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Program Overview

Engineering Management leadership has become a highly sought skill in today’s competitive global technological marketplace. The Master of Science in Engineering Management degree program is designed to bring the benefits of modern technology and high-quality graduate-level instruction to engineers/scientists/technologists interested in furthering their skills in engineering management with specialization in the following areas:

  • Project Management – to become effective and efficient project/program managers.
  • Systems Engineering – to manage activities related to the life cycle of systems.

These specializations offer practical business perspectives necessary for engineering management. Unlike traditional MBA programs, the MSEM programs emphasize management skills that are specifically built on the students’ technical backgrounds and experience. The custom-designed mix of management concepts and technical expertise will help prepare professionals to direct major public and private organizations in the increasingly complicated managerial environment of today’s competitive global, technical environment. In this program, engineering management principles are broadly based and draw from many different disciplines such as applied sciences, engineering, natural sciences, mathematics, economics, business, and social sciences.

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Course Details

Program Prerequisites

Candidates for the program must possess a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, engineering technology, or physical sciences or a closely related area from an accredited university. Interested students from other disciplines may be admitted to the program but may be required to complete additional courses. Non-degree students will not be allowed to enter this program. For those who have a general non-science and non-engineering degree, admission would be based on relevant experience and the following program prerequisite:

  • 1 courses; 4.5 quarter units

PrerequisiteCSC 208, or MTH 220; EGR 220

Introduction to the theory and applications of probability and statistics. Topics include data and numerical summary measures, fundamental concepts of probability, conditional probability, random variables, common distributions, quality and reliability and statistical inference (estimation, hypothesis testing, and regression). The emphasis is on developing problem solving skills and application to business, social sciences and engineering.

Core Requirements

  • 6 courses; 27 quarter units

Designed to equip the students with all skills and management related topics covered in a graduate course in engineering management including portable management skills, management concepts, quality, product development, human resource management, communication, critical path networks and management of supply system and inventory control.

Focus on fundamentals of engineering project management and tools, in particular, Microsoft Project and provides guidelines for what project managers need to have in order to succeed. Introduction to project negotiation, project manager selection and project auditing and terminating.

PrerequisiteENM 600

The course examines the design and management of internal capacity of an enterprise as it applies to all organizations. It addresses how all operations, supply chain and behavior components fit together and how to identify and resolve the right problem. Topics covered include problem identification and resolution, process design, applications of technology, supply chain management and knowledge management.

Focus on modern concepts and practical guidelines for leading people effectively and confidently towards challenging project and organizational objectives. The concepts behind dealing with diverse project teams, issues of delegation, empowerment, accountability, control, commitment, organizational linkages, alliances and intricacies of matrix management will be studied.

Overview on theories of total quality management required for a successful organization. In addition, key Global Trends, Costs of Poor Quality, and Ethical Dilemmas will be discussed. The concepts related to Six Sigma, Benchmarking, SPC, quality tools, and ISO 9000-2000 will be discussed.

The focus of this course is to explore how globalization driven by technology trends resulting in economic shifts affects businesses and people all around the world. The course synthesizes information on production, the supply chain, consumption, culture, and changing technological innovation that support the global economy. Technological processes that impact global businesses and organizations are analyzed for various industry sectors. Students will examine the interactions of transnational corporations and States (countries) that are engaged in this dynamic economic and technological environment. Course Assignments and project will focus on demonstrating the above aspects.

Capstone Requirements

  • 3 courses; 13.5 quarter units

PrerequisiteStudents must complete the six Core Courses, along with their chosen Specialization courses, prior to being able to register for the Capstone Courses starting with ENM 607A. ; ENM 600; ENM 601; ENM 602; PME 602; ENM 604; TMG 610; and ENM 603; PME 601; PME 604; , or SYE 600; SYE 601; SYE 602; SYE 603

Culminating capstone project that includes the engineering management processes learned throughout this program. Working in teams under the guidance of their assigned faculty advisor, students select a research topic. The duration of this course is one month. This is the first part of a three course series that each student has to complete sequentially. Grading is H, S, or U only.

