University of Southern California

Viterbi School of Engineering

Manufacturing Engineering

Ethel Percy Andrus
Gerontology Center 240
(213) 740-4893
FAX: (213) 740-1120

Program Director: B. Khoshnevis, Ph.D.

Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering

Manufacturing engineering at USC is a multidisciplinary program that confers the degree of Master of Science and is designed to produce graduates capable of responding to the needs of modern, up-to-date manufacturing. These graduates should be able to design, install and operate complex manufacturing systems made up of people, materials, automated machines and information systems. The Departments of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Entrepreneurship participate in the Manufacturing Engineering Program.

Course work in the program will train students in traditional manufacturing engineering topics, such as materials selection and process design. Additional courses will include the more modern, system-level concepts of integrated product and process design, applications of modern information technology to design and manufacturing, hands-on laboratories using advanced manufacturing equipment and commercial software, and entrepreneurship.


A total of 30 units is required beyond the B.S. degree. A minimum of 21 units must be at the 500 level or above. A maximum of 6 units of electives may be taken from non-engineering departments. At least three courses must be taken in the student’s selected area of specialization.

Required courses Units
CSCI 585 Database Systems, or
ISE 510 Advanced Computational Design and Manufacturing 3
ISE 511L Mechatronic Systems Engineering 3
ISE 517 Modern Enterprise Systems, or
ISE 576 Industrial Ecology: Technology-Environment Interaction 3
ISE 525 Design of Experiments, or
AME 525 Engineering Analysis 3
Approved electives* 18

*A list of approved electives in specialization areas is available from the department. Departmental approval is required for courses not listed.