Engineering Management, MSEM

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Thomas P. Cullinane, PhD
Professor and Program Director
334 Snell Engineering
617.373.4851
t.cullinane@northeastern.edu

Himlona Palikhe, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor and Associate Program Director 
259 Snell Engineering
617.373.4288
h.palikhe@northeastern.edu

Overview

The Master of Science in Engineering Management offers graduate students an opportunity to develop both technical expertise and business competence that is in high demand among prospective technology-based employers. Industry leaders are seeking qualified and talented individuals who are not only able to guide research and design teams but also able to direct and supervise development and production processes. The combination of technical proficiency and business skills fostered in the engineering management program is designed to provide a competitive edge for graduates seeking a wide range of positions in technology-based product or service industries, as well as in comparable local, state, and federal agencies and programs.

The program was designed by experienced high-level managers and academic leaders as an option for engineers and scientists to broaden their skill sets to include management tools and techniques that are applicable to technology-based industries. Graduates of the engineering management program work as project managers or leaders of teams in technology-based industries. Upon completion of the program, students find that their acquired skills are applicable to a wide range of industries, primarily those focused upon the development of technical products and the management of technical projects.

Graduates may assist companies in bringing a product from an idea through its development phases to its introduction to the marketplace. They may also be involved in forming and managing teams for assessing cost-effectiveness, formulating strategies to improve production, or analyzing a company’s supply chain. Most of these projects cannot be successfully completed without the skills of those possessing a background in management decision making and engineering expertise; therefore, the engineering management graduate is often a technical liaison to all levels of management. As a result, many of the assignments held by engineering management graduates have actually proven to be a gateway to upper-level management positions.

The current program of study can be taken on a part-time or full-time basis on-ground or online. There are four core courses required of all students, which have been formulated to satisfy the foundation requirements of economic decision making, decision-making mathematics, and project management. In addition to these required courses, the curriculum consists of electives that allow students to choose either a broad-based program of study or one centered on a particular concentration. Some students may elect to refresh or enhance their technical skills in engineering-based subjects such as information systems, computer systems engineering, or graduate courses from the traditional engineering disciplines. Other students may prefer to broaden their knowledge base by selecting course work in management subjects such as engineering organizational psychology, financial management, logistics and warehousing, supply chain engineering, or lean systems design. Additionally, students may also elect to complete the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program as part of their engineering management degree.

One recent graduate has observed that “Northeastern’s MSEM is like an MBA for engineers, with high-quality, dedicated professors who are proficient in their field yet are able to convey information in a way that’s easy to understand.” This graduate also noted, “My courses in project management have been key to understanding the subtleties that affect Project Managers while technical courses provide a strong background in fundamentals as well as specialty topics. My experience with co-op has been outstanding and has truly helped me further my career.”

General Degree Requirements

To be eligible for admission to any of the MS degree programs, a prospective student must hold a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, science, mathematics, or an equivalent field. Students in all master’s degree programs must complete a minimum of 32 semester hours of approved course work (exclusive of any preparatory courses) with a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.000. Students can complete a master's degree by pursuing any of one of the three tracks: course work option, project option, and thesis option. Specific degree requirements for each of these tracks can be found under the Program Requirements tab. Students may pursue any program either on a full-time or part-time basis; however, certain restrictions may apply.

Academic and Research Advisors

All nonthesis students are advised by the academic advisor designated for their respective concentration or program. Students willing to pursue the thesis option must first find a research advisor within their first year of study. The research advisor will guide the students' thesis work, and thesis reader(s) may be assigned at the discretion of their research advisor. The research advisor must be a full-time or jointly appointed faculty or affiliated member of the MIE department; otherwise, a petition must be filed and approved by the MIE Graduate Affairs Committee. If the research advisor is outside the MIE department, a faculty member with 50 percent or more appointments in the MIE department must be chosen as co-advisor. Thesis option students are advised by the academic advisor of their concentration before they select their research advisor(s).

Plan of Study and Course Selection

It is recommended that all new students attend orientation sessions held by the MIE department and the Graduate School of Engineering to acquaint themselves with the course work requirements and research activities of the department as well as with the general policies, procedures, and expectations.

In order to receive proper guidance with their course work needs, all MS students are strongly encouraged to complete and submit a fully signed Plan of Study (PS) to the department before enrolling in second-semester courses. This form not only helps the students manage their course work but it also helps the department to plan for requested course offerings. The PS form may be modified at any time as the students progress in their degree programs. 

Students pursuing study or research under the guidance of a faculty member can choose project option by taking Master’s Project (EMGT 7945) . An MS project must be petitioned to the MIE Graduate Affairs Committee and approved by both the faculty member (instructor for Master's Project) and the student's academic advisor. The petition must clearly state the reason for taking the project course; a brief description of the goals; as well as the expected outcomes, deliverables, and grading scheme.

Students pursuing course work option may petition the MIE Graduate Affairs Committee to substitute up to a 4-semester-hour Independent Study (EMGT 7978) . An independent study must be approved by the academic advisor. The petition must clearly state the instructor; the reason for taking the course; a brief description of the goals; as well as the expected outcomes, deliverables, and grading scheme. Students in other options (i.e., thesis or project) are not eligible to take independent study. When taking thesis or project options, the independent study course cannot be taken. 

