By drawing on the diverse resources available through the university and surrounding industry, the MS in Engineering Management program develops engineers and other technically trained individuals for leadership roles in a technologically-based, project-oriented enterprise.
Focus on interdisciplinary course work and research provides students with an advanced background in both the theoretical and practical aspects of managing technical/engineering projects and programs via case studies, role playing, and course work. The engineering management program faculty bring to the classroom a critical blend of practical and academic experience.
The program is particularly valuable to individuals who have a number of years of experience in industry, government, and service organizations, or those who have been entrepreneurs. It provides these professionals with broad-based knowledge and skills to succeed as organizational managers and project managers, from conceptualization through implementation.
Eligibility for admission requires completion of an undergraduate degree in engineering, the sciences or a closely related area. Students are expected to have achieved an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. Students not satisfying the above requirement will be considered for conditional admission on a case-by-case basis. In some cases, a bridge program will be required to qualify for matriculation.
The program requires 30 credits, 18 of which are taken in a required core. A purpose of the core is to provide knowledge in the functional areas that are the cornerstones of the discipline: organization and people management, cost management, and systems management. The remaining 12 credits are elective courses, which may be within an area of specialization to meet the individual’s specific professional and personal objectives. A 3-credit project or a 6-credit thesis is optional. In some cases, students may select courses to enhance their technical competency. In other cases, individuals may select courses to prepare for a change in responsibilities or job function. At least half of the elective courses must be selected from those offered by the Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering. Also, a 12-credit graduate certificate in Construction Management, Operations Productivity, Pharmaceutical Management or Project Management is available as a step toward this degree.
18 Core Credits are required with courses as Concepts of Strategic Cost Analysis, Management Science, Project Management, Organizational Behavior, Total Quality Management and Decision Support Systems.
The range of possible specializations is broad. The following is a list of possible specializations:
- Project Management
- Cost Engineering
- Technical Marketing
- Technological Entrepreneurship
- Facility Management
- Manufacturing Systems Management
- Management Information Systems
- Engineering Management
The MS Engineering Management program is now available in Beijing, China.