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Engineering Management Specialization

The Engineering Management (EM) Specialization is part of the Master of Science in Engineering degree program.  The goal of the EM Specialization is to effectively prepare engineers for management level positions.  Students in this specialization receive knowledge of administrative procedures such as budgeting, strategic decision making, and supervising.

The EM Specialization requires 30 semester credit hours (SCH) of graduate-level courses and thesis/project study.  The EM Specialization has a 12 SCH core with two courses required in mathematics/computer applications (6 SCH) and two courses required in business (6 SCH).  The remaining 18 SCH can be taken as coursework only, as a combination of coursework and masters thesis research (9 SCH of each), as a combination of coursework and engineering project (12 and 6 SCH, respectively), and as a combination of coursework and engineering clinic leadership (12 and 6 SCH, respectively). 
General Requirements for the EM Specialization

Each student will be advised by the Coordinator of Engineering Management who will approve the student’s program, subject to the guidelines of the University and the College of Engineering.

I. Required Common Core 12 SCH Credits

A total of 12 SCH of mathematics, computer applications, and business are required.

Two graduate mathematics/computer applications courses (6 SCH total) are required from the list below (or other graduate mathematics/computer applications courses approved by the Coordinator of Engineering Management):

On-Campus Mathematics/Engineering Courses:
ENGR01.511     Engineering Optimization
MATH03.511     Operations Research I
MATH03.512     Operations Research II
MATH01.515     Engineering Applications of Analysis

Two graduate business courses (6 SCH total) are required from the list below (or other graduate business courses approved by the Coordinator of Engineering Management) which includes on-campus business courses and online engineering management courses:

On-Campus Business Courses:
MGT06.506       Corporate Entrepreneurship and New Venture Development
MGT06.510       Strategic Engineering Management

Online Engineering Management Courses:
MGT06.677       Management Skills for Engineers
MGT06.666       Managing Engineering Teams
MIS02.526       Project Management for Engineers

II. Engineering Electives in EM Specialization 18 SCH

Students are required to complete a minimum of 18 SCH (minus 6 to 9 SCH for thesis or project) from the following on-campus engineering courses and/or online engineering management courses:

On-Campus Engineering Courses:
ENGR01.501     Special Topics in Engineering
ENGR01.511     Engineering Optimization
ENGR01.599     Masters Thesis Research
CHE06.502       Special Topics in Chemical Engineering
CHE06.577       Advanced Engineering Process Analysis and Experimental Design
CHE06.512       Safety in the Process Industries
CHE06.580       Optimization of Engineering Projects
CHE06.581       Advanced Process Analysis
CEE08.503       Special Topics in Civil Engineering
CEE08.522       Site Remediation Engineering
CEE08.531       Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
CEE08.563       Advanced Transportation Planning, Demand, and Data Analysis
ECE09.504       Special Topics in Electrical Engineering
ME10.505         Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Online Engineering Management Courses:
EM01.501         Engineering Economics
EM01.511         Strategic Risk Management
EM01.512         Quality in Engineering Management
EM01.513         Engineering Decisions
EM01.541         Engineering Law and Ethics
EM01.531         Engineering Inventions and Creative Design
CEE08.504       Engineering Estimating
ENGR01.501     Special Topics in Engineering
MGT06.677       Management Skills for Engineers
MGT06.666       Managing Engineering Teams
MIS02.526       Project Management for Engineers

III. Thesis/Project 6 to 9 SCH

As part of their 18 SCH of coursework for the EM Specialization, students are allowed to participate in engineering management project work by choosing one of the two options within the existing Master of Science in Engineering degree program:

Option 1: Thesis Research/Engineering Project (6 to 9 SCH):
Students can conduct research leading to a master’s thesis in order to satisfy the Option I requirements.  This research is carried out under the supervision of a Rowan engineering faculty member.  Successful completion of the thesis includes satisfactory oral and written reports to a thesis committee.  The thesis committee may include members from industry or from other colleges within the University. 

Alternatively, students can participate in a project identified by a faculty member, a student, or industry, and approved by the Coordinator of Engineering Management in order to fulfill the Option I requirements.

Option II:  Leadership of Clinic Project (Maximum of 6 SCH):
Students, under the supervision of an engineering faculty member, may serve as advisors in undergraduate engineering clinic projects in order to satisfy the Option II requirements.  In addition to a clinic report to the client, the graduate student must present a satisfactory written and oral report to a Rowan University graduate committee chaired by the clinic faculty advisor.

