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Engineering Management

Engineering Management

Master of Science in Engineering Management

Co-op Option in Engineering

The Department of Engineering Management participates in the Graduate Master's Co-op Option in Engineering. For detailed information about the Co-op Program and curriculum requirements, please see the Graduate Catalog Engineering Co-op page.

PO Program Overview

The Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) is designed for technical professionals who have opted for the management track in technical and engineering services enterprises. The program is 31 credits in length. Some courses will be offered both on campus and online and the MSEM is open to both full-time and part-time students.

Students have the choice of three concentrations: (a) design and manufacturing, (b) engineering services/infrastructure management and (c) operations and supply management. The three concentrations encompass the non-research and development (non R & D) part of technical enterprises that are needed for new technical projects and product realizations.

Besides preparing engineering or business bachelor degree undergrads for careers in engineering management, this program also serves non-engineering or business undergraduates who wish to pursue a technical management career. These candidates may be required to complete prerequisite courses that provide an introduction to basic engineering economy concepts needed for courses in the curriculum, at the discretion of the MSEM program coordinator. After successful completion of these prerequisite courses, students with non-engineering or business undergraduate degrees can pursue the remaining MSEM curriculum in the same way as students with engineering undergraduate degrees.

Admissions RequirementsAR

The following are general admission requirements.

International students must obtain the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. Depending on the option selected, students may be required to make up prerequisites which they lack in comparison to the equivalent Engineering curriculum at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. In cases where a student has an M.B.A. or has completed the Business Administration Minor for Engineering students, in addition to a B.S. in engineering or its equivalent, certain requirements the MSEM program may be waived upon review by the MSEM Admissions Department. However, all MSEM students are expected to fully complete the 31 credit program requirements.

Specific Admission Requirement for MSEM

  1. BS in any engineering or science discipline, or a BS in Industrial Management or Operations Research
  2. Graduate Admissions Application
  3. Application fee
  4. GPA of 3.000 or better in the respective undergraduate program
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. Statement of Purpose
  7. TOEFL =>79 or IELTS =>6.5 for international students
  8. The GRE is not required.

Students with industrial or management experience and a bachelor's degree in another area can be admitted on a case-by-case basis, e.g. BA in English or History. In such cases, a resume is requested to assist in the decision process.

In some cases, an applicant may be required to satisfactory complete up to three undergraduate engineering/science courses to ensure that the student has the necessary background knowledge to succeed in the MSEM program.

ABMM Accelerated Bachelors to MSEM Masters

The College of Engineering will offer a combined BSE/MSEM program in Engineering Management for UMass Lowell undergraduate students based on a BS in any engineering or science discipline. The admission requirements and benefits of the accelerated MSEM are as specified by the University. Applications from UMass Lowell undergraduates may be submitted in the junior year and must include the following:

  1. UMass Lowell Undergraduate Degree: Official Transcripts. (A minimum overall GPA of 3.000 at the time of conferral of the undergraduate degree is required. Students who do not meet this requirement at the end of their undergraduate studies will not qualify for the Bachelors to Master's benefits; however, they may reapply to the program via the regular application process.)
  2. The GRE can be waived for UMass Lowell undergraduates with a GPA of 3.000 and above an upon receipt of a recommendation by an UMass Lowell faculty member.
  3. Successful completion of all other university admissions requirements, including three letters of recommendation.
  4. Statement of Purpose.

GPCO Graduate Program Curriculum Outline

The core courses are a blend of engineering and business fundamentals, while he three concentrations allow students to narrow their course selection into well thought out collection of courses into each concentration, while leveraging the expertise of the faculty in these topics.

Note: Students may choose to do either a professional-practice capstone (6 credits) or take additional courses (6 credits minimum) in an Engineering Management concentration. For the non-capstone option, students must submit a plan of study to the MSEM graduate coordinator and obtain his/her approval during the first year of the program. Any change to the submitted plan requires the approval of the MSEM graduate coordinator.

Required (Core) Courses

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
MECH.5760Engineering Project Management3
POMS.6220 or
CHEN.5480 or
Decision Analytics or
Engineering Process Analytics or 
Engineering Systems Analysis
ACCT.5010Financial Accounting2
FINA.5010Business Financial Analysis (prereq: ACCT.5010)2
MKTG.5010Marketing Fundamentals2
POMS.5010Operations Fundamentals2
MGMT.5010Organizational Behavior2
Sub-Total # Core Credits Required16

One of the three Concentration Course Choices (Total Min. credits required = 9) (attach list as needed)

a. Design and Manufacturing Concentration

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CIVE.5210 or
Reliability Analysis in Engineering or
Design For Reliability Engineering
MECH.5120Applied Finite Element Analysis3
ENGN.5400Designing Sustainable Products3
MECH.5720Manufacturing Processes3
MECH.5710Quality Engineering3
MECH.5750Industrial Design of Experiments3
PLAS.5180Plastic Product Design3
PLAS.5370 or
Business Law for Engineers or
Survey of Intellectual Property

PLAS.5530Medical Device Design I3
PLAS.6180Structural Product Design3

b. Engineering Services/Infrastructure Management Concentration

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CIVE.5110Inspection an Monitoring of Civil Infrastructure3
CIVE.5400Urban transportation planning3
CIVE.5440Transportation Economics and Project Evaluation3
CIVE.5210Reliability Analysis3
CIVE.5760GIS Application in Civil and Environmental Engineering3

c. Operations and Supply Management Concentration

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
 Sub Total # Concentration Credits Required9
PLAS.5150Lean Plastics Manufacturing3
PLAS.6060Plastics Manufacturing Systems Engineering3
PUBH.5510Work Environment Policy and Practice3
MGMT.6100Managerial Leadership3
MGMT.6010Managing Organizational Change3
MGMT.6150International Business3
POMS.6010Operations Management3
POMS.6020Global Supply Chain Management3
POMS.6120Statistics for Predictive Analysis3
POMS.6240Analytical Decision Making Tools3
ENTR.6400New Venture Creation3
ENTR.6500Innovation and Emerging Technologies3

Professional Capstone Practice or Non-Capstone Option (Total credits required = 6)*

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
Professional-practice capstoneCapstone topic to be completed under the direction of an advisor and defended to a committee of at least threeor
Non capstone optionAny two courses from another choice of three Engineering Management concentrations (a, b or c) or two other graduate courses pending the permission of the MSEM degree coordinator6
 Sub Total # Practice Capstone or Non-Capstone option Credits Required6

Curriculum Summary

Total number of courses required for the degree12
Total credit hours required for degree31

Prerequisite or Other Additional Requirements for concentration b. Engineering Services / Infrastructure Management:

CIVE.4750 Construction Management (3 credits)
CIVE.4700 Engineering Economics (3 credits)

*For the non-capstone option, students must submit a plan of study to the MSEM graduate coordinator and obtain his/her approval during the first year of the program. Any change to the submitted plan requires the approval of the MSEM graduate coordinator.

Updated 2/15/23