Sep 28, 2023
The Master of Science Degree 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. 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
Applicants with more than 2 years of relevant industry experience and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from a U.S. ABET-accredited school 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.
A total of 31 credit hours of approved graduate work are required, within one of two options:
Option 1: Project
Successful completion of 28 credit hours of graduate-level coursework and 3 credit hours of engineering management project work.
- Coursework - The 28 credit hours of graduate-level coursework must include four core courses (10 credit hours) and six additional courses (18 credit hours) from an approved list of electives.
- Plan of Study - DegreeWorks provides students’ plan of study. Students must check DegreeWorks and verify the plan in DegreeWorks with the Graduate Program Director after completing at least 9 but no more than 18 credit hours. Students may declare up to two concentrations.
- Admission to Candidacy
- Oral Exam - Students must pass an oral exam during the presentation of the project that is administered by the project committee.
Option 2: Thesis
Successful completion of 25 credit hours of graduate-level coursework and 6 credit hours of thesis research.
- Coursework - The 25 credit hours of graduate-level coursework must include four core courses (10 credit hours) and five additional courses (15 credit hours) from an approved list of electives.
- Plan of Study - Students must meet with their advisor to formulate a plan of study and get the committee’s approval. Students must check DegreeWorks and verify the plan in DegreeWorks with the Graduate Program Director after completing at least 9 but no more than 18 credit hours. Students may declare up to two concentrations.
- Admission to Candidacy
- Thesis Defense - a copy of the thesis should be distributed to each member of the program committee at least two weeks prior to the defense. Students should make a public announcement of the defense within the department to allow attendance by interested faculty members and students.
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
Select two of the following:
Plus select two of the following:
Lean Logistics and Supply Chains Concentration
Plus select one of the following:
Systems Analytics Concentration
Select four of the following:
Interdisciplinary 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.