Engineering Management Master's Degree Program

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

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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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

Tuition and fees for the 2020-2021 academic year are below:

Overall Tuition & Fees $46,000 ($4,600 per course).

A non-refundable $1,000 deposit is required once you accept our offer of admission and is credited toward your first semester program costs.

Students may be eligible for financial aid or student loans through the Office of Financial Aid (OFA). Detailed financial aid application instructions are available on OFA’s website.

Texas Engineering Executive Education welcomes veterans, active duty members and their families. If you have questions about your eligibility as it relates to the University of Texas at Austin, please contact Student Veteran Services for assistance.

*Please note that H-H benefits are not applicable as our program does not receive state funding.

Admissions

  • Bachelor of science in engineering, engineering technology or related technical field. Other degrees may be eligible but applicants will not be admitted with deficiencies.
  • An GPA of 3.0 is recommended.

Apply Online

  • Online Application, statement of purpose and application fee:
    http://www.engr.utexas.edu/graduate/admissions/
  • Official transcripts from all senior colleges.
  • GRE or GMAT verbal and quantitative scores. *See waiver information below.
  • TOEFL or IELTS score if applicable.
  • Three professional letters of reference and a current resume.

*A GRE/GMAT waiver can be requested if you:

  • Have submitted a complete application, to include transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.
  • Have 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

Please note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee your waiver request will be approved. Waiver requests must be submitted 1 month prior to the application deadline for your intended semester of entry.

Spring waiver requests are due on or before October 1.
Fall waiver requests are due on or before June 1.

To be considered for a waiver, please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Fall

  • Priority Deadline: The priority deadline for international applicants in visa status F or J is April 1.
  • Final Deadline: In order to be considered for the fall semester, completed applications must be received no later than July 1st.

Spring

  • Priority Deadline: The priority deadline for international applicants in visa status F or J is September 1.
  • Final Deadline: In order to be considered for the spring semester, completed applications must be received no later than November 1st.

Courses

Engineering Management students complete two Engineering Management Projects (ENM 397P), during each summer of the two-year program. Thesetwo 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.

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.

TBA | Legal Issues and Technology Management 

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.

The Cockrell School of Engineering’s Texas Engineering Executive Education continues to inspire and advance the professional growth of engineers worldwide. Leading practitioners and internationally-renowned faculty provide results-based learning that is immediately applicable in the workplace.

-Dean Sharon L. Wood, Cockrell School of Engineering

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