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Estimated Completion

120 Credit Hours (4 years)

Application Process


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1Admission to the off-campus locations such as Fort Worth, Midlothian, Waco, and Online require a minimum of 30 transferable credit hours, a 2.0 GPA and that a student be TSI complete.


Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Manufacturing and Industrial Management

Designed for working professionals, the BAAS in Manufacturing and Industrial Management is a flexible, online degree program that can be completed in as little as a year. The bachelor's program builds on your technical experience by developing your broad knowledge of manufacturing management, quality management, project management and continuous improvement to go along with your existing technical skills.

In our professional manufacturing and industrial management BAAS online program, you can customize your degree plan with courses that fit your goals and interests to prepare you for career changes or advancement. You are able to apply 12 to 36 credit hours obtained through workforce classes or technical classes taken from technical or community colleges, training through the military or verified work-based training toward the degree requirements.

At Tarleton, we are one of the few degree programs with an industrial-focused curriculum. The emphasis on applied learning also gives you a competitive advantage in a competitive world. Choose from two specialization areas: Industrial Management or Safety Management. Our online courses are continuously evolving to stay relevant and up to date with the manufacturing industry and its workforce needs. The course content is also applicable to the construction, safety and manufacturing industries.

What is Manufacturing and Industrial Management?

In general, manufacturing converts raw materials into products through processes, machinery and operations. Following a structured plan for each production activity, manufacturing basically means making things that are essentially the same in quantities of two or more. Manufactured products span across all industries, from health care to information technology to construction. Because of the breadth of manufacturing, many professions are needed to support this field. The manufacturing and industrial management program focuses on improving efficiency, quality and safety.

Industrial management prepares leaders in business, industry, education and government to manage, operate and maintain complex systems of technology. Our professional BAAS online degree program in manufacturing and industrial management focuses on the systematic application of scientific principles to solve practical problems.

As global competition continues to increase and products and supply chains become more complex, the manufacturing industry is under higher pressure than ever to deliver better products at a faster rate for less money. Manufacturers need managers with technical knowledge and skills who can lead complex teams and processes in a changing environment.

What Can You Do With Your Bachelor's Degree in Manufacturing and Industrial Management?

Tarleton Texans know how to make things — and make them in an efficient manner. With technical knowledge and skills, program graduates are prepared for senior-level management jobs in manufacturing, such as:

  • Automated Manufacturing
  • Production Planning and Management
  • Computer Controlled Machining
  • Quality Management
  • Project Management
  • Ergonomics
  • Materials and Processes
  • Safety in Retail and Industrial Environments
  • Contracting
  • Welding or Machinery/Mechanics
  • Construction Project Management

Tarleton also offers an MS in Quality and Engineering Management, providing a seamless pathway from an associate degree to graduate school for a successful management career in manufacturing.

Why Major in Manufacturing and Industrial Management?

Through our BAAS professional online degree program in manufacturing and industrial management, you will gain a sound academic education, knowledge of industrial processes and materials and the problem-solving skills to think critically about quality and improvement of processes and products in the manufacturing world.

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Prepare to work in today's digital world

Our online program curriculum is engaging and interactive, with instructional videos, one-on-one video sessions, collaboration with faculty to work through course material and solve problems, small group work and conference calls with peers. The online degree program uses technology and tools you will work with on the job. Manufacturing and industrial management majors can also download CAD software for free.

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Receive instruction and guidance from experienced faculty

Most of the faculty come from the manufacturing industry and have experience actually doing the work that they are teaching, including a professor who literally wrote the book on “World Class Manufacturing for Small Manufacturers”. We know what it takes to be successful: working together to solve problems, handling the pressure and deadlines, trying and failing, then trying and succeeding and more.

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Get help paying for college

Many of our undergraduate students are able to get help from their employers through tuition reimbursement. We offer a limited number of undergraduate student scholarships through the Department of Engineering Technology. You may also qualify for private or university scholarships and federal financial aid.


What Classes Will You Take as a Manufacturing and Industrial Management Major?

Our BAAS online degree program in manufacturing and industrial management offers a progressive, rigorous curriculum with foundational and engineering technology coursework, plus courses in your area of specialization. You also have a variety of interesting courses to choose from in either specialization area for your advanced elective. All of our online courses are relevant to the industry, with a focus on technology and application in the field. Course topics include project management, continuous improvement, manufacturing management, production planning, quality management, metrics and measurements, industrial and occupational safety and health, ergonomics and safety management.

View all required classes for the manufacturing and industrial management bachelor’s degree.


How Do You Get Started on Your Bachelor's Degree in Manufacturing and Industrial Management?

Take the next step toward earning your bachelor's degree in manufacturing and industrial management. We have the resources to help you get started.

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Earn Course Credit

Our BAAS accepts from 12 to 36 credit hours of technical training and documented work experience, including military technical training, for course credit. This allows experienced, working professionals who only have a high school diploma or traditional college students with an AAS degree in a related field such as machinery, construction, safety, or engineering to earn their bachelor's degree in almost half the time.

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Corporate Community Partners

We have outstanding relationships with professionals and companies in the local and surrounding areas, which create learning and job opportunities for our manufacturing and industrial management majors. Some of our corporate community partners include Appleton Electric, Fibergrate Composite Structures, L3 Communications and St. Gobain Abrasives.

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Student and Professional Organizations

Gain access to additional educational and professional development opportunities by joining industry-related organizations such as the Tarleton Society of Engineering Technology, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, American Society for Quality Control, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, American Society of Safety Engineers and Society of Plastics Engineers.

What Bachelor's Degrees are Related to Manufacturing and Industrial Management?

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