Feb 25, 2024  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 [Archived Catalog]

Engineering Management - ME

Degree Title and Name:  Master of Engineering Management

Program Name and Number:  Engineering Management – ME7266

Department/Unit:  Industrial and Systems Engineering

Delivery Mode:  Online

Term(s) of Entry:  Fall, Spring, Summer

Program Overview:  The mission of this program is to graduate dedicated leaders and skilled managers exceptionally well suited for the engineering and management professions.

The Master of Engineering Management (MEM) program is a comprehensive examination of the specific management and leadership skills unique to the engineering industry. Students prepare to lead with knowledge and confidence while enhancing their engineering credentials. They interact with and learn from a faculty of engineering leaders experienced in industry and government, while gaining engineering management expertise immediately applicable to their current positions. They are equipped both to succeed in their current career opportunities and to create new ones that challenge and extend their abilities.

The MEM is designed by engineers for engineers who seek leadership skills to foster success in technical teams, projects and programs. The MEM program focuses on both the specific management skills and the engineering techniques that are unique to the engineering industry. It is a bridge between the more general management focus of an MBA and the necessarily more specialized focus of an advanced degree in one or more engineering disciplines. A graduate of this program can apply both advanced leadership techniques and proven technical skills to direct engineers and scientists in cross-disciplinary teams, projects and programs that deliver consistently valuable results.

In this 34 semester-hour program, MEM students begin by taking four foundational courses, Foundations of Engineering Management (EMGT 6000), Engineering Writing (EMGT 6010), Statistics for Engineering Management (EMGT 6100) and Information Systems Engineering (EMGT 6200). These are followed by three core courses: Principles of Six Sigma (EMGT 6110), Project Management (EMGT 6300), and Applied Accounting & Finance for Engineering Management (EMGT 6600). Students also choose two electives, currently selected from Quality Systems (EMGT 6120), Database Information Systems (EMGT 6210), Data Acquisition and Predictive Analytics (EMGT 6220), Engineering Law (EMGT 6400), Lean Thinking Methods (EMGT 6500), and Engineering Leadership (EMGT 6700). Finally, each student completes the capstone Engineering Management Project course (EMGT 6949) to apply what they’ve learned in a real-world engineering management opportunity. This project typically benefits the student’s employer but may instead support a government or non-profit organization.

This is a part-time program. Students taking the normal load of two courses per term complete the 10-course, 34-credit-hour program in 1 year and 8 months.

Students admitted to this program may seek completion of complementary certificates. Two or more certificates also “stack” toward the degree.

Complementary certificates:

  • Certified Lean-Six Sigma Certificate - CTLSSG
  • Engineering Management Certificate - CTEMCG
  • Engineering Leadership Certificate - CTELCG

Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Display breadth of expertise by demonstrating knowledge and skills required for effective leading, planning, organizing and controlling of engineering organizations and activities.
  2. Display depth of expertise by demonstrating knowledge and skills required to function as an effective manager in at least one element each of at least three of the following engineering management contexts:
  • Engineering Design Process, Systems, and Life Cycle Approach
  • Codes, Laws, and Regulations
  • Accounting, Finance, Procurement, Sales, and Marketing
  • Information Systems, Software, and Software-Intensive Systems
  • Manufacturing, Production, and Quality
  • Project, Process, and Program Management
  • Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E)
  • Supply Chain, Logistics, Configuration Management, Maintenance, Support, and Lean Thinking

Opportunities for Graduates:

Engineering management opportunities exist in many industries. Most engineering managers work first as engineers before advancing into management positions. Some principal duties of engineering managers include project management, program management, research, and product development. They act as overseers who formulate plans to see that projects are successfully completed. They manage employees from various engineering disciplines as well as cross-disciplinary and global teams. They also ensure that the final product is budgeted accurately and supported by upper management. Supervisory and hiring skills are key for any manager and should be part of a Master of Engineering Management program. These skills do not come naturally to every engineer, but they can be learned by pursuing an MEM degree. Gaining management skills as well as engineering skills can greatly enhance opportunities for advancement in the engineering and management professions.

Link to Program:  https://onlinemasters.ohio.edu/college-of-engineering/master-engineering-management-certificates

Graduation Requirements: 

The following requirements must be satisfied to graduate:

  1. Complete 34 credit hours in 10 courses as follows, with no grade below a “C” (course names are listed above):
    1. Foundations courses: EMGT 6000, EMGT 6010, EMGT 6100, EMGT 6200
    2. Core courses: EMGT 6110, EMGT 6300, EMGT 6600
    3. Elective courses (select two): EMGT 6120, EMGT 6210, EMGT 6220, EMGT 6400, EMGT 6500, EMGT 6700
    4. Capstone project course: EMGT 6949
  2. Cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher in all graduate course work at Ohio University.

Culminating Experience:  There is no thesis or comprehensive exam, but the final required course, Engineering Management Project (EMGT 6949), is a capstone project in which the student acts as engineering project manager and applies knowledge and skills acquired in the program. Students identify a real-world problem in their workplace or similar setting approved by the instructor, such as a government or community organization. They design a solution, implement that solution and document the results. These activities emphasize learning by doing and require integrating and applying the knowledge, skills and industry standard practices obtained in the Engineering Management program.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants whose qualifications satisfy all elements of one of the following three criteria are reviewed for admission to the Master of Engineering Management program:

Criterion A:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in an accredited program in engineering, mathematics, or physical sciences
  2. GPA 3.0 or higher (GPA 2.75 acceptable with GRE quantitative reasoning score of 155 or higher)

Criterion B:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in an accredited program in business or technology
  2. GPA 3.0 or higher
  3. At least 8 semester credits of mathematics at the calculus level or higher
  4. GRE quantitative reasoning score of 155 or higher

Criterion C:

  1. Bachelor of Science degree in an accredited program from a field not listed above
  2. GPA 3.0 or higher
  3. At least 8 semester credits of mathematics at the calculus level or higher
  4. GRE quantitative reasoning score of 155 or higher
  5. Four or more years of technical work experience

The application requires two letters of recommendation, one preferably from the applicant’s current supervisor and another from an individual who has supervised, mentored or taught the applicant, or is otherwise familiar with the applicant’s academic ability and/or work experience.

In accordance with Ohio University Graduate College policy and with MEM Program Director approval, students may transfer up to 8 semester credit hours (12 quarter credit hours) of coursework that aligns with course(s) in the MEM degree. Each course considered for transfer credit must be eligible for graduate credit at the institution where earned, must have been completed within the previous five years, must have received a grade of B (3.0/4.0 or equivalent) or better, and must not already have been used to earn a graduate degree. Courses on topics within the broad discipline of engineering management that do not align with a course currently offered in the Ohio University MEM program may also be considered for transfer credit if they meet the requirements listed above.

International Students:  This program does not permit full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 cannot be issued based on admission to this program.