Engineering Management, MEM

Master of Engineering Management Degree

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 30
  • $650.00
  • $650.00

Program Overview

The online Master of Engineering Management, MEM program is the preferred degree to develop and shape individuals into becoming engineering managers and leaders. 

Today's organizations need engineers who have a systems perspective and business acumen, can interact and communicate professionally with internal and external constituents and customers, manage technical projects and lead successful work teams. 

Considered to be the MBA for engineers and technical professionals, the Master of Engineering Management (MEM) program prepares engineers and technical professionals for managing projects, teams, and becoming leaders and engineering managers in their organizations. 

The online Master of Engineering Management degree in the College of Engineering:

  • Emphasizes critical thinking and reasoning, problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Offers a flexible curriculum that can be tailored to one's career path and interests. 
  • Delivers high-quality, relevant content that enables technical professionals to apply knowledge and skills gained from the program to address and solve complex problems, and advance their organizations to achieve their mission.

The online Master of Engineering Management (MEM) degree is a non-thesis program designed for working professionals who have engineering work experience. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in engineering or quantitative discipline (STEM). The MEM collaborates with the University of Nebraska - Lincoln's College of Business. Technical engineering courses, tailored to the needs of engineering and technical industries, are provided through the UNL College of Engineering and the business courses are provided through the UNL College of Business online MBA program. 

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. 

In completing degree requirements for the online MEM program, students complete ten courses (30 credit hours). All courses are offered in accelerated 8-week sessions. Credit hour requirements consist of:

  • 12 credit hours (4 courses) in MEM Core
  • 9 credit hours (3 courses) in MEM Electives
  • 9 credit hours (3 courses) in MBA (Business Minor) Electives 

Career Outlook: The online MEM degree is an applied non-thesis program that gives students great flexibility in co-creating their own educational experience aligned with their career path. It includes relevant topics and allows technical professionals to relate material learned through the program with workplace challenges by studying topics such as:

  • Organizational structure, development and strategy
  • Work teams and team management
  • Quality management and Six Sigma Tools
  • Human relations and organizational behavior
  • Decision and risk analysis
  • Supply chain management and operations management
  • Finance and accounting
  • Project management
  • Business theories and practice
  • Engineering leadership
  • Legal considerations for engineering managers

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. 3 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

  7. 3 letters of recommendation

  8. Official transcripts from all previous schools

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:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for Graduate Studies
  2. Pay $50 application fees
  3. Submit separate application to academic department

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

Program of Study

  • Required MEM Courses - 12 credit hours
  • Required Engineering Electives - 9 credit hours
  • Required MBA (Business Minor) Electives - 9 credit hours

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.
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 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.

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.
GRBA 812Managerial Economics3
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.
GRBA 813Managerial Marketing3
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.
GRBA 815Supply Chain Management Strategies3
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.
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.
GRBA 814Applied Organizational Behavior3
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.
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.
GRBA 851Business Analytics3
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.
EMGT 807Project Management3
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

Jena Shafai Asgarpoor, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Practice, Director, MEM Program

Jena Shafai Asgarpoor's research interests include quality control and quality management, pedagogy, online teaching and assessment of student learning. She has served as the Education Chair on the Board of Nebraska Section for American Society for Quality (ASQ) since 2014. She is active in the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) and is on the Executive Committee of the Council of Engineering Management Academic Leaders (CEMAL).

Application Deadlines

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

 American Society of Engineering Management