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 a graduate degree, 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.

 


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.

Learning is Year-Round

You will visit the University of Wisconsin campus during the optional summer residency in August.
The week-long 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.

The MEM Curriculum includes 24 credits of the required courses and 6 credits from the electives listed below. Other appropriate electives may be selected upon approval by program director.

 

Required Courses

Build the foundations for developing, refining and strengthening your effectiveness as a leader of engineering teams, projects, and organizations. Enhance your understanding of how to match your leadership style to a team’s focus, organization and culture. Grow your understanding of your strengths and weaknesses as a leader using proven assessment tools. Develop your plan for growing your leadership competency through the rest of the Master of Engineering Management program and beyond. Course topics:

  •  Making the transition from individual contributor to people manager
  • Foundational behaviors of leaders
  • Advocacy, inquiry, and influence
  • Situational leadership
  • Leader as organizational designer
  • Purposeful leadership
  • Charting your leadership development path

Instructor(s):

Steve King
Wayne P. Pferdehirt

2 Credit(s)

Deepen your understanding of corporate financial performance and how your proposals, decisions, and projects contribute to that performance. This management accounting course for technical professionals helps engineers understand the principles, language and organizational performance goals of financial managers and accountants. You will learn how your daily decisions affect bottom-lime performance of your organization. You will gain greater effectiveness in addressing the financial goals and metrics of your organization in proposals and project reports, thereby growing your ability to gain approval and financial support for your projects and initiatives. Course topics:

  • Financial principles
  • Interpretation of financial data and accounting summaries
  • Costing Systems and management control
  • Pricing strategies
  • Budgeting and risk analysis
  • Investment analysis
  • Financial models and forecasts

Instructor(s):

Charles Krueger

3 Credit(s)

This advanced, practice-focused course enables engineering project managers at all levels, from first-time rookies to highly seasoned pros, improve their strategies, methods, and results. Learn latest proven methods to successfully plan, schedule, budget, and complete projects. Using a real project from your own work, you and several team members will apply methods and tools to improve the organization and management of your selected project. The course examines how traditional project management methods can be improved through incorporation of lean principles and agile methods. Course topics:

  • Foundational project management principles
  • Project selection and portfolio management
  • Project initiation, scope, and structure
  • Proposals and contracts
  • Team leadership and management
  • Project strategy and planning
  • Project scheduling
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Managing project value, budget, and costs
  • Allocating and managing constrained resources
  • Project monitoring and control
  • Project closure
  • Growing your organization’s project management maturity

Instructor(s):

Jeffrey S. Russell
Wayne P. Pferdehirt
John Nelson

3 Credit(s)

Develop and practice effective communication strategies that enable you to meaningfully connect with each audience and achieve your related goals. This course is consistently rated as a game-changer by MEM graduates, enabling them to break through as effective communicators, advancing their projects and careers. The course addresses effective communication strategies, audience analysis, and techniques that contribute to successful gathering, synthesizing, writing, and presenting technical information. Along with assignments that support an on-the-job written project, the course incorporates weekly web conferences, discussion forums, readings, and research technique training workshops supported by UW’s library specialists. Course topics:

  • Audience analysis
  • Persuasion strategies
  • Professional electronic and written communication practices
  • Major proposals and reports
  • Technical presentations that engage audience and get results
  • Modern, efficient web-based research practices

Instructor(s):

Christine Nicometo
Bart Skarzynski

3 Credit(s)

Gain new understanding of how to work with colleagues and clients from other cultures, whether abroad or in the U.S. Learn to work better globally through a comparative examination and analysis of global trends and regional variations of engineering concepts, standards, and practices. Using organizational (public and private sector) case studies, you will study multi-national and national engineering operations, summarizing best practices and caveats. Comparative regional and national engineering professional practice procedures and methods are explored from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the Pacific Basin. You will prepare yourself and your organization for new opportunities through your class project, in which you select a country of interest, then develop a plan for introducing a new product or service to that country. Course topics:

  • The meaning and implications of culture
  • The global engineering community
  • Cultural norms and variations
  • Strategic planning for international operations
  • In-depth study of the culture in a country of your choice
  • Your case study for introducing a new product or service to the country of your choice

Instructor(s):

Don Schramm

3 Credit(s)

This is one of two courses that form your MEM capstone semester, typically your last semester before graduation. You will learn best practices for leading quality improvement as you lead a team at your workplace in improving an actual product or process. In addition to the quality improvement tools you learn, you will learn how to constructively engage individual and organizational resistance to change. The course also addresses issues in change management and how to successfully implement change in an organization. As part of the course you will explore and apply modern quality concepts, tools, and techniques. Your ability to successfully lead a team through a quality improvement project at your workplace will demonstrate to your supervisors and peers your leadership abilities. Many MEM graduates have found that their capstone project and its associated impacts and visibility to executives, provide a highly valuable ramp to new opportunities for MEM graduates. Course topics:

