MBA in Engineering Management

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Earning an online MBA in engineering management can be attractive to students and professionals seeking an off-campus, remote option for completing coursework. It can help students qualify for higher ranking positions in engineering leadership, with greater responsibility and higher salary prospects. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2017), the median pay for engineering managers was $137,720 per year.

So what do these skilled workers do? Engineering managers are in charge of orchestrating activities among various teams to accomplish specific goals within engineering firms. They may work in office settings, research laboratories, industrial production plants, or at construction sites. They can also own their own engineering firm. An MBA in engineering management is designed for engineers and technically-oriented problem-solvers who want to enhance their business savviness.

This MBA concentration is built on top of the standard MBA curriculum, with several courses geared toward management in the context of an engineering organization or team. It may allow more technically-focused engineers to make an easier transition from management into administration by integrating best practices for human resources, and even accounting and product development. Students who obtain an MBA in engineering management can learn how to make informed and successful business decisions that result in better efficiency, performance, and effectiveness in highly technical engineering environments.

This guide explores the many benefits of distance-based MBAs in engineering management, outlines some great schools that offer solid programs, and profiles two outstanding faculty members from schools with online engineering MBAs and related dual degree programs.

Featured Online MBA in Engineering Management (and Related) Programs

Norwich’s online MBA program offers students seven possible tracks, two of which are relevant to aspiring engineering management professionals: the project management track and the construction management track. Overall, the 36-credit online program can be completed in 18 months to two years. Students take core courses in strategic resource management, managerial finance, and strategic marketing and operations management.

They also take electives pertinent to their chosen concentration. In the project management track, which is PMI-accredited, students take three classes: techniques, tools, and practices; leadership, communications, and teams; and strategic management. In the construction management track, students take techniques, tools, and practices; contracts; insurance; project finance; and accounting. The program can be mostly completed online; however, a one-week residency is required at the end of the program.

Location: Northfield, VT
Tuition: $792 per credit-hour
Time to Completion: 18 months to 2 years
Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

The online MBA and engineering concurrent degree program at Arizona State University features advanced courses in technical areas with an intense management curriculum. The MBA/MS in industrial engineering is designed for those who want to stay up to date in their area of expertise and develop enhanced business skills. With a total of 56 credit-hours, there are 18 classes that take about seven-and-a-half weeks each to complete. A GPA of 3.2 is required. GMAT scores are required.

Please note that ASU also offers a dual-degree program in electrical engineering and a general online MBA.

Location: Tempe, Arizona
Tuition: $16,650 (full-time, nine credit-hours per semester)
Time to Completion: Three years
Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, AACSB

SNHU offers a 36-credit online MBA in engineering program, which requires no GMAT exam and no work experience. There are five start dates for students to choose from: October, December, March, May and August. GPAs must be 2.75 or greater. No dual specialization is available and no accelerated program is available.

The program features a nine-course business core, preparing students to navigate the intricacies of a volatile business world. Courses focus on effective research strategies, interpersonal communication skills, and business leadership expertise. sample courses include intro to engineering, systems thinking, human behavior in organizations, marketing and strategy, operations management, and technology and business law.

Location: Manchester, New Hampshire
Tuition: $627 per credit-hour; $1,881 per course
Time to Completion: Graduate in as little as 15 months with two courses per term
Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), New England Association of Schools and Colleges

JHU offers an online dual degree program in business and environmental engineering. This MBA/MS program requires applicants to have at least two years of professional experience and at least a 3.0 GPA to apply, and although the GMAT is traditionally required, the school provides a waiver to qualified candidates.

This 66-credit program requires three weekend residencies and features coursework in water supply and wastewater collection, environmental biotechnology, and subsurface fate and contaminant transport, among others.

Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Tuition: $1,330 (or $1,352) per credit-hour
Time to Completion: Three years
Accreditation: AACSB, ABET
5Northcentral University, School of Business and Technology Management

Designed to meet the needs of students’ busy lives and schedules, the online MBA program at NCU is great for self-starters and independent thinkers who can benefit from a one-to-one learning model that pairs one student with one doctoral professor, with no teaching assistants.

This specialization focuses on blending practical technical experience with management theory and research, as well as examining the relationship between technology and business practices to boost organizational outcomes. This is achieved through knowledge of principles of areas like productivity, quality management, and environmental systems management.

Location: San Diego, California
Tuition: $2,838 per course
Time to Completion: 16 months
Accreditation: WSCUC, ACBSP

Students can earn their master of engineering management online through Penn State World Campus. Students must have an undergraduate degree in engineering, mathematics, physics or science, with a minimum of three years of applicable work experience. These skills can be applied to managing complex engineering projects, products and services within an engineering organization.

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Penn State’s engineering programs among the leading engineering programs in the country. The 33-credit curriculum program comprises 11 courses over seven-week terms, requiring two years to complete. Topics include creativity and problem solving; decision making and risk taking; engineering management strategy; and financial studies for engineering. GRE scores are not required.

Location: University Park, Pennsylvania
Tuition: $930 per credit
Time to Completion: Two years
Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education
7Purdue University (Dual Degree)

Purdue University also offers a dual online (MSE+MBA) engineering degree program that enhances students’ knowledge of the engineering field, while developing business and management skills. The program comprises three segments: technical/engineering courses, bridge courses, and MBA courses.

Students must first complete the Purdue engineering degree requirements (30 credit-hours), followed by a transition to the MBA portion, for a total of 60 credit-hours. Courses include accounting for decision making, financial management, law and ethics, and globalization.

Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
Tuition: $3,500 per three-credit hour course
Time to Completion: Two years
Accreditation: ABET, AACSB

This 100 percent online master of business administration with a concentration in engineering management program can prepare students for roles in leadership, technology, manufacturing, construction, research and development, and industrial management. Students gain knowledge in project management, supply chain distribution, and quality control. Courses include leadership skills and innovation, managerial economics, and strategic and international management. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for admission. GMAT and GRE scores are required unless granted a waiver due to professional work experience.

Location: Evansville, Indiana
Tuition: $430 per credit-hour
Time to Completion: As few as 11 months
Accreditation: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
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Professors to Know from Schools with Online MBA Programs

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    John Abraham - Purdue University

    Dr. John Abraham teaches within the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. He received a BTech from IIT, Kharagpur, 1981; an MA from Princeton University, 1984; and a PhD from Princeton University, 1986. He belongs to several professional organizations, including the American Physical Society; the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the American Society of Engineering Education; the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; the Institute of Liquid Atomization and Sprays; the Society of Automotive Engineers; and the Combustion Institute. His current research interests focus on multiphase flows, combustion modeling, and computational fluid dynamics.

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    Adam Gilbert - Southern New Hampshire University

    Dr. Adam Gilbert is an assistant professor of mathematics. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Merrimack College, as well as a master’s and PhD in mathematics at the University of Rhode Island. He taught for a year at Northeastern University, and he currently teaches courses at SNHU such as introductory applied statistics, regression analysis, pre-calculus, calculus, and number theory. His primary area of research lies in graph theory, a branch of discrete mathematics. He published a 2015 paper confirming the Erdős-Sós Conjecture for graphs having restricted diameter. Notably, he has spoken at many regional and national conferences in areas such as “Games of No Chance: Mathematical Analysis of Some Combinatorial Games.”

Admission Requirements - Online MBA in Engineering Management

Based on the six programs above, here are the common application requirements to earn admissions to an online MBA in engineering management:

  • A competitive GPA and bachelor’s degree from accredited school
  • Letters of reference and official transcripts
  • Some schools ask for a GRE or GMAT score, which may be waived under certain conditions
  • Professional references
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Some professional experience in a business/engineering field
  • International students must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)