Master's of Engineering Management in Illinois

Jan 11, 2021

A master's degree program in engineering management combines aspects of both business and engineering. In this article, students can learn what kind of courses they will take while completing their degree and explore admissions requirements and tuition info at the Illinois schools offering these programs.

School Comparison

Locations and graduate tuition costs for the five Illinois schools offering master's degree programs in engineering management are outlined below to help students determine if one of the schools meets their needs.

Institution Location Graduate Tuition and Fees (2019-2020)*
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL $18,083 (in-state) / $31,490 (out-of-state)
Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL $30,937
Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL $11,280
Northwestern University Evanston, IL $56,567
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL $9,176

Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)

Illinois Colleges with Master's in Engineering Management Programs

University of Illinois

The University of Illinois offers a Master of Science in Technology Management. It is a one-year program that teaches students about competitive strategy, collaboration, and leadership. Students have the option to specialize in information technology and control, supply chain management, or business data analytics. The university requires that students have a bachelor's degree with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Prospective students must complete an online application and submit their resume, a personal statement, unofficial transcripts, and three recommendation letters.

Illinois Institute of Technology

The Master of Engineering Management program at the Illinois Institute of Technology focuses on business strategy and technology. Students choose from a concentration in product design and development or project management. The program requires 30 credits for graduation, including nine in students' desired concentration. The admissions process involves an online application and a fee of $75. Students will need to upload their transcripts, a resume and professional statement, and two recommendation letters as part of the application. They will also need to request their official GRE or GMAT scores be sent to the institute.

Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University awards a Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a concentration in engineering management. Students have the flexibility to complete their degree program online or on campus. On-campus classes last for 16 weeks, while online courses can be completed at a student's own pace. The application process requires that students provide their college transcripts, recommendation letters, a statement of purpose, and if applicable, GRE or GMAT scores.

Northwestern University

The Master of Engineering Management program at Northwestern University can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students usually finish their degree in 9-15 months, while part-time students do so in 2-3 years. Students experience a curriculum that blends analytical knowledge with management principles. The university has an online application and requires a $50 non-refundable fee. The following are eligibility requirements for the program:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or related field with a 3.0 GPA
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • GRE/GMAT score
  • Calculus-based statistics course

Southern Illinois University

Southern Illinois University has a Master of Science in Integrative Studies - Engineering Management program. Students need 30 credits to graduate, with 50% of the credits at the 500-course level. In addition, students must complete seven credits of non-thesis capstone work or integrative studies thesis work. The application process consists of a $40 fee and online application. Students will need to submit transcripts showing a bachelor's degree with at least a 3.0 GPA and a letter of intent. It should be noted that students with a 2.5-3.0 GPA can be accepted if they meet the following conditions:

  • Bachelor's degree was earned more than four years ago
  • Students submit a statement explaining their bachelor's degree work and why they would succeed in the master's program

Students interested in a graduate degree in engineering management have the option to attend on-campus or online classes at a handful of Illinois schools. Program curricula offer a blend of business and engineering theory.

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