Online Engineering Management, Graduate Certificate | University of Nebraska

Engineering Management, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    12
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $630.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $630.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Get the same diploma as on campus students

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 students choose this program?

  • Gain technical project management and organizational leadership skills for the engineering 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 curriculum prepares the students to: 

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

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.


Jena Asgarpoor, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Practice & Director of Master of Engineering Management Program

With more than 20 years of experience in online course and program development, Jena Asgarpoor brings expertise and experience to the Durham School and the College of Engineering as the Director and Associate Professor of Practice. Asgarpoor's interests lie in 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 Socity for Quality (ASQ) since 2014.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Bachelor’s degree in engineering, technology, construction management, or quantitative discipline.

  2. 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. A written personal statement

    Personal Statement.

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  6. 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

  7. Relevant work experience in engineering and technology is required; at least two years recommended.

  8. 2 letters of recommendation from a present or recent past supervisor, manager or professional colleague.

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 .


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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 1
Spring Semester
November 1
Summer Session
April 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EMGT 805Teamwork for Organizational Commitment and Collaboration3

Course Number: EMGT 805

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

Course Number: EMGT 905

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.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EMGT 806Decision and Risk Analysis3

Course Number: EMGT 806

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 807Project Management3

Course Number: EMGT 807

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.

EMGT 808Engineering Leadership3

Course Number: EMGT 808

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 811Legal Considerations for Engineering Managers3

Course Number: EMGT 811

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 819Applied Management Science for Engineering and Operations3

Course Number: EMGT 819

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 820Quantitative Analysis for Engineering Management Decisions3

Course Number: EMGT 820

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 891Special Topics in Engineering Management3

Course Number: EMGT 891

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 901Total Quality Management Using Six Sigma Techniques3

Course Number: EMGT 901

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.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $630.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1890.00

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $630.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1890.00

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