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Graduate Program

A completely on-line program for today's technical professional.

Are you....

...a management-oriented technical professional?

...too busy or too far from campus to attend conventional classes?

...eager to pursue an advanced degree?

...interested in learning the latest strategies in the management of manufacturing technology?

There are few graduate programs that offer the instructional resources that management-oriented technical professionals need.

The need for highly-skilled leaders in manufacturing today is unprecedented. While there are programs that offer technical instruction and others that teach management skills, those that embrace both are rare. Even less common are programs that are tailored for professionals working full-time in the manufacturing environment.

  • At Jacksonville State University, you can go to school part-time and complete your Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Technology in about two years.
  • Students with post-undergraduate professional work experience may qualify for up to six credit hours of graduate elective credit.
  • You will learn a broad range of skills to effectively manage and control production in manufacturing facilities. You will learn about topics such as world-class manufacturing systems, how to integrate computer technology with manufacturing systems, how to make effective economic decisions, and how to implement the latest in manufacturing technology to give your organization the competitive edge.

Contact us and enroll today!

Program Description

The Department Applied Engineering offers courses leading to the Master of Science degree with a major in Manufacturing Systems Technology.

Manufacturing Systems Technology is a field of study designed to prepare management-oriented technical professionals. The program balances academic instruction with practical applications in manufacturing systems to provide graduates with a broad base of knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage and control production in manufacturing facilities.

Specifically, the purpose of this master's program is to prepare industrial leaders who...

...make decisions to integrate appropriate technologies into manufacturing operations.

...apply advanced principles and practices used in manufacturing systems.

...creatively use technology in solving practical problems in the manufacturing environment.

...manage technology systems in manufacturing industries.


Graduate course descriptions (PDF document)

Downloadable brochure (PDF document)

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a technical or engineering undergraduate degree to enroll in this program?

Our students come from a range of academic backgrounds, including engineering and engineering-related, business, accounting, and science.  Several of our students have a non-technical bachelor's degree but have worked in the manufacturing sector for many years.  This program is well suited to individuals interested in pursuing management and leadership roles in manufacturing.

How do I apply?

Please refer to the Application Requirements section below. Admissions are on a rolling basis, with classes beginning in late August, early January and early May for Fall, Spring and Summer semesters, respectively. After submitting the required materials, you will hear from the Office of Graduate Studies regarding the status of your application.

What are the meeting requirements for these online courses? Will I ever have to visit campus?

We do not have required meeting times for classes (that is, where students must log into the system at a particular point in time). Students may log in at times that are most convenient to them in order to complete assignments, participate in discussions, or work on other course tasks. Students are not required to visit our physical campus.

How is student interaction encouraged in these online courses?

Students are encouraged to develop a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter, combining their work experiences, course instruction, assigned readings, and discussions with classmates. In the online environment, faculty-led discussion boards are used in many of the courses to facilitate interaction between students and faculty. JSU uses the Blackboard Course Management System. New technology now allows students to participate in conference calls, virtual lectures, and to make presentations to their online peers.

Which courses must be taken to satisfy the elective requirements?

It is recommended that students select electives that complement their career goals. For example, for students interested in management positions, they should select some graduate business classes. Students working in the education area should select some graduate education classes. Elective options are flexible so that the degree steers the student towards his or her career goals.

What is the cost of tuition for this program?

Jacksonville State University's Fall 2012 tuition rate for graduate distance education classes is $439 per credit hour. Each course in our program is a three credit hour course. In comparing our program to other comparable ones, Jacksonville State tuition fees are a great value!

What to hear what some of our Graduates say about this program? Click HERE

Recommended Course Sequence

Students may download the program's master schedule to aid in them in degree completion planning.

Application Requirements

Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree from an institution accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association. An undergraduate degree in Technology is not required for admission, but candidates with other degrees may be required to complete additional undergraduate courses based on evaluation of academic and professional experiences.

Applicants for the Master of Science degree with a major in Manufacturing Systems Technology must submit:

  • Non-refundable $35 application processing fee.
  • Official test scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).**
  • Three Graduate Reference Forms completed by individuals that can provide qualitative assessment of applicant's potential for success in graduate course work. The Graduate Reference Form is also available in the College of Graduate Studies, Room 320 of Bibb Graves Hall.
  • If English is not the applicant's native language, the applicant is required to submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report.  A minimum score of 500 on the paper-based or 173 on the computer based TOEFL is required for admission. The TOEFL is not required for international students that have earned a bachelor's degree from a United States regionally accredited institution.

**There is a one-semester grace period for students to submit their test scores and reference forms after enrolling. Students may enroll prior to submitting these documents, but must have them submitted before registering for subsequent semesters.


Program coordinator: Dr. Dana Ingalsbe

Phone Direct at 256-782-5229

Department Head: Mr. Terry Marbut

Phone Direct at 256-782-5034

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