Engineering Management

Get the “Engineer’s MBA”

You’re tech-savvy. Now it’s time to get business-savvy. Get the “Engineer’s MBA,” the Master of Engineering Management, and emerge as a thought leader in your organization. You’ll have the business skills to make the case, and the technical skills to back it up. Good leaders aren’t bosses. They drive change, and they know how to get buy-in from other engineers on the team. With a Master of Engineering Management, otherwise known as the Engineer’s MBA, you’ll have the business and management skills to rival a traditional MBA, all within the context of the daily challenges of leading engineering projects. You’ll understand what’s expected of you and how to motivate your team. “Business as usual” will not be how colleagues describe you. You’ll be the technical leader who “gets it.”

You have a life. And our degree fits it. 

At UW-Madison, we support you every step of the way. While our academics are strong–our program is consistently ranked in the top six by U.S. News and World Report—so is our ability to empathize with working professionals. If you’re a young engineer still settling into the workforce (and your new apartment), or mid-career with a family to raise, we can give you a flexible, 100% online master’s degree program designed to fit your career and personal needs—even if you’re halfway around the world. Whether you’re delayed at the airport, putting in overtime at the office, or home with a sick kid– our instructors are here to give you a hand when you need it most. And you can complete coursework when it’s convenient for you and work full-time. Unlike an on-campus program where you’re required to be in your seat by a certain time, you have the ability to study anywhere—whether you’re in an Uber, on the treadmill, or at home in your sweats.

With our interactive learning experience, you’ll find it easy to stay engaged.

Static content is a thing of the past. In our program, what you study is directly tied to what you’re doing on the job. Apply what you’re learning in class on the job the next day for immediate impact. Instead of canned homework assignments and exams, you’ll use actual work projects for course credit. The insight you’ll receive from sharing your work with your peers (and seeing what they’re working on) is invaluable. Study and learn when it’s convenient for you, and know that “busy work” and lectures that drone on are a thing of the past.

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Why the Engineer’s MBA?

The Master of Engineering Management will help you become a visionary. You’ll work more strategically, and confidently manage technical teams and projects. You’ll be the one leadership wants to promote, and the “go-to” person on your technical team.

Whether you’ve just started thinking about getting an MBA, or you’ve been searching programs for some time, one thing is certain: There are a LOT of options out there. And we know how tough it can be to choose a school. But we can make your decision easy: If you’re someone who’s considering an MBA and wants to be a leader without losing the engineering focus, UW-Madison’s Master of Engineering Management can help.

Here are six reasons why this degree is the real deal:

  • More than half of our grads receive a major promotion or raise before they graduate.
  • Our instructors have all worked in the “real world,” which means they have actually been in your shoes (instead of just a classroom).
  • You’ll be on a first-name basis with your instructors, and they will never be too busy to answer your call or respond to an e-mail. You’ll have live weekly discussions with your instructors and classmates to help you stay on track. In recent focus groups, students told us that they know we care about them and their success.
  • UW-Madison has some serious street cred. It’s ranked 25th worldwide by the Center for World University Rankings, and our online engineering degree programs are consistently in the top six by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Your “Engineer’s MBA” holds just as much weight—if not more—than traditional MBA programs, or MOOCs, which aren’t nearly as credible as a degree. You’ll be driving real change at your organization almost immediately, earning props from your peers and your boss.
  • You have the opportunity to meet and work with your instructors and fellow students through an optional, on-campus residency. Program alumni consistently rank residency as a high-value experience.

 

Awards

imgresRanked in the Top 10 Online Engineering Graduate Programs for the sixth year in a row in 2017

Most Outstanding Online Teaching and Learning Program Award

UCEA Outstanding Program Award (Credit Category)

Program of Excellence Award

Ranked No.5 Online Engineering Graduate Programs for Veterans

USDLA’s 21st Century Best Practice Award for Distance Learning

Our Learning Experience

Static content is a thing of the past. In our 100% online degree format, what you study can be directly applied to your job. Instead of canned homework assignments, you’ll use your work projects for course credit. The insight and feedback you’ll receive from your instructors and peers is invaluable–and your employer will notice an immediate improvement in your work. Instead of lectures that drone on and endless busy work, you’ll use your time in the most productive ways. Access your learning platforms anytime, anywhere you have an Internet connection–which means you can study and learn on the go.

 


Typical Weekly Schedule

Each semester you will take two courses that complement each other in terms of content and activities.

