Engineering Management

Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM): 51.0 quarter credits

About the Program

The engineering management program is designed to provide the background in management science necessary to advance from purely technical positions to supervisory responsibilities in such areas as research and development, production, engineering, design, and technical marketing. Study can be on a part-time or full-time basis, and all courses are offered online.

In our increasingly complex, technologically-oriented economy, demand has risen for professionals with the expertise to manage both human and technological resources — a combination of talents crucial to organizations competing in the global marketplace. Students graduating with the master's in engineering management are significantly better positioned to meet the challenge.

Engineering management is a multidisciplinary program offering a core curriculum and specialization in a selected area of technology or management. Majors in engineering management must hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering, basic science, or a related field. The program is open to those professionals who aspire to be engineering or technically based managers.

Dual-Degree Requirements

Students may simultaneously pursue the master's in engineering management and another master's degree. Students must satisfy program requirements for each degree, with a maximum of 15.0 credits transferred from one program to the other. (The master's in engineering management requires 51.0 credits; if the other degree requires 45.0 credits, then 66.0 credits are required under the dual degree program.) Approval for the dual degree program must be obtained from the program advisor in each department or program.

Graduate Co-op Program (GCP)

The Graduate Co-op Program (graduate intern or co-op program) is available to master’s-level engineering management students. The opportunity to spend six months in industry provides a significant opportunity for the engineer in transition to management. Through Drexel’s Steinbright Career Development Center, students can explore new career directions. This program requires 6.0 additional credits, 3.0 for each term in industry.

Certificate Opportunity

The engineering management program also offers a four-course graduate certificate in engineering management. 

Students can apply to pursue the graduate certificate in engineering management, earn the credential, and subsequently apply those credits toward completion of a master's in engineering management. However, current students in pursuit of the master's in engineering management may not simultaneously pursue the graduate certificate.

Non-engineering management graduate students in the college of engineering (including those in the accelerated bachelor's/master's program) are welcome to apply for the certificate in engineering management, with advisor approval, and they can do so while simultaneously pursuing their primary degree.

Additional Information 

For more information about the program, visit the Drexel Online Engineering Management program page.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program requires:

  • A four-year bachelor of science degree in engineering from an ABET-accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution.  Bachelor's degrees in math or the physical sciences may also be considered for provisional admission.
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.  If any other graduate work has been completed, the average GPA must be at least 3.0.
  • Complete graduate school application.
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended.
  • Two letters of recommendation, professional or academic (professional preferred).
  • Resume
  • A 750-word essay on one of two prompts: technical analysis problem or human resource problem (details of each problem are included in the essay tab of the online application).
  • International students must submit an Internet-based TOEFL (IBT = score of 100 or higher).

At least five years of relevant professional work experience are recommended, but not required.

Interested students should complete the Drexel University Online admission application for admission into this online program.

Degree Requirements

The master's in engineering management degree requires 51.0 credits, including 30.0 credits in required core courses and 21.0 graduate elective credits, of which 6.0 or more credits are in a major area of interest. These electives may be taken in other colleges at Drexel consistent with the plan of study and any required prerequisites.

Students with a particular interest in technology or management who can satisfy the prerequisite and departmental requirements are free to select any 6.0- to 21.0-credit sequence with the approval of the program advisor. Alternatively, students may take the balance of required elective credits from any other graduate-level course(s) in engineering, business, or another college for which they have adequate preparation and can obtain approvals from the college and the engineering management program.

All candidates are encouraged to discuss areas of interest with the program advisor and to develop a proposed plan of study during the early stages of the program.

Note:  Specific course requirements will be waived for students who have taken equivalent courses elsewhere.


