The Master Engineering Management (MEM) is a 30-credit hour degree with a curriculum that aims to transform engineers into exceptional leaders in their field. The integrative curriculum includes core courses that teach business leadership, engineering management, finance and accounting for engineers, technology strategy and innovation management, and visual data analysis. This unique curriculum is made possible by combining courses taught by faculty experts from the College of Engineering, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, and The Fisher College of Business.
Students have the opportunity to earn Six Sigma Certification in addtition to the MEM degree if they complete ISE 5810 Lean Sigma Foundations as an elective course. Yellow, Green, or even Black Belt can be earned dependent upon previous Six Sigma projects completed. Contact the program for more information.
The MEM can be completed at a student's desired pace in as little as 16 months. Most students elect to take one or two courses per semester and complete the degree in about two-three years.
Core Courses (15 cr hrs)
Students must complete these required core courses.
Leadership and Team Effectiveness (3 cr hr)
Leadership and Team Effectiveness is fundamentally the product of the appropriate application of leadership and management at the group or team level. As such, it is about the student's ability to get things accomplished successfully with others regardless of their position or authority or geographic locations of team members. Leadership is about the ability to responsibly accept, delegate, and execute any project, task, or assignment with integrity. This course is about the possibility of being an engineer who has a demonstrable proficiency in and reputation for leading and managing others to successful accomplishment. It is about gaining power and confidence in causing results in different conditions and circumstances.
Financial & Managerial Accounting for Engineers (3 cr hrs)
An overview of the basic topics in financial and managerial accounting. A focus on helping engineers understand the meaning of the numbers in financial statements, their relationship to one another, and learning how they are used in planning, decision-making and control towards achieving the objectives of an organization.
Technology Strategy & Innovation Management (3 cr hrs)
In this course you will learn how technology strategy may lead to the creation of competitive advantage. Tools and frameworks explored are: (a) how to evaluate highly uncertain investment proposals, (b) whether and how to capture value from intangible, knowledge-based assets, and (c) how to design organizations that assemble and organize resources to exploit existing advantages and explore new opportunities.
Project Management for Engineers (3 cr hrs)
This course is intended to provide foundational and advanced project management education in an interactive online learning environment as part of the Master Engineering Management program. The course will focus on relevant and best practice project management topics and case studies that will prepare the students to plan, organize, engineer for success, lead/manage and participate in the multi-faceted and complex conditions that arise during planning and execution of small to large projects and programs.
Visual Analytics for Sensemaking (3 cr hrs)
Students learn about information visualization techniques that help people analyze massive amounts of digital data to combat overload and aid sensemaking with applications in retail and financial decision making, logistics, information systems, manufacturing, healthcare, energy and smart grids, cybersecurity and social networks.
Management in Public Agencies (4 cr hrs)
(Students select PUBAFRS 6050 or ENGR 6210)
This course provides an introduction to public management ‐ managing public organizations and managing the public aspects of nonprofit and private sector organizations. In this course, students consider the organization as the unit of analysis. You will build from a foundation in organizational theory, and consider modern management challenges facing organizations that carry out public purposes. Focus is on traditional public sector organizations, government funded bureaus and agencies that deliver public services directly to citizens, but also considering other organizations that operate in the public sector (e.g. nonprofits, private firms under contract). The course begins by examining the backbone of public management-‐ organizations and ways to evaluate and understand organizations. Students pull from organizational theory and practice to distill the core similarities and differences between organizations operating publicly, and those operating privately. You then evaluate the environment of organizations in depth, paying careful attention to identify how different environmental factors constrain and enhance the ability of managers to deliver goods and services. All organizations operate in multi-‐layered environments, but public sector organizations are perhaps unique in the complexity of their environmental circumstances. After looking externally, students then turn internally to examine processes and structures that define and direct organizational activity, including goals, decision making processes, and formal structure. The course concludes with a discussion of organizational reform, with particular focus on efforts to reform public and nonprofit organizations.
Capstone Course (3 cr hrs)
The capstone course is a culminating experience providing students the opportunity to solve real-world challenges by utilizing skills learned from the MEM courses, while implementing the principles of operational excellence and lean systems in an organization. In this course students complete a process improvement project in their organization to address a problem that involves cost, quality, delivery or a combination of these. Learn more.
