Engineering Management

Our convenient onsite and online master's degree program offers a flexible approach to attaining an MSE.

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Available online and onsite just one consecutive Friday and Saturday per month, the UT-Austin Master’s in Engineering Management program provides professional engineers with a convenient alternative to a traditional MBA. Combining core management curriculum and engineering technical courses, this master's degree program is designed to meet the growing demand for technical leaders who have the ability to manage and adapt to business changes with innovative problem-solving skills. An Engineering Management degree prepares engineers to move into advanced management positions and business leadership roles while assuring their skill sets remain relevant, versatile and competitive.

This program has been ranked as one of the top five best online engineering management programs in the nation based on awards, recognition and return on investment by Super Scholar. The Cockrell School of Engineering has been ranked as the tenth best graduate engineering program in the nation by U.S News and World Report, renowned for its affordability, accessibility and quality of the programs offered.

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Class Format

Onsite classes meet only one weekend (Friday and Saturday) per month, letting busy professionals earn their degree while not interrupting full-time work schedules. Engineering Management courses may alternately be attended remotely through a synchronous viewing option, allowing remote students to virtually attend class live with onsite students.

The 30-credit hour program is comprised of 10 courses, including two project courses, Project A and Project B. Students follow a prescribed course sequence, which includes course work in management, negotiations, marketing, engineering economics and product development.

Benefits

  • The Engineering Management Master's Degree Program is specifically designed to provide business management and technical skills to engineering professionals.
  • It's more than an engineer's alternative to an MBA; we are training tomorrow's technical leaders to be equipped to lead technical organizations.
  • The program includes foundation courses in economics, negotiations, marketing, decisions analysis and innovative product design that will help improve efficiency, product delivery, budgeting and decision-making.
  • Our instructors deliver a breadth of experience in risk analysis, venture financing and legal issues related to new projects, products and services.
  • Instructors also focus on teaching from an executive perspective on managing technical, business and human performance processes to achieve corporate goals.

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For additional information on our graduate master's degree programs, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 512.232.5199.

Master's Projects

Engineering Management students complete two Engineering Management Projects (ENM 397P), one during each summer of the two-year program. These two projects are typically on the same or related topics, and the second report builds upon the first. Even though the two projects are typically on a related topic, each session of ENM 397P is a standalone course that requires research, a presentation and a written report, and each course receives a letter grade. The independent projects are carried out under the supervision of an engineering management faculty member.

Engineering Management students are required to be on-site during Projects Presentations. Students completing Project A are required to be on-site for four days during the summer semester and students completing Project B are required to be onsite for two days during the summer semester. During the fall and spring semesters, students who are completing their project are required to be on-site for presentations for one day.

Students who are not on the full-time track (Fast Track) are required to complete Project A before completing the last four courses of the program. If a student does not complete Project A at the appropriate time, they will have to take the course the following semester, in addition to their normal enrollment. If you have questions or concerns about this requirements, reach out to your Graduate Program Coordinator.

Tuition

Cost

Tuition is $4,600 per course plus fees for all students, regardless of their location. In total, tuition is $46,000 plus fees. This tuition rate is subject to change.

Upon admission, a $1,000 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot, which will be applied to your first tuition payment.

Federal Loans

Master’s degree students are not eligible for financial aid, as this program is not state-funded. However, master’s degree students are eligible for federal loans through the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Direct Subsidized, Direct Unsubsidized, Direct PLUS and private loans may help cover the cost of tuition. Offered by private lenders and federal and state governments, these federal loans often feature lower interest rates than traditional loans. If you are interested in learning more about federal loans, please refer to the Loans page on Texas One Stop.

Master’s degree students are not eligible for loans through the College Access Loan (CAL) Program.

Veterans Benefits

Master’s degree students may be eligible to receive veterans benefits from the G.I. Bill or V.A. Tuition Assistance.