Engineering Management
EGMT 501Engineering Management I3.0
EGMT 502Engineering Management II3.0
EGMT 504Communications3.0
EGMT 581Problems in Human Relations3.0
Finance & Business Policy
EGMT 531Economics for Engineering Management3.0
EGMT 535Financial Management I3.0
EGMT 536Financial Management II3.0
EGMT 537Problems In Engineering Administration3.0
Quantitative Analysis
EGMT 571Managerial Statistics I3.0
EGMT 572Managerial Statistics II *3.0
EGMT 573Operations Research I3.0
EGMT 574Operations Research II3.0
Electives
Select five of the following:15.0
Research & Development Management I
Infrastructure Systems & Performance Evaluation
Infrastructure Project & Program Planning
Public Value & Participation in Infrastructure Decision
Infrastructure Capstone Project
Research & Development Management II
Marketing for Engineers
Engineering Ethics & Business Practices for Engineers
Project Management for Engineers
Project Planning and Control
Global Engineering Project Management
Visual System Mapping
Systems Engineering Leadership
Engineering Law
Sustainable Business Practices for Engineers
Systems Engineering Management
Special Topics in Engineering Management
Total Credits51.0

 

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EGMT 572 requires as a prerequisite EGMT 571 (Managerial Statistics I) or approval from the department by completing a waiver and requesting to take and pass the STAT Placement exam in place of EGMT 571EGMT 571 is offered in the winter and summer terms.



Certificate in Engineering Management

This program is a superb training ground for engineers and scientists who want to obtain a solid foundation in critical areas in management, communications, economics and finance without having to commit to the entire graduate program. After completing the program, students have the option of applying the earned credits toward a master’s degree in engineering management.

Admission to this program requires:

  • A four-year bachelor of science degree in engineering from an ABET-accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution.  Bachelor's degrees in math or the physical sciences may also be considered for provisional admission.
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.  If any other graduate work has been completed, the average GPA must be at least 3.0.
  • Complete graduate school application.
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended.
  • Two letters of recommendation, professional or academic (professional preferred).
  • Resume
  • A 750-word essay on one of two prompts: technical analysis problem or human resource problem (details of each problem are included in the essay tab of the online application).
  • International students must submit an Internet-based TOEFL (IBT = score of 100 or higher).

At least five years of relevant professional work experience are recommended, but not required.

Continuing master's students pursuing other technical disciplines may also complete the certificate courses as electives with approval from their advisor (i.e. electrical engineering master's students may complete these four courses to satisfy four of their five elective requirements).

This certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete the following four graduate-level courses from the master's in engineering management curriculum:


Requirements
EGMT 501Engineering Management I3.0
EGMT 504Communications3.0
EGMT 531Economics for Engineering Management3.0
EGMT 535Financial Management I3.0
Total Credits12.0

 

The program is administered through Drexel Online. Applications to the certificate program are managed by Drexel Online. For the most current admission information, please visit www.drexel.com.

Courses

EGMT 501 Engineering Management I 3.0 Credits

Covers the principles and practices of administration of engineering and science activities, including nature of management, organization, planning, controlling action and measuring results, management of human resources, communication, and decision-making.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EGMT 502 Engineering Management II 3.0 Credits

Covers principles and procedures of creative problem-solving, including the use of brainstorming sessions and a step-by-step formulation of the practical techniques by which creative imagination can be more productively utilized. Pays special attention to the development of professional creativity habits through formulating basic plans, investigating directions, developing methods, and optimizing and completing solutions.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EGMT 501 [Min Grade: C]

EGMT 504 Communications 3.0 Credits

Provides a thorough review of the essentials of usage and a study of methods of organization and style of both written and spoken communication. Pays special attention to the communication demands of engineers.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EGMT 515 Infrastructure Systems & Performance Evaluation 3.0 Credits

Characterization of transportation, building, urban water resources and power distribution infrastructure. Capacity, functional performance and serviceability metrics. Risk and vulnerability concepts. Physical deterioration mechanisms. Asset management principles. Data management supporting scoping and sequencing of facility maintenance,repair, upgrading, interconnection, expansion or replacement.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EGMT 516 Infrastructure Project & Program Planning 3.0 Credits

