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2017-2018 Graduate Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Engineering Management (MSEM), M.S.

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Program Director

Gene Wright 
Office: R301 A
Phone: (414) 277-2268
Email: wright@msoe.edu

The Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) program is a technology-oriented management degree designed to meet the needs of engineers, business managers, and other professional and technical personnel desiring to strengthen their management and leadership skills. Graduates of the program possess broad business management knowledge and skills and are prepared to move into leadership positions in a wide range of industries.

The MSEM program is based on the philosophy that, for companies to grow and compete domestically and internationally, their managers and leaders need a deep understanding of technology, management and effective leadership principles. Faculty members have extensive business experience and are committed to mentoring students to increase students’ value to current and prospective employers. Areas of particular emphasis include organizational leadership, project management, operations management, financial management, technical sales and marketing, entrepreneurship, quality and continuous improvement, policy and strategy, supply chain management, and international business.

The faculty-to-student ratio is small to allow extensive interaction among faculty and students. Most courses are delivered in two formats: blended and 100 percent online. The blended format consists of six, three-hour face-to-face meetings every other week. The remaining five weeks of the quarter are delivered online. The blended course format and schedule allow students to take two classes per quarter, which physically attending class one night a week. Students who take two courses per quarter can finish their degree in two years.

The blended option creates a pathway for students to complete the MSEM in two years. Blended delivery combines the rich faculty/student interaction that is the hallmark of an MSOE education with the flexibility of online learning. The amount of time students spend in class is reduced, while time spent on project-focused learning is enhanced.

Students should expect at least two to three hours of additional individual or group study for every hour of class time. Class time in a blended format is either the three hours of face-to-face meeting time or the equivalent of three hours in an online format. Student assessment activities can include presentations, papers, projects or written exams. Many courses require projects to be completed by individuals or small teams of students, often centered on practical applications in the student’s organization.

Students enrolled in the program normally take between two and five years to complete the degree. The actual completion time is dependent on the number of courses taken each quarter.


Dr. (Hon.) G. Woodrow Adkins, Dr. Ruth Barratt, Dr. Jeffrey Blessing, Dr. Rachel Boechler, Melinda Davies, Dr. Kenneth Dobbs, Dr. Kathy Faggiani, Terry Hoffmann, Dr. Paul A. Hudec, Carol Mannino, Katie McCarthy, Dr. Jenne Meyer, Dr. Kathleen Miezio, Dr. Katrina Moskalik, Dr. Patricia Neudecker, Paul Nistler, Dr. C. Kelly Lawrence Ottman, Dr. Michael Payne, Dr. Jeffrey Santaga, David Schmitz, Gary Shimek, Beth Slayman, David Tietyen, Gary Vroman, Gene Wright

100 Percent Online Delivery Option

Geography is not a constraint for students interested in completing the MSEM at a distance. In addition to the blended Internet format mentioned above, there also is an option to take courses 100 percent online. The rich faculty, student interaction that is the hallmark of the MSEM is replicated in online classes, creating dynamic and flexible learning environments. Students can choose which format best fits their lives, while advancing their learning and professional skills.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the MSEM program will possess:

  • Pragmatic skills and knowledge across functional business areas including marketing, organizational behavior, human resource management, strategic management, accounting/finance, operations and information technology.
  • The ability to recognize and use modern management techniques, skills and tools.
  • The ability to lead and contribute in cross-functional teams in global and multicultural environments.
  • A thorough understanding of professional, ethical, and social responsibility.
  • The ability to use an array of tools to communicate effectively in relevant venues.
  • The recognition of the need for and the desire to engage in lifelong learning.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the MSEM program will:

  • Hold positions of leadership in a rapidly-changing, technologically-driven business climate.
  • Develop and execute strategic as well as tactical plans.
  • Be starting entrepreneurial companies, managing programs, driving focused change, and creating value.
  • Drive collaborative communication and relationship building across organizational, cultural and social lines.
  • Stimulate innovation for sustained success.


