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Master of Science in Engineering Management

Master of Science in Engineering Management

The Intersection of Technical Expertise and Business Acumen

The Master of Science in Engineering Management offers graduate students an opportunity to develop the technical expertise and the business competence that is in high demand for management positions in technology-based industry. Industry leaders are seeking qualified and talented individuals who are capable of directing and supervising development and production processes. The combination of technical proficiency and business skills fostered in the Engineering Management program provides a competitive edge for graduates seeking a wide range of positions in technology-based product or service industries, as well as in comparable local, state and federal programs.

Innovative Curriculum

Engineering Management is the art and science of planning, organizing, allocating, directing and controlling the activities and resources applicable to individuals and organizations engaged in the management of engineering activities and technology development, including: project management, economic evaluation of systems, technology transfer, management of research programs, development, design, evaluation, production, and allied activities.

The current program of study can be taken on a part time or full time basis. There are four core courses required of all students which have been formulated to satisfy the foundation requirements. In addition to these required courses the curriculum consists of electives which allow students to choose either a broad based program of study or one centered on a particular concentration. Some students may elect to refresh or enhance their technical skills in engineering-based subjects such as Information systems, Computer Systems Engineering or Graduate courses from the traditional Engineering disciplines. Other students may prefer to broaden their knowledge base by selecting coursework in management subjects such as engineering organizational psychology, financial management, logistics and warehousing or lean systems design.

The Master of Science in Engineering Management program is available at our Boston campus as well as online.

Online Experience

  • Study on your own schedule, accompanied by clear guidance from your instructor.
  • Variety of course offerings: online programs offer all required courses, as well as the most frequently chosen electives.  This ensures you have access to the courses you need and want most.
  • Extensive resources: all students have access to the university library’s online collections.
  • Connection to faculty and students: led by instructors trained in online instruction, our virtual classes are designed to create a community of peers that learn, discuss, and support each other – both in class and beyond.

“Northeastern’s MS in Engineering Management is like an MBA for engineers, with high-quality, dedicated professors who are proficient in their field yet are able to convey information in a way that’s easy to understand.”

“My courses in project management have been key to understanding the subtleties that affect project managers while technical courses provide a strong background in fundamentals as well as specialty topics. My experience with co-op has been outstanding and has truly helped me further my career.”

The MS programs’ student learning outcome is the ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.

Over 15 graduate certificates are available to provide students the opportunity to develop a specialization in an area of their choice. Certificates can be taken in addition to or in combination with a master’s degree, or provide a pathway to a master’s degree in Northeastern’s College of Engineering. Master’s programs can also be combined with a Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate. Students should consult with their faculty advisor regarding these options.

Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership

Master’s Degree in Engineering Management with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Students may complete a Master of Science in Engineering Management in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership. Students must apply and be admitted to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires fulfillment of the 16-semester-hour curriculum required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership, which includes an industry-based challenge project with multiple mentors. The integrated 32-semester-hour degree and certificate will require 16 hours of advisor-approved engineering management technical courses.

Experiential Learning

Northeastern combines rigorous academics with experiential learning and research to prepare students for real world engineering challenges. The Cooperative Education Program, also known as a “co-op,” is one of the largest and most innovative in the world, and Northeastern is one of only a few that offers a Co-op Program for Graduate Students. Through this program students gain industry experience in a wide variety of organizations, from large companies to entrepreneurial start-ups, while helping to finance their education.

Sharon Melul Steinfeld, BS Industrial Engineering/MS Engineering Management 2019, did a co-op at PwC and at Hasbro and got a full time job offer before graduation.

Program Goals

Educational Objectives

The program was designed by experienced high level managers and academic leaders as an option for engineers and scientists to broaden their skill sets to include management tools and techniques that are applicable to technology-based industries. Graduates of the Engineering Management program work as project managers, product managers, or leaders of teams in technical industries. Upon completion of the program, students find that their acquired skills are applicable to a wide range of industries primarily those focused upon the development of technical products and the management of technical projects.

Graduates may assist companies in bringing a product from an idea through its development phases to its introduction to the marketplace. They may also be involved in forming and managing teams for assessing cost-effectiveness, formulating strategies to improve production, or analyzing a company’s supply chain. Most of these projects cannot be successfully completed without the skills of those possessing a background in management decision making and engineering expertise; therefore, the engineering management graduate is often a technical liaison to all levels of management. As a result, many of the assignments held by engineering management graduates have actually proven to be a gateway to upper-level management positions.


Thomas Cullinane
Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Program Director,  Engineering Management

analysis and design of efficient facilities focusing on inventory space control, materials handling and staffing levels

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