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The Business of Engineering Needs You

Engineers with a solid business foundation are in high demand in both private and public sectors.

The online Masters of Engineering degree prepares individuals for career advancement to administrative and managerial positions in a variety of organizations and engineering environments.

Program Description

US News Best Online Programs Graduate EngineeringThis 30 credit hour online master of engineering management program is a professional practice-oriented advanced degree.

The online engineering degree program combines engineering and business curriculum into one degree, preparing graduates for management-level positions.

  • Designed for working professionals, the MEM degree is centered on relevant topics and allows you to combine classroom experiences with workplace challenges.
  • Prepare for career advancement by studying topics including organizational structure and development, statistics, risk, process and economic analysis, project management, evaluation procedures, business theories and practice.
  • Acquire effective administration and management skills for the engineering workplace.
  • Provide your employer with a win-win situation: graduates enhance their skill set and employers benefit from a highly trained professional who will help lead them into the future.

The online engineering courses are provided through the UNL College of Engineering and the business courses are provided by the UNL College of Business Administration's online MBA program. 

The online engineering degree program is designed for individuals who have at least one degree in engineering or significant engineering practice and a degree in a related field. The non-thesis Master of Engineering is geared toward the working professional.

Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Method of Delivery: 100% Online - what's this?Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to the Internet at the same time. If your program includes an internship or practicum, experiences may be completed in the student's local area.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.

Academic Year 2015 - 2016

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed. Tuition is subject to change.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$401.88$25.00$11.00$4.00$441.88
3 credit hour$1,205.64$75.00$33.00$12.00$1,325.64


 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$900.00$25.00$11.00$4.00$940.00
3 credit hour$2,700.00$75.00$33.00$12.00$2,820.00

Note: In addition to the costs outlined above, students will be assessed a $20.00 registration fee each semester they enroll in courses.

The online master's of engineering management degree program requires 30 credit hours.


Management Systems Engineering 9 credit hours
Business Minor
9 credit hours
Engineering, Management or Business 3 credit hours
Engineering Electives
9 credit hours

All courses are three semester credit hours and held in accelerated 8-week sessions.

Course Name
Course #
Core Courses

Analysis of Engineering Management I

IMSE 805
Prereq: IMSE 206. General concepts and principles of engineering management applied to cases.

Engineering Economy II (Decision and Risk...

IMSE 806

Engineering Economy II (Decision and Risk Analysis)

Theory and practice of decision making under uncertainty. Graphical modeling techniques. Influence diagram and decision trees. The value of information. Utility theory foundations, risk preference and multi-attribute decision models. Economic justification of projects.

Analysis of Engineering Management II

IMSE 905
Prereq: IMSE 805. Continuation of concepts and principles of engineering management applied to production cases.
Cross-functional Courses

Financial Accounting (formerly ACCT 820)

ACCT 805
A capstone course for accountants. Extended application of accounting theory as it relates to both the public sector and the private sector. Environmental considerations and the international implications of accounting treatments. Use of cases and exposure drafts of proposed accounting pronouncements in accounting theory

Professional Responsibility and Ethics in...

ACCT 807

Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting

Standards of ethical financial reporting and corporate governance in the context of the legal, regulatory, and social environments of corporate business. Acts of law and sanctions imposed for violations of standards of financial reporting.

Income Tax and Management Decisions

ACCT 817
The impact of Federal income tax law on management decisions, more from the viewpoint of recognizing problems than prescribing solutions.

Fraud Examinations

ACCT 840
Prereq: intermediate accounting or ACCT 805. Explains fraud and provides a forum for discussing how fraud differs from other crimes. Includes fraud techniques, schemes, readings and study of actual fraud cases.

Financial Reporting and Analysis (Formerly ACCT...

ACCT 888

Financial Reporting and Analysis (Formerly ACCT 801)

Prereq: intermediate accounting or ACCT 805. Effective utilization of accounting information presented in financial statements. Primary financial statements, revenue recognition practices, the financial reporting system, the effects of accounting method choice on reported financial data, and firm valuation.

