The M.S. in Engineering Management program is appropriate for a wide range of industrial and/or technically-focused individuals who have previously earned a four-year degree in technology, business, engineering or science. It meets the needs of technical professionals who are looking for both an advanced degree and appropriate preparation for their natural progression into management-level positions. It also meets the needs of professionals who are on a technical, rather than managerial, career track, as it will help them to be more effective in managing the integration of their technically-focused jobs with others in team-based projects. Our program particularly fits the needs of busy professionals working in business, industry, and the military who may be located anywhere in the world, by being available completely online, as well as on the EMU campus.
The E.M. program focuses on management of technology and intellectual property; research and development; engineering and technical projects; design and manufacturing; people, resources and organizations; quality; and lean enterprise systems. Knowledge in these areas helps technical specialists to do their current jobs better and provides solid preparation and an advanced degree for promotion to management levels.
In addition to earning an advanced degree, many of our E.M. students attain professional certification in one or more specialty areas of Engineering Management. The program offers tracks and focused courses that help students (with appropriate experience and credentials) attain several internationally-recognized professional certifications. These certifications include (a) S.M.E.’s Certified Engineering Manager (C.E.M.), Certified Enterprise Integrator (C.E.I.), Certified Manufacturing Technologist (C.Mfg.T.), and Certified Manufacturing Engineer (C.Mfg.E.); (b) P.M.I.’s Certified Associate in Project Management (C.A.P.M.) and Project Management Professional (P.M.P.); and (c) S.M.E.’s Lean Certifications. The program also offers a track for attaining EMU’s Graduate Quality Certificate.
The specialty tracks of the program facilitate preparation for passing the examinations for the professional certifications noted above, and include:
Research and Development
Design and Manufacturing
Lean Enterprise Systems
EMU Graduate Quality Certificate
The Research and Development track is a 36-credit-hour program and requires the completion of a research-based formal development project or thesis. The Design and Manufacturing, Project/Program Management, Lean Enterprise Systems, and Quality tracks require course work only, and are 39-credit-hour programs.
Meet the degree admission requirements of the Graduate School;
Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5;
Have a technical- or industrial-related undergraduate degree (i.e., science, engineering, technology, or business);
In the case of international students, meet the University and program TOEFL requirements before being accepted into the program. See the admissions website at www.emich.edu/admissions for specific minimum TOEFL score requirements.
Demand for the program is very high. Admission is competitive, with top applicants selected upon periodic review of the pool of applicants submitted to EMU.
Students with a Bachelor’s degree may enroll in a limited number of graduate courses through Extended Programs and Educational Outreach prior to degree admission.
Conditional admission status may be granted in special cases, such as to students who are currently in the last year of their undergraduate program. Conditional admission may also be granted to students who have graduated from a non-accredited institution, or who may have earned an undergraduate GPA of less than 2.5. Such students may seek degree admission after completing nine hours of graduate level work, as specified by the department, with a 3.0 GPA.