Jan 28, 2023  
2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Engineering Management (MSEM), M.S.

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Program Director 
Associate Director
Gene Wright Andreana Moody
Office: R301 A Office: R01-G
Phone: (414) 277-2268 Phone: (414) 277-2334
Email: wright@msoe.edu Email: moody@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, four-hour face-to-face meetings every other week. The remaining five weeks of the quarter are delivered online.

The blended option creates a pathway for students to potentially 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 four hours of face-to-face meeting time or the equivalent of four 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. Ruth Barratt, Dr. William Berg, Melinda Davies, Dr. Kenneth Dobbs, Thomas Eberle, Terry Hoffmann, Dr. Paul A. Hudec, Dr. Kathleen Miezio, Dr. Jessica Moe, Dr. Dana Monogue, Curt Mould, Stacy Novinski, Dr. C. Kelly Lawrence Ottman, Daniel Pavletich, Dr. Jeffrey Santaga, Beth Slayman, Anthony Spence, Dr. Bruce Thompson, Christopher Thompson, Gary Vroman, Gene Wright

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

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the MSEM program will:

  • Demonstrate professionalism, ethical behavior, leadership, and effective communication skills
  • Exhibit a global perspective and awareness of how cultural differences impact businesses
  • Possess the skills required to integrate concepts from accounting, finance, marketing, operations, technology and human resources to identify and develop innovative business strategies
  • Utilize qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate and solve critical business problems
  • Evaluate, select and lead the implementation of innovative technologies and methods that support organizational strategic priorities
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead and facilitate cross-functional, multi-cultural teams to drive organizational effectiveness

Curriculum (v. 8)

See list below for required foundation courses. Students are expected to complete the foundation courses prior to movement into more advanced courses. The research and writing requirement is satisfied by taking two one credit modules: MB 6310  and MB 6320 . 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 with prior approval. Students planning to take additional courses in another program should get advanced approval from the program director.

Subtotal: 33 credits

Subtotal: 12 credits

Total: 45 credits

Second Master’s Degree

A student who has earned a MBA, MSCBM, MSEM, MSNP, MSXM, MSE, MSN, MSCVE, MSP, MSAE or MSST degree within the last 7 years will be awarded 21 credits towards the pursuit of a second degree, either MBA, MSEM, or MSNP. 

See more information in “Awarding of Two Master’s Degrees” in the Academic Regulations and Policies section of this catalog.


Each student completes a capstone project. 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.

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