Program: M.S., Engineering Management


Taught by faculty with professional engineering management experience, the Engineering Management program offers engineers and other technical professionals the opportunity to develop technical management and entrepreneurial skills pertinent to the management of existing and emerging technologies. The program stresses the development of technological decision-making as well as entrepreneurial abilities, while also enabling continued intellectual growth in an area that meets professional needs. Engineering Management program graduates have been assuming leadership roles in industry since the early 1970s.

Program Requirements

A. Requirements for Admission to the Program

  1. Satisfaction of all requirements for Graduate Admission to the University.
  2. Approval by the department graduate coordinator/program academic lead.
  3. For admission, a Bachelor of Science degree in an undergraduate engineering program with a 3.0 or higher overall grade point average is required. Applicants with an overall grade point average between 2.75 and 3.0 may be admitted if their grade point average in the last 60 units is at or above 3.0. Qualified applicants without a baccalaureate degree in an engineering field will be considered for admission on a case by case basis. Additional preparatory course work should be anticipated.
  4. This admission requirement applies to applicants whose undergraduate (or other) institution does not report course grades in a letter format corresponding to a four point numerical scale (A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, F = 0) equivalent to the grading system used at CSUN. Those individuals are required to submit the results of a third party official transcript evaluation as the report of their official transcript. The Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management department only recognizes evaluations from organizations who are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES), which is an association of private educational credential evaluation services committed to formulating and maintaining ethical standards in the field of foreign educational evaluation. Visit the NACES home page to obtain a listing of member evaluation services. An example of an acceptable service would be World Education Services (WES) ICAP report, which includes course-by-course evaluations.
  5. All three sections of the GRE have to be completed and the applicant’s score in both the quantitative section and the analytical writing section must be above the 50th percentile.
  6. Foreign students must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 80 in the internet-based test (iBT) to demonstrate their proficiency in the English language.
  7. The department may request additional supporting materials to assess an applicant’s preparation and likelihood for academic success. In addition, the department and the graduate admission committee reserve the right to reject any application.

B. Requirements for Advancement to Classified Status

  1. Satisfaction of University requirements for classified status.
  2. Approval of a program of study plan by an assigned faculty advisor.
  3. Approval by the department graduate coordinator/program academic lead.

C. Special Requirements

  1. This program is intended primarily for students holding a B.S. in Engineering or other technical field. Prospective students who work in or have experience in technical environments and hold degrees in nontechnical fields should contact the department to discuss additional prerequisite courses with a faculty advisor.
  2. No more than 6 units of advisor-approved 400-level courses may be included in the graduate program of study.

D. Required Courses

1. Required Core Courses (15 units)

MSE 600 Decision Tools for Engineering Managers (3)
MSE 602 Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Engineering Professionals (3)
MSE 604 Engineering Economy and Financial Analysis (3)
MSE 606 Production and Operations Management for Engineers (3)
MSE 608B Leadership of Engineering Professionals and High-Tech Firms (3)

The above-listed core courses make up 15 credit units. In addition to this, the student is required to take 15 credit units of electives, plus a culminating experience course (MSE 697MGT) of 3 credit units.

2. Electives (15 units)

a. Elective Courses for Self-Support Online Students

Due to the cohort nature of the online degree, students enrolled in this program must take the following courses as their five electives:

GBUS 593 Management/Marketing Seminar (3)
MSE 402 Engineering Project Management (3)
MSE 540 Sustainability for Engineers (3)
MSE 610 Engineering Supply Chain Systems (3)
MSE 617 Seminar in Quality Management (3)

b. Elective Courses for Residential Students

All elective units must be selected from approved courses in the department. No more than 6 of the total elective units may be at the 400-level. The approved electives include:

GBUS 593 Management/Marketing Seminar (3)
MSE 402 Engineering Project Management (3)
MSE 407 Manufacturing Systems (3)
MSE 415 Product Design (3)
MSE 504 Engineering Management (3)
MSE 505 Engineering Decision Analysis (3)
MSE 507 Lean Manufacturing Systems (3)
MSE 540 Sustainability for Engineers (3)
MSE 607B Systems Engineering and Management (3)
MSE 608A Seminar in International Engineering Management (3)
MSE 610 Engineering Supply Chain Systems (3)
MSE 617 Seminar in Quality Management (3)
MSE 618 Six Sigma Quality Engineering (3)
MSE 692 Engineering Management Research Practicum (3)

No elective units outside of the department will be accepted.

3. Culminating Experience (3 units)

In addition to coursework, all students must successfully complete the following culminating experience:

MSE 697MGT Engineering Management Directed Comprehensive Studies (3)

Total Units Required for the M.S. Degree: 33


Chair: Ahmad Sarfaraz
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 4510
(818) 677-2167

Graduate Coordinator: Mark Rajai
(818) 677-5003

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Identify, analyze and solve engineering management problems quantitatively.
  2. Explain management techniques and strategies applied in engineering and high-tech firms.
  3. Explain and analyze contemporary issues and developments in operations management of engineering firms.