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On-Campus MIMSE Program

Last Updated: 07/25/2022 and all information on this page is accurate and up-to-date

The traditional on-campus classroom experience allows you to meet face-to-face with your professors and classmates. Since you most likely attended class in-person from elementary through your undergraduate degree, this environment requires you to make the least amount of adjustment. If you have trouble focusing in class, in-person communication can help you stay engaged in what you’re learning.

In-person learning is still your best option if you thrive with face-to-face interaction. You can ask spur-of-the-moment questions in class or in person, which may benefit your learning style.

When you meet face-to-face with people and get to know them, developing relationships and building community are more comfortable and natural in the on-campus environment.

The most significant disadvantage of taking on-campus classes is having a schedule you must follow each week. Your course may be at night, so you must set aside that time to attend class. Also, you will need to factor in the travel time from work or home to campus.

Master of Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MIMSE)

The MIMSE degree provides the academic background to understand and implement modern manufacturing technology and computer automated systems. The academic program is multidisciplinary, consisting of courses from many participating departments.

Our flexible program format permits you to design a plan of study to meet specific needs and interests. The classical major/minor structure of a master’s degree program is replaced by a broad-based core requirement, electives in specific concentration areas and a research project/paper which complements the concentration.

A typical program of study for anyone on a half-time assistantship requires three semesters and one summer term. If you have an internship, you will typically complete the program with three academic semesters, plus a summer term and a semester on your internship assignment.


The on-campus program’s curriculum includes 15 credits of core courses, six credits of project work and 12 credits of electives. To fulfill your 15 credits of core courses, you select one of the following four areas:

Prerequisite Information

The multi-disciplinary nature of the MIMSE degree program presents you with special problems with taking graduate level courses in disciplines different from that of your undergraduate degree. Under these circumstances, you are required to take courses without having the appropriate prerequisites. The perquisites for the courses are listed in the Graduate Catalog.

Fundamentally, you are always responsible for the background material in any course being taken. Questions about the adequate background to take a specific course should be discussed with the instructor of the course before enrolling. How background deficiencies can be made up will vary depending on the particular circumstances. These may range from doing independent reading on your own time to auditing or taking a background course for credit—the responsibility to work out an appropriate resolution of whatever problem that might exist lies with you.