2023-24 Edition

Engineering Management, M.S.

John C. LaRue, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
Yuhai Xuan, Professor and Associate Dean of Masters Programs, The Paul Merage School of Business
204 Rockwell Engineering Center; 949-824-8090

NOTE: Admission to this program is currently suspended. Contact the Henry Samueli School of Engineering for more information.

The Master of Science in Engineering Management is a graduate degree jointly offered by The Paul Merage School of Business and The Henry Samueli School of Engineering that will prepare engineers for leadership roles in technology, science, government, and engineering-based companies and organizations. The curriculum includes courses in engineering from The Henry Samueli School of Engineering and courses in business administration from The Paul Merage School of Business. Students will emerge as innovators by taking on the role of business and engineering project managers tasked with solving complex engineering product development challenges through consulting projects, business plans, and exposure to current issues within the engineering sector. Through this process, quantitative and qualitative skills along with business communication skills will be developed.

This competitive major teaches business from the engineering perspective and engineering from the business perspective, and students will learn to think about their work through the lens of innovation and to develop a crucial view to enhance their careers.

NOTE: Admission to this program is currently suspended. Contact the Henry Samueli School of Engineering for more information.

Applicants apply directly to The Samueli School for the M.S. in Engineering Management. Applicants must meet any applicable prerequisite requirements for the specific engineering specialization they wish to pursue. Admission to graduate standing in The Samueli School of Engineering is generally accorded to those possessing at least a B.S. in engineering or an allied field obtained with an acceptable level of scholarship from an institution of recognized standing. Those seeking admission without the prerequisite scholarship record may, in some cases, undertake remedial work; if completed at the stipulated academic level, they will be considered for admission. Those admitted from an allied field may be required to take supplementary upper-division courses in basic engineering subjects.

The Samueli and Merage Schools will evaluate applicants on their prior academic record and their potential for management and leadership as demonstrated in submitted application materials including work experience and in an interview. These materials will include university transcripts, GRE test scores, letters of recommendation, and a Statement of Purpose. Competitive applicants will be interviewed by the Merage School.

NOTE: Admission to this program is currently suspended. Contact the Henry Samueli School of Engineering for more information.

Master of Science Degree: Plan II: Comprehensive Exam Option

The M.S. degree requires the completion of designated course work which corresponds to a minimum of 17 courses beyond the bachelor’s degree. As part of the program, students must complete a two-week orientation and an intensive course in early to mid-September preceding the fall quarter which presents fundamental concepts of management to initiate students into the concrete challenges that managers in high-performing organizations typically confront.

Core Requirements

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this degree, it is important to establish a common foundation in Engineering Management for students from various backgrounds. This foundation is sufficiently covered in Engineering Management courses that are listed below and that deal with the following topics:

ENGR 280 Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers
MGMTMBA 200 Thinking Strategically in the Digital Age
MGMTMBA 211 MBA Proseminar (3 quarters)
MGMTMBA 298 Merage Consulting Projects (or equivalent)
Plus, a departmental seminar based on specialization area, for example:
Seminars in Biomedical Engineering
Seminars in Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Colloquium
Seminars in Engineering
Seminars in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Business. In addition to the core courses listed above, at least five additional courses from The Merage School of Business are required. (Students will be recommended certain classes based on career tracks they plan to pursue.)

  • Three Merage School M.B.A. core courses;
  • Two additional courses from a selected group of either core or elective courses.

M.B.A. Courses

Business Analytics: Decision-Making
Management Science
Organizational Leadership for Management
Financial Reporting
Driving Profitability Through Management Accounting
Microeconomics for Management in the Digital Age
Marketing Principles
Competing with Digital: Technology, Analytics, and Platforms
Operational Excellence: Processes, Models, and Analytics
Managerial Finance
Strategy: Foundations and Dynamics
Refer to the Business School section of the Catalogue for a list of current M.B.A. electives.

Engineering. In addition to the core courses listed above, at least five courses from The Samueli School are required. (Students will be recommended certain classes based on career tracks they plan to pursue.)

  • Three courses from a chosen primary specialization in Engineering: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering;
  • Two additional elective courses chosen from the primary specialization, from another specialization, or from other courses within or outside The Samueli School as approved by the Director or Director-Elect.

Approved Specialization Courses

Biomedical Engineering:
Molecular and Cellular Engineering
Systems Cell and Developmental Biology
Sensory Motor Systems
Organ Transport Systems
Applied Engineering Mathematics I
Applied Engineering Mathematics II
Dynamic Systems in Biology and Medicine
Engineering Medical Optics
Microfluids and Lab-On-A-Chip
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering:
Special Topics in Chemical Engineering
Molecular Biotechnology
Drug Delivery
Nuclear and Radiochemistry
Colloid Science and Engineering
Nano-Scale Materials and Applications
Civil Engineering:
Travel Demand Analysis I
Transportation Systems Analysis I
Traffic Systems Operations and Control I
Earthquake Engineering
Finite Element Method in Structural Engineering
Earthquake Resistant Structural Design
Environmental Chemistry II
Advanced Biological Treatment Processes
Carbon and Energy Footprint Analysis
Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes
Groundwater Hydrology
Watershed Modeling
Structural Reliability
Electrical and Computer Engineering:
Digital Image Processing
Advanced System Software
Computer Architecture
Design and Analysis of Algorithms
VLSI System Design
Topics in Computer Engineering
Embedded System Modeling
Energy Efficiency
Digital Communications I
Computer and Communication Networks
Digital Signal Processing I
Linear Optimization Methods
Industrial and Power Electronics
Micro-System Design
Micro-Sensors and Actuators
Materials Science and Engineering:
Drug Delivery
Fundamentals of Microfabrication
Crystalline Solids: Structure, Imperfections, and Properties
Nano-Scale Materials and Applications
Special Topics in Materials Science and Engineering
Polymer Science and Engineering
Design with Ceramic Materials
Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Materials
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering:
Engineering Electrochemistry: Fundamentals and Applications
Sustainable Energy Systems
Micro-System Design
Micro-Sensors and Actuators
Fundamentals of Microfabrication
Advanced BIOMEMS Manufacturing Techniques
Mechanical Behavior of Solids - Atomistic Theories
Linear Systems I
Optimal Control