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 Advisor
504A Dana Research Center
617.373.4288
h.palikhe@northeastern.edu

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 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.”

A minimum of 32 semester hours must be earned toward the completion of the Master of Science in Engineering Management and a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.000 is required over all the courses applied toward the degree. Students can earn their master's degree by pursuing one of the following tracks:

  • Course work option: When pursuing this track, a student needs to complete four core courses (also known as required courses) and four elective courses.
  • Project option: This track requires a student to complete a 4-semester-hour master's project in addition to completing four core courses and three electives. The student works with a faculty advisor to develop a master's project. The project is intended to allow a student to demonstrate the ability to identify a problem, apply his or her engineering skill set to solve that problem, and write an engineering report. 
  • Thesis option: A student pursuing this track needs to complete an 8-semester-hour thesis, four core courses, and two electives. In addition, the student will work with a faculty advisor to formulate a research area that will lead to the discovery of new tools and techniques for solving engineering problems. The criterion for acceptability of a thesis is whether a cutting-edge and innovative technology is developed.
  • Online option: Students pursuing this track complete their four core courses online and then choose 16 semester hours of online elective courses. 

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements Course Work Only With Project With Thesis
Required and elective courses 32 SH 28 SH 24 SH
Project/thesis 0 SH 4 SH 8 SH
Minimum semester hours required 32 SH 32 SH 32 SH

Graduate Certificate Options

Students enrolled in a graduate degree program in the College of Engineering have the opportunity to pursue an engineering graduate certificate in addition to or in combination with the MS degree. For more information please refer to Graduate Certificate Programs.

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

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

General Requirements

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
Note: Other approved courses may be selected in consultation with an academic advisor.

Project Option

EMGT 7945Master’s Project4
Complete 12 semester hours from the course list below.12
Note: Other approved courses may be selected in consultation with an academic advisor.

Thesis Option

EMGT 7990Thesis8
Complete 8 semester hours from the course list below.8
Note: Other approved courses may be selected in consultation with an academic advisor.

Online Option

Complete 16 semester hours from the following list of online elective courses:16
Environmental Protection and Management
Engineering/Organizational Psychology
Financial Management for Engineers
Fundamentals of Energy System Integration
Mass Customization
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

Course List

Concepts of Object-Oriented Design
Concepts of Object-Oriented Design with C++
Component Software Development
Enterprise Software Design
Software Engineering
Building Virtual Environments
User Experience Design and Testing
Fundamentals of Energy System Integration
Engineering/Organizational Psychology
Financial Management for Engineers
Independent Study
Customer-Driven Technical Innovation for Engineers
Product Development for Engineers
Healthcare Systems Modeling and Analysis
Systems Engineering in Public Programs
Lean Concepts and Applications
Mass Customization
Data Mining for Engineering Applications
Manufacturing Methods and Processes
Supply Chain Engineering
Simulation Analysis
Intelligent Manufacturing
Data Mining in Engineering
Statistical Methods in Engineering
Statistical Quality Control
Reliability Analysis and Risk Assessment
Human Factors Engineering
Neural Networks in Engineering
Data Management and Database Design
Business Analysis and Information Engineering
Planning and Managing Information Systems Development
Agile Software Development
Business Process Engineering
Advanced Database Management Systems
Organizational Change and IT
Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence
Information Systems for Healthcare-Services Delivery
Enterprise Architecture Planning and Management
Advances in Data Sciences and Architecture
Probabilistic Operation Research
Inventory Theory
Integer and Nonlinear Optimization
Network Analysis and Advanced Optimization
Multi-Criteria Decision Making
Logistics, Warehousing, and Scheduling
Fundamentals of Communication Systems
Data Networking
Electives outside the College of Engineering
Enterprise Growth and Innovation
Business Planning for New Ventures
Business Model Design and Innovation
Financing Ventures from Early Stage to Exit
Management of Service and Manufacturing Operations
Executive Roundtable in Supply Chain Management
Sourcing and Procurement
Supply Chain Analytics
Sustainability and Supply Chain Management
Managing Emerging Issues in Supply Chain Management
Managing Healthcare Supply Chain Operations
Demand Planning and Forecasting
Innovation and Entrepreneurial Growth
Emerging and Disruptive Technologies
Entrepreneurial Marketing and Selling
Lean Design and Development
Managing a Technology-Based Business
The Technical Entrepreneur as Leader

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

32 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required