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Penn State’s Online Master of Engineering Management Degree
You’ve mastered your technical engineering skills. Now, prepare to provide leadership to your technical teams and projects by earning your Master of Engineering Management online through Penn State World Campus. Through this program, you’ll be able to blend your technical expertise with essential business and management skills to fulfill industry's need for business-savvy engineering managers.
If you have an undergraduate degree in engineering, mathematics, physics, or science, and seek the skills required for managing complex engineering projects, products, and services in a typical engineering organization, this program is for you.
With this degree, you can prepare to move into an engineering management position with an engineering company or a more technically intensive role in a business environment. Plan now to lead, coordinate, and drive the direction of your next career move with an engineering management master’s degree earned online.
Why Engineering Management through Penn State World Campus?
Penn State's engineering programs have consistently ranked high among the leading engineering programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. Our courses are taught by the same Penn State faculty who teach on campus and who have been specifically trained to teach online. And when you graduate, your diploma will be identical to the one earned by resident students.
Your Online Engineering Management Courses
This engineering management program employs a cohort-based approach to learning and instruction, which creates rich collaboration, interaction, integration of course material, and exchange of ideas between instructors and students.
The 33-credit curriculum comprises 11 courses that you will complete in continuous seven-week terms over a two-year period. Together, you and others in your cohort will study diverse but practical topics, such as creativity and problem solving, decision and risk, engineering management strategy, financial studies for engineering, organizational behavior, and technical project management.
Information for Military and Veterans
Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions.
The 33-credit interdisciplinary Master of Engineering Management curriculum provides engineers with business and management perspectives as well as problem-solving skills. The curriculum was designed to help enhance your capability to manage major projects, business initiatives, policies, and other activities in both the public and private sectors.
Core course topics include:
- Creativity and Problem-Solving
- Decision and Risk
- Engineering Management Science
- Engineering Management Strategy
- Financial Studies for Engineering
- Organizational Behavior
- Technical Project Management
Complete Your Engineering Degree in Two Years
This degree consists of 11 courses, which you will complete in continuous seven-week terms over a two-year period. Your course work is designed so that you can continue to work full-time while earning your master's degree. Maximum flexibility is maintained by the program in an effort to meet both the professional needs of individual students and academic quality standards.
Interact, Engage, Collaborate
Like our online systems and software engineering degree programs, the Master of Engineering Management program uses a cohort-based approach to learning and instruction. Over the years, we've found this approach creates a richer collaboration between instructors and students. Drawing on your own and the experience and knowledge of other students in your cohort, you will interact and exchange ideas as you move through your course work, allowing for greater integration of course material.
Add a Graduate Minor in Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management
Students pursuing the Master of Engineering Management degree can customize this program to earn a Graduate Minor in Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management (ELIM) without taking on additional credits. To enroll in the ELIM Minor, students will need to complete the Request to Add a Graduate Minor form prior to their second semester and submit it to the MEM program office.
The Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management minor can provide professionals with knowledge and skills in the key aspects of engineering business. For more information on the graduate minor, review the ELIM Minor Course List or contact the ELIM program office.
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If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.
Costs and Financial Aid
Graduate tuition is calculated based on the number of credits for which you register. Tuition is due shortly after each semester begins and rates are assessed every semester of enrollment.
|How many credits do you plan to take per semester?||Cost|
|11 or fewer||$1,007 per credit|
|12 or more||$12,082 per semester|
Financial Aid and Military Benefits
Some students may qualify for financial aid. Take the time to research financial aid, scholarships, and payment options as you prepare to apply. Military service members, veterans, and their spouses or dependents should explore these potential military education benefits and financial aid opportunities, as well.
How to Apply
Deadlines and Important Dates
To be considered for admission, you must submit your completed application portfolio by the deadlines below. Space is limited and you are encouraged to apply early. Applications will be reviewed until all seats are filled.
- Summer Deadline: Apply by April 15 to start May 9
- Fall Deadline: Apply by July 15 to start August 21
- Spring Deadline: Apply by November 15 to start January 8
If you have questions about the admissions process, contact our admissions counselors.
For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.
The program contains a number of courses requiring a solid background in engineering, mathematics, physics, or science so that participants are able to demonstrate the skills required for the management of complex engineering projects, products, and services within a typical engineering organization.
What You Need
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:
Official transcripts from each institution attended, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned at Penn State, but must list Penn State as part of your academic history. If you are admitted, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.
GPA and Test Scores — All applicants are expected to have earned a junior/senior grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Official GRE test scores will be considered if submitted, but are not required. GRE scores can be submitted using engineering management code — 2660
English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page. Visit the TOEFL website for testing information. Penn State's institutional code is 2660.
References (2) — you will need to initiate the process through the online application by entering the names, email addresses, and mailing addresses of two references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to the reference requesting they complete a brief online recommendation regarding your commitment for success in an online program. Please inform all recommenders they must submit the form in order for your application to be complete.
Résumé — Upload a one- to two-page résumé highlighting your full-time employment and/or military experience to the online application.
Statement of Purpose — A one-page statement of intent outlining your personal career goals and reasons for wanting to enroll in the program. This statement should be specific and include information about short- and long-term goals and how enrolling in the program may help achieve them. The statement of intent also offers applicants the opportunity to demonstrate writing and communication skills, specify examples of leadership, and provide pertinent information that will assist the committee in selecting candidates who can benefit from and contribute to the engineering management program.
Start Your Application
You can begin your online application at any time. Your progress within the online application system will be saved as you go, allowing you to return at any point as you gather additional information and required materials.
Begin the graduate school application
- Choose Enrollment Type: "Degree Admission"
- Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
Checking Your Status
You can check the status of your application by using the same login information established for the online application form.
Review the technical requirements for this program.
Note about additional hardware: it is a requirement for this online program that students have ready access to a document scanner that allows for the creation of PDF files, which will enable students to submit handwritten homework and exams in several of the mathematics-based courses.
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Start or Advance Your Career
Start or Advance Your Career
You can use the knowledge gained from this program and the support of Penn State career resources to pursue careers in a variety of fields, depending on your goals.
To learn more about the Master of Engineering Management, offered in partnership with the Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies, and the Penn State Harrisburg School of Science, Engineering, and Technology, and School of Business Administration, please contact:
For general questions about the program, contact:
Dr. Amanda Neill
Email: [email protected]
For general questions about Penn State World Campus, please contact
World Campus Admissions Counselors
Email: [email protected]
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