MicroMasters® Program Basics

arrow_drop_down What is the MITx MicroMasters program credential in Principles of Manufacturing?   ¶

The MITx MicroMasters® program credential in Principles of Manufacturing is a standalone certification program offered by MITx that is designed and administered by the MIT Mechanical Engineering Department (MechE) and supported by the MIT Office of Digital Learning (ODL).

The MITx MicroMasters program credential consists of eight intensive online courses providing learners a fundamental basis for understanding and controlling rate, quality and cost in a manufacturing enterprise along with four virtually-proctored comprehensive final exams.

It is a separate stand-alone professional certificate offered by MITx and delivered by edX. Read more or enroll on edX here. The MicroMasters program is NOT a degree-granting program nor is it a guarantee of admissions to MIT or the MechE graduate program.

More information on the Master of Engineering in Advanced Manufacturing and Design degree is here.

arrow_drop_down What are the eight online courses required for the MITx MicroMasters program credential in Principles of Manufacturing?   ¶

There are eight online courses required to complete the MITx MicroMasters program credential in Principles of Manufacturing:

  1. Manufacturing Process Control I and II
  2. Manufacturing Systems I and II
  3. Management in Engineering: Accounting and Planning and Management in Engineering: Strategy and Leadership (courses were formerly named: Management in Engineering I and II)
  4. Supply Chains for Manufacturing: Inventory Analytics and Supply Chains for Manufacturing: Capacity Analytics (courses were formerly named: Supply Chains for Manufacturing I and II)

To be eligible for the MicroMasters program credential, you must earn a Verified Certificate in each course. Read more about verification here.

arrow_drop_down How do I enroll in the credential, and do I need to have an undergraduate degree?   ¶

There is no formal enrollment in the MicroMasters program credential. Instead, you should register for each individual course as your schedule permits. Course enrollments are open to anyone, anywhere with an internet connection.

There are no pre-requisite undergraduate degrees required to enroll*. However, successful learners will most likely have a solid engineering undergraduate preparation or equivalent and some knowledge of basic manufacturing processes. Knowledge of statistics and probability theory--or the ability to learn these concepts quickly--is required.

In order to complete the program credential, you do need to enroll as a verified learner in each of the courses and pass the four virtually-proctored final exams within. Read more about course verification on edX here.


*Note that learners applying to the MIT Master of Engineering in Advanced Manufacturing and Design will still need to meet the usual admission requirements, including appropriate engineering undergraduate degree and preparation.

arrow_drop_down Do I need to be a verified learner to earn the MITx MicroMasters program in Principles of Manufacturing credential?   ¶

Yes. If you are interested in the MITx MicroMasters program credential, you must successfully pass and receive a Verified Certificate in each of the eight Principles of Manufacturing courses.

Learn more about verified certificates here. You need to pass each of the four virtually proctored final exams, which occur within four courses of the program, in order to receive the program credential.

The courses which have a proctored final exam are:

  1. Manufacturing Process Control II
  2. Manufacturing Systems II
  3. Management in Engineering: Strategy and Leadership
  4. Supply Chains for Manufacturing: Capacity Analytics

arrow_drop_down How much does the MITx MicroMasters program credential in Principles of Manufacturing cost, and is there financial aid?   ¶

The cost to take each course is $175 USD. $1260 USD for the entire program if you choose the bundle purchase.

edX may provide discounts for the online courses. You can learn more and find out if you qualify here.

arrow_drop_down When will the next Principles of Manufacturing course be run?   ¶

See the program schedule. Also, the next runs of each course are always listed in your MITx MicroMasters dashboard.

arrow_drop_down How much time should I expect to spend on each Principles of Manufacturing course?   ¶

Nearly every course in the MITx MicroMasters program runs 8 weeks. Learners can expect to invest about 10 - 12 hours per week during a course.

arrow_drop_down Is there any way to reduce the time needed to take and pass the eight online Principles of Manufacturing courses?   ¶

No. To earn the MicroMasters program credential you need to successfully earn a verified certificate in all eight Principles of Manufacturing online courses when they are scheduled. The courses are on an instructor-paced schedule rather than self-paced, so there is no way to reduce the time to complete them.

arrow_drop_down Are courses given in real time or pre-recorded?   ¶

All courses are pre-recorded. Lessons are released every week at a time specified by the course instructor. Course schedules are released during the first week of each course. View a sample course on edX.

arrow_drop_down May I take one of the Principles of Manufacturing courses even though I have not taken its pre-requisite?   ¶

For the entry level courses, while we do not enforce pre-requisites, learners who historically do well have a strong engineering undergraduate background and understanding in statistics and probability theory.

