MS in Engineering Management

MS in Engineering Management

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A graduate degree from Drexel Engineering prepares engineering and technology professionals for the skills required to propel careers into leadership.

What is a Master’s in Engineering Management?

An engineering management master’s degree helps develop engineers into leaders capable of taking on expanded responsibilities in project management, design thinking and business oversight. As a student you will gain the skillsets uniquely required of effective senior leadership. The coursework will develop the multidisciplinary context needed to effectively manage technically oriented organizations or projects. You will focus on the economics, analytics, financial management, and modern leadership techniques that are most relevant to your areas of specialization in engineering or technical teams.

Study in the field of engineering management should provide an understanding of the forces governing industry, a regional, national and global viewpoint and the ability to create effective, efficient and entrepreneurial solutions and teams that are needed to advance careers.


  • Online or on-campus
  • Full-time or part-time
  • The program will take 5 Quarter-terms [1 year plus 1 Quarter] to complete on a full-time basis or can be completed on a part time basis in approximately 2 years.

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Why choose Drexel for your MS in Engineering Management?

As the nation’s first engineering management degree, and a nationally top-ranked program, the program was built to address the need for engineering professionals to provide technical knowledge, leadership capabilities and best practices while promoting ethical economic development in our global society.

You will emerge prepared as a critical thinker that can take on the demands of added responsibilities through gained technical and managerial skills, and the application of learned scientific methodologies while fostering creativity and innovation into your process and organization.

The engineering management master’s degree is delivered online for the convenience of students working full-time while earning their degree. The coursework is designed to create learning that can be applied for immediate impact in the workplace. The online format challenges and engages with experiential components and highly interactive classroom content.

As a graduate of Drexel’s Engineering Management master’s program, you will also earn a Certified Associate in Engineering Management (CAEM) Certificate from the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) without the need to take the certification exam.

The Department of Engineering Leadership and Society seeks to educate a new generation of science, technology and engineering professionals that consider global, societal and industry challenges with analytical minds and community focused hearts. Combining related diverse fields helps to educate a well-rounded, ethical and compassionate engineer with the ability to employ the principles of transformational leadership. The focus of our program is to equip you with the tools for finding sustainable and achievable outcomes to solve for highly complex challenges.

Drexel Online

Drexel University was one of the first to offer academics of the highest caliber in its online format. You will build the same impressive network and have all the access to resources that an on-campus student enjoys. The technology and class design has been refined to provide a rewarding and highly engaging experience. Learn more.

 Curriculum and Requirements

Engineering Management Core courses 12 credits
Quantitative Analysis 9 credits
Economics and Financial Management 6 credits
Electives 15 credits
Capstone 3 credits
  • You will earn the Master of Science in Engineering Management with 45 credits in a curriculum that includes a core of four required courses (12 credits), a business and analysis coursework (15 credits), and 3 credits of culminating experience capstone project. The electives (15 credits) can be used to specialize in an area of interest such as systems engineering, project management, healthcare informatics, business analytics, entrepreneurship, marketing and many others.
  • Graduate advisors will consult with you on the choice and scheduling of core and elective courses.

If you are not ready to take on the Master’s degree, the Engineering Management Certificate may be a good way to get started. The credits will transfer to the MS should you continue study.

Visit the Drexel Catalog for more information or learn more about our admissions requirements.

Kelly Bachand<br>
Hometown: Kent, Washington<br>
Major: MS Systems Engineering & MS Engineering Management<br>
Class Year: 2021

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Kelly Bachand
Hometown: Kent, Washington
Major: MS Systems Engineering & MS Engineering Management
Class Year: 2021

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Career Opportunities in Engineering Management

Adding a graduate degree in Engineering Management to your career path will make you competitive by bringing you from a technical specialist to a leader with skills to effectively manage organizations, people and projects. You can go on to careers directing and supervising in roles such as senior project managers, directors to all the way up to CEO.

With approximately one third of CEOs majored in engineering, opportunities are endless for growth and development. Drexel graduates of this program have gone on to started consulting in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Others hold prominent positions in business, technology firms and engineering services.

Overall, employees with graduate degrees can earn up to 28 percent more than bachelor’s degree holders over the course of their career and 10% more in year-over-year salary. The outlook for engineering management jobs is good, with demand for management employment expected to grow 3-5% through 2029, on pace with the national average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Drexel places a high value on industry connections and experience at every level. Teaching faculty in your program are experts with industry experience at the forefront of teaching. 

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