Degrees & Certificates

Master of Engineering in Engineering Management

Designed for the engineer and technical manager who needs a broader education to keep an organization operating efficiently and working ahead of its competitors, the master of engineering in engineering management provides students with a strong understanding of the technology involved in engineering projects, and the management process through which the technology is applied.  Graduates from the program are prepared to work effectively at the interface of engineering and management and assume professional positions of increasing responsibility across a broad range of industries, such as: healthcare, technology, finance, business and software systems.

The master’s degree requires 10 courses (equivalent to 30 credits); six-core required courses and four-elective courses. Students are encouraged to take an integrated four-course sequence leading to a graduate certificate for the four electives. 

Required Core Courses:

  • EM 600 Engineering Economics
  • EM 605 Elements of Operations Research
  • EM 612 Project Management of Complex Systems
    EM 680 Designing and Managing the Development Enterprise
  • EM 624 Informatics for Engineering Management
  • SYS 660 Decision and Risk Analysis
  • SYS 611 Modeling and Simulation or
    SYS 681 Dynamic Modeling of Systems and Enterprise

Students lacking a strong quantitative background that includes an introduction to calculus and statistics may be required to take several ramp courses as defined by the admission conditions listed in the acceptance letter.

Engineering Management Study Plan

Download EM Study Plan - For students starting their Master's before Summer 2014

Download EM Study Plan - For students starting their Master's in Summer 2014 or later

Doctoral Degree in Engineering Management

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree consists of 54 degree consists of 54 credits, post master’s with minimum 15 research credits. The curriculum for the doctoral program is designed to develop the ability of the student to perform high-impact research and high-level design that will contribute significantly in the advancement and growth of the field of Engineering Management. For more details on the doctoral program and requirements, visit our Doctoral Studies page.

Graduate Certificates

Students are encouraged to take an integrated four-course sequence leading to a graduate certificate for the four advisor approved electives. Graduate certificates are offered online via web-based instruction and can be applied toward a master's degree. Listed are the 4 course, 12 credits, EM graduate certificates offered through the School of Systems and Enterprises.

Data Exploration and Visualization for Risk and Decision-Making
Financial Risk Engineering
Systems and Supportability Engineering

A faculty advisor must approve other graduate certificate options for the EM program. To view a complete listing of SSE graduate certificates, visit Graduate Certificates.

Note: All of these certificates are available to undergraduate students as part of the four plus one program.



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Recent studies show that most engineers will ultimately assume managerial positions, and that most will spend a considerable part of their professional careers in a management or supervisory capacity. In a recent survey conducted by the American Association of Engineering Societies, it was found that within ten years of the start of their careers, more than 50 percent of engineers find themselves in technical management positions, often without the benefit of formal training in management.