students in a lab Today’s job market requires engineers who understand and thrive in the business world.  Engineers who know how their work fits within the company will be more effective and more likely to be promoted into a leadership role.


Is MS Engineering Management right for you?

Which graduate program you choose depends on you and your goals.

Degree TypeBest forWho want to:
  • Most majors
  • Typically requires 3+ years of work experience
  • become business experts, particularly in areas like consulting or asset management
  • start a company
  • lead and manage people in operations, accounting, finance or logistics
MS Engineering ManagementEngineering graduates
  • remain technical experts, but interface across all business functions
  • understand business from an engineering perspective
  • lead and manage primarily other engineers
MS EngineeringEngineering graduates
  • deepen their knowledge within their discipline
  • conduct research
  • pursue a PhD


Program Objectives

generic icons1. Students will learn how the major functions of business work and how engineering relates to them.  In small companies, engineers may have responsibilities in various business functions, such as marketing or supply chain management.  In large companies, effective communication and coordination between technical and nontechnical audiences is imperative.

2. Students will learn how to be effective leaders and managers who use resources effectively, efficiently, and sustainably.  Successful engineers consistently deliver enduring results that meet customer requirements and are both on time and within budget.

3. Students will take additional coursework in their engineering discipline.  Rather than let technical knowledge atrophy, students will deepen and expand it.  This additional coursework allows MSEM students to gain proficiency beyond their undergraduate coursework.


Program Overview

A 10-course interdisciplinary degree, the MS Engineering Management balances broadening courses in business with engineering courses to deepen undergraduate expertise.  Mathematics courses complement both.                                                  

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Course examples:

  • Business - Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain Management, Business Analytics
  • Math - Deterministic Models, Optimization, Statistics for Quality
  • Engineering - Graduate Level courses in your discipline

Two courses are mandatory:

  • EMGT 201 Engineering Project Management
  • BSAD 306 Fundamentals of Accounting

Program Timeline

Full time students can complete the program in less than two years, as 3-4 courses per semester constitutes a full course load.  Working professionals can take courses as their schedule allows.  There is no time limit to complete the program.
UVM’s Accelerated Master’s Program students will typically complete the program in one year.

Admission Requirements

Applicants may have a BS in Engineering from an ABET-accredited institution, a BS in Engineering Management, an unaccredited BS in Engineering, or physical sciences. Those without an accredited degree may have to take additional courses to achieve equivalency of background.  GRE is recommended but not required.
Accelerated Masters Program applicants may only come from undergraduate programs offered through UVM’s College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.  Students must apply in their junior year and have a minimum 3.2 GPA.

Curriculum Details

The Engineering Management M.S. requires the completion of advanced courses in business administration, engineering, mathematics, statistics, and other approved courses and research (for project option students) totaling at least thirty credits. 

Course requirements are available from the Graduate Catalog

Elective Graduate Courses (Additional approved elective courses may be authorized by the Graduate Committee.)

BSAD 230 Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization
BSAD 268 Advanced Topics in Management
BSAD 270 Quantitative Analysis for Managerial Decisions
BSAD 273 Supply Chain Management
BSAD 293 Integrated Product Development
BSAD 308 Introduction to Finance
BSAD 362 CPA Law
BSAD 3xx Management, Leadership and Organizational Behavior (in development)

CE, CS, EE, MATH, ME and STAT courses at the 200 and 300-level

Graduation Requirements

The MS Engineering Management requires completion of advanced courses in business administration, engineering, mathematics, statistics, and other approved courses and research (for project option students) totaling at least thirty credits.

Have Questions?

Current UVM Students can send their query to Ken Burkman, Graduate Programs Director.  You can also quickly verify the feasibility of your admission into our program by viewing the  Minimum Requirements for Admission.