Master of Engineering

The Master of Engineering (ME) degree with a specialization in Production Management augments the scientific knowledge of an electrical engineer with the skills of a manager. The program's goal is to provide skills to meet the challenges of managing technical teams in highly competitive corporate environments.

This program can be taken on a full-or part-time basis and is well suited for practicing engineers in the greater Buffalo metropolitan area.

Admissions Requirements

The admissions requirements for the specialization in Production Management are:

  • A baccalaureate degree in engineering
  • Three letters of reference
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 basis) for all undergraduate work taken during the last two years of the applicant's studies.
  • GRE Scores
  • Application Fee ($85)
  • Personal Statement/CV

In exceptional cases, the department may authorize admission of an applicant who does not meet all of the above requirements. In such cases the department will establish performance criteria which, when satisfied, will serve as the basis for continuing in the program.

Course Requirements

The Master of Engineering program requires a total of 30 credit hours. Each student must take eight EE courses and six credits of ME Project.

Engineering Project

To complete the 30 credit hour requirement, the student must conduct an engineering project representing six hours of credit, resulting in a written technical report and a satisfactory oral presentation in a seminar.

In a ME project, students are typically involved with the planning, benchmarking, and implementation of certain engineering activities centering on the application of specific engineering principles and methodologies in real world settings, leading to measurable improvements in quality, cost, efficiency, build-to-order flexibility, time-to-market, customer satisfaction, or other key performance indicators. The focus is on innovative application of engineering knowledge to add value, not on creation of new knowledge.

Instructions governing the preparation of the ME project reports should follow those contained in a university publication entitled, Instructions for Preparing Theses and Dissertations. Consult guidelines before preparing your final manuscript.

Generally, the ME project is completed over two semesters. Students need to register for EE 599 (Master's Research),with a ME project advisor of their choice. Be sure to register under the correct section number, as each EE faculty member has a different section and registering under the wrong section number can cause unnecessary complications.

Non-Applicable Credits

Credits in the following courses are not applicable toward the minimum requirements for the master's degree programs: Supervised Teaching, Supervised Research, and Departmental Seminar.

Time Limit for Degrees

The time limit for finishing all ME degree requirements is four years from the first registration date in the graduate program, excluding approved leaves of absence. A petition for an extension of time limit to degree requires departmental, SEAS, and Graduate School approval. The student must be currently making active progress toward the degree. The SEAS Divisional Committee will consider each petition and, in certain cases, it may set a deadline for completion of the program. The extension of time limit is normally granted for a period of one year or less.