Carnegie Mellon University

Master of Science (MS) in
Additive Manufacturing (AM)

The Master of Science in Additive Manufacturing (MSAM) is a two-semester full-time degree program designed to educate students in the engineering science required to understand and advance additive manufacturing (AM) and provide hands-on experience with designing, adapting and building parts using current AM technology. The program combines fundamental understanding of the underlying science as well practical instruction in the technologies of additive manufacturing through classroom and laboratory coursework. The program is run by the NextManufacturing Center.

Students will normally complete their program within two full-time academic semesters. Nevertheless, the program expects to accommodate students who wish to pursue the MS on a part-time basis while, e.g., continuing to work. Please note that immigration regulations do not allow Carnegie Mellon University to issue visa documents for the part-time MSAM program. The program is glad to receive applications from students with diverse backgrounds and from individuals with work experience.

Degree Requirements
The degree requirements include 96 units to be completed as follows:

Course Requirements
  • 36 units of (3) core courses 39-601, 39-602 and 39-603, along with their corresponding cross-listings in Mechanical Engineering or Materials Science & Engineering are described below.
    • Students must take the two core coursework courses in the first semester and the laboratory course in the second semester.
  • 24 units of additive breadth
    See below for the set of Breadth Courses
  • 24 units of disciplinary concentration
    Determined in consultation with the advisor
  • 12 units of breadth elective
    Determined in consultation with the advisor
  • Masters in AM Courses

*The choices of electives must be pre-approved by advisor in the student's home department.

To broaden their education, students in the MSAM program are encouraged to attend any of the seminars that are typically offered each week in all engineering and science departments.


  • All students must achieve a B average in order to graduate.
  • Course units with a grade below C will not be counted towards the degree.
  • Students must be registered for a minimum of 48 units to be registered full-time each semester.
  • Agreement of the MSAM advisor must be obtained for a student to take more than 60 units in a given semester.

The formal course requirements of the Master of Science in Additive Manufacturing (MSAM) degree are similar to those of the existing MS programs: 36 units of additive manufacturing core, 24 units of additive breadth, 24 units of disciplinary concentration, and 12 units of breadth elective. The total is 96 units.  

The required three Additive Core courses are managed by the MSAM program; course descriptions are provided below. Breadth and Elective courses are offered by other engineering departments, and these courses are updated based on what is available each semester. The MSAM program leverages CIT’s significant faculty expertise and strengths in advanced manufacturing. The required three Additive Core courses ensure that students gain the knowledge of and grounding in additive manufacturing specifically. The two required Additive Breadth courses explore design, commercialization and computational materials topics in the context of AM applications. The technical depth in engineering is ensured by the disciplinary concentration that the student selects. The breadth elective gives flexibility and leverages the interdisciplinary strengths of CMU.

Course type Course numbers Units/
Three (3) Core Courses in
additive manufacturing,
each 12 units, required

39-601/24-632 Additive Manufacturing Processing and Product Development 

39-602/27-703 Materials Science for Additive Manufacturing 

39-603 Additive Manufacturing Laboratory 
12 units each 36
Breadth Courses targeting
additive manufacturing 
(choose two)

24-787 Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Engineering Design

24-680/19-670 Q
uantitative Entrepreneurship: Analysis for New Technology Commercialization

09-860 Special Topics in Computational Chemistry: Machine Lerning for Experimentalists

27-792 Solidification Processing

12-709 Data Analytics for Engineered Systems

24-651 Material Selection for Engineers

42-612, 27-720 Tissue Engineering.

12 units each 24
Existing courses in CIT
approved as electives
Chemical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering,
Mechanical Engineering, Engineering & Public Policy, Electrical & Computer Engineering
6 or 12 24
Breadth Electives Graduate level engineering courses, and limited pre-approved non-engineering graduate classes 6 or 12 12

39-601/24-632 SPECIAL TOPICS: Additive Manufacturing Processing and Product Development  (Fall Semester)
Instructor: Beuth, Jack L.
Introduction to additive manufacturing (AM) processing fundamentals and applications using Solidworks 3-D CAD software and a variety of polymer and metal AM machines. Includes a brief history of AM processing, a review of and technical fundamentals of current AM processes, a study of the current AM market, and future directions of the technology. Lab Sessions will support an open-ended product development project. Lectures on metals AM will address current research impacting industry. Students will also perform a literature review of papers on the state of the art. Basic Solidworks knowledge required.

39-602/27-765  Materials Science for Additive Manufacturing  (Fall Semester)
Instructor: Rollett, Anthony D.
This course will develop the understanding required for materials science and engineering for additive manufacturing. The emphasis will be on powder bed machines for printing metal parts, reflecting the research emphasis at CMU. The full scope of methods in use, however, will also be covered. The topics are intended to enable students to understand which materials are feasible for 3D printing. Accordingly, high power density welding methods such as electron beam and laser welding will be discussed, along with the characteristic defects.  Since metal powders are a key input, powder-making methods will be discussed. Components once printed must satisfy various property requirements hence microstructure-property relationships will be discussed because the microstructures that emerge from the inherently high cooling rates differ strongly from conventional materials. Defect structures are important to performance and therefore inspection.  Porosity is a particularly important feature of 3D printed metals and its occurrence depends strongly on the input materials and on the processing conditions. The impact of data science on this area offers many possibilities such as the automatic recognition of materials origin and history. Finally, the context for the course will be discussed, i.e. the rapidly growing penetration of the technology and its anticipated impact on manufacturing.

39-603 Additive Manufacturing Laboratory (Spring Semester)
Instructors: Beuth, Jack L.; Wolf, Sandra DeVincent; Rollett, Anthony D.
       •  39601/24632 Additive Manufacturing Processing and Product Development
       •  39602/27703 Materials Science for Additive Manufacturing
Hands-on laboratory projects will teach students about all aspects of metals additive manufacturing (AM). Students will learn how to use SOLIDWORKS for part design, create and transfer design files to the AM machines, run the machines to build parts, perform post-processing operations, and characterize AM parts. Student will work in teams and complete three separate lab projects, each utilizing a different material system, part design, AM process/machine, post-processing steps and characterization methods. A major lab report and presentation will be required for each of the three lab projects. The course includes weekly lectures to complement the laboratory component. Prerequisites: 39601/24632 and 39602/27703. Priority for enrollment will be given to students who have declared the Additive Manufacturing Minor or are enrolled in Master of Science in Additive Manufacturing program.