Engineering Management, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Engineering Management

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 12
  • $650.00
  • $650.00

Program Overview

The online Engineering Management, Graduate Certificate program is designed to position students as effective managers through the purposeful curriculum, faculty expertise and a broad range of perspectives in the engineering field. 

Why do students choose this program?

  • Gain technical project management and organizational leadership skills for the engineering and technical workplace. 
  • Network alongside experienced professionals, and learn to make strategic decisions when leading engineering professionals and projects.
  • Learn to integrate business and engineering principles to solve problems, make decisions, and manage risks in engineering and technology environments.
  • Become empowered to confidently lead projects that are both innovative and cost-effective.

The online Engineering Management program is one of eight programs internationally certified by the American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM) for meeting several rigorous ASEM standards, among which are alignment of curriculum with the domains of Engineering Management Body of Knowledge and for its program delivery and administration. 

With ASEM certification, our graduates are exempt from testing to become a Certified Associate Engineering Manager (CAEM) and may apply to ASEM to earn the credential. 

The curriculum prepares the students to:

  • Effectively lead in an engineering and technical environment.
  • Successfully respond to technical and business challenges.
  • Support their organization to be agile and competitive in a global economy.

Students complete 12 credit hours which are held in accelerated 8-week sessions.

Individuals who successfully complete the Engineering Management, Graduate Certificate may use the credit hours earned toward completion of the Master of Engineering Management (MEM) program if they apply and are admitted to the MEM program.

Career Outlook: Architectural and engineering managers plan, direct and coordinate activities in architectural and engineering companies. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for architectural and engineering managers is expected to grow 6% which is about as fast as average. Employment of architectural and engineering managers in the engineering services industry is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

    Bachelor's degree in Engineering or quantitative disciplines or STEM.

  2. 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Completed coursework

    Calculus I and Probability & Statistics

  4. Previous work experience

    Relevant work experience in engineering and technology is required; two years recommended; Internships and Engineering Co-op Education will be considered as part of total work experience.

  5. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  6. A written personal statement

    Personal Statement.

  7. 2 letters of recommendation

  8. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  9. If you are not a US citizen and you hold an F1 visa: concurrent admission to a degree program, because a certificate alone is not sufficient for F1 status

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete the online application for admissions.
  • Pay the $50 non-refundable application fee.

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EMGT 806Decision and Risk Analysis3
Theory and practice of decision making under uncertainty. Graphical modeling techniques including influence diagram and decision trees. The value of information. Utility theory foundations, risk preference and multi-attribute decision modes. Economic justification of projects.
EMGT 805Teamwork for Organizational Commitment and Collaboration3
Provides an overview of the role that groups and teams play in achieving organizational success. Essential theories and concepts provide a framework for understanding and analyzing how teams are formed and function, including socioemotional and sociotechnical considerations. Critical issues in leading teams and managing team effectiveness are examined, including but not limited to power, influence and conflict.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EMGT 808Engineering Leadership3
Provides a framework to become more proficient in recognizing, understanding, predicting and controlling the dynamics and outcomes of organizational behavior. Introduction to a variety of contemporary leadership theories and provide some suggested methods for developing leadership capacity at the individual and organizational levels.
EMGT 891Special Topics in Engineering Management1 - 3
Subject matter in emerging areas of engineering management and closely related areas not covered in other courses within the MEM curriculum. Topics, activities and delivery methods vary.
EMGT 811Legal Considerations for Engineering Managers3
Covers legal issues and considerations that engineering firms face. Provides a general understanding of the basic legal principles applicable to the practice of engineering and the performance of engineering services. Topics include an overview of the U.S. legal system; business entity choices and licensing; tort and statutory liability; contract negotiation and terms; project delivery, management and insurance; and dispute resolution.
EMGT 901Total Quality Management Using Six Sigma Techniques3
Statistical quality control and improvement is more than an engineering concern. Quality management is a major business strategy for increasing productivity and gaining competitive advantage in all industries and types of organizations. Covers differing perspectives and definitions of quality; tools and techniques for managing quality and continuous improvement; statistical methods; creation and interpretation of variable and attribute control charts; and Six Sigma tools for detection and isolation of sources of variation, process control, and capability analysis. The goal is to develop an operational use and familiarity with contemporary methods that are effective in managing quality, including Six Sigma.
EMGT 819Applied Management Science for Engineering and Operations3
Introduces optimization methods for decision making and planning. Several management science models and their application to engineering and operations management are covered. Emphasis is on problem formulation, software solution, and interpretation for application and decision-making. Topics include: linear programming and its applications such as product mix, blending, multi-period scheduling; data envelopment analysis; distribution models (transportation, transshipment, assignment); network flow models (shortest route, minimal spanning tree, maximal flow); integer programming and nonlinear programming.
EMGT 905Strategic Management and Planning3
Creating new and innovative business and corporate entrepreneurship requires a strategic vision to inform and align decision making at all organizational levels. Focuses on strategies that a firm could apply to design a structure for becoming a learning and ethical organization, to create value and to develop and sustain competencies to gain competitive advantage in the market.
EMGT 820Quantitative Analysis for Engineering Management Decisions3
A working knowledge of the topics is essential for an engineering manager to effectively conduct business and communicate with internal and external members of work unit and organization. Emphasis is on problem formulation, software solution and interpretation for application and decision-making. Topics are: decision analysis, multi-criteria decision making, queuing theory, project management, simulation, forecasting and inventory management.
EMGT 809Engineering Economy for Decision Making3
Applies economic and financial analysis to engineering projects and the operation of the firm. Concepts and methods help engineering and technology managers to make investment and funding decisions regarding projects, programs, products, business expansions, and other alternatives using the financial calculations involving time value of money, uncertainty, and risk. Topics include mutually exclusive projects, net present value, rate of return, constrained project selection, and the effect of taxes and depreciation on project analysis.
EMGT 807Project Management (Engineering Management)3
Covers the fundamentals of successful project management. Topics include project selection, planning and control, budgeting and cost estimation, scheduling and resource allocation, project termination and performance measurement using key indicators.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Robert Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Robert Williams is an associate professor of Mechanical & Materials Engineering. Williams' research includes abrasive flow machining, nontraditional finishing processes, rapid prototyping and tooling.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

 American Society of Engineering Management