Program Overview

The MSE program is a cross-disciplinary degree that is designed to give industry professionals (scientists, engineers, and managers) a foundation for life-long learning that will enable them to keep their operations competitive and up-to-date with the changing world. The program places a strong emphasis on product quality, teaching that this quality starts in the creation stages and needs to be tracked throughout all processes, including through its use by the consumer.

Courses cover relevant topics like sustainability, e-commerce, international supply-chain management, and more. All courses are taught from a systems manufacturing perspective to give students the information that will be most relevant to them.

Students must complete 30 credits of courses to earn their degree. These 30 credits must include the program’s four core courses, one MSE elective course, and either a three-credit project or a six-credit research paper. Remaining credits are to be completed with other relevant elective classes, and with the correct courses students may qualify to apply for their Manufacturing Systems Engineering certification. Lehigh’s MSE program can be completed with part-time enrollment in two years and is available completely online.

Before being admitted, students must have at least six months of industry work experience. Students are also required to have an undergrad in an engineering or applied sciences field, have graduated with a 2.75 GPA, and have demonstrated math experience (including calculus and linear equations) in their undergrad degree.

Students also have the option of obtaining a joint MBA-MSE degree. This 45-credit degree program places a stronger emphasis on the business end of Systems Engineering. Interested students are encouraged to consult the faculty advisor to learn more.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


    All MSE program participants must have a minimum of six months industry work experience.

    School Overview

    Lehigh University was founded in 1865 by industrialist Asa Packer as a technical school for boys focusing on mathematics and science. Today, the co-educational, private not-for-profit University is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on over 2,300 acres. Lehigh University confers degrees through four colleges:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Business and Economics
    • P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
    • College of Education

    Since the turn of the twenty-first century, Lehigh University has offered distance learning for select graduate programs and certificates. These online graduate-level programs give educational options to working professionals and meet the same standards as on-campus programs.


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