Coordination of infrastructure systems with multiple integrated projects through concept development, regulatory, environmental and economic screening, and then through design, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance. Includes definition of program objectives and geographic limits; assessing asset conditions; sustainability and stakeholder analysis, team assembly and governance; defining performance and status reporting metrics.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EGMT 501 [Min Grade: C]

EGMT 517 Public Value & Participation in Infrastructure Decision 3.0 Credits

Adjusting sponsoring agency plans and program for external statutory and informal inputs, including regulatory approvals, environmental assessment, interested and affected party stakeholder concerns, life cycle sustain ability, and resource allocation. Includes communication of and transparent ratification of tradeoffs in expectations of project performance and reliability.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EGMT 516 [Min Grade: C]

EGMT 520 Infrastructure Capstone Project 3.0 Credits

Group project to produce an engineering- intensive submission for approval by a regulatory agency, addressing compliance with regulatory, codes and professional standards and resource requirements. The student team, with diverse backgrounds, will prepare and present the report to the designated entity, following the procedures and protocols that it has published.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EGMT 501 [Min Grade: C] and EGMT 515 [Min Grade: C] and EGMT 516 [Min Grade: C]

EGMT 531 Economics for Engineering Management 3.0 Credits

Provides a review of economic analysis, with emphasis on those phases of major interest to engineering administration. Covers the calculation of economic equivalence, inflation and the purchasing power of money, decision-making among alternatives, evaluation of public activities, and estimation of costs.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EGMT 535 Financial Management I 3.0 Credits

Studies the features of accounting data essential to the interpretation and evaluation of engineering operations and financial position of the engineering enterprise. Analyzes financial statements and reports from the point of view of management.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EGMT 531 [Min Grade: C]

EGMT 536 Financial Management II 3.0 Credits

Covers advanced problems in planning, controlling, and directing engineering and other operating costs through budgeting and analysis of cost data. Studies judging of profitability, liquidity, and the organizational structure of the engineering functions.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EGMT 535 [Min Grade: C] and EGMT 531 [Min Grade: C]

EGMT 537 Problems In Engineering Administration 3.0 Credits

Uses the case method to provide a thorough study of engineering management and administrative procedures in recognizing and solving engineering problems. Emphasizes strategic planning and policy decisions that affect the image and success of the whole organization in its domestic and global environments.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EGMT 501 [Min Grade: C], EGMT 502 [Min Grade: C], EGMT 531 [Min Grade: C], EGMT 535 [Min Grade: C], EGMT 536 [Min Grade: C] (Can be taken Concurrently)

EGMT 571 Managerial Statistics I 3.0 Credits

Covers probability, including random variables and probability distributions, mathematical expectation, discrete probability distributions, continuous probability distributions, sampling and sampling distribution, and estimators and confidence intervals. Includes applications to engineering and industrial problems.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EGMT 572 Managerial Statistics II 3.0 Credits

Continues EGMT 571. Covers hypothesis testing, linear regression and correlation, multiple regression, and some topics from analysis of variance and non-parametric statistics. Introduces quality control.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EGMT 571 [Min Grade: C]

EGMT 573 Operations Research I 3.0 Credits

Covers deterministic modeling, including linear programming; the Simplex Method; theory of the Simplex Method; duality and sensitivity analysis; transportation, transshipment, and assignment problems; problem formulation; goal programming; network analysis; dynamic programming; and integer and non-linear programming. Discusses case study applications of engineering and management problems.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EGMT 572 [Min Grade: C]

EGMT 574 Operations Research II 3.0 Credits

Continues EGMT 573. Concentrates on probabilistic modeling, including Markov chains, queuing theory and applications, inventory theory, forecasting, and decision analysis and simulation. Discusses case study applications of engineering and management problems.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EGMT 573 [Min Grade: C] and EGMT 572 [Min Grade: C] and EGMT 571 [Min Grade: C]