Options for MS Students (course work only, project, or thesis)

Students accepted into any of the MS programs in the MIE department can choose one of the three options: coursework only, project, or thesis. Please see the Program Requirements tab on the top menu of this page for more information. MS students who want to pursue project or thesis options must find, within the first year of their study, a faculty member or a research advisor who will be willing to direct and supervise a mutually agreed research project or MS thesis. Moreover, students who receive financial support from the university in the form of a research, teaching, or tuition assistantship must complete 8-semester-hours of thesis. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their 8-semester-hours of Thesis (EMGT 7990) over two consecutive semesters. 

Students who complete the thesis option must make a presentation of their thesis before approval by the department. The MS thesis presentation shall be publicly advertised at least one week in advance and all faculty members and students may attend and participate. If deemed appropriate by the research advisor, other faculty members may be invited to serve as thesis readers to provide technical opinions and judge the quality of the thesis and presentation. 

Change of Program/Concentration

Students enrolled in any of the MIE department programs or concentrations may change their current program or concentration no sooner than the beginning of their second full-time semester of study. In order for the program or concentration change request to be considered by the MIE graduate affairs committee, the student must be in good academic standing and have completed at least 8 semester hours of required course work in their sought program at Northeastern.

Graduate Certificate Options

Students enrolled in a master's degree have the opportunity to also pursue one of the many engineering graduate certificate options in addition to or in combination with the MS degree. Students should consult their faculty advisor regarding these options.

Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership

Master's Degree in Engineering Management with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Students may complete a Master of Science in Engineering Management in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership. Students must apply and be admitted to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires fulfillment of the 16-semester-hour curriculum required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership, which includes an industry-based challenge project with multiple mentors. The integrated 32-semester-hour degree and certificate will require 16 hours of advisor-approved engineering management technical courses.

Engineering Leadership

Engineering Business

Master's Degree in Engineering Management with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Business

Students may complete a Master of Science in Engineering Management in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Business. Students must apply and be admitted to the Galante Engineering Business Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires the applicant to have earned or be in a program to earn a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Northeastern University. The integrated 32-semester-hour degree and certificate will require 16 semester hours of the engineering management core courses and 16 semester hours from the outlined business-skill curriculum. The course work, along with participation in cocurricular professional development elements, earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Business.

Engineering Business

Core Requirements

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated. Students may not register for more than 9 semester hours in the fall, spring, and summer terms.

Required Courses
OR 6205Deterministic Operations Research4
EMGT 5220Engineering Project Management4
EMGT 6225Economic Decision Making4
IE 6200Engineering Probability and Statistics4

Options

Complete one of the following options:

Course Work Option

Complete 16 semester hours from the course list below.16

Project Option

EMGT 7945Master’s Project4
Complete 12 semester hours from the course list below.12

Thesis Option

EMGT 7990Thesis8
Complete 8 semester hours from the course list below.8

Online Option

Complete 16 semester hours from the course list below.16
Courses offered online can be found on the online course list below.

Course List

Big Data Architecture and Governance
User Experience Design and Testing
Engineering/Organizational Psychology
Financial Management for Engineers
Independent Study
Fundamentals of Energy System Integration
Customer-Driven Technical Innovation for Engineers
Engineering Product Design Methodology
Iterative Product Prototyping for Engineers
Product Development for Engineers
Healthcare Systems Modeling and Analysis
Systems Engineering in Public Programs
Lean Concepts and Applications
Data Mining for Engineering Applications
Manufacturing Methods and Processes
Supply Chain Engineering
Simulation Analysis
Data Mining in Engineering
Statistical Methods in Engineering
Statistical Quality Control
Reliability Analysis and Risk Assessment
Human Factors Engineering
Data Science Engineering with Python
Data Management and Database Design
Business Analysis and Information Engineering
Agile Software Development
Organizational Change and IT
Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence
Information Systems for Healthcare-Services Delivery
Enterprise Architecture Planning and Management
Managerial Communications for Engineers
Environmental Issues in Manufacturing and Product Use
Mathematical Methods for Mechanical Engineers 1
Metaheuristics and Applications
Probabilistic Operation Research
Inventory Theory
Integer and Nonlinear Optimization
Network Analysis and Advanced Optimization
Logistics, Warehousing, and Scheduling
Data Networking
Electives outside the College of Engineering
A maximum of 9 semester hours may be taken from the following list toward the elective requirement:
Enterprise Growth and Innovation
Business Planning for New Ventures
Business Model Design and Innovation
Financing Ventures from Early Stage to Exit
Sourcing and Procurement
Supply Chain Analytics
Sustainability and Supply Chain Management
Managing Healthcare Supply Chain Operations
Demand Planning and Forecasting
Emerging and Disruptive Technologies
Entrepreneurial Marketing and Selling
Lean Design and Development
Managing a Technology-Based Business
The Technical Entrepreneur as Leader

Online Course List

Engineering/Organizational Psychology
Financial Management for Engineers
Fundamentals of Energy System Integration
Data Mining for Engineering Applications
Manufacturing Methods and Processes
Supply Chain Engineering
Simulation Analysis
Statistical Methods in Engineering
Statistical Quality Control
Reliability Analysis and Risk Assessment
Human Factors Engineering
Data Management and Database Design
Business Analysis and Information Engineering
Environmental Issues in Manufacturing and Product Use
Mathematical Methods for Mechanical Engineers 1
Probabilistic Operation Research
Integer and Nonlinear Optimization
Logistics, Warehousing, and Scheduling

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

32 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required