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Engineering Management

UT’s engineering management (EM) program provides practicing engineers with an experience that balances technical depth with leadership, project management, financial management, technology transfer, ethical and legal perspectives, team relations, organizational behavior and continuous quality improvement. It empowers you with the knowledge and skills needed to lead technical organizations or processes to success.

Students pursuing an engineering management program from UT have three certificate and degree options which include:

  • Graduate Certificate
  • Master’s Degree (major in Engineering Management)
  • Doctoral Degree (major in Industrial Engineering with EM concentration)

What makes us different? 

UT’s engineering management program has been designed for working professionals to gain the tools needed to advance their career. Most master’s students graduate within three years while continuing to work. Check out some of the things that make our online program one of the top ranked in the country.

  • Professional engineers develop the knowledge, skills, and attitude required for engineers to manage technical organization.
  • The program is designed for the working engineer who could be located anywhere in the world.
  • Our in person classes are both streamed live and recorded allowing our students to learn on their own time.
  • We are a top-ranked program that started in 1983.
  • Our students gain access to a network of talented peers through our program and our alumni.
  • Our tuition is manageable with minimal out-of-state tuition for those outside of Tennessee.
  • The remote learning option allows our students to earn a top-ranked degree without leaving their job.
  • For international students, our online learning program allows students to start their education from home, while they work and while they go through the US visa process. Students can complete the program in the US with an OPT experience.

Students who complete an online MS degree program will receive a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Tennessee. The same degree as our full-time on-campus students—delivered by some of the most experienced distance/online faculty around.

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to learn more about our program? Check out our frequently asked questions below or contact us to have your questions answered.

The engineering management program is designed for working engineers who are ready to advance their careers. Its unique curriculum, developed by experienced faculty members, allows for students the option to complete their program completely remote.

University Admission Requirements

Practicing engineers and scientific/technical professionals who are focused on technical engineering projects will excel in this program. Must be a graduate of an ABET-accredited undergraduate program in engineering or hold a technical degree that satisfies prerequisites based on academic background.

More information about UT’s admission requirement is available from the graduate school, including any additional requirements for international students. Learn more about our admission requirements:

Degree Requirements

The MS_EM program is a course-only program consisting of 30 credit hours in total with nine 3-credit-hour required core courses and three 1-credit-hour seminars.

The tuition for our EM program can be found in the link below. Tuition for out-of-state students includes an additional $75 per credit hour. Our lower out-of-state tuition makes our program more financially feasible and within the tuition benefit from employers for many of our students who work and live in geographically diversified locations.

Learn more about the university’s tuition and fees.

Each year, we accept applications for the following terms: fall (beginning in August), spring (beginning in January), and summer (beginning in late May). Final U.S. student applications are due two weeks before each term. International (non-U.S.) student applicants should use the following general deadlines for applying:

Term Deadline File Completion Deadline
Fall February 1 May 15
Spring June 15 October 1
Summer October 15 February 15

If you are unable to start on time, your admission will be held for one year. Should you need to delay your start semester, contact Yvette Gooden.

Learn more about the university’s admission deadlines.

UT’s Engineering Management program is here for our students when they are ready to learn and where they are located!

Our program is designed for working professionals. Our curriculum includes online materials and recorded lectures and seminars which allows our students to “go to class” when their busy schedules permit. All three of our EM programs have the option to be 100% online.

Full-time working professionals can typically complete the requirements for an Engineering Management degree or certificate within three years. Learn more about the course requirements for an MS in Engineering Management.

For more information about the departmental policy regarding our graduate program, please review the department’s Graduate Handbook.

Students can complete the program at their own pace within a six-year time limit. Most students complete the program within three years. The following is a typical two-year degree plan that could be completed while working full-time:

Semester           Course

Year 1, Fall         IE 533 (3 hrs.) Theory & Practice of EM
Year 1, Fall         IE 516 (3 hrs.) Statistical Methods in IE
Year 1, Fall         IE 550 (1 hr.) Graduate Seminar
Year 1, Spring     IE 518 (3 hrs.) Advanced Engineering Economic Analysis
Year 1, Spring     IE 534 (3 hrs.) Financial Management for EM
Year 1, Spring     IE 550 (1 hr.) Graduate Seminar
Year 1, Summer  IE 536 (3 hrs.) Project Management
Year 2, Fall          IE 537 (3 hrs.) Analytical Methods for EM
Year 2, Fall          IE 544 (3 hrs.) Manufacturing Systems Modeling &                                         Analysis
Year 2, Fall          IE 550 (1 hr.) Graduate Seminar
Year 2, Spring     IE 539 (3 hrs.) Strategic Management in Technical Orgs.
Year 2, Spring     IE 542 (3 hrs.) Design of Experiments for EM