M.S. in Engineering Management

Program description

The M.S. degree program in engineering management is designed to build both technical competence and business acumen. The program builds understanding and skills critical to the support of fast-to-market strategies, which also guarantee product quality and cost minimization. A systematic analytical framework is developed and coupled with tools for managing the engineering and technical functions within manufacturing-based companies.

This cross-disciplinary program draws from the expertise of the College of Engineering and School of Business Administration, and develops the engineering leader who is responsible for designing and implementing strategies to successfully compete in the 21st century.

The degree program is a 36-credit degree program. The program includes 18 credits of engineering courses and 6 credits of business administration course. The final 12 credits can be completed in two different ways: 1) engineering and business electives (12 credits) or 2) Project at a company (6 credits) plus engineering electives (6 credits)

Program objectives

Graduates will be able to:

  • Understand and integrate the design, test and build product life cycle
  • Model, analyze and control design and production activities
  • Understand the impact of quality, cost and timeliness metrics on manufacturing performance
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of manufacturing processes and technologies
  • Perform data analysis and optimization for decision making
  • Develop business cases for justifying process, organizational and technological projects
  • Support for systems engineering and project management
  • Communicate effectively (written, verbal and presentation) across all levels in the enterprise
  • Develop an ability to grow through life long acquisition of knowledge

Testimonial from Student

Plan of work

The Plan of Work is intended to assist the student in structuring the course work for the MS degree. Students are urged to discuss their program with the appropriate program coordinator (identified along with the program description). The Plan of Work should be filed in DegreeWorks by all students in the program before completing 12 credits. Students will be notified by the Graduate School regarding the acceptance of the plan. The Plan of Work is a contract that describes all requirements to be met for the degree. The Plan of Work should be treated as a living document. If there are any changes to your program, you must file a revised Plan of Work and receive approval from department graduate program director. Failure to keep your Plan of Work updated can delay graduation. 

View the Planning Worksheet (2020) for the M.S. in Engineering Management (xlsx) - Plan B

Course information

Admission requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. These are the additional requirements:

  • Academic Credentials:
    • Students with Baccalaureate degree in engineering from an institution accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) with honor point average of 3.0 in the upper division of their undergraduate program are prime candidates for this program.
    • Applicants from non-ABET institutions will be considered on a case by case basis.  
    • No GRE is required.
    • Students without a Baccalaureate degree in engineering or other mathematically rich field who have work experience in a technical field will be considered for admission on probation only after demonstrating mathematical proficiency by scoring a grade of "B" or better in the following three courses or their equivalent: MAT2010 (Calculus I), MAT2020 (Calculus II), and BE2100 (Basic Engineering: Probability & Statistics). Students on probation must complete eight credits of ISE courses with a grade of "B" or better before changing to regular status.
  • Required Work Experience: This program is designed to leverage student work experiences to make the learning more immediately relevant. No exceptions allowed. Applicants must:
    • Currently working full-time in the U.S. in an engineering related job, or
    • At least two years previous full-time work experience post Baccalaureate graduation as a practicing engineer or technical leader.

Applicants with less than 3.0 honor point average might be considered for admission under special circumstances.

Prospective students should contact M.S. Engineering Management Program Faculty Advisor, Dr. Kenneth Chelst, for additional information.