Online Engineering Management, MEM | University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Engineering Management, MEM

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    30
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $630.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $630.00

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

Todays 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

  • Delivers relevant content and allows technical professionals to apply knowledge and skills gained from the program to address and solve their workplace problems and challenges.
  • Emphasizes critical thinking and reasoning, problem-solving, and decision making.
  •  Offers a flexible curriculum that can be tailored to ones career path and interests.

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 online engineering courses are provided through the UNL College of Engineering and the business courses are provided through the UNL College of Business online MBA program.

In the online MEM program, students complete a total of 30 credit hours, which are held in accelerated 8-week sessions. Credit hour requirements consist of:  

  • 15 credit hours (5 courses) in engineering coursework, with 9 MEM course credits and 6 engineering elective credits (3 and 2 courses, respectively)
  • 9 credit hours of MBA courses (3 courses)
  • 6 credit hours (2 courses) in engineering, or business, or other graduate courses

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 and development
  • Work teams and team management
  • Supply chain management
  • Finance and accounting
  • Project management
  • Business theories and practice
  • Engineering leadership
  • Engineering law


This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education
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).

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Some restrictions on majors

  2. 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Completed coursework

    Calculus I & II, a course in Probability & Statistics and a course in Engineering Economics

  4. Previous work experience

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

  5. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  6. A written personal statement

    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:

  • Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  • Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
  • Apply and be admitted to the department
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Application Deadlines

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

Program of Study

  • Required MEM Courses - 9 credit hours
    - EMGT 805 Teamwork for Organizational Commitment and Collaboration
    - EMGT 806 Decision and Risk Analysis
    - EMGT 905 Strategic Management and Planning
  • Required Engineering Electives - 6 credit hours
    - Engineering Leadership, Engineering Law, Project Management, Quality Management and Six Sigma, Management Science and Quantitative Methods for Engineering Managers
  • Required MBA Courses - 9 credit hours
    - Choose from topics in accounting, finance, managerial economics, marketing, organizational behavior, decision making and e-commerce
  • Flex Courses - 6 credit hours
    - Choose from topics in engineering, business or other related areas

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 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 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
Additional Courses Available

Course Number:

Additional courses may be available through specific subject areas such as: Supply Chain Management and Analytics (SCMA); Finance (FINA); Marketing (MRKT); Management (MNGT); Economics (ECON)

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 Management1-3

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.

GRBA 808Introduction to Business Strategy

Course Number: GRBA 808

Improve the student's ability to think strategically and to provide an intellectual framework that enhances understanding of the MBA program. Naking sense of corporate complexity and market uncertainty to derive a competitive firm strategy; why firms choose to compete in certain businesses; which business strategies are successful in which environments; and how firms can change in response to dynamic environments. An overarching model for strategic formulation and implementation is developed to facilitate an integrated understanding of the courses that comprise the MBA curriculum. Readings and lectures illustrate strategic management theories and frameworks while case discussions and projects provide opportunities for application.

GRBA 809Financial Accounting3

Course Number: GRBA 809

Basics of financial accounting and reporting. The construction of financial statements and their interpretation for internal and external users of financial information.

GRBA 811Managerial Finance3

Course Number: 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.

GRBA 812Managerial Economics3

Course Number: 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.

GRBA 813Managerial Marketing3

Course Number: 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.

GRBA 814Applied Organizational Behavior3

Course Number: 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.

GRBA 815Supply Chain Management Strategies3

Course Number: 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.

GRBA 816Strategic Human Resource Management3

Course Number: GRBA 816

Development of an understanding of how human resource decisions, strategies, and practices contribute to business performance and a firm's competitive advantage. The Approach to human resource management from a strategic perspective, as it focuses on the relationship between HRM practices and business performance. A general management perspective by focusing on the role of managers and how they can execute effective and ethical human resource practices that support strategic objectives.

GRBA 851Business Analytics3

Course Number: 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. Emphasis will be placed on the technical procedures that are used to describe, predict and prescribe data into information for decision making. Students will learn how data exploration results in a sequence of descriptive, predictive and prescriptive processes to result in unique and new information on which decisions can be made.

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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