For Manufacturing Process Control II and Manufacturing Systems II, while we cannot enforce it, we strongly recommend that you start with the I courses in each of the I-II course sequences. Concepts learned in the second course will build upon concepts in the first course.

Note that the Management in Engineering and Supply Chains for Manufacturing courses no longer have a I-II course sequence and can be taken in any order.

arrow_drop_down What if I have a disability-related request regarding accessing a MicroMasters program course or exam?   ¶

If you have a disability-related request regarding accessing a MicroMasters program course or exam, please contact micromasters-support@mit.edu as early as possible.

arrow_drop_down May I take more than one of the courses at the same time?   ¶

Yes, you can. Keep in mind that graded assignments and exams will overlap and exceptions are not given to students who take more than one course. The weekly time to actively learn the concepts is estimated at 10 - 12 hours per week, and many learners report some weeks taking much more time. Learners who successfully complete more than one course at the same time are exceptionally disciplined and motivated.

arrow_drop_down May I use two or more different accounts for the MicroMasters courses?   ¶

No. Each edX student should have a single edX ID (username and email account) that must be used in the eight Principles of Manufacturing courses. Further, using two different edX accounts within the same course provides grounds for expulsion from the course.

arrow_drop_down May I repeat a course for a better score?   ¶

Yes, you may repeat a course as many times as you wish. In order for a course to count toward the MicroMasters Credential, the passing course must be taken as an I.D. verified learner. Verification fees are not transferrable across courses.

arrow_drop_down Is it possible to get a refund for a course if I choose to un-enroll?   ¶

Refunds are granted to learners if within 14 days of their payment. Please note that we are not able to grant refunds once the online course has finished. Should you have any questions about whether you are eligible for a refund, feel free to reach out to us directly at micromasters-support@mit.edu.

arrow_drop_down What else do I need after passing the courses, to earn the MITx MicroMasters in Principles of Manufacturing Credential?   ¶

Nothing, as long as you have taken all 8 courses and passed them with a verified certificate. After earning each individual certificate, your MicroMasters program credential will be automatically issued.

Virtually Proctored Exams

arrow_drop_down What is a virtually-proctored exam?   ¶

A virtually proctored exam is a supervised exam taken in a fully online environment and is offered for the following courses.

  1. Manufacturing Process Control II
  2. Manufacturing Systems II
  3. Management in Engineering: Strategy and Leadership
  4. Supply Chains for Manufacturing: Capacity Analytics

Learners download software to their computer that ensures the security and integrity of the exam process. The learner is recorded while taking the exam using their computer's camera A proctor is a liaison between edX and its students to ensure that testing is done under fair and secure conditions. The proctor’s main responsibilities include verifying a government-issued photo ID, monitoring learners during the exam to ensure they do not use unauthorized aides, and ensuring learners follow the instructions outlined by the instructor.

arrow_drop_down What will the virtually-proctored exam be like?   ¶

Virtually proctored learners will take the exam from their own computers and be able to open each section of the exam for two hours.

The main purpose is to test your understanding of the key concepts in the course. Questions can be a mix of multiple choice, fill in the blank, and short answer.

arrow_drop_down What will I need for the exam?   ¶

  • A government-issued photo ID that clearly identifies you by your full name, and that can be used to confirm their identity.
  • A computer that meets all system requirements to use the edX platform and has been tested with the virtual proctoring software. (Sample proctored trial tests are offered in advance of the exams)
  • You will be allowed a two-sided blank piece of paper and pen or pencil
  • You will be allowed the use of one of three approved translators. Google https://translate.google.com/; Youdao http://fanyi.youdao.com/; or Bing https://cn.bing.com/translator.
  • Software varies by exam, please refer to the course for more specific requirements.

arrow_drop_down Where is the proctored exam?   ¶

The exams are offered virtually via the edX platform. Most people will take the exams virtually from their own computer.

arrow_drop_down How should I prepare for the exams?   ¶

To prepare for the exams, you should review the relevant course through Concept Checks, Practice Problems, and Graded Assignments.

