The Master of Science in Engineering Management, MEM, program is appropriate for a wide range of engineers, scientists, and business and technical individuals, who have previously earned a four-year degree in engineering, technology, or sciences. Students with a four-year business degree can be conditionally admitted to the program with additional undergrad engineering/science credit hours as a pre-requirement that should be completed within one year of enrolment in the program. The MEM program meets the needs of engineers, and business and technical professionals who are seeking an advanced degree that will prepare them for a natural progression into management-level positions.
The MEM program enables students to achieve a new balance from object-focused engineers to people-focused managers, from solving well-structured to unstructured problems, from managing single aspects to multi-aspect issues, and from perfectionism to outcome satisfaction. Using a balanced approach to quantitative and qualitative concepts, the MEM program, at Eastern Michigan University (EMU), is designed to meet the needs of engineers and technical professionals, and to learn the management skill set needed to manage engineering projects and human resources. The MEM Program concentrates on engineering and technical project management from a managerial perspective, engineering process management, planning design and manufacturing, engineering resource management and systems, and enterprise integration. The program also provides an opportunity to acquire leadership skills in quality and lean enterprise systems. Knowledge in these areas helps engineers and technical specialists to do their current jobs more effectively while earning a graduate degree that is often necessary for promotion to management-level positions.
Our MEM program is offered entirely online. By offering the fully online program, our MEM program caters to the needs of professionals who are busy with both their careers and personal life and may be unable to schedule the time to attend classes on campus - military personnel also have appreciated the availability of all online classes from outside the country. In addition to earning an advanced degree in Engineering Management, many of our MEM students attain professional certification in one or more specialty areas of Engineering Management. International applicants can also apply to the MEM program and complete the degree without coming to the USA.
Our MEM program is a 36-credit-hour program and requires only coursework.
This is a STEM-designated program (see OPT Extension).
Online Education Eligibility
- The U.S. Federal Government limits the number of online courses international students may enroll in while living in the United States. For this reason, we cannot admit students on F1 or J1 VISAs to fully online programs. Please check with International Admissions to confirm eligibility before applying.
- All applicants, please review Online Education for Out-of-State Students to confirm your eligibility to enroll in an online program based in Michigan.
Admit Terms and Deadlines
Students may start the program in the Summer, Fall, or Winter.
- Fall - International applicants (June 30), All other applicants (August 20)
- Winter - International applicants (October 30), All other applicants (December 15)
- Summer - International applicants (February 15), All other applicants (March 30)
The demand for the program is very high. Therefore, admission is competitive, with top applicants selected upon periodic review of the pool of applicants submitted to EMU.
Minimum Graduate School Requirements
For full admission, applicants must have 1) Earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution, 2) a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program. Conditional admission may be available to applicants not meeting minimum admission requirements.
Applicants must also meet the following program requirements. Requirements may be more stringent than the minimum graduate school requirements.
- Have a technical- or industrial-related undergraduate degree (i.e., science, engineering, technology, or business) with a minimum GPA of 2.7.
- Submit a Personal Statement explaining their academic and professional career.
Students with a Bachelor’s degree may enroll in a limited number of graduate courses as a graduate non-degree student before degree admission.
Your application will be submitted using EngineeringCAS, a Centralized Application Service (CAS) hosted by Liaison. After reviewing the admission requirements, please review the application instructions and select the appropriate application below.
Domestic Applicants Within the application, follow the instructions to submit an official transcript from all previously attended institutions.
International Applicants Before applying, applicants must review the international application/process deadlines at emich.edu/international as they may differ from general program requirements.
For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.
Degree Requirements: 36 hours
Core EM Program Requirements: 18 hours
Restricted Electives: 18 hours
Critical Graduation Information
Each graduate student is responsible for fulfilling the requirements or equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.
Master’s degree requirements must be completed within six (6) years of first enrollment in the master’s degree program.
In the event a student does not complete the master’s degree requirements within six years of the date of their original registration, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their degree in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.
The following are minimum requirements for all master’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some programs require more than the minimum in one or more areas below.
- A master’s degree must require a minimum of 30 credit hours.
- No more than six credits of independent study courses and no more than 12 credit hours of special topics and independent study courses combined may be applied to a graduate degree.
- Residency Requirement:
- For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 36 or fewer required hours, at least 24 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere).
- For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 37 or more required hours, at least 30 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. Minimum degree hours must still be met for graduation. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere).
- Residency and enrollment in multiple programs: Students enrolled in multiple master’s/specialist degree programs must have 24 unique credit hours in each degree program.
- Only credits from one completed graduate certificate may be applied to a master’s or specialist degree in a relevant field of study, as determined by the Graduate School and with the approval of the degree-granting academic department, and be included in the residency hours above.
- Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all graduate-level courses taken at EMU and in their program of study to remain in good academic standing and be eligible for graduation. Students do not need to be registered for classes during the semester of graduation.
- The Graduate School does not permit the use of undergraduate courses (499 and below) to meet degree requirements on graduate programs of study.
- Some master’s programs require a thesis; others require a special project or internship; others require students to pass a final exam. See the Graduate School website for Thesis and Dissertation Manuals, all forms, and information about research and human subject approval. Every completed thesis or dissertation must be submitted to Digital Commons. Any form of graduate student work submitted to Digital Commons must first be approved by a faculty advisor and the Graduate School.