Program: Engineering Management, M.S.

Program Description

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.

This program is available through one of the CSUN academic colleges or through self support (funded entirely by student fees and offered in a cohort format) in partnership with The Tseng College.

Program Requirements

A. Requirements for Admission to the Program

  1. Applicants must satisfy all requirements for graduate admission to the University. This information can be found at Graduate Admissions.
  2. For admission, a bachelor of science degree in an undergraduate engineering/science program with a 2.5 or higher overall grade point average (GPA) is required.
  3. All applicants will be required to submit a one-page (single spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman font) Statement of Purpose (SOP). The SOP must explain the applicant’s undergraduate degree and any related work experience, why the applicant wants to join the M.S. Engineering Management program, and what the applicant hopes to get out of the program.
  4. The department may request additional supporting materials to assess an applicant’s preparation and likelihood for academic success. The admissions committee will review each application holistically and reserves the right to reject/accept applications to the M.S. Engineering Management program, and the decision taken by the admissions committee will be considered final.
  5. Additional requirements for international students can be found in the section for International Admissions.

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 fields. 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. Requirements for the Degree

1. Required 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, students are required to take 15 credit units of electives, plus a culminating experience course (MSE 697MGT) of 3 credit units.

2. Elective Courses (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 515 Engineering Supply Chain Systems and Analytics (3)
MSE 540 Sustainability for Engineers (3)
MSE 617 Engineering Quality Management and Analytics (3)

b. Elective Courses for Residential Students

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

CSUN students who change their objective to Engineering Management may count up to 9 units of 500- and 600-level coursework with advisor and program director approval. Transfer students from other universities may count up to 6 units of 500- and 600-level coursework with advisor and program director approval.

The approved electives include:

COMP 502 Programming for Data Science and Analytics (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 515 Engineering Supply Chain Systems and Analytics (3)
MSE 540 Sustainability for Engineers (3)
MSE 562 Introduction to Data Analytics for Engineering Managers (3)
MSE 564 Knowledge Discovery from Databases and Data Visualization for Engineering Managers (3)
MSE 617 Engineering Quality Management and Analytics (3)
MSE 618 Six Sigma Quality Engineering (3)
MSE 692 Engineering Management Research Practicum (3)

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


Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management
Chair/Graduate Coordinator: Shereazad Jimmy Gandhi
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 4510
(818) 677-2167

Online Program
Master of Science in Engineering Management
Graduate Coordinator: Shereazad Jimmy Gandhi
(818) 677-6157

Staff: Jesse Knepper
(818) 677-4415

Staff: Heather Leohner
(818) 677-4642

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Master of Science in Engineering Management will be able to:

  1. Lead teams of engineering professionals in engineering firms.
  2. Interpret qualitative and quantitative data to take decisions about engineering systems and daily operations in engineering firms.
  3. Communicate effectively as an engineering manager.
  4. Understand entrepreneurship and demonstrate aspects of starting and running a new business or a new division within a larger organization.
  5. Understand and demonstrate quality management and related concepts.
  6. Apply quantitative analysis tools/methods to make managerial decisions.