Feb 16, 2019  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog

P.S.M., Manufacturing Sustainability Concentration

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.

Admission Requirements

Admission is decided based on a multi-parameter criterion that can include the following items to be evaluated by the department:

  • An applicant for admission to the PSM in Manufacturing Sustainability program offered by the College of Engineering’s Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Technology is expected to have earned a BS degree from an approved STEM program. 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.
  • Official transcripts from all previously-attended colleges or universities.
  • 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.
  • Undergraduate degree of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • GRE® General Test (GRE) scores with Quantitative greater than or equal to 50%; Verbal greater than or equal to 33%; Analytical Writing greater than or equal to 33%.  Students with BS degrees in related fields from TTU are not required to take the GRE.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation that demonstrate strong evidence for success in the graduate program.
  • International applicants must score at least 550 (213 computer-based or 79 internet-based) on the TOEFL or a minimum base score of 6.0 on the IELTS.

Based on the level of satisfaction of the above criterion, the department will either recommend admission to Full Standing, Provisional Standing, or Special Standing, or deny admission.  Standing status may be changed to Full Standing after the student satisfies the requirements specified by the department at the time of admission.

Fast-Track Professional Science Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Sustainability

Undergraduates may enroll for up to six (6) credit hours of graduate credit prior to formal admission into the P.S.M. in Manufacturing Sustainability program.  The courses taken during the student’s junior/senior year can be used to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.  Participation does not change the requirements for either the undergraduate or graduate program in Manufacturing Sustainability.  Once admitted to the Fast-Track program, the student will be allowed to enroll in appropriate courses in the junior or senior year with the consent of the student’s undergraduate advisor and the Coordinator of the P.S.M. program.  Courses completed at the graduate level are only guaranteed to apply towards the completion of the P.S.M. Manufacturing Sustainability program. 

Admission to the PSM MS Fast-Track Program

Minimum requirements:

  • Applicant must be earning a baccalaureate degree in a related field, which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis
  • Recommendation of a faculty member in the student’s major
  • Overall GPA of 3.0
  • Program participants should consult with their future P.S.M. advisor regarding appropriate graduate courses to take during their junior/senior year
  • The student must earn a minimum grade of “B” in the graduate courses in order to apply them to their P.S.M. program of study
  • All requirements for full admission to the Tennessee Tech Graduate College must be met upon undergraduate graduation.  Students in the PSM Fast-Track program must still apply for admission to the graduate school and meeting Fast-Track requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission to the P.S.M Manufacturing Sustainability degree program
  • Students who do not succeed in their first graduate course (B grade or better) will be advised to withdraw from the Fast-Track program and complete their B.S. degree in thenormal manner.

Fulfilling the above minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the P.S.M. Manufacturing Sustainability Fast-Track program.  Students who meet the above minimum requirements must consult with the Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Technology and the College of Engineering for eligibility and acceptance.

Degree Requirements

Graduation requirements are the successfull completion of all coursework and the capstone internship, with an overal GPA of 3.0. 


Curriculum Component Hours Required
General Education   0
Major Field Core (courses required of all students in program) 12
Concentration (courses specific to the concentration) 12
Elective(s)   6
Capstone Project (may be guided or general electives)   3
Total Hours 33


Required Business Courses

12 Credit Hours

These courses, taught online and on campus via TTU’s MBA program, are available to any PSM student. The prerequisites will be met through College of Business course modules that can be taken at the student’s own pace and be completed within a month, a week, or a weekend.

Capstone Project

Required Capstone Project (3 credits)

Total Credit Hours: 33

Course Substitutions

Course Substitutions are allowed upon approval of the graduate advisory committee, department chair/director, and dean of the college.