Admission to the Manufacturing Engineering major is a two-phase process. After acceptance to WWU, students declare as a Manufacturing Pre-major and then apply to the full major once requirements are met.  Declaring a pre-major is done in person in the Engineering & Design Department (ET 204).  Manufacturing pre-majors must complete a set of foundational courses in math, physics, chemistry and engineering principles.  Depending on when students are able to begin calculus, these foundational courses take up to 5 quarters to complete at WWU.  Foundational coursework may also be taken at community colleges or other institutions.  See Transfer Students for more information.  These foundational courses are the minimum required courses (see below) to apply to the Manufacturing major. The Manufacturing program accepts applications during winter and summer quarters. See below for details. Upper division coursework is restricted to students who have been accepted into the full major.

Major Admissions and Requirements

Admission to full major status is determined by academic performance as a pre-major, as essay and other factors. Admission to the major is competitive. Neither completion of the prerequisites nor attainment of any specific GPA guarantees admission. Twenty four students are typically accepted into the program each year and they begin major courses spring quarter. Students may be currently enrolled in no more than three of the below courses when they apply for major admission. A final decision on your application may be delayed until receipt of final grades for in-progress courses. Students must obtain at least a C- in the above courses and an overall GPA in them of 2.0 or higher to be considered. AP scores are converted to GPA as follows: 5 = A; 4 = B; 3 = C. While admission decisions are based primarily on cumulative GPA in the prerequisite courses, successful completion of other required major courses, GPA in the major, and overall GPA are also considerations.

Minimum Prerequisite Coursework:

  • MATH 124 - Calculus I
  • MATH 125 - Calculus II
  • MATH 224 - Multivariable Calculus & Geometry
  • CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I (w/ lab)
  • PHYS 161 - Physics w/ Calculus I
  • ENGR 104 - Intro to Engineering & Design
  • ENGR 170 - Intro to Materials Science & Engineering
  • ENGR 214 - Statics


Other required courses that meet graduation requirements: Students need to have no more than two of the following courses or equivalencies outstanding at the beginning of the Fall quarter of year three:

  • MATH 204 - Linear Algebra
  • MATH 331 - Differential Equations
  • PHYS 162 - Physics w/ Calculus II
  • PHYS 163 - Physics w/ Calculus III
  • CSCI 140 or 141 - Programming Fundamentals
  • ENGR 225 - Mechanics of Materials

Admissions Statistics

The Manufacturing Engineering program admits 24 students per year. The average GPA of admitted students usually varies between 2.9 and 3.1 in the prerequisite courses.  This is an average GPA that we have seen historically based on the applicant pools and is not a cut-off GPA. 

The Admissions committee also considers overall GPA, grades in any major course, and the required essay. The overall competitiveness of admission depends on the total number of applications we receive, as well as the general strength of the applicant pool, and it can vary widely from year to year. The committee encourages all eligible applicants to apply, and to also consider a backup plan as we can’t predict the future competitiveness of the applicant pool.  Students may contact the department pre-major advisor to discuss admissions questions.

To apply

Major Application (online application)

Major Application Winter Quarter: In addition to the academic performance described above, acceptance will also be based on a essay (500 words or less) explaining why you want to pursue a degree in Manufacturing Engineering. Applications are due by noon on the first Friday in February (online application below). Only complete, on-time applications will be considered. Applicants will be notified of decisions before Spring quarter registration begins.

Students who are accepted must register for MFGE 231, MFGE 261 and MATH 345 (or MATH 341) Spring quarter before the end of Phase II registration, unless the MATH 345 (341) course has already been completed. Students who do not register by the end of Phase II registration may lose their major status. Students need to have a plan to complete the following classes with no more than two left to take by fall quarter junior year: PHYS 162, PHYS 163, MATH 204, MATH 331, ENGR 225, and CSCI 140.

Major Application Summer Quarter:  If space allows, the program will accept applications over the summer. The summer application due date is Friday, July 7, 2017.  All pre-majors will be notified of this secondary application due date.  Students accepted into the major at this time will begin major courses Fall quarter and will receive instructions on what to register for.

Transfer Students: A student that will be transferring to Western Washington University will be designated as a pre-major and will need to apply to the major. Transfer students who believe they are ready to apply to the MFGE major should contact the Pre-major Advisor by email or by phone 360.650.4132. For more transfer student information click here.