Academics & Scholarships


As one of the most unique programs in the country, the CME is educating the next generation of leaders and upper-level managers for the modern economy. Below is a brief list of facts and figures that will help you explore the many different opportunities within the CME.

  • Consistently the CME has maintained a job and graduate school placement rate at or near 100%.
  • 97% of CME Students participate in a Co-Op or internship.
  • The CME program offers a minor or emphasis in manufacturing.
  • CME’s program teaches the principles of engineering, business, and accountancy through the lens of manufacturing to accepted students of all majors.
  • The CME program replicates the real work world of modern manufacturing and leadership.
    • Students participate in academic and experiential learning, with some assignments held on-site at manufacturing facilities.
    • Student participation in co-ops and internships is expected.
  • Students will learn the basics of wood, metal, plastic fabrication, and carbon fiber composite process and finishing by making products of their own design on CME’s 12,000-square-foot manufacturing floor.
  • CME faculty and instructors possess extensive manufacturing and leadership experience.
  • Our goal is your success.

If you choose to apply to the CME, we look forward to receiving your application.

Tyler Biggs
Associate Director for External Operations


Freshman Entry | Deadline Jan. 5, 2023

To be considered for freshman entry admission into the CME, students must first complete a general admissions application to the University of Mississippi.

The Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence application can be found in the Special Programs and Scholarship application. This application only becomes available once you have completed a general University of Mississippi application.

The CME has a capacity of 60 students per year.

  • Admission into the CME is based on a holistic, competitive admissions process with a deadline of Jan. 5, 2022.

Sophomore Entry | Deadline March 1, 2023

At the beginning of each spring semester, the CME opens the application for our Sophomore Entry Program. Admission is contingent on seat availability, being enrolled in an approved course of study, and having at least a 3.00 GPA. The typical applicant for sophomore entry is a second-semester freshman.

Application Process for Sophomore Entry

Students interested in applying for sophomore entry would need to submit the following by March 1, 2022:

  • Resume – academic interests, honors and awards, community service, extracurricular activities, and leadership positions held
  • Cover Letter – no more than 500 words describing why you are interested in joining the Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence
  • General Essay – 500-750 words on why you are interested in manufacturing

Please email documents to:

Lo Magee,
CME Admissions


CME is pleased to offer several scholarship opportunities for students. For questions concerning award requirements or application procedures, please contact:

Scott Kilpatrick, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Academic Programs
Instructional Assistant Professor
Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence
216 Center for Manufacturing Excellence

Freshman Scholarships

Note: CME scholarships may be combined with other University of Mississippi or external awards for the total cost of attendance. All scholarships offered through the University of Mississippi can be viewed on the UM Office of Financial Aid website.

Toyota-Haley Barbour Scholarship | Deadline Jan. 5, 2023

Our most prestigious scholarship, the Toyota-Haley Barbour Scholarship, is available for up to $8,000 per year. This highly competitive scholarship is selected during the admission process and can be continued for eight semesters, maximum of $32,000 per student.

The deadline for the CME scholarship and admission application is Jan. 5, 2023.

Endowed Scholarships for Current CME Students

Note: CME’s endowed scholarships are selected annually, and each award has its own specific qualifications.

Applications must be completed in full and submitted to Dr. Scott Kilpatrick in person or by email to Applications must be received by 5 p.m. CST on March 1, 2023, to receive consideration by the CME Scholarship Committee.

Award recipients will be selected by March 15, 2023. All CME students are encouraged to apply.

Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association (MAMA) Scholarship | Deadline July 28, 2023

The MAMA scholarship is a competitive one-time academic award of $2,500. Applicants must be full-time students, classified as a junior or senior during the year. They would be awarded the scholarship, hold a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA), and be interested in pursuing a career in the automotive industry.

Applicants must apply through the MAMA website

Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) Scholarship | Deadline March 1, 2023

The purpose of this award is to provide a one-time academic scholarship of $1,000. Recipients must be full-time students, residents of Mississippi, classified as juniors, and hold at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Ketchman Family Scholarship | Deadline March 1, 2023

The purpose of this scholarship is to support deserving students in the Center for Manufacturing Excellence. Recipients will be full-time students in the CME who have not been awarded other CME scholarships. Scholarship recipients will also have financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.


The Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence offers a minor or emphasis in manufacturing to students accepted into the program. Through our program, students are taught the principles of business, engineering, and accountancy through the lens of manufacturing.

While the CME has partnerships with the schools of Accountancy, Business, and Engineering, any student interested in joining may apply to the CME.

Minor/Emphasis in Manufacturing (18 credits)

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
Manf 150 – Intro to Manf
Spring Semester
Manf 152 – Intro to Manf II

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
Manf 251 – Manf Processes
Manf 252 – Product Realization Lab
Spring Semester
Manf 253- Strategic Planning

Junior Year

Fall Semester
Manf 353 – Acct & Fin Mgmt for Manf
*Manf 255 – Lean Manf 1

Spring Semester
Manf 351 – Manf Prod/Process Design
*Manf 355 – Lean Manf II

Senior Year

Fall Semester
*Manf 455 – Lean Manf III (Capstone)

Spring Semester
Manf 4XX – Optional Elective
(Program Mgmt, Lean Six Sigma, etc.)

* CME students should check with their departmental academic advisors to understand how these CME courses will fit into their class schedule and determine if the department will count these credits toward degree completion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I graduate with a degree in manufacturing?

No, the CME offers a minor/emphasis program. Students will graduate with bachelor’s degrees from their respective academic schools/departments at the university, e.g., School of Engineering, School of Business Administration, Patterson School of Accountancy.

What should I expect from Discovery Day?

Discovery Day the second round of our admission process and is an ideal time for students to learn more about the CME. The Discovery Day activities are designed to give you a sample of what you will encounter as a CME student.

This event will help us identify students best suited for an academic career within the CME. Applicants selected to continue in our application process should anticipate an invitation for Discovery Day around mid-January. Spots for Discovery Day are limited to 40 applicants per session.

Can I be admitted to both the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and the CME?

Yes, many of our students are members of both programs.

What are you looking for in an admitted student?

Like many other special programs, the CME takes a holistic approach when considering a student for admission. Considerations include ACT/SAT score, GPA, extracurricular activities, school involvement, leadership roles, and general interest.

When is the application deadline?

The final application deadline for the CME is Jan. 5, 2022.

Can I schedule an online tour?

Yes, online tours can be arranged with advance notice.

Will my Manf. hours count towards my degree?

The CME has established relationships with the schools of Business, Accountancy, and Engineering. Other majors will need to speak with their academic advisor to see how the hours will work with their schedule. It may require additional hours for some majors, but we will work with each student individually.

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