26 February 2007
MS in Manufacturing
Online Offering Fall 2007
Another one of
graduate programs will be offered online beginning in the fall of 2007. The Master of Science in Manufacturing
Systems Technology will be the 11th program to offer all of its
degree requirements in the online course format.
change in course delivery methods, the program continues to aim at assisting
management oriented technical professionals who wish to pursue a graduate
degree part time. JSU will offer two courses toward the degree per semester, and
the typical student should be able to graduate in two years. The degree
requires 30 credit hours including 18 semester hours in the Manufacturing
Systems Technology major, 6-semester hours in approved electives, and 6
semester hours related to a comprehensive project.
was already the only one of its kind in the south when JSU began offering the
degree in the fall of 2005. It was
originally designed as an evening, part-time program, geared toward working
adults. The online format will allow
even more students to pursue an advanced degree while continuing their current careers
in engineering or manufacturing management.
The MS in
Manufacturing Systems Technology gives graduates a broad base of knowledge and
skills needed to effectively manage and control production in manufacturing
facilities. It "is designed for technical professionals in manufacturing
industries who now have management responsibilities or manage a manufacturing
enterprise," said Mr. Terry Marbut who heads JSU's Department of
Technology and Engineering. "This program will give them the advanced
education they need to lead Alabama's
industries in a global economy."
“I have been very pleased with the
relevance of every class that I have taken,” said James Gray, President of Metal
Samples Company and a student in the classroom based program. “As a result of this program, I consider
myself to be more informed and a better manager. I recommend this program
to anyone who is a supervisor in a manufacturing facility,"
Studies show that Alabama is home to more than 6,600
manufacturing, assembly, and processing facilities that employ more than
380,000 workers and export $5.4 billion in products and services annually. The
U.S. Department of Commerce forecasts a significant increase in the number of
manufacturing jobs in Alabama.
The Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association also reports rapid growth in
the automotive sector of manufacturing in
Alabama and anticipates continued growth.
“Along with the increase in manufacturing positions available in the
state, there will be a parallel demand for informed industrial leaders who will
be able to manage technology and use technology to solve problems,” said Dr.
Dana Ingalsbe, Graduate Program Coordinator for Manufacturing Systems Technology
“This program strives to meet that
Manufacturing plays a key role in the nation's economic development. A 2003
publication of the National Association of Manufacturers stated that
manufacturing was responsible for one-third of the overall economy's growth in
productivity from 1992 to 2000. The U.S. Labor Department stated that
manufacturing has one of the highest multiplier effects in terms of job
creation. This means that manufacturing
jobs help to create jobs in other sectors including service and education.
For further information of the Master
of Science in Manufacturing Systems Technology at JSU contact the College of
Graduate Studies at 256-782-5329, or Dr.
Dana Ingalsbe, Graduate Program Coordinator for the Department of Technology
and Engineering at 256-782-5229 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The
Department of Technology web address is:
State University offers
distance education courses and programs online as well as in the interactive
videoconferencing and video-based course delivery methods. Visit myJSUonline.com
on all 11 online programs JSU will be offering in the fall of 2007. Additional information on individual courses
that may be taken online, as well as videoconferencing and video-based courses,
can also be found at http://distance.jsu.edu or by calling (256) 782-8172.
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