Master of Engineering Management Program now offered at Great Valley

Despite the decline of the manufacturing industry, and the global challenges to the high-tech sector in the U.S., the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) still projects that the demand for engineering managers will continue to grow. Although an undergraduate engineering education provides a strong technical background, it may not include the training necessary to assume management responsibilities. The new Master of Engineering Management (MEM) degree is a 33-credit program that will provide students, who have a background in engineering or science, the skills required for the management of complex heterogeneous engineering projects, products, and services.

The Penn State School of Graduate Professional Studies continues to provide academic programs that address the demands of our corporate neighbors,” says James Nemes, engineering division head. “We are proud to offer a program that will meet the growing needs of engineers looking to obtain leadership positions in their respective industries, while maintaining a close connection to their technical domains."

The program includes six core courses (18 credits) plus a culminating capstone course. Core courses focus on engineering management science, engineering economics, problem solving, decision sciences, and project management. The curriculum also requires the completion of four electives (12 credits) from a prescribed list. Of the 33 credits required for the degree, 27 credits must be earned in 500-level graduate courses.

Applicants with a four-year undergraduate degree in engineering, mathematics, physics, computer science, or a related discipline will be considered for admission. Test scores from the GMAT or GRE exams are not required, but will be considered by the admissions committee if submitted. Applications are currently being reviewed. To learn more, call (610) 648-3243 or e-mail

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Last Updated April 20, 2009