The purpose of the Engineering Management master’s degree is to educate individuals with a technical undergraduate background who are in or aspire to assume a management role in a technologically based, project-oriented environment within an industrial, engineering, service or government organization.
By drawing on the diverse resources available through the university and surrounding industry, the M.S. in Engineering Management program develops engineers and other technically trained individuals for leadership roles in a technologically based enterprise.
Graduates of the M.S. in Engineering Management program have:
- Skills in such areas as project management and control cost estimating, financial analysis, total quality management, and human resources management.
- An ability to connect textbook and classroom content to real-world applications.
- The ability to manage technical/engineering projects and programs.
- The ability to climb the managerial ladder within their organization.
Students pursuing this program are expected to meet the following learning outcomes:
- Use engineering, financial, information and human resources tools to achieve them on time and within budget completion of projects.
- Successfully use professional communication, organization and time management skills.
- Problem-solve both as an individual and as part of a team.
- Identify and utilize evidence-based resources and information.
- Recognize and utilize the best practices relevant to the student’s discipline.
- Act professionally and ethically.
Students who lack appropriate academic preparation may be required to take bridge courses in the areas of statistics, cost analysis, and engineering economics.
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 (IE 700 Master'S Project) or a 6-credit thesis (IE 701 Master'S Thesis) are optional electives. 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 having an IE or EM prefix.