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Manufacturing Systems Technology

The Department of Applied Engineering offers courses leading to the MS 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 produce 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.

Required Application Materials

Applicants for the MS with a major in manufacturing systems technology may be permitted to enroll in one semester of graduate course work while completing all other general application procedure requirements.

Applicants for the MS with a major in manufacturing systems technology must submit all of the following documentation to Graduate Studies, Jacksonville State University, 700 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602, to be considered for admission:

  1. Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission (
  2. Non-refundable $35.00 application processing fee
  3. Official transcripts(s) from all colleges/universities with degrees posted.  (Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the University.)
  4. Official tests scores on the GMAT, General Test of the GRE, or MAT.
  5. Three “Graduate Reference Forms” completed by individuals who can provide qualitative assessment of the applicant’s potential for success in graduate course work. This form is available in the office of the College of Graduate Studies or online at http:///
  6. If English is not the applicant’s native language, the applicant is required to submit an official TOEFL score report or an IELTS score  report.  

Admission Requirements

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 must meet one of the following admission formula requirements.  For purposes of computing the undergraduate grade-point average, a 4.0 grade-point scale is used. The plus (+) and minus (-) grades from undergraduate transcripts are not used in calculating the GPA.  Please use the following concordance tables when figuring your formula.  GRE Verbal & Quantitative Concordance Tables; ;

MAT Scaled Score Conversions

Unconditional Admission

200 times the undergraduate GPA on the initial undergraduate degree plus the GMAT score must be equal to or be greater than a total of 950 points.


450 times the undergraduate GPA on the initial undergraduate degree plus the total score of the verbal and quantitative sections of the General Test of the GRE must be equal to or be greater than a total of 2250 points.


15 times the undergraduate GPA on the initial undergraduate degree plus the MAT score must be equal to or be greater than a total of 80 points.

Conditional Admission

An applicant failing to meet the requirements for unconditional admission may be considered for conditional admission upon recommendation from the departmental graduate faculty with approval from the Dean of Graduate Studies.

A student admitted on a conditional basis must attain a minimum GPA of 3.0 on the first 12 semester hours of graduate courses attempted within a twelve-month timeframe. Failure to meet these conditions will result in the student being dropped from graduate studies.

A total of 30 graduate semester hours is required for the degree including 21 semester hours (seven courses) of manufacturing systems technology courses,  nine semester hours in approved electives, or comprehensive project. 

Manufacturing Systems Technology Courses

Prefix MFG

505.    Manufacturing Operational Systems I (3). The analysis, design, and implementation of world class manufacturing systems and their integration with functions of the production system for the manufacture of superior quality, low cost products. Topics include lean manufacturing, cellular manufacturing, integrated quality systems, Just-In-Time/Pull production control, and other current manufacturing strategies.
507.    Manufacturing Operational Systems II (3). Prerequisite: MFG 505. A continuation of the analysis, design, and implementation of world class manufacturing systems studied in MFG 505. Detailed examination of competencies required of technology managers in contemporary manufacturing, with emphasis on integrating quality into all areas of the organization with the manufacturing system. Topics include quality management, manufacturing teams, safety and health management, total productive maintenance, vendor relationships, and other global manufacturing issues.
511.    Manufacturing Computer/Information Systems (3). The theory and practice of using the computer to integrate the functional manufacturing areas into an effective system. Emphasis on computer interfacing, including hardware and software.
515.    Manufacturing Systems Simulation (3). An examination of decision-making competencies required of manufacturing managers using current manufacturing system-modeling packages. Emphasis will be on solving manufacturing system problems consisting of labor, material, and equipment to predict future outcomes of various alternatives. Topics include computer simulation of manufacturing systems, computer simulation of material handling systems, data collection, validation, output analysis, job shop applications, and line balancing.
521.    Manufacturing Value Analysis (3). A comprehensive course covering topics necessary for making effective manufacturing economic decisions with emphasis on using a computerized engineering economic decision packages for application of cost controls and budgeting. Topics include evaluation of alternative projects, make versus buy decisions, cost justification methods, cost of product tolerances, and replacement analysis.
531.    Automated Manufacturing Technology (3). A summary course of material processing & machining methods with an emphasis on planning and implementation of flexible manufacturing systems (FMS) and computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM). Topics include robotics & computer numerical control (CNC) systems, automated material handling and storage, and automated inspection.
540.    Safety and Health Administration (3). The examination and analysis of administrative concepts and principles for organizing and managing the functional areas of safety and health within an organization, to include methods for improving management’s safety effectiveness. Specifically, the course focuses on the application of behavioral principles to motivate safe workplace behavior.
580.    Advanced Topics in Manufacturing Systems Technology (3). This course will focus on an advanced manufacturing systems technology topic of interest.
595.    Project Development and Management (3). Students are directed in methods and techniques used in project development and management as they develop a proposal for completion of a project manufacturing systems technology.
596.    Comprehensive Project in Manufacturing Systems Technology (3). Students complete an independent, comprehensive project integrating the functional areas of manufacturing systems technology. Students will be required to present a seminar outlining the project and submit a detailed technical project report.
598.    Selected Problems in Manufacturing Systems (3). Independent study of selected problems under the guidance of a member of the graduate faculty.

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