About the Program

In a 35-credit hour program of evening classes, students with an undergraduate degree in engineering (or a degree in math, computer science or a physical science coupled with at least two years experience in engineering after the completion of their undergraduate degree) can learn to manage the engineering function and the technology assets of their organizations by earning a master of science in Engineering Management. Students who already have a graduate degree in mechanical, electrical, industrial, manufacturing, or another branch of engineering can pursue the Engineering Management program for even greater mastery of both technology and the principles of management. 

 As in the cases of existing MS degree programs in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the course offerings for the MS (EMGT) program are mainly in late afternoon and evening hours to enable students to earn the degree through part-time study. The program may be completed entirely on campus, entirely online, or through a combination of on-campus and online courses.

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MS in Engineering Management
The program is designed to help the students to prepare themselves, to manage small and large groups of engineers.
Dr. Armen Zakarian, IMSE Department Chair

Program Details

Learning Goals
  • Provide an understanding of core management areas vital for a technical manager, e.g., marketing, accounting, organizational behavior, business ethics/law, finance.
  • Provide knowledge of topics inherent and common to all engineering disciplines, e.g., systems engineering, total quality management, production management, management of product/process design.
  • Provide the requisite knowledge and skills to manage the engineering function at both lower and upper levels of management.
  • Provide experience in integrating technical and management aspects in “real life” engineering project or problem.
Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Degree Required

Bachelor's degree in engineering OR a degree in math, computer science, or a physical science coupled with at least 2 years experience in engineering after completion of bachelor's degree

Standardized Test Scores

GRE not required

Prerequisite Course Descriptions

Prerequisite Courses

A calculus-based course in probability and statistics.  This course requirement may be completed after admission into the program.


The MS in engineering management comprises 11 required courses for a total of 32 credit hours and 3 credit hours of elective requirements.


Engineering Requirements (18 credits)
  • EM 500 Management for Engineers (3)
  • EM 505 Systems Engineering (3)
  • EM 520 Production and Operations Engineering I (3)
  • EM 525 Total Quality Management and Six Sigma (3)
  • EM 570 Enterprise Information Systems (3)
  • EM 580 Management of Product and Process Design (3)
Business Requirements (12 credits)
  • ACC 505 Developing and Interpreting Financial Information (3)
  • And choose 3 courses from the list below:
  • FIN 531 Finance Fundamentals and Value Creation (3)
  • MKT 515 Marketing Management (3)
  • OB 510 Organization Behavior (3)
  • HRM 561 Human Resource Management (3)
  • BE 530 Economic Analysis: Firm & Consumer (3)
Capstone Project (2 credits)

EM 591 Capstone Project (2)

Electives (3 credits)

Take one class from the list below :

  • IMSE 511 Design and Analysis of Experiments
  • IMSE 501 Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • IMSE 505 Applied Optimization
  • IMSE 514 Multivariate Statistics
  • IMSE 515 Fundamentals of Program Management
  • IMSE 516 Project Management and Control
  • IMSE 517 Managing Global Systems
  • IMSE 519 Quantitative Methods in Quality Engineering
  • IMSE 5205 Engineering Risk-Benefit Analysis
  • IMSE 5215 Program Budget, Cost Estimation & Control
  • IMSE 538 Intelligent Manufacturing
  • IMSE 545 Vehicle Ergonomics I
  • IMSE 546 Safety Engineering
  • IMSE 548 Human Factors
  • IMSE 577 User Interface Design and Analysis
  • IMSE 593 Vehicle Packaging Engineering
  • IMSE 5655 Supply Chain Management
  • IMSE 567 Reliability Analysis
  • IMSE 581 Production and Operations Engineering II
  • IMSE 606 Advanced Stochastic Processes

Additional electives from units in UM-Dearborn could also be considered with advisor’s approval.

Thesis Option

With the approval of their graduate advisor, students may substitute a master's thesis for no more than five credit hours of graduate course work. Master’s thesis will replace Capstone Project (2) and Elective (3) requirements in the program.

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Heinz Prechter Engineering Complex (HPEC)
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