MS in Engineering Management: Curriculum

MS in Engineering Management: Curriculum

The online Master of Science in Engineering Management offers the opportunity to complete and defend a practical project or thesis in addition to core requirements, allowing you to earn your degree in the way that suits you best. You can also choose to complete your requirements purely through detailed coursework, with courses chosen from a range of diverse, practical electives that you can select yourself. In its entirety, the program can be completed in just 1.5 to 2 years – even if you’re also working full-time.

Listed below is a breakdown of the requirements to earn the credential:

Required Core Courses (15 units):

  • SIE 514 — Law for Engineers & Scientists (3 units)
  • SIE 515 — Technical Sales & Marketing (3 units)
  • SIE 522 — Decision Making Under Uncertainty (3 units)
  • SIE 557 — Project Management (3 units)
  • SIE 567 — Financial Modeling for Innovation (3 units)

Select from one of the following 3 options:

1. Project Option
Either a 3- or 6-unit Project may be selected with approval of the faculty advisor. The project option requires a written report and an oral presentation. The report is prepared under the guidance of the major professor and is reviewed by members of the examining committee prior to the oral presentation. The 3-member examining committee consists of the major professor and at least two other members of the faculty selected on the basis of the student’s course work and field of interest. Students will either defend their master’s report on campus, or will have to arrange for a teleconference defense.

The remaining elective credits for a total of 30 credit hours will be selected with the approval of an advisor and the Graduate Study Committee.

2. Thesis Option
This option requires 24 units of regular course work, followed by 6 units of thesis research (SIE 910). This option is perfect if you’re looking to work directly with a faculty member to create an original thesis. Thesis work is an excellent complement to course work and constitutes a valuable opportunity to develop an appreciation for and understanding of advanced engineering research. You will only be permitted to select the thesis option with an outstanding academic record.

Your thesis will be prepared under the guidance of the major professor and reviewed by members of the examining committee prior to the oral presentation, which will take place on-campus or via teleconference. The examining committee will consist of the major professor and at least two other members of the faculty selected based on your chosen area of interest. Other members of the department may also choose to examine the thesis.

The remaining elective units for a total of 30 units will be selected with the approval of an advisor and the Graduate Study Committee.

3. Coursework Option
A total of 33 units are required for this option. At least 1 3-unit course must be completed at the 600 level with a grade of “B” or above. The remaining elective credits will be selected with the approval of an advisor and the Graduate Study Committee.

Any remaining units required to meet the 30 (or 33) unit threshold will consist of electives chosen from our course catalog and approved by the Department. Not all of our 600-level courses are offered online each semester. Please check with the department and your faculty advisor before registering.

For course descriptions and other information, please visit our online course catalog (and search for SIE – Systems and Industrial Engineering).


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