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Engineering Management Concentration

Our Master and Doctoral Industrial Engineering Programs with a concentration on Engineering Management provides practicing engineers with an education experience balancing 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 knowledge, and skills needed to lead technical organizations or processes to success.

Typically during the fifth year of your engineering or science career you will make a decision to continue in a technical track or move into a managerial career. While promoted into the managerial career track for your scientific approach to problem solving, you may not have the same education in or exposure to business tools or leadership training as your fellow managers.

One solution has been the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program. Unfortunately many MBA programs require additional prerequisite coursework for engineers before graduate credit can be earned. The MBA does not leverage the engineer’s education and experience in applying technology to solve business problems, thus losing a competitive advantage for the employer.

During the 1960’s graduate level engineering management programs were created to account for this educational deficit and speed the acquisition of the needed tools and skills. Today, there are over two hundred master-level programs, three ABET accredited undergraduate, and four doctorial programs in engineering management. The University of Tennessee programs are among the oldest.

Similar programs have recently appeared that appear similar to engineering management but serve a different population. Many business schools have created a Technology Management Option to their MBA programs. These programs still have significant prerequisites before an engineer can benefit from the graduate curriculum. Others have created a Management of Technology graduate degree that typically recruits a higher- level administrator than engineering management.

Earning a graduate degree provides the individual with enhanced opportunities for professional development and advancement. The company benefits from having a better skilled, more adaptable, and satisfied career employee. Promoting and supporting employee participation in the program gives the company a powerful recruiting tool.

The engineering management concentration has an additional admission requirement of two years’ US industrial experience as a practicing engineer or scientist. This concentration is fully supported off-campus utilizing electronic media for videotaping and interactive distance teaching methods.