Concentration in

Engineering Management (Fully Online or In Person)

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This Master of Engineering (ME) degree program provides graduate study for any engineer who desires to enhance their technical competence to more effectively take leadership roles within an organization. Graduates of the program are able to apply best practices and engineering approaches to make strategic decisions and shape policies about personnel, finance and operations.

The employment demand for engineering management is accelerating as many companies are looking to fill leadership positions to counteract the retirements of long time experienced workers. Graduates with masters degrees in engineering management are reportedly receiving among some of the highest salary increases in the country. Specifically, salaries for engineering managers are likely to be significantly higher than the salaries of engineers with several years of experience or specialized disciplines based bachelors and masters degrees alone.

In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that students with a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in engineering have some of the highest salaries in the country coupled with a high job satisfaction rates.

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Why Engineering Management at UB?

Maximum Flexibility

Full-time and part-time, on-campus and our fully online options are available to accommodate all types of schedules. Students can either choose pursue this program online in its complete entirety without ever setting foot in the classroom or can choose to opt for full-time in person, part-time in person or a hybrid combination of both in person and online. The online option allows you to take courses from your home or workplace with video streams and activities delivered by engineering leaders who provide practical “how to” examples.

Career Acceleration

A competitive advantage to take leadership roles within an organization. Masters degrees in engineering management can contribute to an accelerated trajectory towards managerial and leadership positions within companies vs. having a bachelors degree alone.

Innovative Curriculum

Diverse educational approaches including cases, lectures, exercises, and real-world project work,with content developed with input from local engineering leaders.

New Skills

New tools and methods used to make strategic decisions when solving engineering problems.

New Ideas

Management and communications approaches applicable to the “Global Workforce.”

Networking

Connections with experienced faculty and professionals with proven track records in the field.

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Tuition

Not only does our graduate program rank among the top in the country, has extremely affordable tuition rates for New York State residents and for non-state residents who take the fully online program:

Per Semester Graduate Level Tuition Rates:

Full-Time Study (12 credit Hours or Greater)

Resident (In Person and Online)                                           $6,852.50

Non-Resident (Fully Online ONLY)                                        $7,401.00

Non-Resident (In Person, Blended Online and In Person)  $12,632.50 

Part-Time Study (Per 1 credit hour)

Resident (In Person and Online)                                              $653.46

Non-Resident (Fully Online ONLY)                                           $699.67   

Non-Resident (In Person, Blended Online and In Person)     $1,135.46

See additional information on the most updated tuition rates and student fees.

Our Graduates

Our graduates go on to develop skills in mathematics, the sciences, communications, and humanities. Therefore, our masters of engineering management degree and concentration qualifies professionals for a diverse array of jobs, including:

  • Engineering Project Manager - has direct authority over the actions of everyone on the work site. A combination of engineering knowledge and business acumen is essential.
  • Senior Lead Analyst - this specialist ensures that engineering teams reach the most efficient outcomes on their assigned tasks.
  • Cost Systems Analyst -  a combination of financial management knowledge and engineering skills is necessary for this position. These individuals have a direct impact on the bottom line of large-scale projects.
  • Construction Management Engineer -  a construction management engineer has authority over the planning and building of a wide variety of structures in the construction industry. Issues he or she deals with daily would include: manpower, materials, and machines.
  • Industrial Management Engineer - This specialist ensures that industrial emissions are moving safely through the production system.

Featured Faculty

Dr. Mohamed Awwad.

Mohamed Awwad, PhD

Engineering project experience for a variety of organizations including Nissan-Modern Motors in Egypt, ABJ Engineering Company in Kuwait, and Nautique Boat Company in Orlando, FL

Logistics and supply chain, probability and statistics, operations management and production systems, and quality assurance

Dr. Sabrina Casucci.

Sabrina Casucci, PhD, MBA
Engineering Management Program Director

15 years leadership and consulting experience in manufacturing, quality assurance and continuous improvement

Healthcare systems modeling, process and product quality improvement, simulation modeling and applications, and lean manufacturing

 Dr. Johnson Fadeyi,.

Johnson Fadeyi, PhD

Seven years experience with Procter & Gamble, Nigeria

Production systems and process control, operations management, probability & statistics, reliability & risk analysis, multi-criteria decision analysis, sustainable manufacturing, and product life cycle management

Dr. Harrison Kelly.

Harrison Kelly, PhD

20 years leadership and consulting experience including Director of Quality Management Systems (2004-2005) and Chief Quality Officer (2005-2012) for Curbell, Inc.

Human decision-making, quality, regulatory, and reliability engineering methods, statistics, production systems, and service learning 

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physical sciences or a related field. Applicants with non-engineering degrees are welcome to apply and will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  • Some practical engineering experience (formal job or projects) is recommended but not required.
  •  All applications are reviewed based on the cutting edge Mastermind Europe “best-fit” philosophy examining each applicant’s abilities on an individual long term “potential” basis.
  • The GRE is NOT required.
  • The $85 application fees for the fully online program will be waived for a limited time. However, completed applications are encouraged by July 15th.