EGMT 581 Problems in Human Relations 3.0 Credits

Covers morale and discipline in management situations. Includes case studies stressing the prevention of and solution to employee problems by means of appropriate policies, techniques, practices, and procedures. Examines group dynamics from the point of view of both psychological and sociological factors under varying situations, especially industrial.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EGMT 605 Research & Development Management I 3.0 Credits

Analyzes the issues and concepts involved in strategic and corporate development planning in the modern technologically oriented company. Pays particular attention to the fundamentals of corporate planning as they relate to the research and development product planning of the corporation. Includes some case studies. May be taken independently of EGMT 606.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EGMT 606 Research & Development Management II 3.0 Credits

Analyzes the issues and concepts involved in the management of research and development and its functional relationship to other elements of the corporate structure. Pays particular attention to the functional characteristics of the product line, company growth by technological innovation, application of systems engineering concepts to the corporate organization, and changing concepts in management structures to accommodate advances in science and technology. May be taken independently of EGMT 605.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EGMT 607 Marketing for Engineers 3.0 Credits

Focuses on the marketing of engineering services and engineered products to industrial and governmental customers. Explores the interdependence of engineering marketing, manufacturing, and finance through strategic business planning. Covers industrial and government procurement, sales techniques, costs, pricing, marketing research, proposal preparation, and client relationships.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EGMT 501 [Min Grade: C] and EGMT 531 [Min Grade: C]

EGMT 610 Engineering Ethics & Business Practices for Engineers 3.0 Credits

Course will raise level of awareness and sensitivity of and teach how to create a workplace valuing ethical behavior and business conduct. Discusses engineering ethics, how to establish and administer an effective corporate compliance program, case studies and application of the case method, ethical implications of business practice issues in the workplace.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EGMT 620 Project Management for Engineers 3.0 Credits

This course provides a comprehensive treatment of project management by examining concepts, theories and applications. Emphasis is placed on planning and control for technology based organizations. Upon successful completion of course, students should be able to use the tools and concepts in project management.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EGMT 501 [Min Grade: C] and EGMT 531 [Min Grade: C]

EGMT 625 Project Planning and Control 3.0 Credits

This course provides a basic understanding of project planning and control by examining concepts and theories. Emphasis is placed on planning and control of technology based organizations. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to use the tools and concepts of project control and apply them.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EGMT 572 [Min Grade: C] and EGMT 573 [Min Grade: C]

EGMT 630 Global Engineering Project Management 3.0 Credits

This course will focus on strategies and techniques needed for managing a global project in an engineering environment. Develop concepts of leadership for diverse global teams comm. strategies, cultural considerations, organizational structure, collaborative tools & techniques, risk mitigation and contracting strategies, legal and financial issues when executing a global engineering project. Highlight techniques used in design/construction, prod, devpt and technology transfer projects. Essential in today's environmentt of global competition.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is EMGT.

EGMT 635 Visual System Mapping 3.0 Credits

Visual System Mapping (VSM) through whole-brain thinking is a powerful technique based on more than 40 years of research. VSM was inspired by a technique known as "Mindmapping", which is the technique developed by Tony Buzan in the late 1960's, designed to lead to enhanced creativity and better results in technology based organizations.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EGMT 501 [Min Grade: C] and EGMT 502 [Min Grade: C]

EGMT 650 Systems Engineering Leadership 3.0 Credits

Course will explore concepts related to effective leadership within practice of systems engineering. Equips practicing engineers to move beyond engineering training focus on algorithms and analysis and develop a broad understanding of leadership effectiveness in a technically oriented work place. Course will include models related to sustainable, high performance and topics related to living, learning, effectiveness, power, influence, networking, and systems thinking. Emphasis on developing systems thinking.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is EMGT.

