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Whether you intend to pursue research or are seeking advancement, higher pay or job security, now is a good time to pursue a Master of Science degree in Engineering, with a concentration in Manufacturing Engineering.

UWM, one of Wisconsin’s two R1 research universities, is located in one of the largest manufacturing and industrial regions in the nation. You’ll benefit from our long-standing collaborations with this vibrant community and our role in working with them as the nation transitions to an Industry 4.0 economy.

This is a far-reaching discipline, and our flexible program welcomes those whose undergraduate degrees were in industrial engineering, related disciplines, and other fields within engineering. Qualified UWM undergraduate students can apply to begin this program during their senior year by participating in the integrated BS-MS Program.

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Boost Your Career

An advanced degree in manufacturing engineering can increase your salary, provide job security and open the door to new jobs and management positions.

Job prospects may be best for those with knowledge and experience in the most recent advances in manufacturing technology.

At UWM, you’ll gain hands-on experience at our next-gen factory, a test bed where you can virtually simulate solutions to manufacturing challenges (applying AI to the manufacturing process, fluid flow management, and more) then physically execute them.

Next-gen lab on UWM's campus
Digital Manufacturing Test Bed Tour: CSI – A Model of Industry 4.0 Production

What to Expect

In coursework and in our three research labs, you’ll acquire knowledge and skills in automated manufacturing systems, lean production systems, facility layout and material handling, quality control and more.

As you complete your studies, you will have the following options: 

Thesis option; non-thesis option

The thesis option is designed for people planning to pursue research. Students complete an original thesis research project, supervised by a faculty advisor. 

The non-thesis option is designed for working professionals. In lieu of a thesis, students take additional coursework.   

Teaching Assistantship/Research Assistantship

You can apply to work as a Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant, which will help fund your education and build leadership skills. Assistantship decisions are made by the academic departments only after an applicant has been accepted into the program.

More Information

Contact the College of Engineering & Applied Science Graduate Programs Office.

You’ll have the opportunity work with faculty engaged in leading-edge research in areas such as:

  • Advanced manufacturing and automation 
  • Industrial ergonomics 
  • Lean manufacturing 
  • Logistics 
  • Material handling & distribution 
  • Occupational biomechanics 
  • Predictive analytics 
  • Process and systems optimization 
  • Real-time resource management 
  • Systems design modeling 

Research Labs

Advanced Manufacturing and Design Laboratory

The research conducted in this lab leads to better design of complex multi-physics systems ranging from CT scanners to EV batteries.

Connected Systems Institute/Next-gen factory

This institute includes an industry test bed and production line, a sandbox for students to learn about modern manufacturing and the sophisticated tools being used by leading industrial suppliers.

Industrial Assessment Center

This U.S. Department of Energy-supported lab helps manufacturers and utilities increase their productivity and competitiveness by reducing energy and water consumption, enhancing cybersecurity, and adopting smart manufacturing technology.

As an R1 research institution, research is integral to our work at UWM and to the experience of students pursuing graduate degrees. Our college has a wide range of faculty-led labs that perform cutting edge research. Please see the Faculty tab to the right for the specific research interests and labs of each civil and environmental engineering faculty member. For a full list of our college’s research labs, centers and institutes, click here.


Jaejin Jang
  • Associate Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Khan, Iftekharuddin
  • Instructor and Lab Manager, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Lab Manager
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  • Associate Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Department Chair, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Co-Director (Co-PI), UWM Industrial Assessment Center
  • Director, NSF/S-STEM: Preparing Engineers Computer Scientists
Matthew Petering
  • Associate Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Dean Brett Peters
  • Dean, Engineering & Applied Science Office of the Dean
Hamid Seifoddini
  • Associate Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


Therese Crary
  • Advisor, Graduate Programs
Bob Packard
  • Advisor, Graduate Programs
Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

Contact Info: ceas-ime@uwm.edu

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3200 North Cramer Street
Milwaukee, WI 53211

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P.O. Box 784
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0784