What Is the Online Master’s in Engineering Management (MEM) Degree Program?
The online Master of Science in Engineering Management (MEM) from Ohio University is an advanced degree for engineers who want to move into leading technical teams, departments, and organizations. During your time in the MEM degree program, you’ll gain an advanced understanding of the specific engineering and management skills needed to excel in your current position, create new opportunities, and grow as a respected, competent engineering leader.
Certificate Possibilities – Six Sigma and More
Strengthen skills in a specialized area with a MEM Certificate and earn credits toward the MEM degree.
Ohio University Achieves Prestigious “Research 1” Classifaction by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education
Ohio University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Master’s in Engineering Management Curriculum
Delivered through an online learning environment, our curriculum combines graduate-level leadership and management courses with high-level engineering practices. The curriculum’s dual focus is ideal for immediate application in the workplace or for career advancement opportunities down the line.
Our Master of Engineering Management graduates rely on their understanding of protocols and project standards, superior communication skills, and leadership abilities to manage cross-functional teams effectively to find solutions. We cover concepts beneficial in any leadership role, whether you’re a chemical, electrical, civil, or mechanical engineer or you have a strong background in physical science and a desire to excel in the design, implementation, and management of technology.
Master's in Engineering Management Foundation
Master's in Engineering Management Core
Master's in Engineering Management Electives
Master's in Engineering Management Capstone
Engineering managers earned a median annual salary of $149,530 as of May 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Engineering jobs are projected to grow 6% from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average projected growth for all occupations. The requirement for entry-level engineering jobs is a bachelor’s degree, though a master’s degree in engineering management may be needed to advance to senior-level positions.
Is a Master’s in Engineering Management Worth It?
Earning your Master of Engineering Management (MEM) degree from OHIO University can lead to a range of fulfilling leadership opportunities in the field of engineering.
The following job titles* are common among MEM graduates:
|Computer Systems Analyst
2020 Median Salary: $93,730 per year Growth Outlook 2020-30: 7%
2020 Median Salary: $97,180 per year Growth Outlook 2020-30: 11%
|Industrial Production Manager
2020 Median Salary: $108,790 per year
Growth Outlook 2020-30: 5%
2020 Median Salary: $149,530 per year
Growth Outlook 2020-30: 4%
Training and Development Manager
2020 Median Salary: $115,640 per year
Growth Outlook 2020-30: 11%
*Salary and growth outlook for all titles provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Meet the Online Master of Engineering Management Faculty
Engineers looking to expand their career opportunities by pursuing the online Master of Engineering Management at Ohio University learn from faculty members with rich experiences both inside and outside academia. Meet Dr. Ron Lewis, who in addition to teaching and performing research at top universities throughout Ohio, spent 20 years running home construction, millwork, and engineering consulting businesses before joining the faculty of Ohio University.
Dr. Lewis’s research interests include applied operations and foundry engineering, which he applied as a time study and process improvement analyst in the steel industry. He holds a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from Ohio State University.
What attracted you to the field of industrial and systems engineering?
That’s easy. I am interested in optimizing processes, not individual isolated problems. I’m focused on the concept of “wholeness.”
How did you apply your engineering skills to running a home construction and millwork business?
It’s not about anything but efficiency; everyone builds a good box. It is all about who builds it more efficiently. With respect to business decisions, most millwork companies outsource their drawer boxes. We did too for years. With the clear problems of supply chain, we evaluated the process and determined it was optimal to produce “in-house,” which we now do.
What drew you back to academia after 20 years in private business?
God put me here to be a good dad and husband, to be a good engineer, and to teach engineering.
What major challenges and opportunities are you seeing in the field of engineering?
Creating knowledge as opposed to information, regardless of the field. And being able to provide the “C-suite” [executive level management] with the information it so desperately seeks.
What advice would you give to students interested in pursuing a Master of Engineering Management degree at Ohio University?
I’d suggest they seek out both Predictive Analytics and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certifications.
Engineering Management Graduates
As a graduate of the online Master of Engineering Management program, you can enter the marketplace with the tangible credentials and intangible leadership qualities to help push your career forward. Based on a 2013-14 survey, our MEM grads are already seeing demonstrable benefits in the industry.
Staying competitive is paramount, and 88% of graduates agreed the MEM degree helped them become more competitive in the job market.
With increased competition comes increased opportunities, and 63% of grads said their MEM degree helped them move into a management or supervisory position.
66% of MEM grads reported a salary increase of 40% or more.
What Students Are Saying
“I knew I wanted a master’s degree, but wanted to be smart about it. I originally thought about an MBA, but everyone in my office was pursuing that option. I needed something different that would stand out. The material in the engineering management program supplements my daily work tasks and allows me to utilize my job experiences in my coursework and vice versa.”
– Nicole LePage
“What I liked about the OHIO MEM program was that it was well-rounded, very balanced, and all core. Looking at all other programs in the country, they offered too many electives, which could result in a very incoherent engineering management program.”
– Ed Sanderson
“The content I’ve seen in the five courses I’ve taken so far is very relevant. It reinforces things I already knew by tying it all together and putting it in one cohesive package. It is a bit of a ‘ah-ha’ moment.”
– David Knop
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to take the GRE, GMAT, or other standardized tests for admission?
No. Each applicant is assessed for admission individually by an OHIO enrollment advisor.
Does Ohio University offer financial aid for the Master’s in Engineering Management?
Yes. Students can apply for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can learn more about graduate financial aid here.
When can I begin the Master’s in Engineering Management program?
The MEM program offers three convenient start dates per year: spring, summer, and fall.
Can I enroll in a few engineering management courses without being admitted to the full program?
Yes. We offer five certificates: Engineering Management, Engineering Leadership, Certified Lean Six Sigma, Engineering Analytics, and Six Sigma Black Belt. The credit you earn from each of these certificates can be applied toward your full MEM degree. On completion, the certificates will appear on your transcript with earned graduate credit — not just a list of continuing education classes.