Earning the Degree

Students complete 9 courses and a capstone project. The program is extremely flexible. Students can:

  • Begin the program in fall, winter, spring or summer semesters.
  • Enroll either full- or part-time.
  • Take courses live, online during class or online at their own pace.
  • Tailor the program to their own interests and careers via elective courses and degree project.

Courses

Core

Principles of Engineering Management I: Leadership Principles Put to Practice

This course covers the basic service management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling, as applied to project, team, knowledge, group/department and global settings. Discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of engineers as managers, and the engineering management challenges in the global economy will also be featured. Emphasis is placed on the integration of engineering technologies and management. Students will master the basic functions in engineering management, the roles and perspectives of engineering managers, and selected skills required to become effective engineering managers. 

Principles of Engineering Management II: The Economics of Decision Making

This course covers the fundamentals of cost accounting, financial accounting, financial management, and marketing management in order to prepare service managers to meet future challenges in the marketplace. Business cases are used to discuss technologies for promoting service innovations, globalization of both service industries and labor markets, and the impact of these emerging market forces on service enterprises and managerial functions.

Production Planning and Control: Operations Management Strategies that Work

This course covers the production management related problems in manufacturing systems. It blends quantitative and qualitative material, theoretical and practical perspectives, and thus, bears relevance for academic as well as industrial pursuits. The introduction consists of the production and operations management strategy. The topics covered include simple forecasting methods, workforce planning, inventory control, production planning, materials requirements planning, operations scheduling, and project management. 

Quality Assurance: Management Tools that Ensure Success

Familiarizes students with the application of statistical quality problem-solving methodologies used to characterize, leverage, and reduce process variability. This course emphasizes the application of sampling methodologies, sample size determination, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, correlation, regression, measurement systems analysis, design and analysis of saturated experimental designs, design and analysis response surface experimental designs, and statistical process control.

Case Studies in Engineering Management: Best Practice and Pitfalls to Avoid

This is a case-oriented course that discusses the role of the engineering manager as a strategic planner, policy maker, and problem solver. Seasoned industry experts are invited to share their on-the-job experience (including the challenges encountered) and knowledge of specific engineering management topics. The interactive sessions are intended to enhance the understanding of an engineer’s role as manager.

Technical Communication: Corresponding in a Global Society

This course introduces students to technical communication practices and genres as they operate in different workplaces, focusing primarily on effective communications as well as information management required of engineers and engineering managers in industry, government, and business. Students master essential skills they need to select, organize, and design information, use easy-to-read language, write clearly and concisely, and adapt communication to peers, employers, clients, customers, and other audiences. The course also covers communication management that might be required in a technical leadership position in industry, government, and business in inter/cross-cultural and international technical communication contexts.

Sample Elective Courses

Supply Chain Engineering

Optimization and Resource Planning

Six Sigma Quality

Decision Analysis

Revenue Management Decision Based System Design

Lean Enterprise and Applications

Engineering Entrapaneurship and Technology Transfer

Human Factors in Safety

Course Descriptions can be found here.

Capstone Project

Students engage in a hands-on capstone projects with faculty, industry, and other partners that centers 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 and leadership to add value; not on research.

Options for Working Professionals and Full-Time Students

The ME program is designed for working professionals, who may prefer to take courses part time either live or via distance learning courses. Full-time students can complete the program within one year either in person or online.

Sample Part-Time Schedule

Term 1

EAS 521 Principles of Engineering Management I: Leadership Principles Put to Practice

EAS 580 Technical Communication: Corresponding in a Global Society 

Term 2:

IE 508 Quality Assurance: Management Tools that Ensure Success

EAS 522 Principles of Engineering Management II: The Economics of Decision Making

Term 3

IE 505 Production Planning and Control: Operations Management Strategies that Work

EAS 590 Case Studies in Engineering Management: Best Practice and Pitfalls to Avoid

Term 4 and beyond

Three Electives

 IE 592 Capstone Project

Sample Full Time Schedule

Term 1

EAS 521 Principles of Engineering Management I: Leadership Principles Put to Practice

EAS 580 Technical Communication: Corresponding in a Global Society 

IE 505 Production Planning and Control: Operations Management Strategies that Work

Elective

Term 2

IE 508 Quality Assurance: Management Tools that Ensure Success

EAS 522 Principles of Engineering Management II: The Economics of Decision Making

EAS 590 Case Studies in Engineering Management: Best Practice and Pitfalls to Avoid

Elective

Term 3

Elective

IE 592 Capstone Project

Contact Admissions

We are happy to answer your questions about the Master of Engineering program. Ask to speak to an admissions advisor by email at svhart@buffalo.edu or by phone at (716) 645-4698.

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