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P.S.M., Manufacturing Sustainability

Course Description


Manufacturing and Engineering Technology gives you STEM knowledge to work with engineers, scientists and managers on a plan while taking part in a project with the skills of a technologist or applied engineer.

Departmental Mission:

To graduate innovative Engineering Technologists and Applied Engineers who solve technological challenges to meet societal needs.
The department is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), which sets standards for academic program accreditation, personal certification, and professional development for educators and industry professionals involved in integrating technology, leadership and design.


The Professional Science Master's (PSM) degree is a unique professional degree grounded in natural science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computational sciences and is designed to prepare students for direct entry into a variety of career options in industry, business, government, or non-profit organizations. It is a distinctive advanced degree for those intending to pursue a career in the practice of science. PSM programs prepare graduates for high-level careers in science and manufacturing that have a strong emphasis on such skill areas as management, policy, and sustainable manufacturing and entrepreneurship. PSM recognition provides assurance that the program conforms to nationally accepted criteria.


Sustainable manufacturing, pollution reduction, and efficient use of limited natural resources and the minimization of use of toxic chemicals are increasingly issues for the consideration of manufacturers and managers. The Professional Science Master's with a concentration in Manufacturing Sustainability degree program effectively prepares you for a career dedicated to developing technologies to transform resources into goods and services that respond to basic needs and improve human quality of life.
Manufacturing Sustainability combines existing courses in the Colleges of Business, Arts and Sciences, Agricultural and Human Sciences with newly developed courses in the Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Technology to effectively produce a new and essential degree.
Manufacturing Sustainability will also use an interdisciplinary approach of course delivery by incorporating faculty from the Colleges of Business, Arts and Sciences, and Engineering. Business core courses are from the MBA program and are taught online. The program is designed for graduates of approved STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related undergraduate programs.
As manufacturing sustainability takes hold across the country, the demand for workforces who are trained to identify opportunities for improving processes and preventing environmental waste will increase. An initiative, jointly created by the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Labor, Small Business Administration and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, has been started to help manufacturers implement Manufacturing Sustainability practices. Already, manufacturers are required to meet demands placed on companies as worldwide awareness of environmentalism increases. Tennessee's auto manufacturers are already embracing E3 (the three pillars of sustainability; Economy, Energy and the Environment). As a result, there are a number of career opportunities for professionals with these skills and Tennessee Tech is addressing this need by creating the Manufacturing Sustainability concentration under its Professional Science Master's degree program.


* Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related discipline. Candidates not holding an appropriate baccalaureate degree may be required to complete necessary prerequisite courses prior to admission to the program. Thus, a baccalaureate degree is required for full standing. Applicants that have baccalaureate degrees in a closely related field will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be admitted to full standing upon completion of identified background courses. Academic exceptions may be granted in exceptional circumstances for individuals with extensive professional experience or other background that, in the opinion of the admission committee, qualifies the candidate for admission.
* Total of at least 1000 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE® General Test (GRE) (306 New revised score) along with a 3.5 score on the analytical writing portion of the test.
* Official transcripts from all previously-attended colleges or universities
* Three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty familiar with the academic ability of the applicant.
* International applicants must also meet the English Language Requirement by providing test results on one (1) of the following:
◦ TOEFL -- 550 minimum (213 computer-based or 79 internet-based)
◦ IELTS -- minimum base score of 5.5

Visit the P.S.M., Manufacturing Sustainability page on the Tennessee Technological University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

(See Course Description)International application deadlines: October 1, 2015 for spring (January) 2016 start and May 1, 2016 for fall (August) 2016 start.

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