Credentials & Certificates

arrow_drop_down Will I earn a separate certificate for each course or just one for the entire MicroMasters program credential?   ¶

You will receive an individual Verified Certificate for each Principles of Manufacturing course that you pass as a verified student. Read more about course certificates here. Once learners earn each individual course certificate, they will receive a MicroMasters Credential certificate.

arrow_drop_down How do I earn a Verified Certificate?   ¶

To earn a verified certificate for an online course, you need to pay the fee and verify for the course within the first four weeks and then successfully complete the course. The verified certificate costs $175 per Principles of Manufacturing course to administer and requires you to verify your identity using a webcam and a government-issued ID, so employers and schools know that you, and only you, completed the course work.

arrow_drop_down Which institution issues the verified certificate?   ¶

Certificates are issued by edX under the name of MITx and are delivered online through edx.org.

arrow_drop_down Is it sufficient to simply pass each course, or will the bar for achieving the MicroMasters program credential be higher?   ¶

The passing grade for each course is independent of the MicroMasters credential. The specific grade is 60% across all PoM courses. When applying to the MIT graduate program, we will use the actual scores in the admissions process – but that is independent of earning the MicroMasters credential.

arrow_drop_down How do I share my course certificate or MicroMasters credential with employers and schools?   ¶

Add the individual course certificate, or MicroMasters credential in the education, certifications or accomplishments section of your resume or CV.

Your course certificate or MicroMasters credential will have an identifying code that you can also share via hyperlink following these directions (http://edx-guide-for-students.readthedocs.io/en/latest/SFD_certificates.html#share-a-web-certificate-url).

To add your course certificate or MicroMasters credential to your LinkedIn profile, you may use the Education or Accomplishments sections of Linked In. Choose MITx as your certification authority under education. Use these methods as examples.

arrow_drop_down How do I obtain official transcripts of my work?   ¶

The MITx MicroMasters credential is a professional certification. There are no official transcripts available at this time. You can share your Principles of Manufacturing course certificates and MicroMasters credential from your edX dashboard following these directions.

If you are applying to the MIT Master of Engineering in Advanced Manufacturing and Design program, the MicroMasters staff will generate a summary of your work at the time your application is accepted and no additional action is needed on your part. EdX and its partner universities are currently working on a secure method to offer transcripts. More information will be available soon.

arrow_drop_down Does completion of the MicroMasters Credential guarantee admission to the Master of Engineering in Advanced Manufacturing and Design degree program at MIT?   ¶

No. While your performance in the MicroMasters coursework and proctored exams will be a contributing factor in admissions, many other criteria will be taken into account such as interest, experience, match between applicant and program, command over English. For a full description of admissions to the MIT MEng go here.

MIT Masters of Engineering in Advanced Manufacturing and Design Blended Program

arrow_drop_down What is the Masters of Engineering in Advanced Manufacturing and Design blended program?   ¶

The Masters of Engineering in Advanced Manufacturing and Design blended program refers to a new option that is being developed by MIT that allows learners to combine the MITx MicroMasters program credential with one semester and a summer project at MIT in Cambridge, MA, USA. The MicroMasters program credential requires a learner to successfully pass eight rigorous online courses, including four virtually-proctored exams.

Learners with the MITx MicroMasters program credential in Principles of Manufacturing are eligible for the Masters of Engineering in Advanced Manufacturing and Design blended program. This new program would require the successful applicant to come to MIT for January through August to take courses on campus for graduation in September of the following year, and a graduation ceremony in June of the year after that.

arrow_drop_down What are the paths to earning a Master of Engineering in Advanced Manufacturing and Design degree (MEng) from MIT?   ¶

The path to the MEng in Advanced Manufacturing and Design at MIT starts with an application. Once admitted there are two path to completing the degree:

  • Traditional program – requires 12 months of full-time residence with matriculation in August and graduation in September of the following.
  • Blended program - required completion of the MicroMasters program credential and requiring eight months in-residence (January to mid-August).

