Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year] 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year]

Engineering Management [M.S.]

Location(s): Online, In-person/hybrid

Revised Program [Fall 2024]

The Master of Science in Engineering Management, MEM, program is appropriate for 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 undergraduate engineering/science credit hours as a pre-requirement that should be completed within one year of enrolment. The MEM program meets the needs of engineers and business and technical professionals seeking an advanced degree to 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 in traditional and online formats. Students can complete the whole program online or prefer to come on campus for traditional class offerings. With the fully online program, our MEM program caters to the needs of professionals busy with their careers and personal lives and may be unable to schedule the time to attend classes on campus - military personnel also have appreciated the availability of all online courses from outside the country.

At the same time, our traditional classroom setting format allows us to attract international students. Eastern Michigan University is famous for its welcoming nature to international students. We are near cities like Detroit, Dearborn, Ann Arbor, and Canton. Detroit is known as the motor city and is the headquarters of General Motors and Ford Motor Company, along with hundreds of their suppliers. International students can work on internships while on their CPT and can work for two years in any major company on their OPT after graduation. The City of Dearborn has the largest Middle Eastern decedent population outside the Middle East, a warm, welcoming nature, and fine halal food. The city of Ann Arbor is famous for the University of Michigan. And finally, the city of Canton has a large Muslim and Hindu population.

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. 

Our MEM program is a 36-credit-hour program and requires only coursework.

This is a STEM-designated program (see OPT Extension).


Program Admission

Admit Terms and Deadlines

Students may start the program in the Summer, Fall, or Winter.

Application Deadlines

  • 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.

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.

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.

Program Requirements

Applicants must also meet the following program 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.


School Information

Engineering 111 Sill Hall, 734.487.2040

Vijay Mannari, PhD, Faculty Associate

Advisor Information

Muhammad Ahmed, PhD, 111G Sill Hall, 734.487.0040

Degree Requirements: 36 hours

Restricted Electives: 18 hours

Select 18 credit hours from the following. Only EM 547 , QUAL 647 , or COT 710  may be used to satisfy this requirement.

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.