In a typical week, you’ll have assignments from both courses– including readings, problems for individual and group analysis, online discussion, project work, and a live web conference. 

The only course activity with a specific real-time obligation to participate is the weekly web conference, which you can attend on Wednesday morning or Thursday evening. This gives you the flexibility to decide when to complete your coursework, while the weekly deadlines serve as checkpoints to keep you on-track.

Courses will engage you in extensive, meaningful interaction with other experienced engineers. You will remain connected with expert instructors who proactively monitor your progress in the course and actively contribute to online discussions.

This highly collaborative learning space will increase your understanding of course concepts and keep you motivated to learn new skills and improving their workplace performance.

 


Why the Engineer’s MBA?

The Master of Engineering Management will help you become a visionary. You’ll work more strategically, and confidently manage technical teams and projects. You’ll be the one leadership wants to promote, and the “go-to” person on your technical team.

Whether you’ve just started thinking about getting an MBA, or you’ve been searching programs for some time, one thing is certain: There are a LOT of options out there. And we know how tough it can be to choose a school. But we can make your decision easy: If you’re someone who’s considering an MBA and wants to be a leader without losing the engineering focus, UW-Madison’s Master of Engineering Management can help.

Here are six reasons why this degree is the real deal:

  • More than half of our grads receive a major promotion or raise before they graduate.
  • Our instructors have all worked in the “real world,” which means they have actually been in your shoes (instead of just a classroom).
  • You’ll be on a first-name basis with your instructors, and they will never be too busy to answer your call or respond to an e-mail. You’ll have live weekly discussions with your instructors and classmates to help you stay on track. In recent focus groups, students told us that they know we care about them and their success.
  • UW-Madison has some serious street cred. It’s ranked 25th worldwide by the Center for World University Rankings, and our online engineering degree programs are consistently in the top six by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Your “Engineer’s MBA” holds just as much weight—if not more—than traditional MBA programs, or MOOCs, which aren’t nearly as credible as a degree. You’ll be driving real change at your organization almost immediately, earning props from your peers and your boss.
  • You have the opportunity to meet and work with your instructors and fellow students through an optional, on-campus residency. Program alumni consistently rank residency as a high-value experience.

Degree Requirements

The Engineering Management program requires 12 courses for a total of 30 graduate credits. You will typically take two courses each semester.

Course web conferences are the only time-constrained course activities; all other weekly assignments can be accomplished on days and times of your choice.You can expect to spend about 20 hours a week on coursework and participating in team project activities.

Optional Summer Residency 

Each summer you can meet with your fellow students and instructors in a weeklong residency on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. During these sessions you will develop a clear understanding of the program goals, course requirements and university resources available to you as an online student.

Scheduled for late August, these on-campus sessions will conclude the summer coursework and lead you into your fall courses. These sessions provide a time for you to build relationships and strengthen your ability to work effectively with fellow students throughout the rest of the year.

Required Courses

Grow your understanding of effective organizational leadership practices. Assess your current leadership abilities and develop a plan for growing your leadership through MEM and beyond.

Instructor(s):

Steve King
Wayne P. Pferdehirt

2 Credit(s)

Improve your grasp of the "big picture" and how daily decisions affect the financial performance of your organization. Learn how your projects are judged by financial managers and how to perform economic analyses that gain support for your initiatives.

Instructor(s):

Charles Krueger

3 Credit(s)

Improve your strategies, methods, and tools for managing complex projects and teams. Apply what you learn to a real-world project you and your team select.

Instructor(s):

Jeffrey S. Russell
Wayne P. Pferdehirt
John Nelson

3 Credit(s)

Grow your ability to think and act creatively. Build and support a culture that values, pursues, and delivers innovative services and products.

Instructor(s):

Sean Sauber

1 Credit(s)

Remove the communication roadblocks that stall your ideas and projects. Develop and practice effective communication strategies that enable you to meaningfully connect with each audience and achieve your related goals.

Instructor(s):

Bart Skarzynski
Christine Nicometo

3 Credit(s)

Overcome barriers to working effectively with colleagues, clients or suppliers from other cultures. Gain new understanding and practices that lead to effective collaboration across cultural boundaries. Develop a plan for introducing a new product or service to a new country.

Instructor(s):

Don Schramm

3 Credit(s)

Lead a team at your workplace through the process of improving a product or process as you apply a set of modern quality improvement tools. Use of quality management and planning tools will help you to define quality problems and opportunities, implement measurable solutions and foster team-based strategies for continuous improvement. The course will also address issues in change management and how to successfully implement change in an organization.

