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 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 accept 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 design on CME’s 12,000-square-foot manufacturing floor.
  • CME faculty and instructors possess extensive manufacturing and leadership experience.
  • Your success is our goal.



Freshman Entry | Deadline Jan. 10, 2024

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 and admission is based on a holistic, competitive admissions process with a deadline of Jan. 10, 2024.


Sophomore Entry | Deadline March 1, 2024

The CME opens the application for our Sophomore Entry Program at the beginning of each spring semester . Admission is contingent on seat availability, being enrolled in an approved course of study, and having at least a 3.2 GPA. The typical applicant for sophomore entry is a second-semester freshman.

We typically host a Sophomore/Delayed Entry Info Session and Resume Workshop in early February and will send out additional info at the start of the spring semester.  If you would like to join, you can come prepared with a draft of your resume and any questions about the CME or Sophomore/Delayed Entry.

Afterward, students interested in applying for sophomore entry would need to submit the following application by March 1, 2024:

CME Sophomore/Delayed Entry Application

Applications will be reviewed after that date, and if you are accepted, admission won’t officially begin until the Fall of 2024.

Please email Lo Magee ( with any questions.



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)

* 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.


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. 10, 2024

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. 10, 2024.

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, 2024, to receive consideration by the CME Scholarship Committee.

Award recipients will be selected by March 15, 2024. All CME students are encouraged to apply.

Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association (MAMA) Scholarship | Deadline July 28, 2024

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, 2024

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, 2024

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.