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Engineering Management

UMD Graduate School

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) offers a rich research environment for full-time students. The curriculum is offered in convenient late afternoon and evening time slots (Monday – Thursday) with courses offered via Interactive TV classrooms throughout Minnesota. This flexibility allows the student to pursue the degree on a part-time basis while continuing to work, applying lessons directly into their job duties as they continue their degree program.

Admission and Application Requirements

Applicants to the program should:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited U.S. institution or foreign equivalent. Applicants with a degree in another technical major and a substantial background in engineering may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation concerning their academic ability and readiness for graduate education. 
  • Students requesting financial aid are strongly encouraged to take the GRE examination. 
  • Foreign applicants must take and pass the TOEFL examination for admission and grant of aid.

Degree Requirements

The MSEM degree offers two options to meet the needs of a wide variety of students—Plan A (thesis) option and the Plan B (project) option. Both require the completion of four core classes (totaling 12 credits):

  • EMgt 5110: Management of Engineering and Technology (3 cr.)
  • EMgt 5120: Advanced Project Management (3 cr.)
  • EMgt 5130: Operations Modeling and Analysis (3 cr.)
  • EMgt 5160: Quality Management (3 cr.)

In addition to the core classes, each student must complete a minimum of 6 credits of study from related fields outside of engineering management (Math, Independent Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Statistics, Business, Electrical/Computer Engineering, etc.) and additional Engineering Management electives to fulfill their program. Each of the programs requires a capstone design experience. For the Plan A option, this is a 10-credit thesis. For the Plan B option, this is a 3-credit project course.

Deadlines and Dates

Application deadlines:
Fall semester: July 15
Spring semester: October 15

Financial Aid

Financial aid in the form of either Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantships is available on a competitive basis. Assistantships offer both ¼ time (including a stipend equivalent to 10 hours of assigned duties per week and one half tuition forgiveness) and ½ time (including a stipend equivalent to 20 hours of assigned duties per week and full tuition forgiveness) programs.

Students interested in requesting financial aid are strongly encouraged to complete their application by April 1 for the fall semester. The program does not normally consider financial aid offers with spring admissions.

Areas of Specializations

The program is a general engineering management program; however, our faculty specializes in:

  • Project management
  • Process and product innovation
  • Quality management emphasizing lean approaches to the discipline.

Contact Information

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth, 229 Voss-Kovach Hall, 1305 Ordean Court, Duluth, MN 55812 (218.726.8117; fax 218.726.8581;;

Director of Graduate Studies:  Hongyi Chen,, 218.726.6836

Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies: Tracy Shaw,, 218.726.6161

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