September 11, 2007 10:09 ET

UT Launches New Executive Degree in Advanced Manufacturing

Two-Year Program Allows Busy Professionals to Pursue a Master's Degree From a Top Tier Engineering School While Continuing to Work Full-Time

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - September 11, 2007) - The University of Texas today announced the Advanced Manufacturing Program (MSE AM) will be offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering in conjunction with the Advanced Manufacturing Center. Upon completion of the program requirements (a total of 33 credit hours resulting from eight semester-long courses, 24 credits), a student is awarded a Master of Science in Engineering degree with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a concentration in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering.

"We, with our industry partners, have constructed a new and unique MS Degree Program that provides reliable and innovative tools for manufacturing companies," said Dr. J. Wesley Barnes, Faculty Director of the AM Program, at The University of Texas at Austin. "Manufacturing has changed significantly over the last decade, and our graduates will gain robust skills needed for the competitive global environment."

The Advanced Manufacturing Program boasts nationally recognized faculty and a curriculum that provides an advantage for intense global competition. The program enables students to gain an understanding of the modeling of manufacturing processes, statistics, supply chain management, physical modeling and design of manufacturing control systems, financial administration, quality assurance, data mining, and the legal aspects of engineering.

Enrollment applications are currently being accepted for the first session, which will begin on August 22, 2008. The application deadline is July 1, 2008. Candidates should hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or a related field and have a minimum of 18 months of industry experience. Additionally, candidates should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in upper-division undergraduate and any graduate coursework.

"This Master's Degree program was created to deal with the workforce needs of the advanced manufacturing industry," commented Cath Polito, Executive Director of the Cockrell School of Engineering's Center for Lifelong Engineering Education at The University of Texas at Austin. "This superior degree plan tackles critical topics within core courses and key electives to focus on the priorities of the industry."

Advanced Manufacturing Program informational sessions will be held at the following dates and times:

Clear Lake, Texas                       San Antonio, Texas
September 11, November 2, 2007          September 18, 2007

Houston, Texas                          Richardson, Texas
September 12, 2007, November 3          September 22, October 20

Austin, Texas                           Fort Worth, Texas
September 15, September 25,             September 22, October 20
October 13, October 23,
November 13

To attend a session listed above, please RSVP online at or contact Catherine Thomas at 512-232-5169 or email at

Advanced Manufacturing Program Fees and Application Process

The Advanced Manufacturing Program fee is $36,000 ($18,000 per year). The amount covers the following items for an entire two-year program: tuition and fees, orientation, lab fees and services, summer seminar courses, and summer project course, textbooks, software and other course materials, master's report course, graduation, a supplemental on-line learning environment, and access to The University of Texas at Austin resources. For information about the application process, visit

About AMC

The Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) is an organization that addresses current and future technical opportunities within the manufacturing sector. The AMC couples education, research and the commercial sector. With faculty affiliates and researchers spanning four colleges and 10 disciplines the AMC organizes and directs research programs, provides professional, graduate and undergraduate education programs, sponsors workshops and provides a forum for addressing manufacturing challenges across industry, discipline and national boundaries. For more information, please visit

About CLEE

The Center for Lifelong Engineering Education (CLEE) is an innovative leader in the training and professional development industry. For over 30 years, CLEE's commitment has remained simple: to provide training that makes a profound difference in people's lives and work. With more than 150 programs worldwide offered across multi-disciplines, CLEE acts as an information bridge for the top ranked Cockrell School of Engineering to bring to individuals, organizations, and industry the best the College has to offer: cutting-edge research, solid academic reputation, industry expert support, and extensive faculty experience. The end result is relevant, diverse education opportunities that transform lives. CLEE's services include public classroom training, conferences, eTraining, on-site courses, and customizable training. For more information, please visit For more information about executive master's degree programs administered by the Center for Lifelong Engineering Education (CLEE), visit

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