Texas Veterans - Please note that The Hazlewood Exemption does not cover late registration fees, affiliated studies, University Extension, executive education (option III) graduate programs, or like programs/courses.

Please refer to the Veteran Education Benefits page on Texas One Stop for more information.

Tuition Reimbursement

Tuition reimbursement is a benefit offered by many employers to employees who are looking to gain job-related skills and advance their careers within the company.

If you are interested in tuition reimbursement, you should first verify whether your employer has an existing tuition reimbursement policy. From there, you can determine your eligibility and work with your employer to receive benefits.

Admissions

Master’s Degree Admission Requirements

At UT Austin, admission decisions are made on a holistic basis. Applicants will be admitted based on the sum of their academic and professional accomplishments, not any single criterion.

Domestic Requirements

To qualify for our Engineering Management Master’s Degree program, domestic applicants must have the following:

  • B.S. in Engineering, Engineering Technology or related technical field. Other degrees may be eligible, but applicants will not be admitted with deficiencies.
  • Completed Online Application (plus application fees)
  • A 3.0 GPA.*
  • Official transcripts from an accredited college or university
  • GMAT or GRE scores (UT reporting code 6882), or request a waiver, more information below.
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three professional letters of recommendation

*Conditional admission may be possible if your GPA is below 3.0.

International Requirements

In addition to meeting the domestic requirements, international applicants must submit:

  • TOEFL or IELTS scores, if applicable.

 

Conditional Admission

Applicants who hold less than a 3.0 GPA may be recommended for conditional admission by the Admissions Committee (contingent on approval from the graduate dean) based on the overall strength of their application, including transcripts, test scores and experience. Conditional applicants should submit their application and materials under the same guidelines as all applicants, but should address any academic challenges that may have tarnished their GPA in their statement of purpose. This statement should also mention how applicants faced their challenges, or plan to face similar challenges in the future.

If the Admissions Committee decides in the student’s favor, the application is forwarded to the Graduate School for a final decision. Students who are granted conditional admission have conditions associated with their first semester as students, which typically entail earning no grade lower than 3.0, not dropping any classes or earning any incompletes and undergoing a review at the end of the semester to ensure satisfactory progress.

Request A GRE/GMAT Waiver

Waiver requests must be submitted no less than 1 month prior to the application deadline for your intended semester of entry. Please note that meeting the criteria below does not guarantee your waiver request will be approved. To request a waiver for GRE/GMAT scores, applicants must have the following:

  • Have submitted an otherwise complete application (including transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) per MyStatus.
  • Hold a 3.0+ GPA from undergraduate courses
  • And meet at least ONE of the following criteria:
    • Have at least 3 years of work experience OR
    • Have a master's degree OR
    • Have expired GRE/GMAT test scores

To be considered, submit your waiver request to our graduate coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by the following deadlines:

Fall

  • Waiver requests are due on or before June 1.

Spring

  • Waiver requests are due on or before October 1.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted for fall and spring semesters. Please note applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Applicants, especially international students, are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Notice of an admission decision is typically sent about one month after application completion and only after all materials have been received. All materials are due by the application deadline. Please note that test scores may take up to three weeks to transmit to UT Austin.

Fall

  • Recommended Deadline for International Students seeking VISA status F or J: April 1
  • Final Deadline: July 1

 Spring

  • Recommended Deadline for International Students seeking VISA status F or J: September 1
  • Final Deadline: November 1

Courses

Engineering Management students complete two Engineering Management Projects (ENM 397P), during each summer of the two-year program. These two projects are typically on the same or related topics, and the second report builds upon the first. Even though the two projects are typically on a related topic, each session of ENM 397P is a standalone course that requires research, a presentation,and a written report, and each course receives a letter grade. The independent projects are carried out under the supervision of an engineering management faculty member.

Engineering Management students are encouragedto attend all Projects Presentations. It is recommended that students completing Project A view both Project A and Project B presentations, to understand what is expected of the final presentation.

To view the current class schedule click here.

