Advanced Certificate in Advanced Manufacturing

There is an increased international, national, and statewide interest in the field of advanced manufacturing – from new methods in additive manufacturing, to co-robotics, and digital manufacturing. 

Students will take courses with graduate faculty members in Industrial and Systems Engineering or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, including access to state-of-the-art facilities and interaction with UB’s Community of Excellence in Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies (SMART).

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Who Should Apply

This advanced certificate program is designed as a stand-alone credential for local professionals seeking to enhance their background in cutting-edge manufacturing technologies at the graduate level, as well as for currently enrolled MS or PhD students to gain a credential which will complement their degree program.

Program Requirements

Four graduate level courses (12 cr. total) as follows:

Core Courses (Students must CHOOSE 2) 

  • IE 505 Production Planning and Control – 3 cr. 
  • MAE 564 Manufacturing Automation – 3 cr. 
  • MAE 577 Computer-Aided Design Applications – 3 cr. 

Elective Courses (Students must CHOOSE 2) 

  • IE 506 Computer Integrated Manufacturing - 3cr. 
  • IE/MAE 528 Decision-based System Design - 3 cr. 
  • IE/MAE 521 Sustainable Manufacturing – 3cr. 
  • IE 620 Agile Manufacturing – 3 cr. 
  • MAE 550 Optimization in Engineering Design – 3cr. 
  • MAE 555 Continuum Mechanics – 3 cr. 

Note: Other elective courses, e.g., special topics courses in related areas, may be substituted with prior approval.

Courses can be applied to the Certificate Program as well as an MS or PhD degree program.

Admission Requirements

All students who are currently enrolled in the MS or PhD programs in ISE or MAE, and are in good standing, can apply for admission to this certificate program. 

All other applicants (e.g., applicants who wish to earn the advanced certificate without enrolling one of the related graduate degree programs or applicants from other departments) must meet the following admission requirements: 

  • A baccalaureate degree in engineering or a related technical field.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) for all undergraduate work undertaken during the last two years of the applicant's studies.
  • In addition to holding a bachelor's degree, entering students are expected to be skilled in a number of specific areas (see Prerequisites below). 

Prerequisites: Proficiency is required in mathematics through the level of multivariate calculus, mechanics, dynamics, statistics, and computer programming. These requirements must be satisfied prior to admission. 

How to Apply

Students should apply for the program using the Application Management System.

Prospective students who just with to pursue this certificate (e.g., are not currently enrolled in or applying to another SEAS graduate program at UB) should provide transcripts from all prior institutions, along with a personal statement, resume, and one letter of recommendation. GRE scores are not required.

Current ISE and MAE students should attach a current transcript but do not need to submit letters of recommendation, personal statements, or GRE scores.

Other current SEAS graduate students should provide a personal statement relevant to this certificate program and copies of their current transcript and transcripts from previous institutions including their bachelor’s institution. Recommendation letters and GRE scores are not required.

Prospective graduate students who are applying to other UB graduate programs may additionally apply to this certificate program. Complete a separate application in addition to the primary degree application. Provide a personal statement relevant to this certificate program and indicate the primary degree program in the statement. No additional documents (letters, GRE scores, transcripts) are required for the certificate application.