Master of Engineering Degree

Production Management

The Master of Engineering (ME) degree with a concentration in Production Management provides graduate study for those engineers  who desire to advance to leadership positions in their organizations. This course of study prepares students to become effective engineering managers by enhancing their technical competence, exposing them to critical engineering management issues, and training them to deal with these issues confidently.

Entrance Requirements

The entrance requirements for the concentration in Production Management are:  

  • A baccalaureate degree in Engineering.
  • Demonstrated practical engineering experience (formal job or projects). 
  • 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. 

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 in Production Management requires a total of 30 credit hours. 

Students must take the following six courses: 

EAS 521 Principles of Engineering Management I

EAS 522 Principles of Engineering Management II 

IE 505 Production Planning and Control 

IE 508 Quality Assurance* 

EAS 590 Case Studies in Engineering Management 

EAS 580 Technical Communication* 

*Note, if IE 408 or EAS 480 is taken at the undergraduate level, the requirements of IE 508 or EAS 580 respectively, will be waived and replaced with other electives. 

In addition, each student must select two elective courses totaling six credit hours. These courses should be selected to further enrich the student's educational experience in support of their respective career objectives. 

Engineering Project To complete the 30 credit-hours requirement, the student must conduct an engineering project representing six hours of credit, document the results in a written technical report, and present the results orally in a seminar. Summer completion of the project requires permission from the advisor. 

In an M.E. 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 M.E. project reports should follow those contained in a University publication entitled:  "Instructions for Preparing Theses and Dissertations."  

A limit is imposed by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) on the number of project credits which are applicable toward graduate degree requirements. For the M.E. degree, a maximum of six credit hours for project may be applied. 

Generally, the six-hour project is divided equally between two semesters. Students need to register for IE 591 (Fall semester) and IE 592 (Spring semester), 3-credit hours each. The M.E. Project Advisor is usually a department faculty member and member of the Graduate Faculty.  

Students who carry an Incomplete grade in M.E. project but have completed all other M.E. requirements are advised to register for the M.E. project for one credit hour until the Incomplete grade has been removed. 

Nonapplicable 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 Degree

The time limit for finishing all M.E. degree requirements is 2 years of full-time study from the first registration date in the graduate program, excluding approved leaves of absence. For part-time students, a time limit of 6 years from the first registration date in the graduate program, excluding approved leaves of absence, is permitted. 

Petition for an extension of time limit requires departmental 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.