RUSSELL BARTON, Co-Director; Professor of Management Science and Information Systems
ROBERT VOIGT, Co-Director; Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
344 Leonhard Building
Penn State's Master of Manufacturing Management (M.M.M.) degree is offered by the Quality and Manufacturing Management (QMM) program. The degree is conferred by both the College of Engineering and the Smeal College of Business. This interdisciplinary graduate program is designed to prepare students for careers in manufacturing, consulting, services, and operations. The program is offered on a full-time basis only and requires nine months of continuous study during a normal academic year. An appropriate internship experience is a precondition for entrance to the program if the applicant does not have sufficient work experience to waive the internship requirement. Students take 32 credits of work in eleven core courses.
The program develops future executives who possess in-depth, relevant manufacturing knowledge bridging engineering and management. Graduates are afforded a life-changing experience that provides them with a unique set of engineering, business, and quality skills combined with a suite of communication skills critical to management success. Students fuse Six Sigma certification with corporate social responsibility and emotional intelligence to become well-rounded leaders. MMM students develop business plans and analyze and predict corporate financial performance in a global marketplace. They emerge from Penn State as international leaders understanding the fundamentals of materials and processes and project confidence in product and manufacturing system design.
The program draws its students from two groups: practicing professionals from industry and individuals who have graduated from, or are currently enrolled in, a business administration, science, or engineering program. Applicants who expect to graduate with a B.S. in engineering, science, or business administration may apply for admission to the program in their senior year.
All applicants must submit scores from the GRE or the GMAT. International students must also submit TOEFL scores. However, the TOEFL requirement is waived for international students who have successfully completed undergraduate work in an American college or university. The average grade-point average is 3.0; the average GRE score is 1100 on the verbal and quantitative sections and 4.0 on the analytical section. The average GMAT score is 580.
All applicants must have taken the prerequisite mathematics, computer science, and statistics courses or equivalents prior to starting the program. Applicants cannot register until they have completed these courses. For a listing of the prerequisite courses, visit www.mmmdegree.psu.edu (Opens New Window)
The M.M.M. degree requires 32 credits of graduate work on a full-time basis. The courses are as follows: QMM 491 or QMM 492; QMM 552, QMM 561, QMM 562, QMM 581, QMM 582, QMM 593, QMM 851, QMM 871, QMM 872, and QMM 891.
In some instances, course changes are being considered and prospective students should consult with the M.M.M. degree program to determine what new requirements might be in effect. The program co-directors are authorized to make suitable substitutions in the above curriculum in consultation with the faculty steering committee.
A limited number of partial scholarships are available for students in the program.
Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 599 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.
Only students enrolled in the M.M.M. degree program may take the 500- and 800-level courses.
DATE LAST REVIEWED BY GRADUATE SCHOOL: 5/24/04
Last updated by Publications: 8/20/09