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Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing & Design Engineering (MaDE)


The bachelor of science in Manufacturing & Design Engineering (MaDE) is the Segal Design Institute’s undergraduate program that culminates in a bachelor of science degree from Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering.

The program focuses on three key areas:

  • process and product design
  • manufacturing systems
  • manufacturing management

The MaDE program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Learn more about the MaDE Program Objectives.


Why MaDE?

The program provides students with the ability to integrate various design and manufacturing processes into an effective system. MaDE students learn and participate in all aspects of product realization, from product design to manufacturing technologies and operations.

This knowledge builds a solid foundation for any career in design, product development, or manufacturing.

Program Duration and Requirements

Northwestern's academic year operates on a three-quarter system. Students complete 12 courses per year, typically taking four courses per quarter. To obtain the bachelor of science degree, a total of 48 courses is required.

All McCormick engineering students begin with the Engineering First® program: a two-quarter sequence that includes Design Thinking and Communication (DTC) and a four-quarter sequence of Engineering Analysis.

Additional curricular areas required for the MaDE program include:

  • mathematics
  • basic sciences
  • basic engineering
  • social sciences and humanities
  • manufacturing and design core curriculum (10 courses)
  • a design project (two courses)
  • technical electives
  • unrestricted electives

Learn more about the MaDE program curriculum


Please see the Northwestern undergraduate financial aid website for current information about tuition, fees, and expenses.

Contact Us

For more information about the MaDE program, please fill out the form below. You may also contact Professor David Gatchell at 847-491-6761 or