  • Quality improvement concepts and principles
  • Assessing and improving an organization’s readiness for a proposed change
  • Quality management tools
  • Leading successful organizational change
  • Statistical methods for process improvement
  • Your leadership of a process improvement project and team at your workplace

Instructor(s):

Harold Steudel
Terry M. Mann
Jeffrey Russell

3 Credit(s)

In this second course of your capstone semester you will explore strategies, models, and practices for leading and managing engineering organizations in a context directly relevant to you. You and fellow students will assess your styles, beliefs, and past experiences with leadership and management, and will emerge with an insightful, guiding understanding of your personal approach as a leader of engineering teams. A course project of direct relevance to you and your organization will help you integrate theory, models, case studies, and real-time experiences from your workplace. You will leave the course with broad exposure to diverse approaches to leadership and management, and a deeper understanding of principle and practices you can continue to use to lead with competence and confidence. Course topics:

  • Traditional and contemporary models of leadership and management
  • Organizational culture and qualities of successful engineering organizations
  • Motivation and the meaning of work
  • Employee engagement and development
  • Group dynamics and leading teams
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Organizational change and overcoming obstacles
  • Building systems and practices that sustain excellence within engineering organizations

Instructor(s):

Christopher Dakes

3 Credit(s)

Learn how to get the most out of your online learning and collaborative networks. This course teaches strategic skills that are critical to digitally literate professionals.  

Instructor(s):

Mark Millard

 

1 Credit(s)

Your decisions and actions every day can expose you and your employer to legal responsibilities and liabilities. As you grow in your management responsibilities, your need to help your team act in a legally informed and compliant manner grows. This course will help you understand legal issues that all engineers need to understand to avoid legal problems that can have serious personal, professional, and organizational consequences. Course topics:

  • Intellectual property management
  • Product liability
  • Contracts
  • Professional liability
  • Employer-employee legal responsibilities
  • Working effectively with legal representation
  • Serving as an expert witness

Instructor(s):

2 Credit(s)

Electives

Expand your ability to use computer-based methods to conduct engineering analyses. You select a work-related project that allows you and your employer to realize the impact of advanced computer-enhanced practices. You will learn underlying principles and will master techniques to utilize a number of tools with powerful capabilities. A case study approach ensures the practicality and applicability of the techniques covered. In attacking these case studies, you will learn techniques for solving linear and nonlinear systems, optimization techniques, and approaches to solving systems of differential equations that govern many engineering problems. Tools used during the course include MATLAB and Excel. As part of this course you will select and complete a project in which you apply course tools and concepts to a workplace need. Course topics:

  • Solution techniques for various engineering problems
  • Selection of appropriate computational tools
  • Creating graphical interfaces and using macros
  • Regression analysis
  • Optimization
  • Databases
  • Monte Carlo techniques

Instructor(s):

Jake Blanchard

3 Credit(s)

Make better, data-driven decisions using statistical analysis. Students say this is the course that finally helps them understand statistics. In your course project, you’ll design and execute a physical experiment, and present the results. Course topics:

  • Tracking Down Variation, Descriptive Statistics, and a Start with Statistical Software
  • Probability Distributions, Sample Size Effects, and Confidence Intervals
  • Design of Experiments
  • Measurement Capability, Variance Components, and Gage R&R
  • Regression Analysis
  • Other Types of Data: Skewness, Proportions, and Counts
  • Process Capability Metrics, Data Transformation, and Response Surface Methodology

Instructor(s):

Conrad Fung

3 Credit(s)

Much managerial activity involves bargaining, negotiation, and settling of disputes. Managers bargain with superiors, peers, and subordinates; suppliers and customers; competitors and allies. Effective negotiation can improve outcomes for everyone involved. Ineffective negotiation, in contrast, usually leads to poor outcomes for those who negotiate poorly, can also lead to poor outcomes for others, and sometimes result in failures to agree even when agreement is possible.

Instructor(s):

1 Credit(s)

Companies and organizations prosper or die based on their ability to creatively innovate to capture opportunities and avoid obsolescence. Leaders of technical organizations need to develop vision, culture, and practices that value and drive innovation. Learn how you can help build an enterprise that values, pursues, and delivers innovative services and products. Course topics:

  • Roots of innovation
  • Customer-driven innovation
  • Infusing innovation throughout the organization
  • Organizing for innovation
  • Incubation and assessment
  • Developing the creativity of personnel
  • Case studies

Instructor(s):

3 Credit(s)

Most technical professionals are involved in some direct or indirect aspect of marketing of services or products to external or internal customers. Learn how to negotiate with clients or managers, and market to customers and clients.

Instructor(s):

Chuck West

Cindy West

3 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.


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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 and Fall terms. Applications are reviewed in the order received on a rolling basis until the May 1 or July 1 deadlines. 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 2016-17 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 2017. (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 2016-2017 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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Master of Engineering

Engineering Management

$1600 per credit

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