Master of Science Lean Manufacturing

Master of Science Lean Manufacturing

The Only Program of Its Kind – Developed in Partnership with G.M.

Kettering University’s Online Master of Science in Lean Manufacturing emphasizes mechanical engineering and practical application of theory and is the only program of its kind. What better place to learn modern manufacturing process knowledge and Lean Six Sigma skills than the university that taught the brightest minds in automotive manufacturing? Kettering University Online’s Lean Manufacturing master’s degree was developed in collaboration with General Motors to give you the skills you need to improve quality output, streamline processes and reduce waste.

MFGO 601 | THE GLOBALLY INTEGRATED MANUFACTURING COMPANY

This course is an integrated overview and introduction to contemporary global manufacturing operations. The focus of this course is the application of attitudes, skills, and knowledge required of managers, supervisors, team leaders and manufacturing professionals in a cross-functional and cross-cultural manufacturing operation.

After a brief historical overview of global manufacturing, this course covers the following topics: global leadership, cross-cultural business communication, customers-across-continents, empowerment and cross-cultural teamwork, continuous process improvement, manufacturing metrics, policy deployment, ISO and QS 9000, computer-integrated manufacturing, process reengineering, international supply chain management, and the theory of constraints. This foundation leads up to a discussion on lean and agile manufacturing management. Students are required to use the concepts from the class to analyze their own work environment.

Lean Manufacturing Fast Facts

  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Employs solid engineering concepts combined with Lean and Six Sigma tools
  • Customize your Degree with choice of graduate certificates in: Global Leadership, Healthcare Management, Operations Management or Supply Chain Management Level I and II
  • 100% online. Ideal for busy, working professionals
  • 40 credits, 10 courses – complete in as little as one year

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MFGO 619 | SIX SIGMA FOR MANUFACTURING

This course examines techniques to maximize production efficiency and maintain control over each step in the process. The structured problem-solving methodology DMAIC (DefineMeasure-Analyze-Improve-Control) provides the framework for the course.

Masters in Lean Manufacturing Online

The one and only program of its kind, developed in partnership with GM

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MFGO 633 | LEAN PRODUCTION SYSTEMS

This course starts from the discussion of the evolution of production systems, from craft to mass and lean production. Principles of systems thinking and business dynamics applied to production systems are also studied. Contemporary lean thinking principles, lean enterprise development, and value stream mapping are studied and used in student projects. Modern enterprise improvement techniques such as Six Sigma, the theory of constraints and business process reengineering are also discussed.

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We understand pursuing a master’s degree can be a big decision with many factors to consider. Our knowledgeable and supportive enrollment advisors are here to help guide your decision about our program offerings to achieve your career goals. 

By connecting with an Enrollment Advisor, you can expect to: 

  • Receive in-depth knowledge on the program and the admissions process
  • Benefit from having a 1-on-1 conversation to ensure the program fits your academic and professional goals
  • Learn more on how you could earn 2 degrees in 2 years
  • Receive a recommendation on which of our certificates align with your graduate degree and why
  • Be advised and assisted with putting together a strong file for the Admissions Committee to review

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MFGO 635 | WORK ANALYSIS FOR LEAN PRODUCTION APPLICATIONS

A critical issue facing most product manufacturers is the design of a competitive and low-cost manufacturing operation. In this course, work analysis of the application of process analysis, methods improvement, work measurement and ergonomic techniques to meet the competitive goals of a manufacturing company or office environment.

The intent of this course is to survey the basic techniques of methods design, work measurement, business process analysis, and ergonomics. The student is expected to solve fundamental and open-ended problems encountered during the design, analysis or operation of a manufacturing facility or office that produces a discrete product or service.

Online Lean Manufacturing Degree Featured Courses

Below is the list of courses you will take while enrolled in the Lean Manufacturing online program at Kettering University Online:

MFGO 639 | QUALITY ASSURANCE AND RELIABILITY

This course covers topics in quality assurance. Specifically, it includes an introduction to quality and quality philosophy, statistical methods of quality improvement, the concept of variation and its reduction, statistical process control, and acceptance sampling. Statistical software such as MINITAB is used throughout the course.

MFGO 649 | METRICS FOR LEAN PRODUCTION IMPROVEMENT

This course provides the manufacturing operations professional with an understanding of the data typically available within a manufacturing environment and how to use this information for improving those operations within the lean paradigm. The course covers basic financial accounting, activity-based metrics, links to strategy, trend analysis, and decision-making. Student teams operate simulated companies in competition.

Salary Expectations for Lean Manufacturing Master’s Professionals

  • Corporate/Executive Management: $179,900
  • Lean/Continuous Improvement Management: $103,200
  • VP, Manufacturing/Production: $180,400
  • Director, Manufacturing/Production: $137,100
  • Consulting/Education: $107,400
  • VP, Director, Purchasing/Procurement/Sourcing: $112,260
  • R&D/Product Development Management: $110,700
  • VP, Supply Chain: $97,400
  • Quality Management: $97,300
MFGO 659 | INTEGRATIVE CAPSTONE PROJECT

The course establishes a business-focused, project-oriented perspective applicable to the integrated manufacturing operating (IMO) environment. Students learn about the principles and techniques that lie within the discipline of project management by focusing on the body of knowledge recognized by the Project Management Institute.

The IMO environment is the basis for team projects as students integrate knowledge gained from their other courses and professional experience. The project requirement allows students to apply the project management concepts and techniques learned in the class. This course helps students both understand and practice project management, as well as learn its applications and limitations.