The admission process is identical for both these options.

arrow_drop_down What is the admissions schedule for the Masters of Engineering in Advanced Manufacturing and Design blended program?   ¶

Applications for the Masters of Engineering in Advanced Manufacturing and Design blended program will open in the Fall once a year and close December 15th of that same year. Admissions decisions will be announced in March of the following year.

As an example, the first blended program cohort will have applied in Fall 2018, will receive admissions decisions in Spring 2019, matriculate in January 2020, and received their diplomas in September 2020.

There is one admission cycle per year.

arrow_drop_down Are Masters of Engineering in Advanced Manufacturing and Design blended program students still part of the MEng program and how many will be admitted?   ¶

Yes. Students admitted to the MEng program through either the traditional or blended paths are part of the same program. Each student in each MEng program (Cambridge) will belong to a cohort of 30-40 students during the entire duration of their course work.

arrow_drop_down What will my semesters at MIT look like as a student in the Masters of Engineering in Advanced Manufacturing and Design blended program?   ¶

The blended cohort will take courses alongside other MIT students during the Spring semester. The Spring semester will be exceptionally intense, as students will have to pass 48 units of classwork including 9 units of thesis work. Then students will work on their thesis work with a local company full time in a team of three students from mid-May through mid-August. Students will matriculate at MIT during the January Independent Activities Period (IAP) to get oriented, meet the other student cohorts. In addition, blended program students will be expected to participate in a one-week orientation program in late August.

arrow_drop_down What are my chances of being admitted to the MEng blended program if I am an average performer in the online classes?   ¶

Doing better in the online Principles of Manufacturing courses will increase your chances of gaining admittance to the MEng program at MIT.

However, please note that simply having high grades in PoM courses will not guarantee admission – we look at all aspects of an applicant. A holistic view of the applicant includes but is not limited to factors such as work experience, undergraduate transcript, writing capability, life experience, and TOEFL and GRE scores.

arrow_drop_down If I aspire to enroll in the Masters of Engineering in Advanced Manufacturing and Design blended program, what should be my % target in the Principles of Manufacturing online courses?   ¶

An applicant's course scores form just one component in the admissions decision to the blended Masters of Engineering in Advanced Manufacturing and Design program. In addition to the scores, we will look at the whole person. So, we recommend that applicants do their best in learning the content of the courses. We do not simply accept the top students with the highest sum of scores.

arrow_drop_down Do I need to finish the entire MicroMasters program before I can apply for the MEng blended program?   ¶

No. We will evaluate your application using whatever portion of the MicroMasters program you have finished. If you are admitted to the MEng blended program, then you do need to finish the MicroMasters program before you matriculate (i.e. January) in order for the MicroMasters program credential to be effective.

arrow_drop_down Along with the eight PoM classes, are there any other requirements in order to be eligible to go on campus?   ¶

Yes. Applicants need to be admitted to the program! Earning the MITx MicroMasters Credential does not guarantee admission. It does allow us to look at a more expanded track record for each applicant. See the MEng program page for more information here.

Other Universities Pathways

arrow_drop_down Is the MITx MicroMasters program credential transferable to other university for credit?   ¶

Yes, not only does MIT grant credit, a number of universities now offer credit for MITx MicroMasters programs.

Once you receive the MITx MicroMasters program credential, you can apply to these Master’s programs, and upon acceptance, your MITx MicroMasters program credential will translate into credits toward the Master’s degree, allowing you to accelerate the completion of your graduate studies at one of these universities.

To find out which universities are offering credit, please visit here.

arrow_drop_down Will MIT add more credit pathway schools in the future?   ¶

Yes, we are hard at work with universities globally to grow pathway credits for MicroMasters program credentials. Please continue to visit our website for updates.

arrow_drop_down What if a learner has a desired school for Master’s program that is not currently on our pathways list?   ¶

We would love to hear from you to prospect building a credit pathway with your school. Please connect with us at mitx.micromasters@mit.edu.

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