Engineering Management Master of engineering degree

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Combine your engineering knowledge with business insights to successfully manage an engineering or technology focused company.

The engineering management masters combines technical expertise with managerial skills to focus on the management of engineering and technological enterprises. Students learn the technology involved in engineering projects and the business processes through which technology is applied. The objective is to provide a solid foundation in the areas commonly needed by managers who oversee engineers and engineering projects: organizational behavior, finance, and accounting.

Plan of study

The master of engineering in engineering management is a blend of courses from the department of industrial and systems engineering in RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering and RIT's Saunders College of Business. This creates a focused curriculum on the management of the engineering and technological enterprise. It combines technological expertise with managerial skills.

Engineering management is concerned with understanding the technology involved in an engineering project and the management process through which the technology is applied. This combination deals with the dual role of the engineering manager, both as a technologist and a manager. The objective is to provide a background in areas commonly needed in this role, such as organizational behavior, finance, and accounting, in addition to industrial engineering expertise. Students develop a program of study in conjunction with their advisor, which contains courses from Saunders College of Business to complement engineering course work.


  • Aerospace

  • Electronic and Computer Hardware

  • Health Care

  • Manufacturing


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Engineering Management, ME degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Cost Management in Technical Organizations
A first course in accounting for students in technical disciplines. Topics include the distinction between external and internal accounting, cost behavior, product costing, profitability analysis, performance evaluation, capital budgeting, and transfer pricing. Emphasis is on issues encountered in technology intensive manufacturing organizations. *Note: This course is not intended for Saunders College of Business students.
Systems and Project Management
Systems and Project Management ensures progress toward objectives, proper deployment and conservation of human and financial resources, and achievement of cost and schedule targets. The focus of the course is on the utilization of a diverse set of project management methods and tools. Topics include strategic project management, project and organization learning, cost, schedule planning and control, structuring of performance measures and metrics, technical teams and project management, information technology support of teams, risk management, and process control. Course delivery consists of lectures, speakers, case studies, and experience sharing, and reinforces collaborative project-based learning and continuous improvement.
Design of Experiments
This course presents an in-depth study of the primary concepts of experimental design. Its applied approach uses theoretical tools acquired in other mathematics and statistics courses. Emphasis is placed on the role of replication and randomization in experimentation. Numerous designs and design strategies are reviewed and implications on data analysis are discussed. Topics include: consideration of type 1 and type 2 errors in experimentation, sample size determination, completely randomized designs, randomized complete block designs, blocking and confounding in experiments, Latin square and Graeco Latin square designs, general factorial designs, the 2k factorial design system, the 3k factorial design system, fractional factorial designs, Taguchi experimentation.
Engineering of Systems I
This course covers the principles of product, manufacturing process and supply chain development in an integrated fashion. It will examine the methodologies and tools to systematically define, develop and produce world-class products. Students will work on a project to put these methodologies and tools into practice. Major topics include: product planning and definition, characterization of user value, lean product development, product requirements and benchmarking, concept generation, design for "X" (manufacturing/ assembly/ service/ environment, etc.), sustainable design, design for lean six sigma.
Engineering Management Elective
Second Year
Engineering Capstone
For the Master of Engineering programs in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Engineering Management, and Sustainable Engineering. Students must investigate a discipline-related topic in a field related to industrial and systems engineering, engineering management, or sustainable engineering. The general intent of the engineering capstone is to demonstrate the students' knowledge of the integrative aspects of a particular area. The capstone should draw upon skills and knowledge acquired in the program.
Engineering Management Electives
Total Semester Credit Hours


Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the ME program in engineering management, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application,
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in engineering, mathematics, or science, from an accredited institution,
  • Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (recommended if candidate's degree is from an ABET accredited institution, otherwise required)
  • Submit letters of recommendation, and
  • Submit a one-page statement of purpose.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum scores of 580 (paper-based) or 90 (internet-based) are required.

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