Curriculum – M.S. in Engineering Management
The online Master of Science in engineering management program is designed to equip students with the skills they need to work in and lead technical organizations and projects. It comprises 36 required credit hours, of which 24 are the same core requirements as for the M.S. in systems engineering, and the remaining 12 focus on the area of specialization.
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The practice of management as applied within technical organizations. Includes history of the tradition and current effective practices, research findings, and case studies, with objectives of enhanced understanding of external and internal factors influencing organizational performance and leadership requirements.
Problem formulation. Concepts and techniques used in analyzing complex decision problems. Modeling decision problems using decision trees, probability models, multi-objective models and utility theory.
Capstone project providing the opportunity to apply concepts and tools previously studied to the solution of a real-world problem. Students work in small groups, on a problem proposed by students and approved by the instructor. Open only to master’s candidates in the department, preferably during the last semester of their program.
Survey of material relevant to financial decision making for engineering activity. Includes traditional engineering economy topics; fundamentals of accounting; and financial planning, budgeting, and estimating applicable to the management of technical organizations.
The foundations of knowledge management, including cultural issues, technology applications, organizational concepts and processes, management aspects, and decision support systems. Case studies.
Introduction to analysis and design of information systems including requirements analysis, project management, and software architectures. Introduction to CASE tools. (3 credits)
Systems approach to the architecting and engineering of large-scale systems; elements of systems engineering; methods and standards; computer tools that support systems and software engineering; trends and directions; the integrative nature of systems engineering.
Problems in managing projects; project management as planning, organizing, directing, and monitoring; project and corporate organizations; duties and responsibilities; the project plan; schedule, cost, earned-value and situation analysis; leadership; team building; conflict management; meetings, presentations, and proposals.
M.S. in Engineering Management Required Courses
The behavior of individuals and groups in the context of technical organizations, focusing on relationships and interactions within the organization’s operating activities. Individual and group development and motivation. Organizational structures and cultures.
Study of the total contracting process (including initial budget preparation and justification, execution of a contract, and administration of the contract to completion) considered from the viewpoints of the industrial and government buyer and the seller of technical materials and services.
Seminar on readings and classic and contemporary case studies in the strategic management of innovation and technology.
Developing project cost and resource estimates during the planning stages. Monitoring, forecasting, and controlling cost throughout the project life cycle. Project quality planning, assurance, and control. Relationships among project scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, procurement, and risk. Preparation for the Project Management Professional examination. Prerequisite: EMSE 6820.