Dec 01, 2021
The Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) program prepares professionals for careers in managing projects, programs, systems, and organizations. Industrial, research, consulting, and commercial firms now demand engineering managers with both cutting-edge technical competence and the management skills necessary to forge linkages with the systems and business sides of these organizations. System analytics skills such as data visualization techniques, data warehousing and management for supporting system-wide decision-making, data-driven optimization methods for modeling, as well as simulation and quality control, are keys to developing novel solutions and to resolving organizational challenges with speed and accuracy. These managers must be able to form and manage high performance teams and manage business and technological operations. The program of study is necessarily multidisciplinary, combining elements of advanced study in various engineering disciplines with studies of business and system operations and organizational behavior.
In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the Engineering Management program seeks the following from applicants to the M.S. in Engineering Management program:
- Either a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a closely related technical or scientific field, or a bachelor’s degree in business, provided relevant technical course requirements have been met
- Undergraduate coursework in engineering economics, calculus, or statistics
- An average GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale)
- Satisfactory GRE or GMAT
Documents to be Submitted for Admission
- Transcript(s) showing a baccalaureate degree in engineering, engineering technology, or a scientific discipline, or a baccalaureate degree in business administration from a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body
- A satisfactory score on the General Test of the GRE or GMAT
- Written descriptions of any relevant and significant work experience
- Applicants whose native language is not English will need to satisfy the UNC Charlotte Graduate School’s English proficiency requirements
Applicants with more than 2 years of relevant industry experience and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from a U.S. ABET-EAC accredited program may have the GRE requirement waived. A waiver can be requested by submitting a transcript of the school and a statement detailing work experience.
Early Entry Program
Exceptional undergraduate students at UNC Charlotte may apply for the Early Entry Program and begin work toward the graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree. See the Undergraduate Catalog for details and requirements. Also see the Degree Requirements and Academic Policies section of the Graduate Catalog for more information about Early Entry Programs.
Students are responsible for verifying degree requirements listed in DegreeWorks and consulting with the Graduate Program Director regarding the study plan. Students select one of two options described below.
Option 1: Project
Complete 10 credit hours of core courses and 3 credit hours of Engineering Management Project (EMGT 6985 ). Completion of EMGT 6985 includes oral and written exams administered by the project advisor. In addition, the following elective/concentration courses must be completed:
- Elective/Concentration Courses for No Concentration - six elective courses (18 credit hours) from the approved list of electives.
- Elective/Concentration Courses for One Concentration - four courses (12 credit hours) for selected concentration and two elective courses (6 credit hours) from the approved list of electives.
- Elective/Concentration Courses for Two Concentrations* - eight courses (24 credit hours) for selected two concentrations. No elective courses are required.
* Option 1: Project with two concentrations requires successful completion of 37 credit hours.
Option 2: Thesis
Complete 10 credit hours of core courses and 6 credit hours of Graduate Master Thesis Research (EMGT 6991 ). Successful completion of EMGT 6991 includes oral and written exams administered by the thesis committee in accordance with the guideline of the Graduate School. In addition, the following elective/concentration courses must be completed:
- Elective/Concentration Courses for No Concentration - five elective courses (15 credit hours) from the approved list of electives.
- Elective/Concentration Courses for One Concentration - four courses (12 credit hours) for selected concentration and one elective course (3 credit hours) from the approved list of electives.
- Elective/Concentration Courses for Two Concentrations** - eight courses (24 credit hours) for selected two concentrations. No elective courses are required.
** Option 2: Thesis with two concentrations requires successful completion of 40 credit hours.
Required Core Courses (10 credit hours)
Complete at least 6 credit hours of required core courses before enrolling in 6000-level courses.
Concentration Courses (12 credit hours)
Energy Analytics Concentration
While traditional power and energy education focuses on the engineering aspect of energy systems, today’s energy industry is facing fierce competitions in the data science field. The Energy Analytics concentration of UNC Charlotte’s MSEM program prepares the students for the data science career in the energy industry, so that the graduates can make informed decisions by extracting actionable insights from data.
Logistics and Supply Chains Concentration
The main objective of the Logistics and Supply Chains concentration is to build fundamental engineering management skills to effectively design, plan, and execute supply and logistics networks that deliver value to customers. This concentration helps students understand the principles of logistics and supply chain management, and provides them with the related decision-making and optimization methodologies, as well as analytical and continuous improvement tools and techniques to make the companies deliver goods and services successfully.
Required Courses (12 credit hours)
Select four of the following:
Systems Analytics Concentration
Analytics helps the decision maker understand the system and make the best decision to improve the system. The Systems Analytics concentration offers balanced learning experiences on theoretical fundamentals as well as practical skills for a wide range of applications. Theoretical fundamentals train students to approach complex problems with rigorous logic and creativity. Practical skills equip students with computational problem-solving tools.
Required Courses (12 credit hours)
Select four of the following:
Approved Elective Courses
Depending on the degree and concentration options selected, remaining credit hours may be filled by taking elective courses. Any course from the Engineering Management Program, including the ones below, may be taken as an elective course.
Two relevant graduate courses from other programs may be taken as elective courses for the engineering management degree with approval of the SEEM program. Courses completed from other departments as part of the M.S. concentrations count towards the two allowed electives. Students are responsible for fulfilling the prerequisites of the courses they plan to take from other graduate programs.
The following are recommended MBAD courses for electives:
Students are required to have adequate preparation prior to taking the required MBAD (Master of Business Administration) courses. Traditionally, this consists of at least completing courses in engineering economics, foundations of economics, and mathematics through differential and integral calculus. Students are advantaged by having completed courses in foundations of accounting and statistics.
Degree Total = 31 Credit Hours
Application for Degree
Students preparing to graduate must submit an online Application for Degree by the filing date specified in the University Academic Calendar. If a student does not graduate in the semester identified on the Application for Degree, then the student must update his/her Admission to Candidacy and submit a new Application for Degree for graduation in a subsequent semester.