Master of Science in Engineering Management

George Washington University

Program Description

Master of Science in Engineering Management

George Washington University

The master’s in engineering management provides a specialized alternative to traditional business coursework, focusing specifically on technical management and organizational leadership in engineering projects. Students of the online program develop a thorough understanding of technical management, which can be applied directly to technology companies, scientific institutions, manufacturers, and other leading-edge technical environments.

While many engineering management programs put more emphasis on technical skills, this program’s curriculum is primarily designed to provide a thorough analysis of technical organizations and how to lead them most effectively. Required courses examine the ways in which finance, staff, and technical requirements connect to form a cohesive, efficient organization. The program is relevant to those from a variety of backgrounds—whether you’re an experienced, trained engineer seeking a leadership role, or a business professional looking to gain industry-specific leadership skills.

Program Learning Objectives

The objectives of the online master’s program in engineering management are to ensure that graduates:

  • Work and lead effectively in the business environment by applying EM principles in the overall management of organizations oriented to manufacturing, construction, engineering, technology, or production.
  • Coordinate critical organizational functions—organizational management and behavior, operations, project management, marketing, cost and quality control, finance, staff, technical requirements, engineering contract management—and supervise technical development while maintaining high performance.
  • Prepare to take the exam for certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP)®, offered by the Project Management Institute to further establish professional credentials.

This program is also offered at the GW Graduate Education Center in Arlington, Virginia.


The graduate programs in engineering at GW are designed to accommodate students who work full-time. Required coursework can be completed as it suits your schedule. Students who work will be able to put the skills they learn directly into practice in their current workplace.

Both the online master’s in engineering management and the online master’s in systems engineering require a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate-level coursework. Both programs have the same core requirements, which comprise 24 credits, in addition to 12 credits of focus area specialization. Even for students working full-time, the program is typically completed in roughly 3 years. Master of Science degrees in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering are also offered on-site at our GW Off-Campus sites.

Core Courses

  • EMSE 6001. The Management of Technical Organizations
  • EMSE 6020. Decision Making with Uncertainty
  • EMSE 6099. Problems in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Capstone
  • EMSE 6410. Survey of Finance and Engineering Economics
  • EMSE 6505. Knowledge Management I
  • EMSE 6580. Information and Software Engineering
  • EMSE 6801. Systems Engineering I
  • EMSE 6820. Program and Project Management
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 4, 2018
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Sept. 2019
3 years
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2,580 USD
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