Master’s in Engineering Management (MEM) Degree

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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.

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Geared Career Advancement
Increase your earnings by preparing to advance into leadership roles.

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State-of-the-art, Diverse Courses
Enhance your skills with a variety of course offerings.

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Work and School Balance
Exam-free, lab-based program with no due dates during the work week.

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Certificate Possibilities – Six Sigma and More
Strengthen skills in a specialized area with a MEM Certificate and earn credits toward the MEM degree.

Respected and Renowned
Earn a degree from one of the nation’s leading research institutions.

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 (, 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

EMGT 6000 Foundations of Engineering Management 4 Credits
EMGT 6010 Engineering Writing 3 Credits
EMGT 6100 Statistics for Engineering Management 4 Credits
EMGT 6200 Information Systems Engineering 3 Credits

Master's in Engineering Management Core

EMGT 6300 Project Management 4 Credits
EMGT 6600 Applied Accounting and Finance for Engineering Management 3 Credits
EMGT 6110 Principles of Six Sigma 4 Credits

Master's in Engineering Management Electives

EMGT 6120 Quality Systems 3 Credits
EMGT 6210 Database Information Systems 3 Credits
EMGT 6400 Engineering Law 3 Credits
EMGT 6220 Data Acquisition and Predictive Analytics 3 Credits
EMGT 6500 Lean Thinking Methods 3 Credits
EMGT 6700 Engineering Leadership 3 Credits
EMGT 6111 Advanced Six Sigma 3 Credits
EMGT 6112 Six Sigma Green Belt Exam 0.5 Credits
EMGT 6113 Six Sigma Black Belt Exam 0.5 Credits

Master's in Engineering Management Capstone

EMGT 6949 Engineering Management Project 3 Credits

Salary, job growth, and education requirements for a career in engineering management.

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%
Construction Manager
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%
Engineering Manager
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.

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Staying competitive is paramount, and 88% of graduates agreed the MEM degree helped them become more competitive in the job market.

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With increased competition comes increased opportunities, and 63% of grads said their MEM degree helped them move into a management or supervisory position.

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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.