Apr 21, 2018  
2015-2016 CSU East Bay Catalog 
2015-2016 CSU East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Engineering Management, M.S.

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Program Description

The Department of Engineering, in cooperation with the College of Business and Economics, offers an interdisciplinary Master of Science degree in Engineering Management. This degree is designed for working engineers and professionals who are in leadership/management positions or who are planning to advance their careers into the management of technical enterprises. It is also designed to benefit engineering or science graduates who are interested in assuming leadership positions in industry.

The objectives of the M.S. in Engineering Management are:

  1. to prepare future managers of technical enterprises;
  2. to enable current and future engineers/scientists to assume leadership positions as they advance in their careers; and
  3. to meet the demand for effective engineering managers who are able to lead technically complex industries.

This degree is different from other Engineering Management degrees in that it includes a well-balanced curriculum consisting of quantitative courses in industrial engineering and qualitative management courses. The curriculum gives students an understanding of both the engineering and management perspectives. This is valuable for individuals managing engineering/high tech firms.

Students take required courses in design and management of human work systems, systems simulation, applied quality assurance, product process design, project management, and research methods in engineering management. Also included in the core are courses in financial management and enterprise planning and control. Students also have a broad choice of electives, allowing them to select from many areas of specialization.

Career Opportunities

There is a great need for individuals who possess both technical background and management skills to run the large variety of technical enterprises. Traditionally, engineers move into management positions in technical enterprises without having a formal academic background in management. The Engineering Management graduate, however, is better equipped to recognize the effects of new technology on management issues and to understand the products and services produced by these technical firms. This understanding gives Engineering Management graduates an edge over traditional managers, and enables them to become effective leaders in the engineering industry.


The M.S. in Engineering Management is designed to accommodate working adults with courses generally meeting in the evening. The interdisciplinary design of the program allows students to take courses from faculty in engineering, business, computer science and/or statistics. The elective courses in the curriculum give students the opportunity to concentrate study in their areas of interest.


The M.S. Degree in Engineering Management is open to students planning a career, or seeking to advance their career in managing technical enterprises who: (1) have a baccalaureate degree in engineering, basic science or related fields from an accredited institution, and (2) have earned an overall grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 basis) or better in their undergraduate work. Degrees from foreign institutions will be individually evaluated.

In addition to the University Graduate and Post-baccalaureate Application, all applicants should: (1) submit a personal statement with the application stating their reasons for wanting to pursue the M.S. in Engineering Management degree, describing relevant work experience, and explaining their past academic performance; (2) submit two letters of recommendation; and (3) submit a resume.

Admission to the university and admission to the M.S. in Engineering Management degree program are separate steps.

Student Standing and Progress Toward the Degree

There are three categories of student status which reflect student progress toward the degree: “Conditionally Classified Graduate,” “Classified Graduate,” and “Advancement to Candidacy.

  1. Students achieve “Conditionally Classified Graduate” status when they have been admitted to the M.S. in Engineering Management degree program, but have not yet completed the prerequisites for “Classified Graduate” status in the M.S. in Engineering Management degree program.
  2. Students achieve “Classified Graduate” status when they have satisfactorily completed the three prerequisites for the M.S. in Engineering Management degree program or their equivalents, and satisfied the University Writing Skills Requirement. (See “Prerequisites for Classified Graduate Status” below.)
  3. Students are Advanced to Candidacy when they have completed the required courses with a 3.0 or better GPA

Note: Students who fail to maintain progress by falling below a 3.0 GPA in their graduate courses for two or more consecutive quarters will be academically disqualified from the university.

Prerequisites for “Classified Graduate” Status

As prerequisites for “Classified Graduate” status, students must satisfy the University Writing Skills Requirement and satisfactorily complete the following three courses. Each course must be completed with a grade of “B” or better.

Note: Errata chapter - change in prerequisite.


Students can request to have one or more of these prerequisites waived based upon coursework taken at other schools. These prerequisite courses should be taken before attempting the core graduate courses. For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at www.csueastbay.edu/testing or call 510.885.3661.

Degree Requirements

The M.S. degree program in Engineering Management requires completion of 48 quarter units distributed among required courses, elective courses, and the Project course (or comprehensive examination and an additional four-unit elective course). Of these units, at least 35 units must be completed in residence (transfer units are limited to 13 quarter units); at least 24 units must be in courses in the 6000 series. No course numbered 1000 to 2999 (or equivalent if taken elsewhere) may be used as part of the 48-unit graduate degree program.

No more than 4 units of Independent Study (ENGR 6900 ) may be counted toward the 48 units required for the degree. Project credit may not exceed 4 units.

A grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained in all 48-quarter units taken to satisfy the degree requirements. All graduate degree requirements must be completed within five (5) years.

Curricular Requirements (48 units)

2. Elective Courses (12 units)

Twelve (12) quarter units of graduate courses in Engineering, Business and Economics, Computer Science, Statistics, or related areas with advisor approval.

The following is a sample list of electives:

3. Capstone Experience (4 units)

ENGR 6800 Research in Engineering Management; ENGR 6899 Project; or pass the comprehensive examination and complete an additional 4-unit elective course.

  • ENGR 6899 - Project Units: 1-4 or pass the comprehensive examination and complete an additional 4-unit elective course.


Students accumulating more than 8 units of work graded “I” may not register for courses applicable to the degree until the “I” grades are removed.

Capstone Experience

To complete a research project, students enroll in ENGR 6899 - Project 1-4 . The Project is a capstone cumulative experience based on the coursework completed for the degree and is accompanied by a written document. A faculty member from the department supervises the student’s work. One bound copy of the written component of the Project is required for the department.

Grades of “RP” (Report in Progress) may be given for a Project that is not completed at the end of the quarter. The “RP” grade must be removed within one year or it will become an “F.”

Instead of enrolling in ENGR 6899 - Project , students can elect to take a comprehensive examination and complete an additional four-unit elective course. The comprehensive exam can be taken upon completion of the required courses.

Granting the Degree

Upon satisfaction of all requirements for the degree, the department will recommend that the candidate be granted the Master of Science degree in Engineering Management. Students must file for graduation by the end of the second week of the quarter prior to the quarter in which they expect to graduate.

Other Degree Requirements

In addition to departmental requirements, every student must also satisfy the university requirements for graduation which are described in the Graduate Degree Information  chapter in this catalog. These include the 32-unit residence requirement, the five year rule on currency of subject matter, the minimum number of units of 6000-level courses, the 3.00 grade point average, and the University Writing Skills Requirement. For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at www.csueastbay.edu/testing or call 510.885.3661.

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