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Master of Science in Engineering Management

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.

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."

The Master of Science in Engineering Management program is also available online and at our satellite campuses in Charlotte and Seattle.

Students enrolled in the MS in Engineering Management 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

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