If you’re looking for a program that will prepare you for a rewarding career where what you do really matters, you’ve come to the right place. Below is a brief list of things to know about CME as you begin your journey:
- CME job placement for our graduates is consistently at or near 100%.
- 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.
- 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 and 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 experience.
- Our goal is your success.
If you choose to apply to the CME, we look forward to receiving your application and getting to know you. If you decide to pursue other areas, we wish you much success as you continue on your search.
Freshman Entry | Deadline Jan. 5, 2021
To be considered for freshman entry admission into the CME, students must first complete a general admissions application to the University of Mississippi.
The application for the Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence 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 capacity for 60 students per year.
- Admission into the CME is based on a holistic, competitive admissions process with a deadline of Jan. 5, 2021.
Sophomore Entry | Deadline March 1, 2020
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, 2020:
- 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:
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
Note: CME scholarships may be combined with other University of Mississippi or external awards up to 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, 2021
Our most prestigious scholarship, the Toyota-Haley Barbour Scholarship is available up to the amount of $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.
Deadline for the CME scholarship and admission application is Jan. 5, 2021.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. CST on March 1, 2020 to receive consideration by the CME Scholarship Committee.
Award recipients will be selected by March 15, 2020. All CME students are encouraged to apply.
Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) Scholarship | Deadline March 1, 2020
The purpose of this award is to provide a one-time academic scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Recipients must be full-time students, residents of Mississippi, classified as juniors, hold at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA and be members in good standing of the CME program.
Ketchman Family Scholarship | Deadline March 1, 2020
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 who are 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)
Manf 150 – Intro to Manf
Manf 152 – Intro to Manf II
Manf 251 – Manf Processes
Manf 252 – Product Realization Lab
Manf 253- Strategic Planning
Manf 353 – Acct & Fin Mgmt for Manf
*Manf 255 – Lean Manf 1
Manf 351 – Manf Prod/Process Design
*Manf 355 – Lean Manf II
*Manf 455 – Lean Manf III (Capstone)
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 is an ideal time for students to learn more about the CME and explore how this program can complement your college experience. The Discovery Day activities are designed to give you a sample of what you will encounter as a CME student.
You will participate in specially designed team development challenges, meet with current CME students, learn more about relevant coursework, hear about co-op/internship opportunities, visit with CME faculty and interview with the CME staff.
This event will help us identify those students who would be best suited for an academic career within the CME. Because our fall enrollment is limited to 50 new students, we take these events seriously. Invitations for Discovery Day will be sent mid-January. Since Discovery Day has limited space and is first-come, first-served, applicants who are unable to attend will be given other options.
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 very 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, 2020.
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 school’s or department’s 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 case by case.