MG 600  though MG 670  and MG 800  are required. Students are expected to complete the foundation courses, MG 600  though MG 670 , prior to movement into more advanced courses. The research and writing requirement is satisfied by taking three one-credit modules: MG 631 , MG 632  and MG 633 . Because the required courses are taught at the graduate level, students who have taken somewhat similar undergraduate courses normally will not be exempt from the required courses.

Students pick sufficient electives for a total of 45 credits. Students may take one of these electives from another MSOE graduate program without prior approval. Students planning to take additional courses in another program should get advanced approval from the program director. This should include a one-page statement of how the proposed electives support a student’s MSEM project goals.

Subtotal: 24 credits

MSEM Electives

  • FIVE Elective Courses 15 credits

Subtotal: 15 credits

Thesis or Capstone Option

Subtotal: 6 credits

Capstone Option

Subtotal: 6 credits

Total: 45 credits

Thesis vs. Capstone

Each student completes either a thesis or a capstone. The final activity has two primary objectives: 1) it is a learning experience in which the student has the opportunity to discover something about a business topic that is not readily accessible, that is not conventional wisdom, and is not found in any book or other common source; and 2) it is a means by which the student demonstrates his or her depth and breadth of learning from the MSEM program. Alumni cite this opportunity as one of the most valuable components of the program in their career advancement. Students in the regular program have two choices: the thesis or capstone project option.

Option 1 - Thesis (6 credits)

The thesis starts with a proposition or point of view. It reflects research on some management topic, often applying it to a specific situation to see whether or not the particular management theory is useful. Often it is aimed at finding a solution to a problem at the student’s company. Occasionally the thesis takes the form of a case study examining the history of an organizational problem or decision-its background, why decisions were made the way they were and drawing conclusions applicable to other management situations.

The thesis should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA Style Guide). Students present the results of their work to a faculty committee with guidance from a faculty advisor, generally chosen for expertise in the subject area. Normally, students start the thesis after they have accumulated 33 credits.

The thesis distinguishes the MSEM degree from similar degrees at other universities where work of this level of significance is not produced. It provides the student with a tangible document that demonstrates to employers, or potential employers, the student’s basic management knowledge and the ability to apply management principles to specific situations.

Option 2 - Capstone Project (3 credits)

In the capstone project, the student applies the concepts taught in the MSEM to examine and propose a solution to a practical business problem. In contrast to the thesis, the capstone is done as part of an 11-week class. Capstones are chosen in collaboration with the capstone instructor.

Model Part-time Track V7.1

Year One

Year Two


  • Elective (MG)1 3 credits 


  • Elective (MG)1 3 credits 

Year Two Total: 12 lecture hours - 0 lab hours - 12 credits

Year Three


  • Elective (MG)1 3 credits 


  • Elective (MG)1 3 credits 


  • Elective (MG)1 3 credits

Year Three Total: 12 lecture hours - 0 lab hours - 12 credits

Year Four - Thesis Option

Total: 6 lecture hours - 0 lab hours - 6 credits

Year Four - Capstone Project Option


  •  Elective (MG)1 3 credits 

Year Four Total: 6 lecture hours - 0 lab hours - 6 credits


1 Electives are chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor.

The above part time tracks are shown to give an idea of a typical program. Please note, however, that the actual schedule of courses varies by location and year, in order to give student the maximum choice of courses.

Blended-Internet Option Model Part-time Track - V 7.1

Year One

Year Two


The model above reflects a schedule of blended Internet course options. MSOE blended classes meet face-to-face during alternating weeks. Meetings occur during the evening in “even” numbered or “odd” numbered weeks each academic term. Students can choose any single course or combination of courses.

Second Degree

Students who have already received the MSCBM, MSNP or MSXM degree from MSOE can transfer 15 credits from that degree to the MSEM degree.

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