Ecological Economics

AECN 883
A synthesis across the notion of “utility” as represented in traditional environmental and natural resource economics, “ecology” in ecological economics, and “community” in behavioral economics. Ideas from thermodynamics with a focus on renewable resources. Development, organization, and enhancement of eco-business, eco-industry, eco-government and eco-communities.

International Finance

ECON 822
Determinants of exchange rates, international payments, and inflation, unemployment, national income, and interest rates in an open economy. International monetary system and capital and financial markets, and of the mechanisms by which a national economy and the rest of the world adjust to external disturbances.

Multinational Financial Analysis

FINA 850
International aspects of financial management. Exchange risk analysis and management. Accessing international capital markets. International capital budgeting. Numerical optimization technique.

Portfolio Management

FINA 863
The workings of securities markets. The fundamental intuition of the risk-return trade-off. The role of information in financial markets. All major asset pricing models and application to risk management in a portfolio context.

Options, Futures, and Derivative Securities

FINA 867
Analysis of the properties of derivative securities that are commonly encountered in practice. Examines the theoretical framework within which derivative securities can be valued. Discussion of alternative hedging strategies for financial institutions and portfolio managers.

Contemporary Managerial Accounting

GRBA 810
Internal accounting as a tool to generate information for managerial planning and control. Problems and case material used to review basic financial accounting, to develop operational understanding of elementary cost systems, capital and operating budgeting concepts, incremental analysis, transfer pricing, performance evaluation, and other selected quantitative techniques available to assist management in the performance of the planning and control functions.

Managerial Finance

GRBA 811
A case course designed to meet the financial core requirement in the MBA program. Application of financial theory to business problems. Financial statement analysis, working capital management, capital structure planning, cost of capital, and capital expenditure analysis.

Managerial Economics

GRBA 812
Applies economics to problems faced by managers in both the private and public sector. Consideration is given to the impact of the economic environment on decisions made by the firm including the effects of legal, regulatory and social constraints. Internal allocation of resources in organizations from an economic perspective. Economic tools that aid managers, including statistical analysis, are applied to practical decisions.

Managerial Marketing

GRBA 813
Mixture of case discussions, readings, lectures, plus written and oral assignments. Development of analytical and decision making skills, and an understanding of the market forces which influence those decisions. Major emphasis on the decision areas of product, distribution, personal selling, advertising and pricing, as well as on the development of integrated marketing programs. Social, ethical, and global issues.

Applied Organizational Behavior

GRBA 814
Critical behavioral science theories that contribute to the effective management of human behavior in organizations. Conceptual frameworks that help diagnose and explain the potential for common interpersonal problems. These models serve as the foundation for student efforts to develop behavioral skills and intervention techniques that promote effective individual and team activity leading to positive managerial experiences. Communication, power and influence, conflict management, and perception.

Prerequisites: Admission to the MBA or MPA program and/or permission of the MBA director

Supply Chain Management Strategies

GRBA 815
Strategic implications for the management and coordination of supply chains, including both internal and external operations and the information systems necessary for support.  Relationships between operations and information systems and other functional areas of organizations, e.g., accounting, marketing, finance, and engineering/R&D are evaluated, along with relationships with other organizations in the supply chain, are emphasized.

Business Analytics

GRBA 851
Broad understanding and knowledge of important business analytic topics and how they can be used to support decision making in all business areas, government, education, and agriculture. Technical procedures used to describe, predict and prescribe data into information for decision making.  Data exploration and how it results in a sequence of descriptive, predictive and prescriptive processes to result in unique and new information on which decisions can be made.

Prerequisites: Admission to the MBA or MPA program and/or permission of the MBA director

International Business

GRBA 852
Reconsideration of marketing, management, accounting, and financial concepts within and between foreign environments. Understanding of alternative cultural, economic, and political systems which affect the operations of business firms. Attention to functional business decision making.

Strategic Management and Business Policy

GRBA 853
Development and implementation of corporate strategies and policies. Interrelationships between the external and internal environments of the organization (including functional areas) are stressed through identification, analysis, and implementation of solutions to strategic situations facing varying types of organizations. Policy cases, live cases/industry analyses, and an executive-level simulation game. Bridging the gap between management theory and practice.

