviewed or considered until complete.

  1. an online Graduate Education application
  2. official transcript from each college or university attended
  3. an English proficiency exam for applicants whose native language is not English
  4. official GRE general exam scores
  5. statement of purpose
  6. current resume
  7. (optional) three letters of recommendation

Note: A bachelor's that includes a minimum of 30 credit hours or equivalent in a technology area including course work applicable to the concentration being sought, and a minimum of 16 credit hours of mathematics and science is required.

International applicants can find complete information on the English proficiency exams and other required documents on the Graduate Education website: https://students.asu.edu/graduate/international.

Undergraduate deficiency courses must be completed within the first year of the graduate program while concurrently enrolled in graduate-level course work.

Contact Information

Engineering Programs | WANER 201
polygrad@asu.edu | 480-727-1874