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2012-2013 University Catalog (Revised 2012-10-02) 
2012-2013 University Catalog (Revised 2012-10-02) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Engineering Management, M.S.

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Offered by: College of Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department

Abdul B. Sadat, Chair and Graduate Coordinator

The Master of Science in Engineering Management is a unique program developed to meet industry need for highly qualified and well trained engineering managers. The program gives engineers advanced multidisciplinary training in manufacturing, production and operations management, business, and finance. It is such an interdisciplinary program to be offered by the College of Engineering in cooperation with the College of Business Administration. Most of the applicants to the program are expected to have work experience, to be working full-time, and to enroll as part-time students. The curriculum is structured so that the student can complete a course of study tailored to the student’s unique talents and career goals. It culminates in an engineering management research experience that addresses students and industry needs. Students will be given the option of performing thesis research on individual topics or to join research teams sponsored by one of the programs’ industry partners.

Admission to the Program

All applicants for the Masters in Engineering Management must file an admission application on line at To receive unconditional admission to the MSEM program applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree in engineering, or engineering technology (Applicants holding engineering technology degrees may be required to take the GRE Test and/or some preparatory courses with no graduate credit) from an ABET-accredited program. In addition, the applicant must have attained a grade point average of at least 3.0 in all undergraduate upper division mathematics, science and engineering courses, and, likewise in all courses attempted with graduate standing. Conditional admission may be granted in cases in which the applicant does not satisfy the criteria for unconditional admission, but can demonstrate aptitude for graduate study by submitting test scores of the Graduate Record Examination, letters of recommendation and other relevant documents. A minimum GRE score of 1100 in the Quantitative and Verbal sections of the exam is required for admission to the program. All applicants from foreign countries should contact the Office of Admissions at least one year in advance of application so that all required materials may be supplied in time for evaluation. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) prior to admission.

Program Requirement

A minimum of 48 quarter units of course work is needed. This should include at least 24 units of graduate business administration (GBA) courses, and a minimum of 24 quarter units of engineering graduate (EGR) courses. A maximum of 8 quarter units at the 400 level may be accepted for graduate EGR or GBA courses. The program of study includes at least 16 quarter units of breadth courses and 20 quarter units of technical emphasis courses. The remaining units consist of at least 6 quarter units of electives, and an Independent Study with a Report. A grade point average of 3.0 or better must be maintained. During the first quarter each student will develop a program of study approved by Graduate Studies Committee. A total of 13 quarter units of transfer, Extended University or units petitioned for graduate study, or any combination of 13 units may be included in a Master’s contract. The stipulated time limit of 7 years applies to all of the above.

Admission to the program does not admit a student to candidacy for a degree. Advancement to Candidacy is granted upon the recommendation of the graduate faculty and implies a readiness to attempt the thesis or independent study. Students who are not candidates are not eligible to register for EGR 691, EGR 692 , EGR 696  or EGR 699 . In order to advance to candidacy the student must:

  1. Satisfy all admissions conditions, if any.
  2. Have an approved program of study
  3. Complete at least 48 units of graduate coursework with a grade point average of 3.0 or better; and
  4. Satisfy the Graduation Writing Test.



A minimum of 48 quarter units is required for the Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) program. This should include at least 24 quarter units of engineering graduate (EGR) courses and a minimum of 24 units of graduate business administration (GBA) courses.

Core: 20 units

Terminal Options

Choose Option I or II

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