PrerequisiteStudents must complete the six Core Courses, along with their chosen Specialization courses, prior to being able to register for the Capstone Courses starting with ENM 607A. ; ENM 607A

Continuation of ENM 607A capstone project. Specific focus is on the literature review and preliminary data gathering and analysis. The duration is one month. This is the second part of a three course series that each student has to complete sequentially. Failure to complete this second course successfully require students to repeat ENM607A and ENM607B again. Grading is H, S, or U only.

PrerequisiteStudents must complete the six Core Courses, along with their chosen Specialization courses, prior to being able to register for the Capstone Courses starting with ENM 607A. ; ENM 607B

Continuation of ENM 607B project course. Specific focus is on the analysis of the data collected including problem solutions. Students present their research in both written and oral form to the client organization, if applicable, and to other students and faculty. This is the third part of a three course series that each student has to complete sequentially. Failure to complete this third course successfully requires students to repeat ENM607A/B/C again with a new team and/or a new project. Grading is H, S, or U only. Course is eligible for In Progress (IP) grade.

All students must choose one Area of Specialization defined below

Academic Program Director: Ben Radhakrishnan; [email protected]

From small companies to giant global institutions, project managers are fueling much of the successful development of exciting technical enterprises. Talented and knowledgeable project managers command the best assignments, salaries, other compensation and bonuses. They are the future leaders and entrepreneurs. Good project managers are not born, but are nurtured from a combination of experience, time, talent, and training. Successful projects do not happen spontaneously; they require preparation, planning, and organization. This specialization is designed to provide systematic training to those who would like to pursue an engineering project management career.

Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply a multidisciplinary approach involving the integration of engineering, management, quality, and cultural analysis to the conduct of project management engineering.
  • Evaluate the financial impact of projects on corporations and businesses and develop appropriate action plans through project management engineering.
  • Integrate state-of-the-art technological advances to the practice of project management engineering.
  • Achieve agreed upon scope, budget and schedule requirements using resources, organizational systems, and decision-making processes.

Specialization Requirements (4 courses; 18 quarter units)

ENM 602 Risk, Contracts, and Legal Iss  4.50

PME 601 Advanced Project Management 4.50

PME 603 Product Management  4.50

PME 604 Project Finance Management 4.50

Academic Program Director: Ben Radhakrishnan; [email protected]

This specialization focuses on complex technology systems that have a far reaching effect on society and its people. These systems are comprised of three types of entities: a) complex products such as aircraft, ships, land vehicles, and military hardware; b) networks of information and infrastructure such as air traffic control, highways, and public works and environmental processes; and, c) the organizations that design, build, and maintain these products, systems and related services, i.e., businesses (public and private, for-profit and non-profit), military command, and government agencies. The systems engineering program provides knowledge in the activities related to the life cycle of systems including definition, development, deployment, and decommission

Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Comprehend the fundamentals of systems and general systems theory.
  • Design discrete and continuous systems utilizing appropriate systems theory, operational requirements, and component integration.
  • Validate system performance with testing and evaluation methods.
  • Maintain system operations at optimal conditions through the application of systems management fundamentals.

Specialization Requirements (4 courses; 18 quarter units)

SYE 600 Introduction to Systems Design 4.50

SYE 601 Systems Analysis & Design Eval 4.50

PrerequisiteSYE 600

SYE 602 Advanced System Design 4.50

PrerequisiteSYE 601

SYE 603 System Dynamics 4.50

PrerequisiteSYE 602

Degree and Course Requirements

To receive a Master of Science in Engineering Management, students must complete at least 58.5 quarter units of required courses. A total of 9.0 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another accredited institution, as it applies to this degree, and provided the units were not used in earning another advanced degree. Students should refer to the section in the graduate admission requirements for specific information regarding application and matriculation.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate data analysis and critical thinking skills and techniques to manage projects and processes (products and services).
  • Examine a multidisciplinary approach involving the integration of engineering, management, quality, and risk analysis in projects and processes (products and services).
  • Identify, prioritize and select relevant solutions in solving complex engineering problems and processes.
  • Assess tools and techniques, resources, organizational systems, and decision making processes for the successful management of projects and processes (products and services).
  • Apply global mindset and a knowledge of business environments in engineering management solutions.
  • Demonstrate organizational and team skills needed to manage projects and processes.
  • Communicate effectively using graduate-level oral and writing skills.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical responsibility in engineering management.


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