Master of Science in Engineering Management Program Page

Master of Science in
Engineering Management,
Systems Engineering



230K+ Alumni Worldwide


Engineering management knowledge and skills are highly sought after in today’s competitive global technological marketplace. The Master of Science in Engineering Management program is designed to bring the benefits of modern technology and graduate-level instruction to engineers, scientists, and technologists. It offers a custom-designed mix of management concepts and technical expertise to help prepare professionals for the increasingly complicated managerial environment of today’s global and technical environment.

The Systems Engineering specialization focuses on complex technology systems with far-reaching effects on people and society. Systems of study include complex products and services, information networks and infrastructure, and organizations that design, build, and maintain them. Instruction and coursework will focus on the knowledge and activities related to the life cycle of these systems, including definition, development, deployment, and decommission.

Admission Requirements

In preparation for your Master of Science in Engineering Management studies, you must possess a bachelor’s degree in engineering, engineering technology, physical sciences, or a closely related area from an accredited university. Students from other disciplines may be admitted, but may be required to complete additional courses. Non-degree students will not be allowed entry to the program. For those with a general non-science or non-engineering degree, admission is based on relevant experience and completion of the following prerequisite:

  • CSC 220 – Applied Probability and Statistics

Course Details

Foundation Courses

For the Master of Science in Engineering Management degree with a specialization in Systems Engineering, you must complete six foundation courses, four specialization courses, and three capstone courses. Completion of all foundation and specialization courses is required prior to starting the capstone course sequence.

Course Name

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.

Specialization Courses

Course Name

A detailed overview of the nature of systems and the design process behind human-made systems. This course focuses on the four phases of systems design: conceptual design, preliminary design, detail design, and evaluation and testing. Life-cycle engineering and requirements analysis methodologies are also introduced.

An in-depth study of system analysis and design evaluation. You’ll learn to use various modeling tools to predict system performance and evaluate various system alternatives under multiple design criteria and conditions of risk and uncertainty. Use of calculus and Microsoft Excel are required.

This course examines advanced system design concepts and details the operational feasibility of design methodologies. Instruction focuses on the following topics: system reliability, maintainability, usability (human factors), supportability (serviceability), producibility and disposability, and affordability (life-cycle costing). Coursework will also provide an introduction to systems engineering management, including planning, organization, and program control and evaluation.

An analysis of complex systems, system behavior, and system of systems (SoS). Course topics include the concept of intended and unintended consequences, systems thinking, modeling dynamic systems and decision-making, system instability and oscillation, and testing of system models. System dynamics programming software is provided with the instruction.

Capstone Courses

Course Name

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.

Learning Outcomes

Students earning the Master of Science in Engineering Management with a Systems Engineering specialization will learn 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
  • Demonstrate data analysis and critical-thinking skills and techniques to manage projects and processes (products and services)
  • Examine a multidisciplinary approach that integrates 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 a global mindset and a knowledge of business environments to 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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