Instructor(s):

Harold Steudel

3 Credit(s)

Deepen your understanding and application of effective strategies and practices for leading and managing engineering organizations. EPD 618 and 518 together comprise the MEM capstone semester in MEM. You choose a work-related project that gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your leadership abilities in a faculty-supported structure.

Instructor(s):

Christopher Dakes

3 Credit(s)

This course will identify and use collaboration and communication tools for online learning and virtual teamwork, such as the enterprise document management system.

Instructor(s):

Mark Millard

 

1 Credit(s)

Electives

Grow your ability to represent, market, and sell ideas, services and products to internal or external audiences. Grow your ability to be a technical resource that clients and suppliers respect as a competent, trusted representative of your organization’s services and products.

Instructor(s):

3 Credit(s)

Develop skills to solve the increasingly complex engineering problems by exploring a variety of computer-assisted methods for analysis and problem solving applicable to the challenges in any engineering discipline. You select a work-related project that allows you and your employer to realize the impact of advanced computer-enhanced practices.

Instructor(s):

Jake Blanchard

3 Credit(s)

Learn how to use statistics for making better engineering decisions in a practical, applications-oriented approach. This highly practical course helps engineers assess uncertainty and design experiments and analyses that lead to better, data-supported decisions.

Instructor(s):

Conrad Fung

3 Credit(s)

Steer clear of legal traps that can stall your projects or create legal problems for you or your employer. Engineering legal issues addressed include professional liability, contracts, intellectual property, product liability, malpractice, and expert testimony.

Instructor(s):

Alan Rubel

2 Credit(s)

Negotiate and resolve conflicts with clients, suppliers, coworkers, and superiors. Learn and practice strategies for negotiating agreements that enable teams, projects, and business commitments to collaboratively move forward.

Instructor(s):

1 Credit(s)


Distance Learning that is Anything but Distant

The University of Wisconsin’s Engineering Management program is designed to encourage participation through insightful discussions, collaboration on team projects, and learning from your peers.

You will be able to talk shop in each course with your fellow engineers, creating a far richer experience than on-campus courses where other students have limited professional experience.

This unique model also provides students exposure to best practices in virtual teamwork and collaboration – crucial skills in an increasingly global economy. In this program, you will use the Internet, live webconferencing, and software applications to complete assignments and participate in team projects.

Learning is Year-Round

You will visit the University of Wisconsin campus during the optional summer residency in August.

The weeklong session will correspond with coursework from your summer semester course and lead you into your fall courses with face-to-face group collaboration and expert speakers.

While you choose when to do most of your work each week, the fixed curriculum and semester schedule help you maintain focus and consistent progress. This flexible but structured approach produces graduates with valuable new skills.


Faculty

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the Master of Engineering: Engineering Management program are listed below.

Exceptions to standard admission requirements are considered by the admissions committee on an individual basis.

  • A BS degree from a program accredited by the ABET or the equivalent.*
  • A minimum of two years’ post baccalaureate engineering experience. Engineering co-op or intern experience may be applied to the experience requirement.
  • A minimum undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 on the equivalent of the last 60 semester hours (approximately two years of work) or a master’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. Applicants from an international institution must have a strong academic performance comparable to a 3.00 for an undergraduate or master’s degree. All GPAs are based on a 4.00 scale. We use your institution’s grading scale; do not convert your grades to a 4.00 scale.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must provide scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 580 on the written version, 243 on the computer version, or 92 on the Internet version.
  • International applicants must have a degree comparable to an approved U.S. bachelor’s degree. 

We do not require applicants to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). 

*Equivalency to an ABET accredited program: Applicants who do not hold a bachelor’s degree from an ABET accredited program may also qualify for admission to the program. Such applicants must have a BS in science, technology, or a related field with sufficient coursework and professional experience to demonstrate proficiency in engineering practice OR at least 16 credits of math and science coursework. Registration as a professional engineer by examination, if achieved, should be documented to support your application. 

All applicants are advised to determine whether this program meets requirements for licensure in the state where they live. See the National Society of Professional Engineers website for contact information for state licensing boards

Application Overview

The admissions process has been designed to conduct a holistic review of your likelihood of success in the program. Decisions are based on your academic and professional background.

To start the process, please read the admission requirements to determine your eligibility. If you have questions about your eligibility, please request an eligibility review by e-mailing Shainah Greene at shainah.greene@wisc.edu. This e-mail should include a copy of your current resume and informal transcripts.

