Prepare for leadership roles in manufacturing, quality and production operations, product design and support, engineering services and civil infrastructure management.

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MSEM Overview

Earn a Master’s of Science in Engineering Management degree from a University whose engineering education excellence is matched only by the high quality of its industry-oriented business program – UMass Lowell. Applicants with technical and non-technical backgrounds can apply to the program.

Technical professionals learn business principles and practices, while those with current management background can deepen their understanding of technical areas such as product, process and operations as well as quality and reliability, infrastructure systems, and occupational health and safety. The program’s flexibility, offering both evening classes on campus and online options in all fall/spring/summer semesters, means working professionals can enhance their careers while positioning themselves for advancement or a new field.

The 31-credit program offers three concentrations. Two draw on the faculty expertise in UMass Lowell’s Francis College of Engineering, and one draws more heavily from the Manning School of Business and the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences

The UMass Lowell Master’s of Science in Engineering Management program has been ranked as the top 20th online MSEM program for 2019 by the Best Colleges Review (featured in BBC, Huffington Post, BTN, Atlantic, Reddit, Yahoo and The Economist).


  1. Design and Manufacturing, offering primarily Mechanical and Plastics engineering courses; 
  2. Engineering Services/Infrastructure Management, offering civil engineering courses; and 
  3. Operations and Supply Management, which typically offers business and management courses, plastics as well as lean manufacturing and work environment classes.


The MSEM program is very flexible and can be tailored to the student’s academic interests by allowing students to enroll in any of the graduate courses in the three colleges mentioned in the program, through consultation with the academic advisors.   

The Master’s of Science in Engineering Management is a 31-credit program consisting of 12 total courses.

7 required courses include:

  • Engineering Project Management 
  • Decision Analytics or Engineering Process Analytics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Business Financial Analysis
  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • Operations Fundamentals
  • Organizational Behavior

3 additional courses in a chosen concentration are required, in either Design and Manufacturing, Engineering Services/Infrastructure Management or Operations and Supply Management.

A Professional Capstone Practice or Non-Capstone Option (2 additional graduate courses from any college with prior approval) are also required.

For more information on the MSEM curriculum including course listings and degree pathways, visit the Graduate Catalog.
    • Submitted online application
    • A BS degree in any engineering or science discipline, or in Industrial Management or Operations Research with a GPA of at least 3.000. 
      • Applicants with non-technical degrees mentioned above, are encouraged to apply. Some prerequisite courses may be necessary before matriculating, and admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. 
    • Official score from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • The GPA requirements or the GRE can be waived when candidates present extensive professional experience. 
    • 2 letters of recommendation
    • Statement of purpose
    • $75 application fee
    International Applicants
    • English proficiency testing 
      • TOEFL score of 79 or greater
      • IELTS minimum 6.5

    UMass Lowell Bachelor's to Master's Applicants

    UMass Lowell undergraduate students with a 3.000 GPA or better may be eligible for the accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program, in which students have the opportunity to save time and money by earning a bachelor's and a master's degree in as little as five years by transferring at least two graduate elective courses into the MSEM.

    See the Graduate Catalog for additional requirements of the program. 

    Visit Graduate Admissions for information on the application process or apply to the Master of Science in Engineering Management.

  • Online

    Cost Per Credit: $600 (engineering courses)*
    Cost Per Credit: $655 (business courses)*
    Total Tuition (based on 31 credits): $19,315-$19,810*

    On Campus

    For on-campus tuition, please visit Graduate Students Tuition & Fees.

    International students who are on student visas are eligible to take one course online in each semester and maintain their visa status.

    *These estimated graduate charges are for the 2023-2024 academic year. These prices are subject to change by vote of the UMass Board of Trustees. 


    For more information on tuition and financing, visit Costs & Aid for Graduate Programs.

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of engineering management specialists is expected to grow nationally by 9 percent on average over the next decade, and job growth for management engineers is expected to grow 6 percent through 2025. reports that the average U.S. salary for an engineering manager is $114,839.

    The MSEM program prepares students for a wide range of design, manufacturing and infrastructure management careers. Graduates will have the skills for leadership positions in engineering systems, program management, quality, operations, supply management, consulting services and facilities management.

Why Study Engineering Management at UMass Lowell?

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“The degree will broaden my horizons and help me get into any industry I want.”

Rohann Nair was torn about whether to pursue a master of science degree or an MBA. Instead of choosing, he opted for both by enrolling in UMass Lowell’s master’s degree in engineering management. Read more


Graduate Master's Co-op Option

The Francis College of Engineering offers a Graduate Master's Cooperative Education Option. A co-op work experience offers an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in new, authentic contexts. Learn more


Experienced Faculty

A close collaboration between the Francis College of Engineering, the Manning School of Business and the College of Health Sciences, the MSEM program offers an affordable graduate degree led by faculty with extensive engineering and management experience in both academia and industry.

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