Engineering Management — The Business-Savvy Engineer
Engineering managers hold unique positions in business and industry because of their ability to blend technical skills with a balance of essential business and management skills. They plan, lead, coordinate, and drive the direction of design, research and development, and production in organizations. As competitive pressures continue to reshape the typical role of the engineer from one that was largely technical to one that encompasses business and management, individuals with skills that bridge that gap will have a distinct advantage over their competitors.
The Penn State online Master of Engineering Management combines a curriculum rich in problem solving, management science, and economics. It was designed to enhance your capabilities to manage projects and lead technical teams in both the public and private sectors.
Why Engineering Management at Penn State
Penn State's engineering programs have consistently ranked high among the leading engineering programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. The online Master of Engineering Management combines faculty expertise from Penn State Great Valley and Penn State Harrisburg. The course content is enhanced through interactions with your fellow students and the faculty. You will move through the program as a cohort, taking only two years to complete the degree. Learning in a cohort creates a broader environment for collaborating and networking with your peers and faculty, while reinforcing instruction and content.
Master of Engineering Management Video
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Who Should Apply?
If you are looking to provide technical leadership to your teams and projects while simultaneously weighing the financial risks and rewards to the corporation, managing human and technical resources, and making high-risk decisions in an uncertain environment, this is the degree for you. The Penn State online Master of Engineering Management fulfills an industry need to educate engineers in the techniques, theories, and practices necessary to operate effectively in management roles.
Applicants should possess an undergraduate degree in engineering, mathematics, physics, or science and have demonstrated the skills required for managing complex engineering projects, products, and services in a typical engineering organization. To enroll in the Master of Engineering Management program, you should have a minimum of three years of applicable work experience.
Career Opportunities for Graduates
The engineering management program is well-suited for you if you want to move into a management position with an engineering company or a more technically intensive role in a business environment. As an engineering manager, you could have a variety of career opportunities available. Because of your expanded skill set, you can look for employment in areas such as:
- biomedical engineering
- computer and electronic product manufacturing
- environmental engineering
- federal, state, and local government
- pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing
- professional, scientific, and technical services
- research and development
- transportation equipment manufacturing
Online Education at Penn State
Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.