Applications are accepted for admission during the Summer term. Applications are reviewed in the order received, on a rolling basis until the May 1 deadline. Admission is competitive and selective. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to submit application materials prior to the deadline

Steps to Apply Now 

Email the admissions committee chair and state your intent to apply and to which program. Attach your current resume or CV to your Intent to Apply email.

Your resume/CV should include at least:

  • Educational history (including GPA, awards and honors received).
  • Professional work experience (including specific details on your engineering experience, technical training, and responsibilities).
  • Listing of professional association memberships, advanced training (such as a PE license) and other noteworthy, personal- or engineering-related details.
In the application be sure to:
  • Upload a pdf version of your current resume/CV.
  • Upload a pdf version of your “Reasons for Graduate Study” essay.
  • Upload a pdf version of your transcripts.
  • Enter contact information for at least three professional recommendations, including at least one from a direct supervisor.
  • Important: Complete the application by submitting the application fee. Applications submitted without paying the fee cannot be reviewed and will not be acted on.

Arrange to have one copy of your official transcript sent directly from your previous educational institutions to the Department of Engineering Professional Development. Transcripts should be sent directly by the educational institution to the CoE Online Admissions Office.

We will accept transcripts via any delivery method options (including pdf) offered by the educational institutions you have previously attended. However, transcripts issued to students are not sufficient for admission to the Graduate School.

To avoid processing delays, have your transcripts sent directly to:

CoE Online Admissions Office
Attn: Shainah Greene
432 N. Lake Street, Room 701
Madison, WI  53706

(For pdf’s, use the following email address: shainah.greene@wisc.edu.)

After all of your application materials have been received, the admissions committee chair will schedule a phone interview with you. Once completed, your application will be presented to the Admissions Committee for evaluation at the next scheduled meeting. 

Admission decisions are made on applications in the order received. The Admissions committee will make one of the following decisions:
  • Recommend admission to the UW-Madison Graduate School
  • Request additional information before evaluating further
  • Decline further consideration of your application
After a decision has been made on your application, the admissions committee chair will contact you by email to inform you of the decision and to schedule a time to discuss the decision and your next steps.
The admissions committee provides admission recommendations to the Graduate School. The Graduate School is the formal admitting office for graduate students and retains ultimate authority on all admissions decisions.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition Costs

$1,600 per credit (based on 2015-16 tuition rates) payable at the beginning of each semester. Students are billed for courses in which they are enrolled each term. There is no lump sum payment plan. 

Tuition Includes
  • Technology costs for Internet course delivery
  • Live webconferencing
  • Toll-free telephone line for the audio portion of conference calls
  • Library use
  • Use of the webconferencing software for group project work for program courses 
Total Tuition

Total tuition for this program is $48,000* for students entering in Summer 2015. (This tuition is based on 30 total credits, the cost will increase if for some reason a student needs more than 30 credits.)

 *Based on 2015-2016 tuition rate. This total does not include travel and living expenses for summer residencies, textbooks, or course software. Software required for courses is typically available in educational versions at substantial discounts.

Federal Loans

Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to receive some level of funding through the federal direct loan program. These loans are available to qualified graduate students who are taking at least four credits during the Fall and Spring semesters, and two credits during Summer. Private loans are also available. Learn more about financial aid at finaid.wisc.edu.

Employer Support

Many students receive some financial support from their employers. Often, students find it beneficial to sit down with their employer and discuss how this program applies to their current and future responsibilities. Other key points to discuss include how participation will not interrupt your work schedule.

High Return on Investment 
Your investment immediately begins paying back as your employee becomes a more effective contributor and leader of engineering projects. They understand at a whole new level how the decisions they make every day affect bottom-line performance of your organization. The highly interactive, practical, and proactively supported nature of the program’s courses keep students engaged and on-track for on-time graduation. The 96 percent graduation rate translates to high return on your investment rather than stalled, incomplete degrees.

No Interruption to Employee’s Availability 
All students are full-time, working engineers, and most travel extensively for their jobs. The online Engineering Management format enables your employee to pursue world-class graduate engineering studies without interruption to his/her work schedule and availability to travel. This internet-based program allows students to continue their studies from anywhere in the world.

Proven Program from a Top-Ranked University 
The UW–Madison degree your employee will earn via distance learning has the same high-quality standards and academic status as a degree earned on-campus. The only difference is that UW’s online Engineering Management program is conveniently delivered online for working professionals.

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