The College of Engineering, in partnership with the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration, has established an Engineering Management Concentration under the MS Engineering degree. This is in addition to the five concentrations under the MS in Engineering currently offered in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Petroleum Engineering.
The Master's in Engineering Management is a 30-hour non-thesis MS degree that requires twelve (12) credit hours of required courses and eighteen (18) credit hours of approved elective courses from the College of Engineering and the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration. The program is designed for professionals with existing engineering experience and will develop the business and management skills needed to lead teams of engineers in project-based work.
What is Engineering Management?
A concentration in Engineering Management integrates the total business system including the technical, financial, operational, organizational, marketing and human resource aspects. Careers in the field brings together the technological problem-solving ability of engineering and the organizational, administrative, and planning abilities of management in order to oversee the operational performance of complex engineering-driven enterprises.
Earning an Engineering Management Masters augments your extensive engineering knowledge. It offers an invaluable credential that bridges the gap between engineering and business that will advance your career. In addition, because engineering managers are usually involved in the financial, production, and marketing activities of their firm, business management skills can be beneficial for those seeking management positions. An Engineering Management degree program improves leadership skills and helps you, the working engineer, gain a solid foundation in six sigma, project management, leadership, financial management, accounting and statistics.
The Need for Engineering Management
A recent survey by the American Society for Engineering Education, “ASEE Corporate Member Council 2020 Survey for Skills Gaps in Recent Engineering Graduates,” shows that only 41 percent of engineering graduates felt very or somewhat prepared for project management and business skills. Fully 59 percent expressed the concern that they felt unprepared, had very little preparation or had to learn these skills in the workplace.
The need for engineering managers is steadily growing across engineering subfields. Many of these new jobs for engineering managers are expected to be in computer systems design and related services and in consulting firms. Demand for civil engineering services is expected to continue as the nation’s aging infrastructure requires expansion and repair. Mechanical and electrical engineering services will also be needed for projects such as wind turbine farms and other renewable energy projects.
On a global level, an engineering management masters will competitively prepare you to succeed in the following roles: Chemical Engineering Manager, Civil Engineering Manager, Electrical engineering manager, Computer Engineering Manager, Mechanical Engineering Manager, Petroleum Engineering Manager, Design Engineering Manager, Process Engineering Manager, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Project Manager, Systems Engineering Manager, and Engineering analysis and consulting.
In addition to the general Graduate School application requirements, applicants must have either (1) an engineering degree from an ABET/EAC accredited program or (2) an engineering degree from a non-accredited engineering program or (3) a degree from a closely aligned, non-engineering major. Non-engineering degreed applicants will be considered; however, in most cases, leveling will be required to ensure that the student has an acceptable engineering knowledge base. The leveling courses that will be required will be determined on a case-by-case basis.