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MANE

Manufacturing Engineering

Graduate Prospective Students

How to Apply

Application to the MS programs in Manufacturing Engineering (both the MS in Manufacturing Engineering and the MS in Engineering Management) is quick and easy. An online application process using “Embark” software is used for you to submit your application. To apply, visit the Office of Graduate Studies website and select the APPLY NOW button.

Admission requirements for The University of Texas-Pan American can be found in the latest catalog.

The MANE Department does not require GRE or GMAT scores. Letters of reference and statement of purpose are welcome, but they are also not required. Admission is principally based TOEFL score, when required, and based on undergraduate GPA, where a 2.5 undergraduate GPA is required.

If you have questions or want more information feel free to contact the MANE Department Graduate Coordinator.

Dr. Alley C. Butler
MANE Graduate Coordinator
acbutler@utpa.edu
956-665-2534

Scholarships / Assistantships

Why a MS in Manufacturing Engineering?

There are many reasons to go to graduate school, but the most often cited reasons are improved job or career opportunities. In fact, manufacturing engineering is one of the fastest growing fields in engineering. Recent data from the federal government's Bureau of Labor Statistics rank Manufacturing/Industrial Engineering as one of the greatest engineering specialties in demand during the period of 2008 to 2018.

Job opportunities are better with an MS degree because the holder of the degree has additional credentials, which make him/her more valuable to the employer. For example, if you wish to work in research and development, the MS degree is the initial credential; whereas, a Ph.D is the terminal credential. In other cases, industrial employers may limit employee assignments to only those with an MS degree for some parts of the organization. Further, many states give one year of credit towards the Professional Engineering license for a master’s degree. Stated differently, an MS degree can get you assignments that would not be available to you with just a BS degree. Career opportunities are better with an MS degree.

As a practicing professional with an MS degree, you are able to accomplish more because of your greater level of skill. This can provide you with significant career satisfaction and opportunities to contribute to your organization. Manufacturing has, despite any real or perceived faults, lead to better, longer, and more enjoyable lives. Any society that chooses not to “make things” is a society at risk. As a manufacturing/systems engineer, you can make a difference—most often a difference that you can see, feel, and touch. An MS degree can help you to achieve more as an engineer and contribute to society in a more meaningful manner. This personal satisfaction is an important issue in planning your life and career as a professional.

If your undergraduate degree was in an area other than manufacturing engineering, you can “cross train” to make yourself much more valuable with an MS degree in a second area. For example, with a BS in Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, or other form of engineering, you can be “doubly qualified” by picking up a degree in Manufacturing Engineering or Engineering Management. The MS in Engineering Management helps students to prepare for a career as a manager, and especially as a manager of other engineers. So, with an MS in Engineering Management you are trained in both your undergraduate specialty and in the field of management. This argument represents another important reason for seeking an MS degree.

The MANE department currently offers a concentration in Systems Engineering for students that want to achieve this credential. Job opportunities are significant with qualifications in Systems Engineering. For example, the Vice President of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems responsible for Systems Engineering said, “I can’t seem to keep enough Systems Engineers in my organization. Every time I get a good one, someone hires him/her away for an extra $10,0000 per year.” At the Lockheed Martin – Michoud Facility there were six openings for systems engineers after hurricane Katrina, and two years later they still had six openings. Stated differently, there are not enough good Systems Engineers nationwide. And, this leads to significant employment demand.

There is other evidence that job opportunities are significant with qualifications in Systems Engineering. The first Systems Engineering Concentration to graduate at UTPA had his resume in a stack of 50-100 resumes’. An employer pulled his resume’ from the stack, interviewed him, and offered him a job because his resume said “Systems Engineering.” The second Systems Engineering Concentration at UTPA was summoned by a federal agency to an interview at HESTEC 2010, interviewed, and offered a job because of the Systems Engineering Concentration in addition to other qualifications and experience. There is a known and nationwide shortage of Systems Engineering qualified professionals, and an MS degree with a Systems Engineering Concentration can prepare the student for one of these “in high demand” jobs.

Another reason to go to graduate school and seek an MS degree is that Engineers with an MS degree earn more money. Multiple studies exist to substantiate the earning difference between a person with a BS degree and an MS degree, on average. Recent data (October 5, 2010, US Department of Labor) shows starting salaries for Industrial Engineering:

  • BS Degree $55,067
  • MS Degree $64,759
  • PhD Degree $77,364

So, you should conclude that the greater the level of engineering education, the greater the expected salary.

As another reason to seek an MS degree, some individuals may have been unable to find employment after completing an undergraduate degree, or that may be laid off due to poor economic conditions. For the individual in this situation, he/she can improve their chances rather than having a period of unemployment on their resume. By going to graduate school, you give yourself a chance to improve your credentials and re-enter the job market when conditions are much better.

As another motivation to seek an MS degree, if your ultimate goal is a PhD degree then you need an MS degree first. For engineering disciplines, a MS degree is a step along the way to a PhD degree. Since the PhD is a research focused degree, it is best to complete an MS thesis as a part of your masters’ degree process. The PhD degree allows you to teach and do research, if that is your ultimate goal.

So, there are many good reasons for seeking an MS degree in Manufacturing Engineering or Engineering Management. Each person’s motivation may be slightly different, but it is clear that an MS degree can help the student to quickly achieve career and life’s goals.