Special Topics (Managerial Skills Seminar)

GRBA 898
Seminar in current topics in business. (Managerial Skills Seminar) Topical issues such as diversity, ethics, leadership, business communication, etc. New topics announced prior to each term in which the course is being offered.

Applied Statistics and Quality Control

IMSE 821
Prereq: IMSE 321. Systematic analysis of processes through the use of statistical analysis, methods, and procedures: statistical process control, sampling, regression, ANOVA, quality control, and design of experiments.


IMSE 810
Not open to students with credit in IMSE 315. (Delivered via WWW.) Introduction to the principles of ergonomics. Information processing, human output and control, workplace design and environmental conditions.

Applied Statistics and Quality Control

IMSE 821
Prereq: IMSE 321. Systematic analysis of processes through the use of statistical analysis, methods, and procedures: statistical process control, sampling, regression, ANOVA, quality control, and design of experiments.

Industrial Quality Control

IMSE 822
Prereq: IMSE 321. Statistical process control and quality assurance techniques in manufacturing. Control charts, acceptance sampling, and analyses and design of quality control systems. Six additional IMSE hours from IE courses from list below.

Packaging Engineering

IMSE 860
Prereq: IMSE 206, 321, ENGM 373. Investigation of packaging processes, materials, equipment, and design. Container design, material handling, storage, packaging, and environmental regulations, and material selection.

Radio Frequency Identification

IMSE 861
Fundamentals of how radio frequency identification (RFID) components of tag, transponder, and antennae are utilized to create RFID systems. Best practices for implementation of RFID systems in common supply chain operations.

Supply Chain Optimization

IMSE 881
Concepts of the economic and service trade-offs in supply chain and logistics management. Using decision support system (DSS) to design optimal logistics network model with given requirements and operational parameters using leading software packages to model problems arising in strategic management of logistics networks.

Logistics in the Supply Chain

IMSE 883
Prereq: IMSE 334. Process of planning, implementing and controlling the efficient, effective flow and storage of goods, services and related information from the point of origin to the point of consumption. Domestic transportation systems, distribution centers and warehousing, international logistics, logistics system controls and re-engineering logistics systems.

Total Quality Management Using Six Sigma...

IMSE 901

Total Quality Management Using Six Sigma Techniques

Introduction to advanced topics in Engineering Management and the foundations of Total Quality Management (TQM). Costs of quality, statistical tools, initiating change, advanced topics, and TQM in practice. Using DMAIC, DFSS, and COPQ along with the other industry-accepted Six Sigma Quality Techniques.

Entrepreneurship & Venture Management

MNGT 821
Aspects of starting and managing a new enterprise. Characteristics of entrepreneurs; the identification and evaluation of new venture opportunities-resource utilization; development of appropriate strategies and the successful planning, implementation and launching of a new business venture.

Leadership in a Global Context

MNGT 828
U.S. enterprises operating in the global economy. The manner in which cultural, economic, political, and social differences affect the management of business, governmental, military, and other enterprises is considered. Problems of managing in Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

Ram Bishu, Ph.D., Professor

F. Fred Choobineh, P.E., Ph.D., Professor

M. Susan Hallbeck, P.E., C.P.E., Ph.D., Professor

Richard Hoffman, P.E., Ph.D., Professor

Kamlakar Rajurkar, Ph.D., Professor

Michael Riley, P.E., Ph.D., Professor

Jeffrey Woldstad, Professor, Department Chair

Guidelines for Admittance

Admission to a graduate program is a two-step process. You will apply to both Graduate Studies and the academic department.

Application Checklist

  1. Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
  2. Apply and be admitted to the Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Department:

Review Process:

  1. Graduate Studies performs a preliminary review after receiving your online application, application fee and transcripts. Your file is then forwarded to the Department Graduate Committee for review.
  2. Department Graduate Committee conducts a departmental review only after all materials are received. The Department Graduate Committee notifies Graduate Studies of their admission recommendation.
  3. Graduate Studies conducts a final review. If you are admitted, Graduate Studies will notify you by e-mail and mail.


Application Deadlines

Deadlines for financial aid consideration:

Fall Semester February 15 
Spring Semester September 15 

Otherwise, rolling admissions. Applications will be considered upon receipt.  


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Phone: 402.472.5515

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