ENM 380.1 Managing People and Organizations (3 Credit Hours)
Introduction to frameworks from the social sciences that are useful for understanding what effective leaders do when working with others.

ENM 380E.2 Engineering Project Management (3 Credit Hours)
Explore methods for organizing, coordinating, and controlling resources to minimize risk and conflict, and to maintain budgets and schedules. Discuss the evaluation of competing alternatives, organization of a project, scheduling of tasks and resources, and the role of management.

ENM 381E.1 Marketing and Negotiation (3 Credit Hours)
Explore major marketing concepts and variables, their interrelationships, and their implications for policy making, problem solving, and strategy formulation. Examine the development of sophisticated strategies and tactics to pursue mutually beneficial solutions.

ENM 381E.2 Legal Issues and Technology Management (3 Credit Hours)
Examine legal considerations in the practice of engineering management. Explore management disciplines to create maximum value from technology.

ENM 381E.3 Finance and Accounting for Engineering Managers (3 Credit Hours)
Introduction to fundamental concepts in finance and accounting with application. Explore how to evaluate investment and financing opportunities in a corporation.

ENM 382E.1 Analytics for Engineering Managers (3 Credit Hours)
Explore theory and tools that allow the engineering manager to draw correct inferences from data and include those inferences in the decision-making process. Examine descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics and statistics.

ENM 382E.2 Strategic Decision and Risk Analysis (3 Credit Hours)
Explore tools and methods for making high-quality decisions in the face of uncertainty, applied within an engineering context. Learn how to frame and analyze major decisions and how to overcome the biases that can degrade these decisions.

ENM 382E.3 Engineering Operations Management (3 Credit Hours)
Examine methods to improve the efficiency of an organization’s operations. Explore management of production systems, inventory management, logistics, and supply-chain management.

ENM 397P Projects in Engineering Management I (3 Credit Hours)
Independent project carried out under the supervision of an Engineering Management faculty member.

ENM 397P Projects in Engineering Management II (3 Credit Hours)
Independent project carried out under the supervision of an Engineering Management faculty member. Project II represents a deeper dive and application of additional skillsets learned during the duration of the program.

Program of Work

Year 1

Fall Semester

ENM 382E.3 Engineering Operations Management (3 Credit Hours)
ENM 381E.2 Legal Issues and Technology Management (3 Credit Hours)

Spring  Semester

ENM 380E.1 Managing People and Organizations (3 Credit Hours)
ENM 382E.1 Analytics for Engineering Managers (3 Credit Hours)

Summer Semester

ENM 397P Projects in Engineering Management I (3 Credit Hours)

Year 2

Fall Semester

ENM 382E.2 Strategic Decision & Risk Analysis (3 Credit Hours)
ENM 381E.3 Finance and Accounting for Engineering Managers (3 Credit Hours)

Spring Semester

ENM 381E.1 Marketing and Negotiation (3 Credit Hours)
ENM 380E.2 Engineering Project Management (3 Credit Hours)

Summer Semester

ENM 397P Projects in Engineering Management II (3 Credit Hours)

Fast Track Students

Year 1

Fall Semester

ENM 382E.3 Engineering Operations Management (3 Credit Hours)
ENM 381E.2 Legal Issues and Technology Management (3 Credit Hours)
ENM 382E.2 Strategic Decision & Risk Analysis (3 Credit Hours)
ENM 381E.3 Finance and Accounting for Engineering Managers (3 Credit Hours)

Spring Semester

ENM 380E.1 Managing People and Organizations (3 Credit Hours)
ENM 382E.1 Analytics for Engineering Managers (3 Credit Hours)
ENM 381E.1 Marketing and Negotiation (3 Credit Hours)
ENM 380E.2 Engineering Project Management (3 Credit Hours)

Summer Semester

ENM 397P Projects in Engineering Management I (3 Credit Hours)

Year 2

Fall Semester

ENM 397P Projects in Engineering Management II (3 Credit Hours)

Faculty

Director - Eric Bickel, Ph.D.| Engineering Project Management, Strategic Decision & Risk Analysis
As the Director of the M.S.E. in Engineering Management, J. Eric Bickel is an Associate Professor and Area Coordinator for the Graduate Program in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering (Department of Mechanical Engineering) at The University of Texas at Austin. In addition, Professor Bickel directs the Center for Petroleum Asset Risk Management (CPARM).

