Jun 23, 2024  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 [Archived Catalog]

Engineering Management Certificate

Engineering Management Certificate - CTEMCG

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

Delivery Mode: Online

Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Enrollment Eligibility: Current degree-seeking student or non-degree status

Certificate Overview

The mission of this certificate program is to prepare dedicated leaders and skilled managers who, in the words of the Guide to the Engineering Management Body of Knowledge, excel in “the art and science of planning, organizing, allocating resources, and directing and controlling activities which have a technological component.” Depending on the starting semester chosen, a student can usually complete this certificate in two or three semesters.

This certificate introduces students to key elements of Engineering Management. This includes the four basic functions listed above, but also includes research and development, planning and managing production activity, ethics, and the effects of globalization on technical processes and markets.

Building on this foundation, two major tools of the engineering manager are then provided. The first is Project Management, the primary means of accomplishing new things in the field of engineering. Students learn to successfully negotiate the five stages of Project Management: initiation, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. The ten knowledge areas of Project Management are examined in turn.

If Project Management is how engineering managers get things done, then Engineering Law is how engineering managers avoid getting things done to them. In the Engineering Law course, students study intellectual property policy (including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets), torts and liability, contracts and administrative law. They learn how to shape their legal and business environment to resolve disputes and avoid peril.

Certificate Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the four basic functions of engineering management—planning, organizing, leading and controlling—and identify principles and techniques to perform each one successfully.
  • Provide project deliverables on time and under budget by applying concepts and techniques from the five process groups and ten knowledge areas described in the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).
  • Explain legal principles including intellectual property, contracts, torts and administrative law, and apply them to disputes described in case studies, in order to structure and control the engineering and business environments.

Opportunities upon Completion

Those who complete this certificate will be able to take significant steps from the role of executing a project or program with a significant technology component to the role of managing larger and larger parts of those efforts. By learning, understanding and applying industry-accepted frameworks of engineering management and project management, and by sharpening their knowledge and skills in applications of intellectual property law, they will significantly increase their value to their organizations.

They can expect to excel among their peers in team leadership and supervisory roles in a wide variety of settings, including industry, government and the military—wherever technology and a technical workforce must be understood, managed and brought to consistent success. They will better position themselves to transition from technical work to positions requiring more knowledge and expertise in managerial tasks. As a result, they will better compete for hiring and promotion into mid-level management jobs in these settings, including manufacturing, supply chain, and service industries.

Certificate Relationship to Parent Degree Program

The parent program of this graduate specialized stackable certificate is the Engineering Management master’s degree   with program code ME7266.

A student who wants to enroll in this certificate does not need to enroll in or complete the MEM degree. However, completing this certificate does fulfill two required courses and one elective course in the 10-course MEM degree. Students admitted to this certificate may also seek admission to the MEM degree, and/or the MEM program’s other certificates. Two or more certificates also “stack” toward the degree. Previously submitted application materials will be reused as much as possible, as determined by the MEM Program Director.

Complementary certificates

Further Information

Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/engineering/ise/academics/graduate-programs/management-certificate

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements to this certificate are the same as those for the MEM degree program, except that the eight (8) semester credit hours in Calculus or post-Calculus math are not required. Students currently in the MEM program may enroll in this certificate with administrative approval from the MEM Program Director and the OHIO Graduate College.

For direct admission to this certificate, prospective students may be admitted under any of the following three criteria:

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. 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. GRE quantitative reasoning score of 155 or higher
  4. 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.

Students admitted directly to this certificate, and who have not been admitted to the MEM degree, hold a non-degree-seeking status. See Financial Aid Eligibility Information 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.

Completion Requirements

Complete the three designated courses totaling 11 semester credit hours in addition to the following requirements:     

  • This certificate must be completed within three (3) years.
  • No grade below a “C” can be used to fulfill any Ohio University graduate requirement including this certificate, and a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA) at the graduate level is required to stay in and complete the certificate. An applicant on academic probation in any Ohio University graduate program may apply with permission from the MEM Program Director.
  • Depending on the starting semester selected, the student can usually complete the certificate in two or three semesters, taking one or two courses per semester. In order to keep tuition costs low, these courses are shared with and scheduled by the MEM program.
  • There is no capstone course in this certificate, but smaller projects and assignments are used to give students the opportunity to apply and integrate what they learn.

Required Courses

Culminating Experience

There is no single culminating experience in this certificate. However, each course has a summative element to help the student apply the elements being learned. In the Foundations of Engineering Management course, each student creates a case study of two to three management issues, applies specific principles learned during the course to these management issues, and uses a multimedia communication tool to create a narrated presentation suitable for viewing by upper management. The Project Management course includes a project from the student’s work or life. In this project, the student initiates, plans, executes, manages, controls, and closes the project, while applying and documenting tools and techniques learned in the course. In the Engineering Law course, the student applies course material by analyzing a patent and by preparing a briefing for a case study of a contracting issue related to an intellectual property license.