Descriptions of Online Engineering Management Courses

MGT06.677       Management Skills for Engineers                                                         3.0 SCH
Technical skills are necessary but insufficient for success in engineering management. It is also necessary for engineering managers to be effective motivators and leaders.  In this course, students will also learn optimal techniques of hiring and rewarding engineers.

EM01.501         Engineering Economics                                                                                   3.0 SCH
This course covers a variety of topics in engineering economics including the following:  economic equivalence, inflation, return on investment, return on assets, asset management, capital planning, budgets, financial records and control, taxes and depreciation, replacement cost analysis, break-even analysis, cost-benefit ratios, and value engineering.

MGT06.666       Managing Engineering Teams                                                              3.0 SCH
This course deals with topics in the areas of human relations and team building.  The topics covered in the area of human relations include the following:  human resources, employment practices, labor relations, the history of collective bargaining, practices in union and non-union organizations, productivity, computerization, worker participation, expanding and declining labor markets, diversity, equal opportunity, harassment, and case studies in human relations.  Topics in the area of team building include group dynamics, team building activities, conflict resolution, and case studies in team building.

MIS02.526       Project Management for Engineers                                                      3.0 SCH
In this course, students will learn the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) as put forward by the professional association, the Project Management Institute (PMI).  Students will not only study the various phases and documents of project management, they will also have experience creating each of the documents for a given project.

EM01.511         Strategic Risk Management                                                                 3.0 SCH
This course deals with the a range of topics related to risk management including the following:  risk terminology, tools for quantitative analysis of environmental and technological risks, social risk issues, risk in modern life, statistical analyses, data presentation, dose-response models for carcinogens, model limitations, models of risk aversion, psychological and community perceptions of risk, risk communication, environmental and health risk issues in the media, and case studies of accidents and incidents.

EM01.512         Quality in Engineering Management                                                     3.0 SCH
This course covers a range of topics related to quality management including the following:  concepts and philosophy of quality management, leadership, data analysis, human resources, quality assurance and results, quality methods and tools, continuous improvement, total quality management, six-sigma, quality costs, employee participation, customer satisfaction, vendor quality, benchmarking, statistical process control, quality function development, and case studies of quality management.

EM01.513         Engineering Decisions                                                                         3.0 SCH
This course covers the following topics related to decision making:  identifying and balancing risk associated with technology development, mathematical decision tree equations, psychological aspects of decision-making, mathematical programming for optimization, the theory behind methods and models, practical applications of decision methods and models, and case studies of decision making.

CEE08.504       Engineering Estimating                                                                                    3.0 SCH
The course deals with the development of engineering estimates of engineering projects and project components including labor, materials, and equipment.  Total project costs including direct and indirect costs, field and home office costs, and variability and contingency are discussed.  Also discussed are the various types of engineering estimates including piles and cofferdams, storm water and sewer systems, road and highway pavements, reinforced concrete buildings and bridges, and structural steel buildings and bridges.
EM01.531         Engineering Inventions and Creative Design                                       3.0 SCH
This course covers several topics including the innovation process, the theory of inventive problem solving, patents, and bringing innovation to the bottom line.  Discussions of the innovation process include:  creating paradigm shifts, proven brainstorming techniques, and effective utilization of all resources.  The theory of creative problem solving includes basic principles and applications in the real world.  The discussion of patents includes the basics of the international patent system.  The discussion of bringing innovation to the bottom line includes:  Stage Gate Project Management techniques, project portfolio management, critical links between the business team and the customer, and managing multiple priorities – doing more with less.  Case studies in inventions and creative design are included.

EM01.541         Engineering Law and Ethics                                                                 3.0 SCH
This course introduces students to law and ethics as it applies to engineering and engineering management.  Topics covered in the area of law include the following:  legal responsibilities of owners, designers, and contractors; risk management via insurance, surety bonds, and contracts; legal implications of the common activities of design professionals; liens; expert testimony; and patent law.  Topics covered in the area of ethics include the following:  ethical codes of professionals; derivation of ethical structures; and the role of the engineer in assuring public safety, health, and welfare.  Case studies dealing with law and ethics are included.

Contact Information

For general admissions information and/or application form, visit the Graduate School Web Site or contact them directly:

Graduate Studies @ CGCE
Rowan University
Education Hall, 3rd Floor
201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, NJ  08028

For questions about the Engineering Management Specialization, please contact the Coordinator of Engineering Management by telephone, email, or FAX:

Ralph Alan Dusseau, Ph.D., P.E.
DRBA Professor and Coordinator
Engineering Management
Rowan University
College of Engineering
201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, NJ  08028-1701
TEL: 856-256-5322
FAX: 856-256-5242