John Daly, Ph.D.| Managing People & Organizations
Dr. John Daly is the Liddell Centennial Professor of Communication, the TCB Professor of Management, and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at The University of Texas at Austin. He teaches undergraduate and graduate classes on Interpersonal Communication and Advocacy. He has served as the President of the National Communication Association, the largest association of scholars and teachers of communication in the world. Dr. Daly has published numerous scholarly articles and produced more than a dozen books, most recently Advocacy: Influencing Others and Championing Ideas (Yale, 2012). For his scholarly work he has been recognized as a Fellow of both the National Communication Association and the International Communication Association.

Britt Freund, Ph.D. | Engineering Operations ManagementRobert Freund received his B.S. from The University of Texas at Austin and his M.S. and Ph.D. at Cornell University. His research and teaching interests include the design of manufacturing and service operations, scheduling, and the effective use of automation.

John Hasenbein, Ph.D. | Analytics for Engineering Managers

Norman Kaderlan, Ph.D. | Marketing and Negotiations
Dr. Kaderlan received his B.S. from MIT, and his M.S. and Ph.D from The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Over the past twenty years, he has focused on assisting companies, communities and countries to develop the infrastructure and processes to bring innovations to the marketplace.

Rob Oshana, Ph.D. | Legal Issues and Technology Management
Rob Oshana is Vice President of Software Engineering R&D for the Microcontroller and Microprocessor business line at NXP Semiconductors, responsible for software enablement, IoT connectivity, software middleware and security, operating systems, machine learning, software services and advanced technologies. He serves on multiple industry advisory boards and is a recognized international speaker. He has published numerous books and papers on software engineering and embedded systems. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Texas and Southern Methodist University and is a Senior Member of IEEE

Heidi Toprac, MBA | Finance and Accounting for Engineering Managers
Heidi Toprac is a Senior Lecturer for the Department of Finance in McCombs School of Business. She has 15 years of experience teaching finance classes. Prior to joining McCombs, she held a variety of corporate finance and accounting roles, where she developed and managed several global programs. She has worked in a variety of industries--including retail and high-tech--and on three different continents.

FAQs

What is the application fee?
There is a $65 fee for domestic applicants and a $90 fee for international applicants, paid at the time of application submission. There is no application fee for non-degree seeking applicants.

Can I apply to enter the master’s degree program in the summer semester?
No, students are only accepted into the program in the fall and spring semesters.

How do I check my application status?
Students can view their application status by monitoring MyStatus.

Is the GRE required for admission?
Yes, the GRE or GMAT is required for admissions review. There is a GRE/GMAT Waiver Request available. Visit the tuition tab for more details.

Does this program accept transfer credits?
No, this program does not accept transfer credits.

Can I enroll in the master’s degree program full time?
Yes, students are permitted to enroll in the “Fast Track” version of the program. Students enrolled in “Fast Track” attend two weekends per month instead of one.

How do I register for courses?
Prior to upcoming semesters, students will be asked via email to provide their course preferences by responding to a Registration Survey. Our staff will register students based on their responses, and priority will be given to students nearing the end of their studies. Students who fail to submit their responses before the registration deadline will be charged a late registration fee in addition to their tuition costs.

How are online courses delivered?
Online courses are delivered through Canvas. Students can click here to log into Canvas and access 24/7 support.

Are the courses asynchronous?
No, the courses in this program are not asynchronous.

How long does it take to earn a master’s degree in Engineering Management?
The master’s degree program can be completed in as little as 4 semesters. However, students have up to five years to complete the program. Most students complete the program within two to three years.

