Engineering Management Colleges and Schools in the U.S.

Dec 10, 2019

Engineering management degrees prepare students for project management positions that involve engineers or other technical professionals. These programs combine elements of business management and engineering.

Along with experience, a prospective engineering manager needs a degree that teaches proficiency in administrative and communicative skills. Any potential engineering management program should highlight these facets as part of its mission and goals.

Schools with Engineering Management Programs

Engineering management programs are offered by these schools.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition* (2018-2019)
Dartmouth College Hanover, NH 4-year, Private Master's $53,496 In-state Graduate
New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ 4-year, Public Master's $20,232 In-state Graduate; $29,960 Out-of-state Graduate
Duke University Durham, NC 4-year, Private Master's $53,540 Graduate
University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 4-year, Public Bachelor's $15,730 In-state Undergraduate; $38,098 Out-of-state Undergraduate
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's $53,880 Undergraduate; $52,550 Graduate
University of Tennessee Chattanooga, TN 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Graduate Certificate $8,664 In-state Undergraduate; $8,244 In-state Graduate
Drexel University Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private Master's, Graduate Certificate $34,155 Graduate
Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate $9,440 In-state Undergraduate; $10,061 In-state Graduate
University of Colorado - Boulder Boulder, CO 4-year, Private Master's, Graduate Certificate $11,484 In-state Graduate; $30,384 Out-of-state Graduate

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

There are a number of things to consider when looking for engineering management schools.

  • Prospective students should look for accreditation by either the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM).
  • Students may wish to seek typical core courses, such as engineering economics, operations management and statistics.
  • It's important to review the graduate employment rates to ensure that the program is recognized by employers.
  • Some schools offer only graduate programs while others offer degrees at all levels, and it's important to determine whether you want to pursue undergraduate or graduate studies in this field when choosing a school.

Engineering Management Certificates

Many engineering management certificate programs either include a project management course or are called project management programs. Some schools classify this certificate as graduate level and require a bachelor's degree plus work experience for admittance. Students should use caution when investigating these programs because neither ASEM nor ABET accredits them.

Bachelor's Degrees in Engineering Management

At the bachelor's level, some schools group engineering management with another field, such as industrial engineering or manufacturing. A degree program may be called, for example, management and engineering for manufacturing.

Master's Degrees in Engineering Management

Those who already work in engineering and are looking to advance to a leadership position should consider a master's degree. While most master's degrees are 2-year programs, some programs can be completed in one year.

Engineering management programs are available at many reputable institutions. Some schools only offer graduate programs, while others offer graduate and undergraduate degrees in this field.

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