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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 [Archived Catalog]

Engineering Management - MEM

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Master of Engineering Management

Engineering Management - ME7266

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
270 Stocker Center
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701

Delivery Mode: Online

Terms 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 technology professions.

The Master of Engineering Management (MEM) program is a comprehensive examination of the specific management and leadership skills unique to engineering. Students are taught how 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 for engineers who seek leadership skills to foster success in technical teams, projects and programs. It is a bridge between the more general management focus of an MBA and the necessarily more specialized focus of an advanced degree in a specific engineering discipline. 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), Communication Skills for Engineers (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, which include 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. Students completing one or more of the MEM certificates can “stack” the course credits earned for the certificate and later apply them to the MEM degree.

Complementary certificates

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. These skills do not come naturally to every engineer, but they can be learned by pursuing an MEM degree. Gaining management skills to complement one’s engineering skills can greatly enhance opportunities for advancement in the engineering and technology professions.

Further Information

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

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.

Graduation Requirements

Complete a minimum of 34 credit hours as follows:

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