EGMT 652 Engineering Law 3.0 Credits

Examines the influence of contract, tort, and property law on engineering and construction activities. Includes legal principles relating to management of engineering organizations and governmental departments, and legal procedures of interest to engineers. Covers contracts, professional malpractice, expert testimony, intellectual property law, and business organizations.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EGMT 660 Sustainable Business Practices for Engineers 3.0 Credits

The course will give students a broad and practical understanding of various environmental issues as well as sustainability concepts. The challenges associated with sustainable development are multifaceted involving economic, social and environmental concerns. These concerns are altering business strategies and practices and are leading to new opportunities.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EGMT 501 [Min Grade: C]

EGMT 680 Special Topics in Engineering Management 3.0 Credits

Covers selected advanced-level topics in the field of engineering management. Specific topics for each term will be announced prior to registration.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

EGMT 685 Systems Engineering Management 3.0 Credits

Course teaches the art of systems engineering. Students will learn SE processes and skills to integrate user needs, manage requirements, conduct technological evaluation and build elaborate system architecture, to assess risk, establish financial and schedule constraints. Course provides pedagogically sound approach to the subject matter. Any graduate students involved with new product development, technology development and/or integration will find this course useful.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is EMGT.

EGMT 688 Systems Engineering Analysis 3.0 Credits

Introduces multiple System Engineering Analysis practices used to execute systems engrineering processes. Provides foundation to execute, monitor, and manage the traditional practices and also develops ability to modify and establish new practices based on this massive foundation. Instills confidence so student can contribute, lead, monitor or manage any systems effort.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 0 times for NaN credits
Prerequisites: EGMT 685 [Min Grade: C]

EGMT 699 Independent Study 0.5-9.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

EGMT 799 Research 0.5-20.0 Credits

Involves the selection and solution of a problem in the field of engineering management. Expects students to conduct independent research and demonstrate the ability to employ one or more of the managerial tools to which they were exposed. Emphasizes the composition and organization of the paper, the logical development of a solution to the problem, and the contribution of the solution to knowledge.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EGMT 898 Master's Thesis 0.5-20.0 Credits

Involves the study and investigation of a research or development problem in the area of the student's major elective. Requires the problem to be reported in a dissertation under the direction of a faculty adviser. No credit will be granted until thesis is completed and approved.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

Engineering Management Faculty

James Breen, MBA, PE (Drexel University). Adjunct Instructor. Vice President of Manufacturing Network Strategy at Johnson & Johnson.
James C. Deiner, MBA (Cornell University). Adjunct Instructor. IT projects in the pharmaceutical, logistics and financial services industries.
James Lill, MS, PE (Drexel University). Adjunct Instructor. Director of Facilities, Planning and Management for the Downingtown Area School District.
Carol Mablekos, PhD (Purdue University). Adjunct Instructor. Public speaking, technical writing, organizational behavior, and business writing courses.
Milena McCall, PhD (New York University). Adjunct Instructor. Managerial communications.
Miray Pereira, MBA (Rutgers University). Adjunct Instructor. Manages a team of consultants responsible for development, facilitation and implementation of fundamental demand management systems and capabilities for DuPont, most recently with the DuPont Safety & Protection Platform in strategic planning, mergers & acquisitions.
Fredric Plotnick, PhD, JD, PE (Drexel University; Widener University). Adjunct Professor. CEO and principal consultant of Engineering & Property Management Consultants, Inc.
Dave Reifschneider, BS (University of Delaware) Assistant Director, Enrollment Management, College of Engineering. Adjunct Instructor. Creating strategic customer relationships and commercializing new products.
Stephen Smith, PhD (Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor. Development of online learning and distance teaching/learning techniques for engineering.
Fernando Tovia, PhD (University of Arkansas). Adjunct Instructor. Core quantitative analysis,strategic planning, supply chain management and manufacturing systems.
John Via, EngD (Southern Methodist University) Director of Engineering Management and the Associate Dean of Engineering for Online Programs at Drexel University. Teaching Professor.

Interdepartmental Faculty

Robert Brehm, PhD (Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor. International infrastructure delivery; response to natural catastrophes; risk assessment and mitigation strategies; project management techniques.
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