Qualifying examinations must be taken in four areas of manufacturing from a variety of examination areas offered by several departments. Following the completion of required coursework and qualifying examinations, a student is required to take a preliminary examination to test his/her knowledge of the primary and supporting field. Each student must complete an industrially relevant, engineering practice-oriented dissertation that is supervised by a dissertation committee as a requirement of the degree.
The degree can also be pursued in part at the University of Michigan Dearborn Campus. A total of 50 credit hours is required, of which 24 letter-graded credit hours (not pass/fail) and at least 18 credit hours must be taken at the Ann Arbor Campus. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 6.0/9.0 (B+). The entrance requirements are a BSE and MSE or MBA, and at least one year of full-time relevant industrial experience. The general portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Applications are accepted for both fall and winter terms.