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Master of Science in Engineering Management

The Intersection of Technical Expertise and Business Acumen

The Master of Science in Engineering Management offers graduate students an opportunity to develop the technical expertise and the business competence that is in high demand for management positions in technology-based industry. Industry leaders are seeking qualified and talented individuals who are capable of directing and supervising development and production processes. The combination of technical proficiency and business skills fostered in the Engineering Management program provides a competitive edge for graduates seeking a wide range of positions in technology-based product or service industries, as well as in comparable local, state and federal programs.

Engineering Management is the art and science of planning, organizing, allocating, directing and controlling the activities and resources applicable to individuals and organizations engaged in the management of engineering activities and technology development, including: project management, economic evaluation of systems, technology transfer, management of research programs, development, design, evaluation, production, and allied activities.

The program was designed by experienced high level managers and academic leaders as an option for engineers and scientists to broaden their skill sets to include management tools and techniques that are applicable to technology-based industries. Graduates of the Engineering Management Program work as Project Managers, Product Managers, or leaders of teams in technical industries. Upon completion of the program, students find that their acquired skills are applicable to a wide range of industries primarily those focused upon the development of technical products and the management of technical projects.

Graduates may assist companies in bringing a product from an idea through its development phases to its introduction to the marketplace. They may also be involved in forming and managing teams for assessing cost efficiencies, formulating strategies to improve production, or analyzing a company's supply chain. Few of these projects can be successfully completed without the skills of those possessing a background in management decision making and engineering expertise; therefore, the Engineering Management graduate is often a technical liaison to management. As a result, many of these assignments have actually proven to be a gateway to upper level management positions.

The current program of study can be taken on a part time or full time basis. There are four core courses required of all students which have been formulated to satisfy the foundation requirements. In addition to these required courses the curriculum consists of electives which allow students to choose either a broad based program of study or one centered on a particular concentration. Some students may elect to refresh or enhance their technical skills in engineering-based subjects such as Information systems, Computer Systems Engineering or Graduate courses from the traditional Engineering disciplines. Other students may prefer to broaden their knowledge base by selecting coursework in management subjects such as engineering organizational psychology, financial management, logistics and warehousing or lean systems design.


Who is the Master of Science in Engineering Management for?

One recent graduate has observed that "Northeastern's MSEM is like an MBA for engineers, with high-quality, dedicated professors who are proficient in their field yet are able to convey information in a way that's easy to understand." This graduate also noted, "My courses in project management have been key to understanding the subtleties that affect Project Managers while technical courses provide a strong background in fundamentals as well as specialty topics. My experience with co-op has been outstanding and has truly helped me further my career."

Students interested in the program can find the detailed curriculum below.


Flexibility to Fit Your Goals and Lifestyle

The Master of Science in Engineering Management program is available at our Boston campus as well as online.

Benefits of online and hybrid studies

Pursuing some or all of your graduate studies online allows you to build your credentials and enhance your knowledge, while a flexible schedule minimizes the disruption on your professional and personal life.

Similarities to “on ground” (campus-based) programs

  • Variety of course offerings: online programs offer all required courses, as well as the most frequently chosen electives.  This ensures you have access to the courses you need and want most. 
  • Extensive resources: all students have access to the university library’s online collections.   
  • Connection to faculty and students: led by instructors trained in online instruction, our virtual classes are designed to create a community of peers that learn, discuss, and support each other – both in class and beyond. 

Differences from on ground programming

  • Innovative format: virtual classrooms allow for new ways to deliver knowledge while also helping you further hone your electronic communication skills – a must in today’s world. 
  • Increased flexibility: with online studies, you can study on your own schedule, accompanied by clear guidance from your instructor.

Participate in Northeastern University’s Graduate Cooperative Education Program

Students enrolled in both paths of the Master of Science in Engineering Management have the option to participate in the Graduate Cooperative Education Program, or Co-Op. Eligible students who participate in the Co-Op program are able to apply the coursework in real-world industry settings, which gives students the opportunity for experiential learning. To learn more about the Graduate Co-Op program, please review their webpage.


Combine the MS-EM with Certificate Programs

Students enrolled in both paths of the Master of Science in Engineering Management program have the opportunity to also pursue one of the many engineering graduate certificate options in addition to or in combination with this program. Students should consult their faculty advisor regarding these options. The MS in Engineering Management can be combined with a Galante Engineering Business certificate or a Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate. Learn more about the benefits of these unique programs. 

Learning Outcomes: 

The M.S. programs' student learning outcome is

  • The ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.

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Student Success Stories

  • Engineering Management Spotlight

    Sountheriya Kalimuthu
    MSEM'12

    Much has happened since Sountheriya Kalimuthu graduated with her MS in Engineering Management in December 2012.