Electives (12 cr hrs)
The elective courses provide opportunities for students to enhance their engineering management skills in areas of sustainability, global supply chains, risk analysis, policy, and data analytics. Students select courses from the following to fulfill the electives portion of the curriculum.
Electives offered through the College of Engineering
Students must take at least 3 credit hours (but no more than 6 credit hours) in engineering electives:
A list of all graduate engineering courses is available HERE.
Autonomy in Vehicles (3 cr hrs)
Autonomy in the context of modern vehicles; cruise control, anti-lock brake systems (ABS), steering control/lane keeping; introduction to automated highway systems (AHS).
Science, Engineering & Public Policy (3 cr hrs)
Presents a history of the interactions between science, engineering, and public policy in the United States and in the context of global concerns (e.g. climate change, competitiveness), inquire into how various federal government, universities, & corporations conduct & fund science and engineering & explore how public sector interests & processes influence sci, engr & public policy.
Lean Sigma Foundations (4 cr hrs)
Comprehensive foundation course in Integrated Lean and Six Sigma for students pursuing Yellow, Green, or Black Belt Certification.
Introduction to Additive Mfg (3 cr hrs)
This courses covers unique modern additive manufacturing processes and addresses polymers, ceramics, metals, and hybrid materials. Applications and limitations of additive manufacturing are also discussed.
Electives offered through The John Glenn College of Public Affairs
Students select from the following to complete the remaining electives portion (6 credit hours or 9 credit hours depending on how many engineering electives are selected).
Innovation, Policy, & Global Economy (3 cr hrs)
This course examines frameworks and theories of public administration, governance, and policy for science and engineering at the international level. It will will critique existing theories of global knowledge development and transfer, governance, and trade through the lens of science and engineering.
The Business-Government Relationship (3 cr hrs)
Business tools and strategy for influencing government; evolution and direction of public policy toward business. Prereq: Sr standing and permission of the Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Research.
Risk and Decision Analysis in Public (3 cr hrs)
This course provides a comprehensive assessment of theories and tools for decision-making in the face of risk and uncertainty, giving a rigorous treatment of current issues and approaches in risk analysis through both qualitative and quantitative lenses.
Management in Public Agencies (4 cr hrs)
Learn to manage public sector organizations with a focus on the external environment: context of public sector organizations, their structure, how they operate; managing organizational performance, innovation, and change.
Managerial Leadership in Public (3 cr hrs)
Managerial Leadership in Public and Nonprofit Organizations with focus on internal operations, processes, and resources; human resource management, information technology; other aspects of internal capacity.
Data, Models & Evaluation (4 cr hrs)
This course will provide the knowledge and tools necessary to analyze data. Students learn about fundamentals of statistics to conduct analysis, and they will develop an understanding of program evaluation and research design in order to evaluate the quality of analyses conducted by others and communicate findings. Work on applied project related to their jobs that culminate in Capstone projects.
Electives offered through The Fisher College of Business
Below are sample courses offered by the college of business that MEM students can select as elective courses. Please note that all Fisher online courses include synchronous class sessions. Additionally, enrollment in any of the Fisher courses requires permission by the college and is on a space available basis. Students can search for all possible graduate Fisher College courses HERE.
Contact the program for additional information.
Operations Management (3 cr hrs)
Operations Management (MBA 6233) is designed to provide a solid foundation and deeper understanding of how the operations function contributes to ensuring effective and efficient flow of materials and information within and outside the organization.
Negotiation (3 cr hrs)
Future course not yet available in online format
Highlight the components of an effective negotiation and teach students to analyze their own behavior in negotiations. Largely experiential, course provides students with an opportunity to develop their skills by participating in negotiations and integrating their experiences with the principles presented in the assigned readings and course discussions.
Data Analysis for Managers (3 cr hrs)
Introduction to data analysis and statistics for business. Emphasis on achieving an application-oriented understanding of statistical inference and regression analysis and their use in decision making.
Marketing Management (3 cr hrs)
Focuses on the interrelated elements of the marketing mix, its relationship with the other functional areas of management, and marketing responses to the external environment.