Can students reach out to professors for assistance?
Yes! In addition to providing feedback, professors are available to students when needed. Professors and teacher assistants can be reached during their office hours and are enthusiastic to answer questions.

Can students take a leave of absence?
Yes, all students are granted two leaves of absence, which excuses them from either a fall or spring semester with no penalty. A leave of absence must be approved prior to the first day of class. Leave of absences are not required to skip a summer semester enrollment.

What online services are available to students?
UT Austin students have access to numerous online resources, including academic coaching through the Sanger Learning Center and writing appointments through the University Writing Center.

Do I have access to UT Austin’s library?
Yes, students can access databases, digital collections, e-journals and e-books online at the University of Texas Libraries.

How do I access the student handbook?
Students can click here to view the student handbook.

How do I get help with technical issues?
Technical assistance is available 24/7 through Canvas. Students can also request tech support by visiting IT@UT or the Cockrell School of Engineering’s IT site.

What financial aid options are available?
Master’s degree students are not eligible for financial aid, but they are eligible for federal loans through the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Can I apply my veterans or military benefits toward tuition?
Yes, students enrolled in either the master’s degree or graduate certificate program are eligible to receive veterans benefits from the G.I. Bill or V.A. Tuition Assistance. Please refer to the Veteran Education Benefits page on Texas One Stop for more information.

How do I make a payment?
Students can pay their tuition online at My Tuition Bill. Students can pay online using a credit card, eCheck, electronic funds transfer, installment plan, tuition loan or eProxy.

How can I access my transcripts?
Unofficial transcripts are available to current and former students with a financial bar. Students can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for instructions on how to order and have a transcript mailed to them. Unofficial transcripts are $20 per copy, and students will need their UT EID, if known, and full name on record. Unofficial transcripts cannot be sent to a third party.

For the same cost as an unofficial transcript, students without a financial bar can order an official transcript. Students can order an official transcript online through the secure online transcript order system using their EID. Official transcripts can be sent electronically or by mail to students or third parties. Official transcripts can also be ordered by submitting a signed transcript order form 891 via one of the following:

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What is the graduation procedure?
During their final semester, master’s degree students must apply to graduate by submitting the Master’s Graduation Application form online. Forms are valid for a single semester, and students who fail to meet the deadline will be unable to receive their degree until the following semester. For more information, students can visit the Graduate School’s Deadlines and Submission Instructions page.

Does this program offer networking opportunities?
Yes! Students and graduates of the Cockrell School of Engineering have access to the Engineering Career Assistance Center (ECAC), which offers career counseling and workshops to help students navigate the recruitment process and find high-paying careers. Texas Engineering also offers numerous ways for graduates to stay connected with their 70,000 fellow alumni.

What does option 3 mean?
Option 3 is the designation used by UT Austin for self-funded programs with atypical hours and adjusted modes of instruction.

 

Why Choose a Master's Degree from UT–Austin?

At The University of Texas at Austin, we take pride in our world-renowned professors who work to teach students in a collaborative environment, giving them the skills and experience necessaryto tackle real world problems in inventive ways. The Cockrell School of Engineering is ranked among the nation’s top 10 engineering programs and is the number one ranked engineering program in the state of Texas. Located in the heart of Austin, one of the world's leading tech capitals, UT is surrounded by an environment of creativity and ingenuity. Students here have opportunities to attend conferences that make an impact on a global scale, join student organizations and get involved in other events that UT and the City of Austin have to offer. A Master’s Degree from UT will enhance your skills in the marketplace, prepare you for new careers and challenges and spark your desire to discover.

Who Should Apply

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in engineering or related technical field with at least 18 months of professional experience. This degree is relevant to engineers looking to:

  • Develop new skills in business, technology, and management
  • Increase their career potential
  • Discover a convenient alternative to a traditional MBA
  • Unlock innate technical leadership skills